If you recall back when BlackBerry first announced they were moving to QNX as a base operating one of the points I made was that the potential was there for substantial improvements in power budgets -- and that power budget is everything in a mobile device.
Simply put if your battery is dead you have a brick in your pocket, not a phone or "media device."
Well, the Z10 acquitted itself pretty well originally in this regard. I've been quite impressed with it.
But what's happening now in the newest "leaks" out there, particularly 10.1.0.4561, a version that is at least somewhat likely to be the 10.1 "MR" (maintenance release) that includes a few features that were missing originally (particularly WiFi calling for T-Mobile customers) is simply astounding.
That's a graph from today; I got up around 7:00 and took the phone off charge as I always do.
It's now about 3:45 and that's where my charge level is. That would be fairly good and frankly standing alone would impress me, except for one little point -- there were in fact close to two hours (see the "dips" downward in draw into negative territory?) of Bluetooth audio streaming (not plugged into a pair of headphones, rather playing via Bluetooth which consumes power to transmit) in there accumulated while I was working in the yard and which accounted for close to 15% of the decline from 100% to 75%. From about 8:30 to 9:30 (when I got rained on HARD) and then again from about 1:15 - 2:00.
Absent those two hours I'd likely be in the high 80% area right now and the "business day" has an hour left!
I haven't changed a thing in how I use the phone. What's changed is power management -- it's gotten progressively better as the innate advantages that QNX has are being brought to the forefront.
This is the promise of the platform folks, and it's being realized in spades.
Unless you're constantly near a source of power to plug in this is one of the biggest annoyances of having a "smartphone."
BlackBerry has damn near eliminated it.
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