Well they did tell me numerous times they would keep in touch with me on this issue.. we shall see lol
My phone has given the "5%" warning three times now over a period of three months I've owned the phone.
The first time I plugged in the charger . . . and as another poster said, after a few moments it indicated correctly that the battery was charged to some higher level.
The second time I turned the phone off, then back on. This time it also 'corrected' the problem.
The last time, several days ago, I noticed the red-blinking-low-battery warning when I woke up and the Droid had been charging all night. This time, just for grins, I ignored the warning light . . . which continued to blink for the next four hours as I used the phone normally: making calls, searching the web, playing games. It worked perfectly and never shut itself off.
Finally, just plugged it into a charger for a few moments and it then read the correct battery level . . . 80% as I recall.
Point is . . . if you know your battery is charged . . . you can just ignore the batt-low warning when it occurs.
Thanks for the update. Do you intend on installing the same collection of apps that you were using before? It will be interesting to see if the new phone behaves itself
Just wanted to throw my $.02 in, I've had this issue happen to me a few times as well, although it seems to happen more frequently since the 2.1 upgrade. It also happened to a friend with a Droid. Same symptoms, phone thinks it only has 5% charge. Charge it for like 30 seconds and then unplug it, it will go back to what it was before. Wish there was a fix for this annoying problem...
I've had the Droid for about 3 weeks now - when I activated the phone it was with 2.1, and this same thing has happened to me. Glad to know I'm not the only one!
Well it's been a little over a week now and the replacement Motorola sent me has not done it yet.
I did ask them to give some correspondence when they actually test and tear apart my original phone but it may not happen.
We shall see.
The best I can tell everyone having this issue, use the band-aid method(battery pull, or power off then back on, or plug it in and let it charge) for now and hopefully I can let everyone know what the official word will be when they tell me.
Well, it has been few weeks since the last false low battery warning and it happened again. This time the phone had been in standby for a couple of hours. I looked down and it was flashing red. I powered the droid off and back on. When it finished booting up, it showed 100% charge again. It sure has me stumped...