Tim Stevens for Engadget:
And then there’s the battery life. It’s well known that LTE can put a real hurting on phone longevity and that appears to be the case here as well, our Nexus struggling to hold on to a charge in day-to-day use with all antennas firing. We’ve as of yet had very limited time with the thing, but in our 24 hours of intensive testing we had to reach for the charger multiple times. Using Google Navigation with LTE enabled? The battery drained so fast our in-car charger couldn’t keep up, leaving us unsure of which exit to take off the 101.
So, if you can refrain from drinking from that sweet, sweet fountain of 4G, this is actually a respectably long-lived phone.
I always find how these drawbacks are discounted by many gadget enthusiasts rather curious and far from my ideal. Whats the point of having a mobile device if you are tethered to a power outlet? And what’s the point of having a device with all these features if you can’t use them?
My last Nokia was in some ways far more feature rich than my current device; mobile web server, internet radio, IM, FM transmitter etc. etc., but when you start using these features you can visibly watch the power bar decrease in length. And then you try replacing the battery without breaking off the cheap plastic back.
Spec lists are dead, what matters is not the acronyms, it’s the intangibles, the way you feel when using the device and it’s intuitive interaction. This is why I keep a tiny Panasonic mobile phone* for travel and emergencies, and why the iPhone’s camera app drives me to distraction.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus review
*A single use device, the Panasonic has no real software experience. It’s simply a brightly coloured dumb phone which is impossible to miss at the bottom of a backpack and the battery lasts a week. Perfect for pay-as-you-go plans that are prevalent in different countries in Asia.