When it comes to battery life in smartphones, there are many elements involved. Wallpaper, themes, networks, apps, Bluetooth and screen brightness are some of the main offenders that add up to a large chunk of energy consumption. Keeping your handset well maintained inside and out will increase its lifespan as well as the resale value. It goes without saying that continuous battery mismanagement can lead to a delapidated charge as time progresses. Here are 6 apps that will help your smartphone last all day and retain a longer charge.
BatterySense by Philips
One of Philips' own brand apps for iOS features a beautiful interface that simulates conditions on your idevice to see how much time before it blacks out. By taking into account settings like Bluetooth, 3G, wifi, location services, push notifications and brightness, BatterySense will generate how much talk, ebook reading, internet, audio or video playback, standby or game time you can get away with. Although it doesn't change any actual settings, it's definitely helpful to figure out the best route to protect against several hours of dead phone. Free
Advanced Task Cleaner 2.0
The less your phone is doing at any given moment, the longer the battery lasts. Take control and close any unnecessary apps with Advanced Task Cleaner. Not only will this save on energy, it will also boost performance. It ranges from being completely manual (closing apps off one by one at your discretion) to becoming fully automatic based on predetermined settings. The auto-kill feature closes apps from a user created list that is initiated either by activating the widget or flushing them out with a timed schedule. Free
Windows Phone 7
Adjusting all the settings to save on energy can be a great pain (for those of us who aren't Android users). While we must deal with the feature set we're dealt, Toggle for WP7 makes things easier while utilizing one of the OS's most appealing features. Toggle creates shortcuts for Bluetooth, wifi, airplane mode or 3G as tiles on your home screen to make it quick and painless to deactivate power-sucking functions. Additional features include a user-employed reminder system telling you when to turn any of the aforementioned on or off. Free
(Images: Jason Rodway, screencaps from apps linked above)