Okay, hopefully I can explain this correctly.
I have tried several task killers with hopes of squeezing out a little more battery life.
The problem is: it seems that NONE of them actually work. I'll explain.
I use Home++ and it has a task kill list built in. I have installed Advanced Task Killer and set to auto kill on screen off. So I load up a crap-ton of apps, then allow the screen to sleep. I then check running apps and see in the running task list that NONE of the apps were killed. I even tested this by activating the DroidLight app (this turns the camera flash on for use as a flashlight) and allowing the phone to sleep. But the DroidLight app remains active and does not turn off. One would assume that if this app is in the list to be auto-killed, it would turn off the moment the phone sleeps. But it doesn't- along with each and every other app that is in the list to auto-kill.
Now- when I check the running apps page under settings, only the default stuff is running (The stuff the phone needs to run) and nothing else. But when I look in the Home++ list, EVERYTHING is still running. And when I check the list in Advanced Task Killer only some are still there including DroidLight. This is after the phone woke up. This is all also true regarding Advanced Task Cleaner. Neither seem to actually kill all the apps that they are supposed to.
So to sum up:
Two different Task Killers --- --- ATC and ATK,
four ways to view running tasks/apps --- --- Settings>Applications, Home++, ATC, and ATK
three different variences --- --- Some apps killed: ATK, All apps killed: Settings>Applications, and no apps killed: ATC.
Both work when used as widget, but I want the auto kill feature to work. (I'm kinda' the 'fire and forget' type of guy.)
I really like the functions of ATC, because you are supposed to be able to set the frequency of each app to be auto-killed, but it seems that it doesn't work. (That or my apps are VERY persistent)
I assume that either these apps don't actually do what they are supposed to do, or there is something I don't understand here. I'll also assume it's the latter.
Anyone around here have a good understanding of how these apps work so I can get the most out of them?
And by the way: This is my first post here ever. I've cruised this forum since day one of my Droid blissfulness... I never posted becuse you are all so damned helpful there has been an answer ready for every question I've had. Never needed to post. (I'm not the "Hi, my name is...") kind of person.
Thanks in advance for any help offered!!!