It seems as tech gets smarter and more innovative, it also gets smaller … and smaller … and smaller. This goes for everything from computers to TVs to game systems to smartphones. But at what point do they get too small? At what point do the sacrifices not outweigh benefits?
Most everyone knows that Apple eliminated it standard iPhone jack from the iPhone 7 in favorite of making the device slimmer and adding room for other components. Many however would almost prefer that it was left in, even if it meant the device was a few millimeters thicker. The same goes for batteries. Old cellular phones and smartphones were like bricks — no one will argue that — but today’s devices are just millimeters thick and getting smaller every day. There isn’t a person I’ve met that would argue that adding a bigger battery to a device — and in exchange making that device 4 or 5mm thicker — would be a bad thing. Bumping a 2500mAh battery to 3000mAh or even 4000mAh while adding just a bit of thickness would be a win-win in my book.
At CES 2017, ASUS did just that with the ZenFone 3 Zoom. While the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Zoom isn’t noticeably thicker than your average smartphone, ASUS added a whopping 5000mAh(!!!) battery. For comparison, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is also 5.5-inches and has a 2900mAh battery. Of course things vary greatly by device so battery life too will vary, but still, 5000mAh is huge for a smartphone. And awesome.
The same applies to laptops as well. Laptop battery life varies substantially — much more than comparing smartphones — but bigger is still better when it comes to battery. HP’s Spectre x360 comes in a new model for 2017 that totes a bigger battery. HP says it offers up to 3 more hours of battery life, all for just an extra 1.9mm in thickness. Again, not a terrible tradeoff for getting some extra juice where it counts.
There comes a point where getting too thin means losing out on too much — whether it’s battery life, some type of port or even the headphone jack. Manufacturers need to pay attention to consumer’s wants and needs, and I think that most consumers would agree that in our tech-fueled lives, battery life is a big win for everyone.
What do you think? Would you pick battery life over the size of a device, or would you rather keeps things thin and make some sacrifices? Drop a comment and let us know!