Why 4G?

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  1. mjforte

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm just as excited as anyone to have 4G speeds on my phone, but with these faster speeds, also comes faster dead batteries. It's been seen on the Evo using Wimax and I'm afraid it'll be the same with the Thunderbolt and any other new LTE phones. Why do these new radios kill batteries so fast and is it really worth it to have these faster speeds if your battery is going to be dead in a few hours? I almost don't see the point in 4G at the time being until better battery technology emerges or the software/hardware is better utilized for better battery life. Anyone feel the same?
     
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    I havent seen anything to indicate that battery life will suffer on 4G anymore than it does on 3G. LTE and WIMAX are very different technologies -- lets wait and see.
     
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    I agree because it is going to be a while before 4g is everywhere anyways. Also I agree on the evos battery life is garbage because of the radios suck it right out of them. Ill stick with my 3g, and like the OP said im all for 4g but I would rather have a long battery life over faster network speed. Just my opinion.

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    The hardware (battery) will catch up to the technology in time. Remember, this is only the first wave of 4g devices, so they'll all have their flaws, battery life could definitely be one of them.


    Coming from an Incredible owner, i doubt the 4g devices battery life couldn't be that much worse if it is.
     
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    Well I really hope batteries improve because not only do we have 4G radios in phones, but processors just keep getting better too. I know they say dual and quad cores are supposed to be better on battery life, but I'm skeptical until we see real world use.

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    Yea the batt is the issue that ic as the biggest one when these dual core pros and 4g is released but I guess we will see
     
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    I can't think of 1 reason why I need 4g...
     
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    Gaming on the go will be awesome with a 4g hotspot. CoD in the car! Awesome.

    Watching HD youtube videos instantly... streaming movies.... I can think of a few reasons. Browsing faster is worth $20 a month to me, even without the other things I said.
     
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    I average maybe 700kbps on 3G. Really just unacceptable to me for any sort of real browsing or video streaming I might like to do. Even Pandora sometimes kicks me down to std def.
     
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    I agree


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    I'm either just doing a quick check on something,or on wifi. I love my dx, and think I'll wait for the dust to settle on the new tech and 4g. Don't have an upgrade till April anyway.

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    Expect worse battery life with 4G. The Thunderbolt will be on the charger every couple hours. Slight exaggeration but the battery life will be dismal for sure.


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