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Device Comparison, Part 1: Talk Time & Battery Life

Device Comparison, Part 1 Talk Time & Battery

There are a number of factors that directly impact the expected battery life of any phone. There are four major types of phone batteries with Lithium Ion technology being the most popular among cell phone manufacturers today. The best phone battery will not only take advantage of this technology, but will also have a high mAh rating for extended life between recharges. Here’s the rundown of how to determine which batteries will be the best for you and your lifestyle.

Lithium Ion Battery Technology

Lithium Ion batteries have become the number one choice for most consumer electronics for a number of reasons. They are extremely lightweight and compact, packing more energy into their form factor than any other battery type. In addition, lithium ion batteries have proven to be more stable than other battery technologies, features a very low self-discharge rate when not in use and being fairly resistant to forming battery memory which reduces service life.

Lithium ion technology is easily rechargeable and takes far less time to recharge than most other battery types. During normal operation, a lithium ion battery allows electrons to flow from the negative to positive electrodes through the phone’s circuitry. However, during the two phase charging phase those electrons are supercharged and allowed to flow directly through a diaphragm inside the battery and collect back on the negative side. The first charging phase uses constant current applied to the battery with a slowly increasing voltage until the cells of the battery are all close to full. Then the second phase uses a variable current and a balancing circuit to bring all cells of the battery to an equal level. The best phone battery chargers can accomplish all of this in less than an hour of actual charge time, so you can get back on the road.

How to Measure a Battery

Phone batteries are typically rated in milli-amp hours (mAh). The mAh rating is a calculation that tells you how much power the battery can hold and the typical discharge rate of the battery over time under normal usage conditions. Of course, the more power the battery holds, the larger the battery will generally be. In addition, heavy usage and some functions of the phone may cause the battery to discharge faster than others.

To determine the discharge rate of the battery, simply divide the total mAh rating of the battery in its fully charged state by the amount of power drawn from the phone to determine how long you can expect a single charge to last. For example, a 3000 mAh battery is very common today. If your phone is drawing an average of 150 milliamps, the battery will last approximately 20 hours.

Batteries come in a wide range of mAh ratings, even up to 4000 mAh. In most cases these batteries are advertised to last between 8-12 hours under regular usage. Cell phone manufacturers have also made a habit of advertising the amount of actual live screen time you can expect without accounting for the time when your phone is passively draining power when not in use. In this case 7-9 hours of screen on time is common.

How to Extend Your Battery Life

There are several ways you can improve your overall battery performance by managing your app usage and taking advantage of the built in power saving technology on your phone. Adjusting the brightness of the screen, minimizing apps that run continuously in the background and shutting off unnecessary signals will all improve your battery life.

Your phone probably came with an automatically adjusting brightness setting for your screen. This allows your phone to sense the ambient light of the room and adjust the screen lighter or darker to be less straining on your eyes. While this feature is helpful, it can cause your battery life to shorten because it is constantly adjusting itself and is still typically brighter than you really need. Turn the auto feature off and adjust your screen brightness down to a level that is comfortable for you, but as low as possible. This simple step is shown to drastically affect battery life immediately.

Even when your phone is not in your hand it is constantly searching your surroundings for available Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals to latch on to. If you are not actually trying to connect to any of those sources, take the time to shut off your phones Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. This will keep your phone from constantly trying to connect and disconnect from every coffee shop and automotive Bluetooth you pass by.

App management is probably the single most important factor in preserving your battery. Apps that run continuously in the background will place a drain on your phone, and you may not even realize what they are doing. Check your app settings to see which apps are running constantly and determine whether you can stop them when you’re not actually using the phone. In addition, music and video streaming services will be a large burden. Fortunately there are several battery management apps available for free that will help you track battery usage and help you identify apps that are negatively impacting your battery service.

Who’s Got the Best Battery?

Currently there are several battery options that stand out among the crowd for their long battery life even with the full functionality of a smartphone, but they may not be the most popular devices that you would expect.

The LG G5 boasts a 2800 mAh battery with a potential battery life of 12-15 hours of talk time. It is also expected that the battery could last several days between charges under light usage.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a top choice, although sadly won’t be available until later in March, 2016. It has a 3600 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than some of these other contenders. This coupled with the fact that Samsung has been careful with managing its power usage, making very effective use of its battery life & keeping a tight hold on how much power the phone passively draws. According to consumers, this is going to have the best phone battery for the money while also offering a mobile powerhouse. The only downside here being that its battery isn’t removable, meaning that if you do have any issues you’re forced into servicing your device.

The Huawei Nexus 6P is also a notable entry in this field. The 3450 mAh battery is impressive and the phone is smaller, appearing more in line with the other major phone manufacturers in terms of features, even including an upgraded built in camera.

