Despite all the new cool improvements we're getting from new smartphone releases, we're still not getting excellent battery life that can last more than a day's use.
We are still waiting for that revolutionary longer-lasting battery to arrive, but until then, we can only manage our smartphone usage until the next charge.
There are some solutions already in the market that aims to address our excessive battery consumption, but they're not anything revolutionary.
Power banks are becoming increasingly popular, but they really tie us down. All that weight you need to carry when plugged onto your smartphone isn't really practical. You also need to recharge them after extensive use.
Larger phones such as phablets carry bigger batteries, hence more power, but portability is also compromised. Other forward thinking manufacturers look at faster recharge speeds to lessen the time wasted at charging stations.
There are also power manager apps that claim to be really smart in managing power usage on your smartphones, but be prepared to lose some of the performance that you've paid so much money for in the first place.
System software refinements such as iOS 7 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat are said to lower power consumption, but don't expect any huge gains.
There are also kinetic chargers, for those times when you have no source of electrical outlet. What will they think of next, portable solar panels?
At the end of the day, your phone battery will run out and will render useless. We want more power, but our battery won't let us have it.
So what's the problem here?
Our smartphones consume more power today than they ever were back in the old Nokia days. It seems that as more new features being introduced into new smartphones, more power is demanded from the batteries.
Throw in larger, ultra high resolution displays, eight core processors and 4G radios, and be rest assured your device would be frequently tethered to a power source.
Our displays are the biggest culprit; you consume so much power by turning them on, tapping and swiping your fingers on your screen have your phone fulfil your commands.
It doesn't help that today's high end smartphones have better and sharper image quality, thus demanding even more power.
Interestingly enough, one smartphone manufacturer from Russia has figured out a way to solve this issue without compromising on screen quality.
The recently announced dual-screen Yota phone uses e-ink technology on its display on one side, running hand in hand with a standard LCD screen on the other side of the device.
The idea here is to allow the e-ink screen as a secondary display for you to fumble through notifications, read texts and other activities that don't necessarily need all the vividness of an LCD panel. This method gives the user great energy saving benefits.
E-ink displays have been known to consume much less energy than standard LCD screens. They are popularly used in e-readers such as the Kindle, and they last well beyond the iPad's 10 hour battery life.
They're also much easier on the eyes, mimicking the experience of reading a real book, hence they make better ebook readers than LCD-powered tablets.
Of course, LCD devices are better at viewing multimedia content in all its vividness. It's impossible for e-ink displays to even play good quality movies due to their slower refresh rate. This is why e-ink is less popular.
In the case of the YotaPhone, however, you get the best of both worlds. The ultimate goal is for the user to significantly cut down LCD screen usage and switch to the e-ink display, giving the device a battery life of more than 50 hours in reading mode and up to 85 hours in flight mode! This is perfect for when you travel for longer periods with very limited access to a power source.
The YotaPhone may be a newcomer in the smartphone arena, but with such unique offering that significantly improves on battery life, and also the fact that it runs on the more familiar Android OS, it's an attractive smartphone to have this holiday season.
Although its internals are somewhat mid-range level, the YotaPhone would still make the best choice for users that crave for longer lasting battery life, without compromising on size, weight and also decent image quality.
At a time where many OEMs are giving us sleeker, faster, higher-def smartphones with gimmicky features that we thought we might need but didn't, it's truly refreshing to see a company that takes its time to look at smarter ways to improve the smartphone.