Skip to main content

To Be A Wallet, Phone Batteries Need To Get Much, Much Better

 
Plastic bank cards have some security weaknesses, they can be cloned or stolen. However if you're sensible they are a pretty robust way of completing transactions. By that I mean that you aren't likely to lock yourself out of your plastic card because you dropped it or more likely, ran out of battery.

The push to replace physical cards with smartphones, led by Apple and closely followed by Samsung, relies on two fundamental assumptions: replacing your cards with software means you need no longer carry your wallet and using your fingerprint to authorize transactions leads to improved security.

On the second count phone based transactions are way ahead of the game.

On the first however there's no headway being made. Your iPhone is an incredibly fragile thing, but it's the battery which really prevents it replacing your wallet today.

Knowing how tight iPhone battery life is, would you run the risk of being left with no credit cards at the end of a busy day? Yes, you may have never experienced the sickening feeling as your phone shuts down when you're unable to plug it in and still have a large chunk of day remaining. We were all smug until the first time it happened. It's awkward and inconvenient, but if your phone is also your credit card it could be much, much worse.

It's one of the reasons why Apple's continued pursuit of thin makes no sense. Adding an extra 1mm to the thickness of the iPhone would have no discernible impact on the phone's feel on the hand, yet could improve battery life dramatically.

I hope its something that all OEMs consider in the design of their next, because a mobile wallet that doesn't allow you to safely jettison your real wallet is no wallet at all.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…

WhartonBrooks Indiegogo Windows 10 Mobile Even More Doomed To Failure Than Usual

WhartonBrooks is currently crowd-funding its latest Windows Mobile smartphone on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding isn't already a bad enough idea, a company trying to crowdfund a Windows Mobile device should be warning enough for you.
Not that anyone seems to be taking the project too seriously. With a few weeks left to run the campaign has managed to ensnare just 2% of its $1.1m target.
If you want a better indication of how few Window Mobile loyalists remain I doubt there is one. Of 3,900 Windows Phone enthusiasts Wharton Brooks was seeking for its new phone, it has managed to entice just 50.
Windows for Phones is dead, even if the corpse hasn't stopped twitching yet.