I tried to post this on another android forum, but was fanboys didn't offer any actual help (just a lot of 'EWW WHO USES THEIR PHONE FOR THAT LONG?? YOU SPENT TWO HOURS WEB BROWSING??). I have the DNA and it's a great device--stunning display, fast 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, etc. What's not to love?
Well for starters, the battery. Before I purchased the phone, I made sure that it would at least last say, a day's worth of light/moderate usage; everyone who had it kept denying that the battery was an issue. So now I can't tell if my usage habits are extremely abnormal, or if my specific DNA's battery is weird. I always have unnecessary signals off--I never use the GPS, I don't have BT on when I'm not using it, I turn wifi/4G off when I'm not using the web, etc. I keep the screen on auto-brightness, but I assume that's not ridiculously extravagant on my part.
I commute to work--it's about an hour each way. This morning, I listened to music for ~40 minutes, and 30 minutes of that time was spent reading a book on the kindle app (all networks disabled, brightness on auto). That in itself consumed 8% of the battery. At that rate, if I were to use it for the entire 2-hour commute, I would have like 65% battery remaining--not terrible, but taking into account the rapid battery decline when asleep, and the occasional text message/call, it doesn't leave much for after work. And on a day I'm not working and I'm out of the house, and don't have a charger with me, I can't trust it would last me the whole day.
This isn't even on wifi or 4G. Web browsing on wifi (consecutively, not even taking into account standby battery decay), I get 3-4 hours' screentime, max. Sounds like a lot if you never use your phone for anything other than texts/calls, but if I'm out of the house I want a battery that--with moderate usage--won't be at 4% by 8PM. God forbid I was a student again, and used this for taking notes (I have a mini folding bluetooth keyboard, my little setup worked great with my tablet--which could last easily 6 hours of moderate multitasking on wifi. I mean as long as you have something to type on, and you are a diehard minimalist, you could just use a smartphone lol).
If this was a phablet, there would be outrage--but the general response is "eww use your phone for just a phone". How can I tell if there's something wrong with my device specifically? What are your usage habits, and how do you feel about the battery? If there's something wrong, is HTC pretty responsive in regard to their factory warranty? Thanks!