05 May '12, 10am

Just How Energy Efficient is Your Latest Smart Gadget? | Energy

Smartphones and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand, don’t they? By putting your smartphone into power saving mode, you’re saving tons of energy and extending the battery life, right? Well…maybe not so much. In fact, all that the power saving mode does is shut off your phone’s screen. Because your smartphone is programmed to constantly search for a clear signal in order to receive messages, it goes into what is known as “idle mode ”, which means it’s still very active. What you probably didn’t realize is that idle mode can consume as much power as if the phone was sending and receiving messages all day.

Full article: http://www.resnet.us/library/smart-gadgets/

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