Sunday, 9 March 2014

CNET’s “Technically Incompetent”

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In a recent post on CNET, Chris Matyszczyk argues that IPhone’s battery wastes faster then that of BlackBerry because they Iphone has more apps.

 

His article takes a critical lash at some remarks the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, who recently referred to iPhone users as “Wall Huggers” for their consistent need to find an outlet to charge their phones. Chris doesn’t deny this of course, probably from first hand experience, but what I find so amusing is that Chris points out that he has no idea what he is doing in the field of Tech Reporting as he says “There are so many darned apps in iOS that the weak and the superficial are tempted to download them by the thousand and watch them suck the life out of their phones” 

 

xVyoSlAs a technology reporter, it’s important to understand how technology work, or at least, consult someone who knows how technology works. Even… if it’s bluntly easy to comprehend technology like: batteries.

 

With that, let me explain how batteries work:

1) They have power

2) As you use something with power, the batteries run out.

 

So to make a statement like, “Apple makes it worse by making its devices so easy to maneuver.” shows little ineptitude in comparing battery technology, as well as, little ineptitude at “maneuvering” technology. I mean, I haven’t used the blackberry 10 operating system personally, but, I'm certain there is no difficulty to the ‘Swipe Up’ gesture required to navigate it.

 

So, here’s some real food for thought.

Rechargeable batteries are measured in milliamp hours (mAh)

Milliamp hours describes the life of a battery in how much electrical charge it can deliver. Bigger the number, the better the battery. Some companies (Apple) put cheaper batteries in their phones to shorten the life expectancy of their phone as well as better their profits.

 

BlackBerry Z30 - Battery

2800mAh

Samsung S4 - Battery

2600mAh

BlackBerry Q10 - Battery

2100mAh

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Battery

2000mAh

BlackBerry Z10 - Battery

1800mAh

iPhone 5S - Battery

1570mAh

iPhone 5 – Battery

1400mAh

 

So… yea… BlackBerry’s come with physically better batteries. Each “BlackBerry 10” model is on par with other flagship phones in the market, and decimate the iPhone’s battery capacity nearly 2:1.

iPhones don’t have more apps than BlackBerry 10 phones

Blackberry 10 phones run Android apps – a tech blogger should know this. If he can’t side load an apk to his bb10 phone (or even knows what that means) THEN WHY IS HE TECH BLOGGING?

 

What’s report worthy is that BlackBerry 10 phones, with the latest 10.2.1 update, can install android applications (also known as APK files) into the phone from the phone, rather than having to side load it from the computer in an unusual and complicated process. This opens up BlackBerry 10 phones to the wonderful world of Android apps in a very accessible manner.

 

However, I’m certain that anyone with a BlackBerry 10 phone may have noticed that the native BlackBerry store has apps that cover almost everything you could do with other phones.

More you use a phone, faster the battery wastes

This is true. And those who tend to stick to the BlackBerry brand intend to use their phone particularly for business. So, even though there are “flappy bird” alternatives available for BlackBerry 10, it is unusual to associate a BlackBerry user with spending time on flappy bird itself.

 

But, just because the association for useless use of a phone is not there, that doesn’t value how the phone’s battery capabilities are. A more reasonable metric for Battery Life is something called “talk time”

 

Talk time is the best metric of a phone battery, because it represents active use of a phone – it’s essentially the guaranteed amount of time you get from a phone when using it unplugged. Alas the above list sorted by talk time will look like this:

 

BlackBerry Q10 - Battery

2100mAh

The phone is powered by a 2100 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 14.8 days standby time, 1200 minutes talk time, 296 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Battery

2000mAh

The phone is powered by a 2000 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Nokia's performance ratings are: 16 days standby time, 1146 minutes talk time, 330 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Samsung S4 - Battery

2600mAh

The phone is powered by a 2600 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are: 20.7 days standby time, 1020 minutes talk time, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry Z30 - Battery

2800mAh

The phone is powered by a 2800 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 16 days standby time, 840 minutes talk time, 454 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry Z10 - Battery

1800mAh

The phone is powered by a 1800 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 13 days standby time, 660 minutes talk time.

iPhone 5S - Battery

1570mAh

The phone is powered by a 1570 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Apple's performance ratings are: 10.4 days standby time, 600 minutes talk time, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 5 – Battery

1400mAh

The phone is powered by a 1400 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Apple's performance ratings are: 10.5 days standby time, 600 minutes talk time, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

 

So yes, when John Chen refers to iPhone users as “wall huggers” he just may be making a more of a technical assessment in support of the brand he represents than the cringe-worthy tech reporting from Chris. I can’t even excuse CNET of “Tech Bias” like how The Verge loves anything Apple… It’s straight up a failure to understand technology.

 

Here are my references:

  1. A bad source of information: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57620080-71/iphone-users-are-wall-huggers-says-blackberry-ceo/
  2. Milliamp hour: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampere-hour
  3. Blackberry Z30 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/blackberry-z30/
  4. Blackberry Z10 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/blackberry-z10/
  5. Blackberry Q10 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/blackberry-q10/
  6. iPhone 5s reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/apple-iphone-5s/
  7. iPhone 5 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/apple-iphone-5/
  8. Lumia 1020 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/nokia-lumia-1020/
  9. Samsung S4 reference: http://www.cellphones.ca/cell-phones/samsung-galaxy-s4/

 

Sincerely,

 

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