Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh
If a phone has a long battery life (3-5 days with heavy use), nobody cares about the battery. If it is less than a day then it becomes a big issue. Less than two days, and some people get upset but not the majority.
I just need a phone to last the day, and even then not really. The great thing about the dock connector is there are, well, docks! My clock radio has an iPod dock connector that my iPhone sleeps in (actually, it plays AmbiScience PureSleep for me at night but I digress), I connect it to the stereo in my car as I commute which charges it, when I get to work it docks with my logitech speakers at my desk which charge it.
The only time I need "extended" battery runtime is when I am on travel, so I have a Richard Solo battery/charger I got for $40 on sale. I think I have used it once to recharge my iPhone. I use the built in flashlight and laser pointer on it far more then I use it as a backup battery on my iPhone mainly because, quite frankly, the whole battery thing on the iPhone tends to be WAY overblown. Because my iPhone is also my iPod, it tends to be plugged in way more then I would have cause to plug in a traditional phone, therefore I don't even think about it.
Would I like it to last a week like my blackberry? Sure! Who wouldn't. But I prefer the compromise in size and weight they took to produce the whole package rather then just focusing on one checklist item.
This is where Apple excels. Any device is going to have compromises. Apple rightly focuses on the total experience, and ruthlessly compromising on things that, in the grand scheme of things have little impact on the overall experience. For all the whining and complaining, a non-removable battery that barely lasts a day doesn't seem to significantly impact the experience of the iPhone. A battery lasting less then a day because of multitasking does adversely impact the experience. I have several friends with Android, and when they get past gushing about it, all I hear about is the horrible battery life.