About that ridiculous claim that flash for mobile will kill battery life…

You may recall Steve Job’s now infamous quote many days back stating that if Adobe Flash were supported on the iPad, the battery life would fall from 10hrs. to 1.5hrs. A bold claim to make and one that I can neither confirm or deny being that I don’t actually have an iPad to play with. Even still, such a drop in battery life doesn’t seem very plausible. Flash on mobile devices has been known to kill batteries rather quickly, but that quickly?

Flash aficionado Mark Doherty whipped up a little 17-minute video showing off Flash — the entire 17 minutes mind you. When all was said and done, a quick trip into the battery status window showed that over those 17-mintues, the battery fell by only 6%. Even with the screen dimming for most of the video, having an active screen and active WiFi connection for the video, 6% doesn’t seem too bad, does it?

Mr. Doherty also goes on to say that Adobe has been flogging mobile Flash in house with H.264 results brining in a solid 3 hours on WiFi meaning most of even the longest movies in movie history should be viewable on a single charge. Suddenly I’m a bit more excited again. Anyone else?

For those needing a bit more proof (skip to the end…)


Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on the Nexus One from Mark Doherty on Vimeo.