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The De-Evolution of Mobile Phone Batteries [Humorous Chart]

The Devolution of Batteries [Graph Jam]

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  • Published 03/8/12

Comments (9)

  1. Andrew

    My Dad’s first flip phone did not have the best battery life. The battery was about the size of my Droid X, and I think it barely made it through the day. I remember having a separate charger with about 2 spare batteries on it.

  2. bobro

    my first phone the motorola brick, took AA batteries :P

  3. 4G Reaper

    The batteries are getting more powerful, we are just doing more with our phones and using more power. Fail graph is fail.

  4. SkildLobster

    Graph is a little telling of the originator’s age, which is clearly not old enough to actually remember what the battery life was like on older phones.

  5. fdkj

    As this may be true in some instances, the graph would be the complete opposite if you were to measure speed of the phones.

  6. JL

    I remember my first cellphone (back in 1997 or so)… it was a very limited andugly-as-hell Nokia (so limited, in fact, that it didn’t even had Caller ID). Battery life? a breathtaking 8 hours ON STANDBY. Try using the damn thing as something other than a paperweight (like, you know, actually talking) and you ran out of juice in no time.

    I had to keep it plugged in at home all night, use a car charger while on the move, and be on the lookout for a wall outlet wherever I went.

    I know, this is not even close to the briefcase-style phones some people older than I am got to use, but still battery life was abysmal. In comparison, my Galaxy Nexus has lasted a full 24 hours under moderate usage, so I can’t complain about the past being better :)

  7. d100la

    My first phone was a flip phone kyocera, lasted a solid week week without charging, but all i did was text on it pretty much, so it kind of makes sense.

  8. r

    My first phone was a rotary dial –a big, heavy n’ clunky AT&T Model 500 with an extension chord that always used to get knotted up. No batteries requited :P

  9. kw

    At one point in time, I had LG smartphone with Android 2.3.3. Battery life what a drag … since the cell phone pretty much never left the freaking wall!! Normally it would last about 3 days on standby. If I had made or accepted just 1 call it would last 2 days. Any further amount of calls & it’s battery charge would disappear drastically. In the past I had flip phones that would last about 4 or 5 days on standby. 3 Days if a call was made or accepted.

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