Smart phone power play

What you can do to increase the time between charges for your smart phone's battery.

For many government workers, the BlackBerry smart phone amounts to a personal continuity-of-operations plan. The handheld personal digital assistant has seemingly become standard issue in and around the halls of power in Washington.

Users rely on a variety of smart phones'whether it's the BlackBerry, Apple Inc.'s iPhone, Palm's Treo, or any number of other devices'for e-mail, surfing the Web, editing documents, accessing corporate networks, text messaging, enjoying music and video, playing games, managing our personal information and much more.

But those applications take a heavy toll on the devices' power supply, and although smart phone capabilities continue to evolve, the battery technology has not kept pace.

Computerworld offers 20 tips on what you can do to extend your device's battery life. Among them:
  • Find ' and use ' your phone's energy-saving settings. A little time exploring your smart phone's interface will reveal where to go to change settings to preserve battery life.
  • Find online tips for your specific phone. For instance, Apple has a page dedicated to preserving battery life on its new iPhone 3G. In addition, there are nonvendor sites with useful battery tips.
  • Talk, don't e-mail. Cellular data connections use between two and four times as much battery power as voice connections.
  • Update your operating system. Vendors tend to improve power consumption from version to version, so update when you can.

To read the rest of the Computerworld tips, click here.

About the Author

Jonathan Byus is the online managing editor for Government Computer News.

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