Apple Watch battery boosting accessories
Entrepreneurial inventors are already tinkering with ways to extend the battery life with on-wrist chargers, going as far as opening up pre-orders for their Apple Watch bands as accessories.
But hold up. Before you wind up your arm to throw money at the screen and tell me to "shut up," know that the extra battery life comes at a different sort of cost: style.
Even if the unshapely Wipowerband and marginally better-looking Reserve Strap double the battery life, they make the Apple Watch price seems a the more outrageous when it looks like you bought something from Fisher Price.
There's also no way to tell if all of the watch's built-in sensors will work properly with these accessories.
Apple Watch battery life vs Android Wear
Apple Watch's battery doesn't last as long as most Android Wear watches, and that's awful for everyone considering the already diminished capacity of these Google-powered watches.
Sony Smartwatch 3, with its larger 420 mAh battery size, lasts a day and a half off on a full charge. It's more than double the size of the Apple Watch battery size. LG G Watch R and Asus ZenWatch fall in between.
Of course, this is only slightly better than the Apple Watch battery life and still not good enough for most people's hectic, notification-bombarded lives.
Apple Watch battery life vs Pebble
That's only bested by Pebble's own Pebble Time Steel, which promises to last 10 days with a fraction of a millimeter of extra thickness. It's a worthy trade-off.
With a 7:1 and 10:1 battery life ratio, battery life-conscious folks might find it hard not to pass up the Pebble Time or Pebble Time Steel pre-order instead of waiting for the Apple Watch.
What's next for Apple Watch's battery
Battery life needs to go up, while the Apple Watch price needs to go down, and that's likely to happen with larger, more efficient batteries and more streamlined software.
The third-party straps that acts as on-wrist chargers, while not ideal in their current unstylish form, may be a good idea for Apple to develop later on. I was impressed with the unique recharging methods of the Samsung Simband prototype last year. There's some merit to these concepts.
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