I have been considering for a long time rooting my phone, for better performance, overclocking, etc. but have been a bit hesitant to do it.
The extended battery is great. It's 1860 mAh, and ever so slightly thicker than the stock battery - I actually prefer it because the added thickness (maybe 3mm or so) makes the phone a little more comfortable to hold in your hand... but just a preference. If you decide to get one, make sure it's a legit Moto battery (part #BP7X) - I've heard tales of problems with some of the cheaper knock-offs.
Rooting your phone is pretty easy- some of the apps only take one or two touches to root. Generally speaking it isn't rooting that causes the problems, it's what you do after the root. Don't go crazy with some of the apps that are readily available, just use some of the simple ones that you understand.
If you decide to root go to My Battery Life Writeup in the D2G forums here on this board. It tells you some of the stock apps (AKA battery suckers!) you can freeze that come on the phone with Titanium Backup. Freeze them maybe 1 or 2 at a time so you will know how to reverse if there are problems. Get the stock like you want it, then use TitBu to backup all of your apps. Then, in a disaster, you can reinstall them all without having to download them from the Market again. The key- just don't go crazy after rooting!
As for batteries, may I recommend the Gorilla Gadgets Extended Battery? It is twice the size (3500mA I believe) and is great in these phones. I have had one for several months now and I don't think I could live without it. I can go all day on it, with plenty of juice left at the end of the day.
Don't give up! Keep trying different arrangements on your phone until you get it to a point you can live with.
Im too fed up, Im calling or going to Verizon today. From freshly charged, it was unplugged for 2.5 hours and with an 18 minute phone call it was down to 30%. Something is not right physically, electronically or processing wise.
Im definitely going to look into a larger battery. Does it fit inside the phone just like the stock, or is a different battery cover and phone case required?
I bought two spare batteries from DealExtreme, I believe. They were really cheap, same capacity as the original and looked almost identical. Plus they work just as well (or in this case just as bad) as the orignal.
Depending on how my quest with Verizon goes, I may end up rooting my phone. Does that require a factory reset that I should backup everything first? I do like the idea of using Titanium backup since its only for rooted OS's.
The Motorola extended battery comes with its own battery door, which is just a fraction fatter than the stock battery door. This means that snap-on cases will not fit when you have the extended battery installed, but IMO those are ugly anyway. I keep my D2 in a belt holster and, with a screen protector (Skinomi, highly recommend) it has fared just fine.
Yeah, that definitely sounds like something's borked. To drain that kind of power in that amount of time, either your CPU is running full-tilt (which shouldn't be the case after a fresh factory reset) or your battery is faulty and mis-reporting its available charge. Are your batteries legit Motorola batteries (part #BP6X, I believe), or are they third-party? I've heard of some third-party batteries malfunctioning, but have never owned one to verify or back up that claim.
I have the grippy gel protective case on my D2. I like the added protection, plus the phone doesnt slide out of my pocket, but those benefits could be pushed aside for better battery life. Definitely looking into the extended battery.
Ive had my phone and the stock battery for about a year now. I ordered 2 extra batteries roughly 6 months ago from DealExtreme or Amazon, cant remember exactly. They were pretty cheap, about $5-10 each, but looks 99% identical to the original. They are the same shape, capacity, voltage, colors, Moto logos and everything, just the font is slightly different. Its hard to tell them apart but they all have BP6X on them. I knew I was getting cheap batteries, and probably knock offs, but I wanted the quantity for convenience. Im inclined to say its not my batteries that are malfunctioning and dying quickly just because they all act the same with the same running time. If it was one in particular, then it might make sense. I havent had any other battery related issues, like a cell going back or anything *knock on wood*. My AndroSensor app shows all my batteries are healthy.
Ive charged my phone twice today but looking at my battery use it now shows 7 hours on battery and Im down to 15%. Ive barely used my phone except for a handful of texts and a call. Display used 37%, voice calls used 21% for 9.5 minute call, phone idle used 11% time on for 6 hours and 9% for cell standby. Do those percentages seem normal?
I have it set to auto brightness and to shut the screen off after 30 seconds.
Maybe if I go into Verizon theyll have something that can run a diagnostic and see whats up. I should still be under warranty.
Your issue seems to be an battery problem, but why are you using 3 batteries? for that, get an good battery for your phone, does your phone loose battery power soon?
My battery is usually mostly dead before charging, between 5-30%. Theres been a handful of times where the phone died and I recharged, but most of the time I have the phone on to charge. I will have to try cycling the batteries (full charge to completely dead and then full recharge) and see how that works.
Originally Posted by MissionImprobable
It could be a battery issue, although my batteries list as good health. But of course, even though the battery is healthy, it could still be a crap battery.
Originally Posted by angelinaS31
Im very much considering the big extended battery. At my rate, that battery should last most of the day. As it is now, from the time I unplug from a full charge I get about 3-3.5 hours before my phone is yelling at me to charge it.
I am going to root my phone and probably try a custom rom. Any rom/app suggestions for good battery life? :happy:
I dont know of any apps to monitor the resources. But there is an app that helps to cool your phone down when its starting to get hot. Its called "cool down phone". I have it on my device because ive been having the same problems and it works ok.