Still no Innovation in Battery Technology?
Battery technology has held back so many devices over the
years, so why has their not been any innovation in the field?
I’m wondering yet again because Engadget is reporting that
the new Zune’s are going to get about four
hours of battery life without wireless on.
Microsoft’s big push with the Zune has always been video, but how useful
is four hours? Not only that, add in
having wireless on and we can definitely see why Zune isn’t going to function
as a Media Center Extender anytime soon.
Clearly this isn’t a Microsoft only problem, based on other charts
the new iPod Classic
lists 7 hours of video playback, the iPod Touch and new
nano rank in at only 5 hours.
Edit: Apparently the 160GB iPod Classic and 80GB iPod Classic have different batteries in them, I didn't know this. The 160GB iPod Classic lists at 7 hours of video playback, while the 80GB iPod Classic lists at 5 hours.
All of these figures vary based on bitrate, resolution, and
codec of the content. Engadget made
a big deal over the Zune’s high quality TV out at 720x480, but at that
resolution you are likely talking about 2.5 hours of video playback if you are
So, why the hell can’t battery technology catch up to
software innovation? Having to charge a
portable player for just as long as you can use it takes the enjoyment out of