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Battery Life And Recharge Time

Toshiba Thrive Review: The Swiss Army Knife Of Tablets
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Battery Life

Testing a tablet’s battery life is full of variance unless you control the entire experience from beginning to end. Cumulatively, touch gestures don’t have a great impact on battery life. The biggest factors are CPU/GPU processing, screen brightness, volume, and Wi-Fi use. In order to accurately measure battery life, I coded a script that automatically plays MP3s at 50% volume while browsing different Wikipedia pages every 12 minutes. This benchmark is probably overkill, but it gives you an idea of a worst-case scenario.

Recharge Time

Charging times are a double-edged sword. Ideally, you want a nice slow charge so that your battery lasts more than a few hundred cycles. Fast charge times keep you away from the wall socket longer, but in the long run, they cut down on the health of the battery. Usually, the rate of charge starts to slow down somewhere in the 80% to 95% range, which is why the charging time from 0% to 10% is faster than 90% to 100%.

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    bobharvey , 1 November 2011 19:56
    So, it expects FAT on external devices. Does that mean licence fees to Microsoft?

    So, it is running Android. Does that mean licence fees to Microsoft?
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    mi1ez , 2 November 2011 08:00
    " more likely to have your tablet at the ready than your camera."

    are you? I don't know anyone who always has their tablet with them!
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    LePhuronn , 2 November 2011 18:40
    The Transformer's keyboard dock fils in the two missing features. But granted it stops being a tablet at that point.