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Thread: HTC Thunderbolt Battery Test from SlashGear Reveals Potentially Weak Battery Life

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    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    I was gonna say could we blame the size of the battery....but its a lil bigger than the battery in the Droid 2 and just based on rated talk times the Droid 2 has 3 hours longer rated talk time..

    Is it the 4G? The cpu?
    I blame both the battery size and the massive screen.

    I very happy we have removable batteries at least I can carry a extra battery if I need to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewthegreat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    I was gonna say could we blame the size of the battery....but its a lil bigger than the battery in the Droid 2 and just based on rated talk times the Droid 2 has 3 hours longer rated talk time..

    Is it the 4G? The cpu?
    I blame both the battery size and the massive screen.

    I very happy we have removable batteries at least I can carry a extra battery if I need to.
    Where is the extended battery and how much is it?

    --Scott
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    If you are not in an LTE coverage area. There should be a programming menu that allows the LTE to be disabled and just use 3g and 1X. Saves on battery as the unit is always looking for a LTE signal.
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    What does Battery Usage say is taking up most of the battery life? Does the display suck a lot of juice? Just wonderin'...
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    make sure gps is turned off when not in use. It's on by default, didn't realize until I started playing a bit more.
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    My droid X has just as big of a screen and it gets terrific battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    I was gonna say could we blame the size of the battery....but its a lil bigger than the battery in the Droid 2 and just based on rated talk times the Droid 2 has 3 hours longer rated talk time..

    Is it the 4G? The cpu?
    My money is on 4G + the giant bright LCD. If you look at the usage charts, screen seems to be 78-80% of all power drain during normal use, and that's at 35% brightness.

    I also think there may be something related to being on the edge of a 4G area, and the phone constantly swapping between 3G and 4G radios. I look forward to apps to disable one or the other as needed.

    All that said, I am getting as much as I'd expect given what is in this phone. It's 3pm here, I unplugged almost 9 hours ago and have used it heavily, and I'm still hovering just under 70%.

    I have turned off all haptic feedback, keep the screen brightness down (heck, even at 0% I still think it's visible outdoors), and have manually set all my sync timings.
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    My screen usage shows 80% and I have it down to 13% brightness. I turned off all sync except for mail(who actually wants stock updates and a lame weather sync?). I killed the battery in 4 hours with mobile hotspot as a test to see how it handled without power. I considered that pretty good since I have been surfing sites on my laptop and checking emails on the phone as well.

    I'm right in the middle of my 4G area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ke0kie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by matthewthegreat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    I was gonna say could we blame the size of the battery....but its a lil bigger than the battery in the Droid 2 and just based on rated talk times the Droid 2 has 3 hours longer rated talk time..

    Is it the 4G? The cpu?
    I blame both the battery size and the massive screen.

    I very happy we have removable batteries at least I can carry a extra battery if I need to.
    Where is the extended battery and how much is it?

    --Scott
    Except for the fact that the battery door is a b@&*h to open
    If only I took the rest of my life as seriously as I am taking this phone!
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    Well

    You have to realize a battery will not perform optimally until it has had 2 or 3 recharges. The first charge and decharge will be much worse. If it still shows those results after the battery broken, there is a problem.
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