Am I the only one with weak battery life

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  1. Hazardous
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    Just got the Droid 4 and so far I'm a but skeptical about the battery life. While it's brand new, it doesn't last as long as my D1 does considering my D1 is 2+ years old. I know it's hard to compare but I'm not really doing anything different that I did on my previous phone; unless G4 takes that much more power. If the battery gets any worse (which does happen over time) It would be as good as a brick for me as you cannot even swap out the battery.

    Although I like the phone, I'm seriously thinking of swapping it out while I can.

    How is everyone else's experience regarding the battery?
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    I just got my d4 Saturday but have been using it pretty hard gaming social networking youtube texting using it as a remote for my tv and surround sound. The last part is mainly for my entertainment pausing the tv and turning the volume down when my wife is watching tv and have her think that its going crazy :). But I managed to get about 13 hours out of one full charge. Much much longer than my thunderbolt. I'm thinking if I set up the smart actions and root and get rid of some of the bloat I may get 15-16 hours.

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    i rooted the phone and downloaded android overclock to make use of the profiles feature of the app. downclocking the cpu while the screen is off helped my droid x immensely as i had about 2-2.5 days of moderate use with it set up that way. i havent had the best battery life with the droid 4 yet, but i blame 3cx mobile device manager for that.
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    Mine is horrible too. I posted about it in the battery life thread in the other Droid 4 forum.
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    How do you use it as a remote. I am very interested in this!
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    lol Oh gosh that is something my husband would do! :p
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    I am totally on board with swapping this b***h out!!! The battery life is infuriating & disappointing. I've rooted, blocked bloatware, and made use of the power save features all to no avail. Even being in class all day (and NOT texting throughout) and only making a few phonecalls or listening to music during my commute, I'd say I'm getting less than 8hrs of actual USE. Unacceptable. Motorola better pull an improvement outta their ass or I'm jumping ship. I've been a Droid loyalist since March 2010. This was a betrayal on their front. And the camera performance SUCKS!!!
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    No problems here, battery life has been great, can go a day and a half and still have like 30% left. But I don't use my phone at work for 8 hours a day so that helps. Also been using a lot of smart actions as well.

    While it's not as wonderful as my old basic phone, which could go a week + on one charge, haha, it's a smart phone so I expected it to be worse - I just didn't expect it to be THIS GOOD.
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    Yeah, yesterday night, before I went to bed.. I looked at my phone. It said that the phone has gone 18 hours with one charge. Granted, I only talked on the phone for about 40 minutes yesterday. But I do play with the phone a ton. I still haven't been able to let my phone die.. thats how good the battery is! I have no problems. The I use many smart acions... if the battery is under 50% the screen is 50%, My live wall paper stops moving under 30%, under 25%, background tasks are stopped, screen is turned to 25%.... stuff like that. Plus, I NEVER EVER use WiFi and 4g is active all day long at work and home.

    So idk what I am doing right... but the battery is AWESOME for me.
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    terrible battery life

    modest use is getting me 7-8 hours on a charge. i'm not impressed.
    granted, i've only had the phone a few days. but mostly all i'm doing is receiving email. wifi is off. far as i can tell nothing is running that would suck the juice.
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    Android OS (kernel)

    Androis OS (kernel) use seems high. Anyone else seeing this?

    80%battery (5 hr 12 min on battery)

    Significant power use
    30% display - on 48m
    26% android os - CPU total 23m
    18% wi-fi - running 5h 12m (using as a SIP phone/extension need wi-fi on)
    6% phone idle - 4h 23m
    6% cell standby - 5h 12m (1% time w/o signal)
    4% voice calls - time on 1m

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    I have noticed this as well. I wonder if it has anything to do with all the bloat/ 4g? Just a guess
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    My battery life sucks *.* it lasts less than 6 hours.

    -AqworldThunder ;) ^…^ ¶.¶ *.* Thank me if i helped please!
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    Make sure auto update in the market is turned off.
    Make sure Google and Verizon locator are turned off
    My OS time dropped big time and battery lasted longer.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using DroidForums
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    I had the exact same thing, turns out it was widgets. I removed elixir (very sadly) and today I went 16 hours and got to a charger with 40% to spare.

    low to moderate use, 1hr music over bluetooth, updated 15 apps over wifi, 4g off, wifi off, bluetooth on only for music.
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    'elixir' widget? what's that?
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    Let me google that for you

    It's exactly that, it's a widget from the program called "elixir"
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    I wonder what people are doing that's killing battery life. I'm not implying you're doing something wrong, just actively curious what differs.

    I'm a power user. I can't go more than a half hour without turning my phone on for *something*. I'm not underclocked, though I am rooted, and have frozen all the bloatware. I have a pedometer app installed (AccuPedo) which runs constantly, even with the screen off. I also use Pure Calendar widget with push notifications. Oh, and I'm running the stock weather widget too. Those are my only three widgets installed.

    Even with those running constantly, I can take my phone off the charger when I wake up in the morning (~7am) and not plug it in the entire day at work, and still have 25%+ when I get home at 6pm. Pausing AccuPedo during the day significantly increases that percentage.

    I did, however have the live wallpapers installed for the first few days (I was testing out Forest, which is cool). That killed my battery FAST. On a normal static wallpaper it seems I can go almost a whole day of regular (but not constant) use.

    Today is my first day without the live wallpaper, I took the phone off the charger around 8am, it is now 3pm, and I'm at 80%. I've made a few phone calls, sent at least 30 texts, used the browser off and on for an hour while at lunch, and played Doodle Jump for over a half hour. Also I've been playing around with settings for at least a half hour (slow day at work).

    Perhaps you guys live on the border of a 4g area? I read (but have not verified) that if the phone is constantly trying to ping 4g towers, it's going to drain you significantly faster than if you have no chance at 4g, or full 4g. Same if you're on the edge of 3g and don't get solid service.

    Also, from what I've read (again, not verified personally) if you DO have 4g, downloading a lot of 4g data will significantly decrease battery life. When I'm at work or at home I turn on Wifi and turn off 4g, if that helps.

    Sorry I don't have better answers but I wanted to share my personal experience at the very least.
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    View attachment 47528

    15 Hours 1minute 7seconds on one charge. Took this screenshot late last night when it was finally dying.
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    I downloaded and installed Elixir and what a beautifully detailed and informative app that is. I get an information overload woody from viewing all the stats and specifications it can give. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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