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In Conclusion

If you are looking for the best phone battery that will give you plenty of screen time with very fast recharge times, take some time to look at the mAh rating of the battery. Do some research online and determine what other people are experiencing with their phones to see how that battery is holding up against the passive apps on the phone, the most common social media and popular games, and how well it handles talk time. Lastly, check the manufacturers advertised battery life times and see if they are in line with other phone batteries on the market currently.

Unlock T-Mobile USA Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge



The Galaxy S7 Edge was released this month and is available for T-Mobile USA in black, white, silver or gold. It’s also available in 16GB and 64GB model variants and both models can be externally expanded up to 200GB. The Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5″ super AMOLED, curved edge touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and TouchWiz UI. It also supports Samsung Pay for Visa and MasterCard. The S7 Edge has a 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 5MP front-facing camera. With this model, you can create HD panoramic images, tag your location, and much more! The S7 Edge utilizes 2 processors, a 4GB RAM, and an Andreno 530. The device itself is IP68 certified; water-resistant and dust-proof up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. It also supports Quick Charge 2.0, which allows you to charge your phone up to 60% in just half an hour!

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Unlock the Telus Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge



Samsung released the Galaxy S7 Edge, alongside the Galaxy S7, this month. It is available for Telus Canada in black, white, gold or silver. It’s also available in 16GB and 64GB model variants, which can externally expanded up to 200GB. The Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5″ super AMOLED, curved edge, touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass. It also has a 12MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The S7 Edge uses an octa-core and quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, and Adreno 530. Being one of the most popular Android devices on the market, this device is perfect for business, school, or pleasure. It can do just about anything! This phone also supports Samsung Pay (for MasterCard and Visa) and is IP68 certified; dust-proof and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. Once unlocked, it can be used with compatible service providers.

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5 Annoying Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Problems and How to Fix Them

We’ve received a lot of good reports about the Samsung Galaxy S7, but we’ve also received a lot that say they just aren’t digging this phone. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 most commonly reported problems and their potential fixes.

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Iffy Bluetooth Connection
Many people claim to be having issues where either the phone doesn’t connect to certain bluetooth systems, such as car audio systems (to play media), or other devices (to send information). To fix it, try the following:

Open Settings > Applications > Application manager > More > Show System Apps

From there, scroll down until you see a blue icon with the bluetooth symbol inside. Click it, and then “FORCE STOP,” as well as clear cache and data as well, if the options are there.



Warning: Camera Failed
While the S7 and S7 Edge have significantly improved cameras, it doesn’t help if you can’t use it. There’ve been reports of people receiving an error saying that the camera failed. Sometimes, applications that use the camera can conflict with each other, and sometimes, unfortunately, the an unexplainable glitch just happens. To fix the issue, first try to restart your phone. This should clear out any rogue applications that are using the camera unexpectedly. If it still doesn’t work, go into:

Settings > Applications > Application manager > Camera. Clear the data, cache, and then “FORCE STOP.” Restart the phone.



Volume and Power Buttons Not working
Users of the S7 and S7 Edge are reported to have been experiencing problems with the volume and sleep buttons–volume down, in particular–not working, especially in in Google Hangouts and other video calls. A simple restart usually fixes this issues, which tells us that this is likely a software error. If the issue persists, try holding the volume down and power button at the same time until the screen goes blank and the phone itself vibrates. Once it turns on, you may be guided to a menu, where you’ll be able to reboot the phone manually; if not, it will just reboot. In both cases, your phone should work normally again. Hopefully, there will be a permanent fix in the next update.



SD Card Notification Can’t be Removed
As useful and as pleased as we are about Samsung’s choice to bring back expandable memory, there’ve been numerous occasions where the notification about it comes back even after having been cleared multiple times. Just to confirm: in order to clear the notification, all you have to do is swipe it away, either to the left or right side of the screen. If the notification comes back here’s how to fix it:

First, make sure you’ve backed up all the information on your microSD card. Then, go to Settings > Storage > SD Card. From there, click on “FORMAT,” which will delete all of the information from your microSD Card (this is why it’s very important to back up your files on another device before doing this!). After that, power down your phone and gently remove the microSD card before replacing it carefully. Turn the phone on again, and you should receive the notification only once. Swipe it away, and it shouldn’t show up again unless you remove or replace the SD Card.



