Comment – Permanent Phone Connection

Is it a good idea to your phone continuously connected to the internet?

Ten years ago one of the main reasons I bought a new handset was because of its battery life. Previously mobiles had lasted for no more than a day on a full battery, a few calls had turned them into useless bricks, and it would take a many hours (eight for the first one I had) to get the thing filled again.

Nokia E71 Smart Phone

Five years ago technology had advanced to the point where I wouldn’t touch a phone if it ran out of juice before the third day, even if I’d made plenty of calls.

Now we live in a world where the smart phone is on the rise. An time when the shiny things offer us the world in our hands but need to be charged once every twenty four hours otherwise there’s no chance of getting on Facebook or Twitter, never mind sending messages or making phone calls. Much of this energy drain isn’t caused by all the browsing we do, but by the continual updating and network negotiating that happens in the background.

This led me to wonder what the point of being permanently connected was. A computer takes a while to start, a bit longer to fire up the various applications, so having it ready and waiting is ideal. This is not the case with a mobile phone. Even if you do turn it off (and most smart phone users don’t) there is very little delay when loading an application. Okay, so updating Twitter, when you’ve not been on it for a few hours, does take a bit of time, but even that is less than a minute and checking email is much the same.

Of course, refreshing everything only when I want to read it only solves one part of the problem. Now I have to find a way to stop me using the phone as my main web browser because I can’t be bothered to wait for the computer to boot-up. The solution to this most likely involves buying an iPad or MacBook Air but I’m still avoiding that.