If you’re in business then two things will bug you when it comes to modern smartphones; battery life and er..battery life.
There really is no way around the problem that lithium batteries have created for modern mobile communications. They just don’t last long enough and take ages to recharge fully.
Until that `Back To The Future’ Flux Capacitor thing is invented, we are stuck with rubbish battery life. That’s a pain, because smartphones help you keep up to date with emails, view and download photos, video clips, take part in conference calls and much more. They actually help people to get work done, not just fanny about on Facebook all day long. True. No really, I’m not making this up.
Trouble is, an iPhone 5 can be down to under 20% battery power in just a few hours at show, seminar or off-site meeting. Try shooting video then uploading it, or emailing it to the office – yep, just watch that battery percentage sink towards oblivion faster than James Arthur’s latest single.
Then you’re reduced to plugging in your phone charger, assuming you can find a handy socket, and then waiting an hour for some life to seep back into that lazy-ass, lump of lithium greyness inside your phone.
That’s why I think Yotaphone are onto something with their dual screen idea. Sure, having an e-reader on the back of the casing is nice for Kindle fans, but if you’re a Project Manager, IT Support specialist, or just that old fashioned thing; an entrepreneur, then you’ll appreciate a screen that can display texts, app updates or email messages, even when the battery is nearly dead.
When the battery does finally expire, you can save the most recent image on the rear screen, say a Google Map of where your hotel is located, or your e-ticket for Easyjet.
Like the Yotaphone 1, the second version – currently in development, but should arrive this autumn – allows you to set the second e-ink screen to display updates from social media channels, apps, different email accounts etc. according to how much privacy you require. Then, assuming you want work related emails to be displayed, you can set the length of time they stay on screen. Handy.
The second incarnation of the Yota also has full touchscreen function on the rear screen, not just on the lower part of the screen, as on Yota 1.
You see, Yota are thinking like business people on the move, in an ever-quicker paced, connected world. The existing Yotaphone retails at £419 in the UK, so expect this new model to come in around £450 when it launches.
Yota runs on Android OS btw.