We’ve been keeping an eye on it since we published last week’s survey about smartphone charging speeds. A few hours later 23-45 minutes and 200- 45 The minute options were evenly matched, and both outperformed the other answers in the poll. But then things started to change.
Surprisingly, there’s also plenty of leeway for the poll to end with 002 minutes or fewer options. People have really warmed up to fast charging. 15-15 and15 -45 minute answers are still close, but they are far behind the ultra-fast option.
As usual, there are concerns about the negative impact fast charging might have on battery life. But another point of view emerges — a 2-year-old phone may start to feel sluggish as app and game demand tends to rise over time. Then you’ll start looking around for a new phone, even if your battery life is still great.
In other words, it’s only a problem phone age when battery degradation happens faster than other phones. Depending on your use case, the chipset might still be fast enough. But as new display and camera technology rolls out, and manufacturers stop releasing operating system updates to older phones, you’ll eventually find yourself wanting a new phone.
So there you have it – fast wired charging is nice. Some people in the comments mentioned that they prefer to use USB Power Delivery (which is the industry standard) rather than a proprietary solution. But even those that support USB-PD are just not in the crazy 200+ or even 200+ watts that proprietary technology gives you Level.
A second poll was conducted last week, which involved wireless charging. This also has an interesting consequence — wireless charging is a widely requested feature, but charging speed doesn’t really matter.
Slow and steady speeds are useful if you charge overnight or if you have a wireless charger at your desk while you work. Wireless charging has other benefits — you can use it to charge certain earbuds and smartwatches, even if you don’t have a cable with you.
In the end, convenience won both polls. Ultra-fast wired charging eliminates battery anxiety — as long as you can plug in for a few minutes, you’re good to go for the rest of the day. Wireless charging is handy for those times when speed doesn’t matter but you don’t want to tether your phone with wires.
As for those requesting the return of user-replaceable batteries, the EU may grant your wish.