Why the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Devours Its Battery

Models display Samsung Electronics's Galaxy Nexus smartphones, running Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android operating system. Photograph by Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

One of the highlights of interviewing Larry Page this week was geeking out with Google’s chief executive officer over our matching Android-powered Galaxy Nexus smartphones—and getting to whine directly to the über-Android boss about one of its shortcomings, feeble battery life. Page started our chat by marveling at all the technology packed into the oversize handset. “Eight years ago you would have killed for having a computer that good,” he said. “We have forgotten that we’re walking around with that in our pocket and it’s battery-powered. It’s just amazing.” He also acknowledged, after I complained, that the thing practically gulps down electric juice.

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