Give Me Juice

HWM (Singapore) - - Feature -

Limited func­tion­al­ity aside, an­other prob­lem plagu­ing smart watches is bat­tery life. Reg­u­lar quartz watches, even mul­ti­func­tion ones such as Ca­sio’s Protrek se­ries and Tis­sot’s T-Touch se­ries, can eas­ily last for years on bat­ter­ies. Some quartz watches even use recharge­able bat­ter­ies that can be charged through so­lar power or sim­ply by the wearer’s wrist mo­tion, not un­like an au­to­matic me­chan­i­cal watch. On the other hand, me­chan­i­cal watches will run so long as they were be­ing worn or wound reg­u­larly as they usu­ally of­fer at least two days of power re­serve. Even with the most op­ti­mistic out­look of bat­tery sav­ing tech­nolo­gies like E-ink dis­plays and dis­plays that go to sleep when not in use, most smart watches are go­ing to need a charge at least ev­ery other day to en­sure that it does not sud­denly die on you. In­stead of a trusty­wor­thy com­pan­ion de­vice, you end up with just an­other gad­get that re­quires con­stant charg­ing for min­i­mal fun­tion­al­ity.

The prob­lem of bat­tery life is not just limited to your smart watch but ex­tends to your phone too. En­abling Blue­tooth the en­tire time will have some ef­fect on bat­tery life, even with the newer Blue­tooth 4.0 low power stan­dard. This then be­comes a prob­lem for smart­phones with aver­age or be­low aver­age bat­tery life.

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