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Apple Shouldn't Celebrate the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's Death

We all want better battery life, but ...
October 11, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead. In the short-term, this is certainly good news for Apple. However, this isn’t a time for gloating at Apple headquarters. After all, this situation could have easily happened with the iPhone 7.

It could have been Apple

It could have been Apple

Battery life has long been an issue with smartphone owners. Just last week, for example, I complained about the battery performance on my iPhone 7 Plus. This came after Which? magazine ranked battery life on the iPhone 7 dead last compared to other handsets on the market.

We don’t yet know why some batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 have exploded. What we do know, however, is that manufacturers are hell-bent on making battery life better on each new smartphone release.

Typically this push has meant bigger, yet thinner batteries. Unfortunately for Samsung, this combination lead to dangerous results.

iPhone 7 teardown

iPhone 7 teardown

Credit: iFixit

This brings us to Apple.

Cupertino claims the iPhone 7 offers the “longest battery life ever in an iPhone.” To get there, Apple replaced the 6.55 Wh battery found on the iPhone 6s. According to iFixit, the iPhone 7 includes a 3.8 V, 1960 mAh battery that’s rated for a capacity of 7.45 Wh.

Given Samsung’s woes, perhaps manufacturers should lower, not increase, battery life expectations on future handsets. Consumers should probably lower their expectations too.