As much as it is bad to see other people having similar battery issues, hopefully we can learn from some of the suggestions and such. I haven't had a chance to jump deep into the detail of some of the suggestions. I skimmed over some of the posts so far. I hope to have time this weekend to try out some of the ideas. It seems though on the surface that people are on one end of the spectrum or the other regarding the ATK. Either it is worthless, don't need it, or it is great, helps out a lot. One of the things I was trying to get at was that when I open what someone pointed out the "other" lol, free app killer on the phone....the settings menu, ha.... I open the manage running tasks tab and there is so much running that I'm not sure why its running. Some people have said leave it all alone cause its natural for some of that to run and then automatically not run, and run in the background, etc. I guess for some that might be the case. With something like say, Rhapsody though. If I'm playing an album, now I'm effectively done using the app cause I got out of my car or something and turning it "off". Well, I don't need that app "running" anymore. If I go to it again when I get back in my car I'll just have to reopen the app anyways. So that is something I can kill. In comparison with the Motorola Droid 1 to the X, there are many many more services running as it were. If I shouldn't just kill all of them I won't, but one of my concerns was, how many of these do I really need open. What is the best way to determine what apps or services are essential to the regular idle running of the phone. I really need to do something though, soon, because this battery is getting worse as the week goes on since I got it. It probably also has a lot to do with the extreme signal issues I've been having lately.
Today while at work it went from 100% to 30% in 4 hours. I sent a few emails, sent a few texts...and that was about it.
I just wanted to share where I was at in the discussion...I guess not any better than before if I haven't had a chance to try out some of the suggestions, lol, but I appreciate everyone's help. Hopefully other people are getting some answers too.
I was having a very high percentage of my battery go towards "cell standby". If you go to Settings>Battery Manager>Battery Use>Cell Standby it may say that the time without signal is very large, up to 70% in my case. The fix that seemed to work was to switch into Airplane mode for a few minutes and then turn Airplane mode back off, so your signals resume. Then I realized the "time without signal" percentage slowly went down throughout the day and helped the battery. I also heard of people plugging it in to charge while in airplane mode. I also did the *228 update, which seemed to help a bit. Hope this helps.
What I have done recently to conserve batter life:
1. Turn off Auto-Brightness ... Went out in sunlight and adjusted display down to where I could still see.
2. Under Data Management ... Turned off Background Data, Social Applications sync over wifi only.
3. Disabled Haptic Feedback, Disabled Vibrate for incoming calls
4. Put a static wallpaper instead of live wallpaper.
Been running for an hour now to test battery drain with GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth on. 10% in one hour with ATK and Battery Status Pro running in background.
Also, my phone must stay awake so no sleep mode during that time. Screen brightness @ 30%. Phone has to stay awake due to looping restart issue caused by the sleep mode. Replacement phone sometime around 8/3. Just having fun testing a phone that's getting replaced. So I've used 10% battery over the span of an hour with wifi, bluetooth, gps on and without letting the phone sleep so the display has been on for that hour straight. Even played a video and listened to some visual voicemail.
If it keeps at this rate it will be 10ish hours before the battery runs too low.
This is my first smartphone. I avoided them until I could get one with a touchscreen I could use (big enough) and good battery life. They all sucked. I kept my waterproof Casio phone for nearly 3 years as a result.
I had hoped the Droid X's battery would last long enough for my needs.
I'm a CNA, and I work two jobs 3X a week. I get up at 7:30AM and am done for the day at 11:00PM. Today was my first stress test for the thing.
I unplugged it at 7:30AM, and used it normally - mostly phone calls, occasional web surfing while on breaks - checking email and drudge. I showed google earth and streetview to some of the old folks... didn't bother to charge it in the car in between jobs.
When I got off work after 11:00PM, I used the phone heavily to show off the multimedia features and look up a local traffic report. Used a good 30 minutes of heavy usage - GPS included.
My phone gave me the "15% alert" and said I needed to charge it after 15 hours and 55 minutes. It went down to 5% before I plugged it into the car charger. It lasted ALL DAY.
I was impressed.
I've been reading these forums about all the people with great battery life and have determined I have to have a faulty phone. I've already had them swap my battery out and see the same problems. Yesterday I went through 2 complete charges in one day. I don't do any heavy usage! Through 2 charges I talked on my phone for a total of maybe 1 hour, ran no videos, played no games, did minimal browsing and text messaging, etc. I didn't have wifi, gps, or bluetooth running either. I don't have any widgets active. The only thing I do that uses constant data streaming is eBuddy for my instant messaging. I understand that I should expect it to use more battery since I stay connected to that, but let's get serious. My first charge yesterday lasted 7 hours. It then took 2 full hours plugged into the wall to get to 100%. Another 5 hours later, my battery was drained again.
This morning, I've had it unplugged for 2 hours. During that 2 hours I talked on the phone for about 5 minutes. Display is using 72%, voice calls 23%, standby 6%, idle 2%. I am at 60% battery. Thoughts?