No matter how close our computers become to holistically taking care of our every need, there’s one thing that seems like it will never change: phone batteries suck. Worse yet, according to ~science~, they’re not going to be getting better, especially as our phones get smaller. Considering that, a shorter phone charge time than my iPad mini is the least we can ask for, and by ask, we mean beg.
Google debuted Android Lollypop and their new lineup of hardware at an event that was like Willy Wonka meets the Quantified Self. At their “tasting bar,” which was like their edition of an Apple Genius Bar without the assholes and with candy, they showed off their new Turbo Chargers.
The new Nexus 6’s — which are shipping in the next few weeks — will charge to six hours of battery life in only 15 minutes. You have to have a special Turbo Charger, which only works with Turbo Charge devices, but that’s really no worse than if you have an iPhone and constantly need to find that one person in your office who still has an iPhone 4 charger because your upgrade isn’t for another month… but I digress.
As for the new iPhones and iPads, Apple brags that they’ve got the longest running and best batteries in Apple history — as they always, always do — but the lightning cable ain’t no Turbo Charger.
As for how long the actual battery lasts at full capacity on the Nexuses, it’s pointless to say, because no matter what phone you buy in this godforsaken world, it always falls just short of getting you through the day.