Another battery question - Do you leave GPS on?

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    I left my phone on all night, woke up to it dead. Do most of you leave GPS on?
    I'm trying to see the advantages of leaving GPS on if I don't use the phone for gps navigation. Right now, seems all it does for me is give me updated local weather. Other than that, not seeing a benefit. Most users on here turn GPS off?
     
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    I leave my gps off unless I'm using it.. gps will eat up battery due to the fact that its constantly getting a "fix" (locking) to satellites. Also turning on and off the GPS is pretty quick, so its really a non issue for me.
     
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    I use locale with GPS plug in to set times for the GPS to run. When I'm at work at my desk, no need for GPS, and when im sleeping i dont need GPS..
     
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    I leave my GPS on all the time. That and bluetooth. My battery runs very well, but I'm also conscious to keep it topped off when I'm sitting at my desk, in the car, or at home on the computer. That way, when I'm away from home/office, I don't have to worry about losing battery power.

    And once a week, I plan to drain it completely to keep it in good condition.
     
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    I leave GPS on. There are a lot of APPs that use it .
    I found that turning Bluetooth and WIFI off unless I use it helps and turning the brightness down on the screen and let the screen timeout after 30 secs (sometimes a pain) I get good battery life. There was an article on PC World I think that said we just have to get into different habits. I just charge my phone overnight.
    The battery life does seem to improve after you charge it up a few times.
     
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    gps on wastes battery big time!
     
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    From How to prolong lithium-based batteries

    It basically says to not fully discharge it too much, do a full discharge every 30 recharges, keep it cool, partial discharges are best, and store the battery at 40% capacity if needed.

    Edit: Oh and I forgot, I keep my gps off.
     
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    I leave mine on, but I also use the dock at night so phone is always charged.

    How much battery does the GPS really use if one of the associated apps (Maps, Nav, weather) isn't actually being used? When the icon is in the status bar, isn't that when it is really using battery?
     
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    This is exactly what I thought. Everytime I open a GPS app it takes a while for it to get a new fix, etc...so it must not really be running in the background with a fix unless I am actively navigating, etc. right? Otherwise, it would be seamless and always have an almost immediate fix instead of taking a few seconds.
     
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    I leave the GPS on all the time as well as the WiFi radio. I use WiFi at home and at work so it just makes sense for me.

    I charge the droid each nite in the docking station and I get a whole day without recharge.
     
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    no need to leave the GPS on if you're not using it right?
     
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    I turn my GPS, and Wi-Fi off every night. I open weather bug when I get up and by the time I finish brushing my teeth (sooner actually, I am sure) I know how to dress. The weather here changes a lot :).
     
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    I keep GPS off, but I have a switch on the desktop to turn it on easily.
     
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    I leave my GPS on specifically for Mobile Defense. If ever my phone is lost/stolen, I want to make sure I can get an exact lock on its location. Since GPS can't be remotely activated at this time, I leave it on. I still have enough battery to last me at least one day, and sometimes two full days if my usage is low.
     
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    I wish I could say the same but I can't stop messing with this damn thing. :icon_ banana:
     
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