Wet Speakers
Okay, so this isn’t really as much of a real issue as it is an inconvenience. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both have an IP68 rating for waterproofing. This means that it has rubber seals around the charging port, headphone jacks, and any other areas where water may get into the device. Water that gets into the speakers’ holes, while they will not damage the phone, can be annoying because sound gets distorted. Instead of waiting a couple hours for the water to dry out of the speakers, you can dab at it with a tissue to pull the water out. Whatever you do, though, make sure you do not blow-dry the phone–the heat could damage the internals of the phone!

So here are the top 5 complaints about the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge. Hopefully, a software update should fix most of these issues. I hope you found it helpful! Let us know if you have any other issues and we’ll try to get a fix for you.

– Caroline

Unlock the Bell Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime



The Galaxy Grand Prime was released for Bell Canada in October 2014. This model was available in white, gray, or gold. It was released using Kit Kat OS but it can now be upgraded to Lollipop OS. The Galaxy Grand Prime has 8GB of internal memory and can be externally expanded up to 64GB. It has a 5″ multi-touch, touch screen. It also has an 8MP camera, 1080p video recorder, and a 5MP front-facing camera with a 1080p video recorder. The Grand Prime uses a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and an Adreno 306. This device is perfect if you’re looking for an entry to mid-level Android device that can do just about anything! This model also supports wi-fi, bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and FM radio. Once unlocked, this device can be used with compatible service providers.

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Unlock the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S5



Samsung released the Galaxy S5 for Rogers Canada back in April 2014. This model was available in black, white, blue or gold. It was also available in 16GB and 32GB model variants, which can be externally expanded up to 128GB. This device was launched running Kit Kat OS but it can now be upgraded to Lollipop OS. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1″ super AMOLED touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and TouchWiz UI. It also has a 16MP camera, 2160p video recorder, and a 2MP front-facing camera wiht a 1080p video recorder. With the S5, you can simultaneously record HD images and videos, create HD panoramic images, tag your location in pictures, and much more! This phone uses a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and an Adreno 330. The Galaxy S5 is ideal for work, school, or play. The body itself is IP67 certified; water-resistant and dust-proof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. This device supports fingerprint sensor technology and wireless charging. Once unlocked, it can be used with compatible GSM service providers around the world!

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LG Stylus 2

LG Stylus 2

LG’s Stylus, AKA the LG Stylo, was the company’s offer to consumers who wanted a mid-ranged smartphone. Released less than two years ago, it had a 5.5 inch display featuring 540×960 pixels, and supported dual SIM cards. With 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory (expandable with MicroSD cards up to 32GB), it was an okay phone with a decent price. To be honest, it wasn’t a very impressive phone. Even its namesake, the stylus, reminded us of the cheap, soft blunt-ended pen accessories from eBay.

Enter: the LG Stylus 2. Announced earlier last month and predicted to launch before mid-2016, the successor is rumoured to have a bump in every feature, internal and external. It should have a 5.7” display with 1280×720 pixels and 1.5GB of RAM. It’ll feature 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card for additional storage, and a 3000mAh removable battery. Right out of the box, users will get to enjoy Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and 13MP rear camera with LED flash. The secondary, front camera will have 8MP.

Hopefully, the stylus will receive not only a massive make-over, but also an overhaul in functional capabilities, too. While it’s not a high-end superphone, consumers have come to expect a Galaxy Note-like form when it comes to productivity with the addition of a stylus on a mobile phone. At the very least, we hope the pen will feel like an actual utilitarian tool rather than invoke feelings of a cheaply made cell-phone accessory. The first step would be to change the stylus tip.

None of this phone’s features look out of the ordinary. On the surface, the Stylus 2 appears to be a regular, mid-ranged phone with caveats that a buyer can only expect from an inexpensively priced smartphone. However, we have yet to mention the big thing that sets this phone apart from any and all other phones–superphones included.

LG Stylus 2 Dab

The LG Stylus 2 will support DAB+ radio.

What does this mean? It means that radio lovers can rejoice. It means that the people who are short on data will likely flock to this phone. It means that you can tune into radio broadcasts with the included FM radio support. Virtually unheard of since the dawn of smartphones (remember plugging earphones into your brick phone to hear your favourite radio station?), LG has tapped into the past in order to pave the way toward a new future.

Unfortunately, DAB+ is the standard for mainly for countries across Europe, with North America having embraced a different technology for radio. This is why the Stylus 2 will launch only in the UK, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Belgium so far. If the phone is ever released in North America, it will have to adopt the HD radio standard of North America.

– Caroline

Unlock the Metro PCS LG Leon



LG released the Leon for Metro PCS in April 2015. It’s available in titan or gold and uses Lollipop OS. This device has 8GB of internal memory and can be externally expanded up to 32GB. The LG Leon has a 4.5″ IPS LCD touch screen. It also has a 5MP camera, 1080p video recorder, and a VGA front-facing camera. The Leon uses a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Adreno 306. This device is ideal as an entry to mid-level Android device or as an inexpensive smartphone option. The LG Leon supports wi-fi, bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and FM radio with RDS. Once unlocked, you can use this device with compatible service providers.

