Some points of a smartphone can be debated till the cows come home: IPS vs AMOLED, big or small, skinned or stock, but on battery, the consensus is clear.
Battery technology has made some advances recently — or more accurately some of these advances are finally gaining wider use. Between the ease of wireless charging, the speed of quick-charging, and the renewed debated over removable batteries, it crossed our minds to try and figure out what our readers want most in a battery. And even with all of these wonderful new (and old) features, the needs you expressed were nice and simple.
You just want the darn thing to last longer.
In one of the largest majorities to a poll I've ever had the pleasure of writing here at Android Central, two thirds of the responding users said that they don't care about any charging tech as much as they care about the phone lasting all day — or the lack thereof from many current flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Moto X. No one wants to be a wall-hugger, so we want a phone that can keep up with our 18-hours marathon days of work and home and nightlife... or something that at least lasts until we get home from work.
Among the remaining third of the votes, about half went to removable batteries, which many championed for being upgradeable with cases like the ZeroLemon or swapped half-way through the day. The decision to give up a removable battery in the S6 dismayed a fair few Samsung faithful, and fears of the decision spreading to the Note line in the fall — while perhaps premature — is driving users to phones that have retained the feature, like the LG G4. I don't miss my removable battery, but if/when I ever have to replace the battery in my Moto X and I have to take it to a shop for that, I imagine that tune might change.
10 percent of users stated quick-charge was important, taking solace in the fact that their phone can get a shot in the arm when it really needs it. The Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standard is making it easy to find a supported charger for your house, your car, or your purse, from a third-party if not from the OEMs.
Wireless charging brought up the rear, which isn't surprising given that most of our users — and our editors — giver precedence to charging fast over charging wirelessly. That said, as our time with our phones wear on and the microUSB port starts to jiggle a little more when plugging in, the allure of wireless charging starts to grow. It also doesn't help that wireless charging can be finicky, there are still different wireless standards fighting with each other, and that wireless charging is still relatively unknown to majority of smartphone users.
So, is your battery good enough for you? Which features are you hoping for in your next smartphone? And, as always, if you have any suggestions for next week's poll, speak up!