February 25, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Much has been said about Steve Job’s questionable statement that Flash would have killed 90% of the iPad’s battery life. Even though that’s a ridiculous statement, it did make several people wonder just how taxing Flash can be on a mobile device’s battery.
Mark Doherty has uploaded a blog post with video support detailing Flash’s effect on a Nexus One. Doherty used a combination of scenarios to test how a Nexus One would react to playing Flash content, and he discovered that a user could play a YouTube video for more than three hours on WiFi without killing the N1′s battery.
Keeping a screen on for an extended period of time obviously affects battery life; even watching a locally- stored MP4 file would put a dent in available power. But the mere presence of Flash or using Flash content doesn’t seem to adversely affect the Nexus One’s battery performance according to Doherty. The blog post details the methods for testing and an Adobe colleague joins in with his own testing. Read both posts in full here: