Open thread: Would you trade iPhone thinness for crazy battery life?

Apple is fairly obsessed with thinness.

iPhone models’ depth (thickness) and weight:
• Original iPhone:s 11.6 mm (0.46 in), 135 g (4.8 oz)
• iPhone 3G: 12.3 mm (0.48 in), 133 g (4.7 oz)
• iPhone 4: 9.3 mm (0.37 in), 137 g (4.8 oz)
• iPhone 5: 7.6 mm (0.30 in), 112 g (3.95 oz)
• iPhone 6 Plus: 7.67 mm (0.302 in), 172 g (6.1 oz)
• iPhone 6: 6.9 mm (0.27 in), 129 g (4.6 oz)

We just pulled an original iPhone out of a drawer. It’s not insanely thick feeling. It feels as nice in the hand as it always did – and the weight’s just fine, too.

We have a simple question: Would you opt for a thicker (and heavier, of course) iPhone if it gave you significantly (double or more) battery life?


    1. Exactly, the people who want more battery should get an external case with battery. This gives them more battery life and the battery is swappable, the other thing many people ask about. This leaves the iPhone thin and light for the rest of us.

      I’m not being snarky, why is that not the obvious solution? If I worry about scratches I get a screen protector, for overall protection I get a case.

  1. I’m fine for battery life as it is except for when I travel. I bring along an iPad Mini so I can do non-phone things to maximize iPhone battery life. I would get a Mophie if battery life were more of an issue for me.

    1. And while you’re at it MDN, would you *please* beat the crap out of your ad servers who have started auto-redirecting to the App Store on iOS devices (this is happening automatically by merely viewing a page on MDN, with no accidental clicks at all).

      Specifically, this page is causing an auto-popup for the App Store where it lands on the app Game of War – Fire Age.

      Readers WILL stop visiting your site because of this.

      1. I think its intentional in order to get us to use the app rather than the website.

        Not saying I agree with it mind you, the popups and switching to the app store are irritating to the point of wanting to smash my iPhone to pieces and go and live in the woods with no communication from the outside world…

      2. Do you read the site often? They, and other sites, have explained that even the ad networks are having a hard time finding out the source of those ads. It isn’t like MDN editors hand-paste each ad into their site – the whole thing is automated and distributed among many services (ad networks) and ad-buying customers.
        Websites are almost certainly not doing this deliberately – they know it pisses off readers too much to be worth it.

  2. My 6+ is a perfect thickness. Almost always go a full day without needing a charge. So no, I would take a battery life improvement, but not at the expense of thickness.

    Perhaps a graphene super-cap in lieu of a battery 🙂

  3. Absolutely!!! I was fine with the thickness of my previous iPhone 4S. Would love to see the same style of the iPhone 4S but with the larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus.

    My wife and I also had Mophie Juice Packs for our iPhone 4S’.

  4. Definitely yes, for a thicker iphone 6 plus with more battery life. Probably no for a ip6+ thick enough to double the battery life.

    What i think i’d like is an ip6 plus which is 20% to 40% thicker, with all of the additional size going to battery life. Of course it’s hard to know which size would feel right until you really try it.

    1. Some battery chargers work well, some are garbage. I recently purchased one on Amazon that was rated 10,000 mAh. Testing showed that it delivered 4,000 mAh. Rules of thumb: If it comes from a company you’ve never heard of, if it’s round like a large lipstick or if it includes a flashlight, avoid at all cost.

    1. Don’t forget making the device thicker increases weight. And more wight means more chance for damage when dropped. A lighter iPhone just feels nicer, more magical.

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