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Android N

Android N

Google’s released a developer preview of Android N, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. We’re familiar with the alphabetical naming system of Android, so with the previous version being called Android Marshmallow, it’s no surprise that the upcoming version will be named after the letter N.

How to try Android N:
If you own a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, a Nexus 9, a Nexus Player, or Pixel C device, you can download the update and put it onto your phone manually, or join Google’s beta-tester program and get the update over the air. However, keep in mind that you update at your own risk! Because this is not a finalized version and is, needless to say, an extremely early and buggy release of the OS, it likely is not very stable or compatible with most of your apps. Even if you don’t have an additional phone to use in case something goes wrong with the Android N device, you can always downgrade at the cost of having all of your data wiped.

If you’re not interested in testing, however, you’ll have to wait for all the wrinkles to get ironed out and the finalized version to be released. To help you get a better idea of Android N without all the headaches of having to go through all the bugs, glitches, and tests, here are 5 of the top features of Android N that we know about so far:



1. Multi-windows
Given that multiple OEM skins (such as Samsung’s TouchWiz) have already been offering multi-window support, it’s no surprise that Android N will, as well. You’ll be able to split your screen to support at least two applications at once, provided those applications support or allow being resized. This is going to be great for picture-in-picture viewing to let you quickly view an email while keeping an eye on a YouTube or Netflix video.

2. Better Battery Life
Introduced with Marshmallow was a feature called Doze, meant to help you save battery life when the phone is idling. Android N is supposed to improve on this feature even more to help your device last even longer when in standby. Night mode is also supposed to make a return. It changes the colour-scheme of your phone to a darker one to cause less strain on your eyes when browsing at night. It’s also customizable to link to the daylight times in your location for further convenience. On certain devices that save power through darker colours, such as Samsung Galaxy phones, Night Mode should help elongate your battery life.



3. Bundled Notifications
To help users de-clutter their notification centers, Android N will feature notification bundling. You’ll be able to group multiple notifications from one app together and expand them by using a two-finger gesture or tapping on specific button.

4. Respond in app
One of the many coveted features for texting applications, Android N users will be able to answer text messages without leaving the screen that they’re currently on. The Android blog calls it Direct Reply for now. When you receive a text message, you’ll be able to choose from Reply, Archive, or Snooze. If you hit Reply, a new line will show up along with your keyboard to let you respond right in the notification itself.



5. Drag and drop text
In split-screen mode, you’ll also be able to drag and drop text between apps. Just highlight the text, hold, and then drag it into the next app over. One caveat so far–though we’re sure it’ll be fixed for the final release–is that you can only drag text that you’ve typed into a textbook, and it only works in certain apps. If this glitch can be fixed, this will be a great complementary feature to multi-window.

Again, if you can’t wait to try these features out for yourself, you can update at any time if you own any of the following devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, a Nexus 9, a Nexus Player, or Pixel C device, . However, make sure you’re ready for glitches, bugs, and a multitude of unexpected errors!

We’ll keep you up to date with all of the newest features as we learn more.

– Caroline

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay


It looks like this will be the year that virtual wallets may actually catch on. After Apple Pay, we talked about the LG White Card, and now let’s take a look at Samsung Pay.

This mobile payment feature will be available later this year to Canadian owners of the Galaxy A5, Note 5, S6, S6 Active, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7, and the S7 edge. You’ll get to save your credit card onto your phone’s Samsung Pay app, and then tap the phone on supported POS machines to authorize the payment.

A big selling point on Samsung Pay is the vast amount of terminals that will accept the new service. Right now in the US alone, Samsung touts that it works with “more stores than any other mobile payment service.” Arguably more secure than a PIN or password, a fingerprint is required to authorize payments. Another factor that should help Samsung Pay gain traction is the free charging pad that Samsung USA is offering customers when they load their first card. Hopefully, Samsung Canada will offer the same gift to Canadian users!

Currently, the Samsung Pay is supported by Samsung USA through AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, MetroPCs, and Verizon. Some of the major credit and bank cards supported are: Bank of America, American Express, Chase, CITI, PNC, Synchrony, US Bank, and Wells Fargo. A complete list of supported carriers, banks, and merchants are available on their website.

Hopefully when Samsung Pay is released in Canada later this year, a large variety of banks and carriers will be supported as well.

Samsung Pay Chart


– Caroline