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Would you pick a thicker phone if it meant better battery life?

A new Yougov poll shows that most of us are happy to have a thicker phone in exchange for a longer battery life. But if that’s the way things are going, you can count me out.

Three quarters of people would prefer a thicker phone with longer battery life to a thinner one with shorter life. My question is, why?

It took me by surprise that only one in 10 said they’d prefer to sacrifice battery life for a thinner phone. Surely, we want to push technology forward, rather than go back to lugging bricks around?

I’ve never liked having things in my pockets, I just find it too uncomfortable. To get round the problem, I just try to make things as thin as possible. I put my cards in an Oyster card holder and have an iPhone 5 – the ideal size for a phone in my view. They both take up such little room, I hardly notice they’re there.

And that’s why I have to buck the above poll and say I’d prefer a slimmer phone with a shorter battery life than a thicker phone with a longer battery life.

Why do we need more battery power?

I’d say I’m an average phone user. I use it for all the usual tasks – social, emails and texts – and it easily gets me through the day. While I must admit I rarely use it to make calls, I’m not convinced my lack of calls is what’s stopping my battery from draining. Quite simply, there’s just not enough need to extend my phone’s battery life.

Plus, when looking at the survey in more detail, I think people still hold a high value to thinner phones. While a thicker phone with longer battery life won an overall majority, more than half still said they keep their phone in their pocket – why would you want a thick phone in your pocket?

To add another stat, four in 10 felt that the thinness of their phone was ‘somewhat important’ when deciding which phone to buy. That compares to only one in 10 who said it’s ‘not important at all’.

Of course, this all comes down to how much thicker the phone needs to be to significantly increase the battery life. Still, my view is the thinner the better.

Are you like me and would you prefer to push technology forward and call for thinner phones? Or would you prefer a thicker phone, just to be sure that it will get you through the day?

Would you opt for a thicker phone for more battery life?

Yes - my phone never makes it through the day (64%, 390 Votes)

No - I have more than enough battery (36%, 220 Votes)

Total Voters: 610

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A thicker phone with a longer battery life would be useful but what is a higher priority is to have an exchangeable battery. Apple might like to copy the idea from an old Nokia phone.


I think the answer is not larger capacity batteries, but batteries that can be charged quickly. An Israeli company has already developed a battery that can be charged as quickly as you can fill up a car with petrol. I have no doubt that Apple will buy exclusive rights to this technology.

Back to the question, if my iPhone could be 1mm thicker and give me 50% more battery capacity, then I would choose this.


My Nokia (Microsoft) Windows phone has a camera grip accessory. The grip actually houses an additional battery. I often leave it attached just for the extended battery life, not solely for camera convenience.

I’d definitely sacrifice some ‘thinness’ for longer battery life and easier handling/gripping.


10 x £50 notes are smaller and slimmer than an iPhone5 so I’d stick those in my pocket and use my Nokia C!. It cost £30, makes call, sends texts, takes pictures and connects to the internet – and is smaller and has a replaceable battery.


The risk of having a flat phone battery contributes to nomophobia, a term coined to describe the fear of being out of contact via a mobile phone.

Having a flat battery could also cause problems with airport security because you will not be able to demonstrate that your slim device is a working phone rather than a personal explosive device.


My eldest Son borrowed my old Espace to collect some large items he’d bought on ebay. Went in the evening (dark) and when nearly at the destination broke down. Rang us to say he’d called out the AA and they were on there way. No further communication until orange flashing lights arrived in the drive at 3.00 a.m. It transpired that he’d used his iPhone as a torch to see the problem (broken belt) and the phone then died. so I sympathise with nophonephobia – we had no idea where he was, if he needed help. Clearly everyone needs 2 phones.


My old Nokia and spare battery live in the car. Not only is it a back-up for when I go out without my phone but it’s handy to have a phone on a different network when in poor signal areas. Inexpensive LED torches are ideal to keep in the car, but replace the cheap supplied batteries with alkaline ones to avoid the risk of leakage.


Or to have a priortiy as to calls to do whilst charge remains : )

But not having a torch in the car?!!! malcom??!


My old Nokia phone would start bleeping to alert me to the need to charge or swap the battery. I have not yet found a way of making my iPhone 5S do this.