I would like to share my battery usage experience as well. I'm in Los Angeles, CA with very good 4G LTE coverage, and I leave 4G ON THE MOMENT I UNPLUG UNTIL I GO TO BED. I am able to get about 15 hours easily (6:30am - 9:30pm), up to 18 hours (6:30am - midnight) on the stock battery. I'm rooted, but mainly to get rid of the bloatware. I am NOT using another custom rom, just the stock rom. I guess I consider myself a moderate user. Here is what my usage/settings consist of on a normal working day:
- 30 mins - 1 hour phone call on the drive to work in the morning
- 10-30 texts per day, sometimes more
- checking twitter (set to sync every hour) & facebook (set to sync every 4 hours), I have the widgets on my screen
- brightness set to 25%
- power saver mode on at 20%
- about 1 - 1.5 hour of music everyday when I'm working out/driving
- 4-5 short 10-15 mins. phone call daily
- some market/internet browsing
I usually have about 50% left when I get off work around 6pm (which is after almost 12 hours unplugged). When it's around 9pm, sometimes I will still have around 30-35% left, and this is when I try to run it down before I charge it going to bed. I would have my bf play angry birds on it for 1-2 hours or I'll play random games/mess with the settings/features. After about 1-2 hours of angry bird have gone by, it'll run the battery from approx. 30% to about 5-7%. That's when it's plugged in around 11pm or midnight.
Of course on the weekends, I use it more. With that, I've never had to charge my phone or have it die prior to 11pm. Remember, this is with 4g on all day on the stock battery. With just 3g, I imagine it to be better. Hope this helps!
Once again Thanks guys for all the comments! This is making it an easier choice to make. I have been in the last few days trying to decide whether to purchase an HTC Incredible 2 or the Thunderbolt. It really makes it hard to choose the Thunderbolt when you read about all the horror stories on here. But ya'll (remember I'm from Texas) have given some great input to help put a positive on the Thunderbolt.
1700 mah I bought from chichitec on amazon. Do not buy from any of the other distributors as you'll get 1500 instead. I don't know if that is amazon fault or the distributors, but if you click on some of the images here are some that clearly say "only from chichitec"
How the guy from LA gets that usage is beyond me. Probably the custom kernel and config. I'm running stock non-rooted. forgot to mention that. I also came from a phone I could charge once a week, so this is a big change no matter what android device I bought.
Out of the box it is just shy of being able to work all day and go out till 11 pm without being mindful of your usage, and is like it to be where I don't really have to worry about how much I used the phone today to go out with it.
Like I said tho, its still a great phone and I suggest nothing else right now.
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The Incredible 2 is an excellent phone, but the biggest advantage it has over the Bolt at the moment is battery life. With firmware updates, the switch to Gingerbread, and so on, these battery issues shouldn't be as pronounced. So I guess it comes down to whether or not you want 4G and which one is nicer to hold.
Plus, if you shop around, you can already find a Thunderbolt for relatively cheap.
Just wanted to say that I dig your screen name Kid A.... Thom Yorke is a genius.
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You really think the battery is worth it? How is it working out for ya...
Originally Posted by twistdhood
Like how is the phone reading the battery?.. accurate?
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Are you talking about me when you said LA guy? If yes, I'm actually a girl :)
Originally Posted by twistdhood
I don't use any custom kernel or config. I did root the phone, but only to remove bloatware. I am still running the stock-rom w/ stock battery... stock everything =]
What I did do, and continue to do everyday, is I would run the battery down to less than 10% (less than 5% the first 2 weeks) and charge it back to full. I understand the battery has no memory, but I like to believe that helped calibrate it a bit. When I first took it out of the box, the battery life was worrisome and I had to monitor my usage all day for fear it'll die. However after 2 weeks, I did see improvements. I also like to believe it's because the system is learning what I use most and what I don't so it's being smarter about power management. Keeping GPS off (including deleting the "current location" weather widget and selecting just 1 or 2 cities to update) have really helped increase my battery life. I d/l phone info to toggle between 3g/4g when I first got the phone to conserve battery life, but I no longer use that after 2 weeks because there is no need to. I'm on 4g all day and as of right now, 7:53pm battery has been unplugged for 13h 18m with 46% left. If I don't try to run it down, I'm sure that'll probably last me until tomorrow morning.
Oh and on a side note, I have a task killer installed (ATK) but I NEVER use it, I just keep it there. I do not use any battery saver/battery management/system monitor apps to monitor my usage. I used android assistant for like 3 days and the first 2 days it helped, but on the 3rd day it was running my down 10% every hour... and the app reported itself using 73% of my system resources. If you just use what the phone is equipped with to toggle your settings (power saver mode, sync-frequency), that should be enough to manage battery power. LOVE MY TBOLT!!!
Sportadic22 - as of this moment, yes I think its worth it. $40 for two 1700mah batteries works well for us. But I am very interested in how the update will affect battery life now.
LA Girl...sorry, wasn't paying attention. Good to know on your settings. I'm still playing with mine, go on and off with the task killer. I use juice plotter to monitor performance, granted of eats it up but after I find something that works I turn it off and get some better performance. It does a decent job to see when you're losing juice.
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