Flaw 2: Lackluster battery life
The typical high-end smartphone is supposed to have enough battery life to get you through a full day — at least with moderate use. But over time a lot of people find their phones want to take a siesta by mid afternoon.
Perhaps the biggest frustration is that battery life actually seems to be getting worse, not better, with successive generations. As smartphones get superfast processors, ultra-high-res screens and app multitasking, manufacturers are struggling to maintain power efficiency.
The Genuises at your local Apple Bar sometimes chalk that up to human error. Battery life can be reduced by the way you operate your phone. Some people are able to run it more efficiently than others. There are apps you can turn off, settings to tweak, tricks you can learn.
And that’s not the only battery suck. Introduce streaming video, gaming or excessive camera use, and you might not even last a few hours. Which leaves you with a few choices: charge your phone the old-fashioned way (use a wall charger); charge it with an external battery option; or keep your phone in a battery case that gives you extra juice on demand, in many cases doubling the battery life you’d normally get.