how do i extend my battery life?

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  1. SwiftLegend

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    You expect your phone battery to last longer than 2 hours when it's streaming music that is on average 2 Mb each song? Not to mention the ads if iHeartRadio streams them aswell. (I use RadioTime, has K-Rock and RXP <3)
    if you phone is rooted, try chevy's ultra low voltage kernels, I have his 1.2Ghz LV kernel, and ran RadioTime for 3 hours, when I was done, was at 20%

    EDIT: If you solely want to listen to the radio, why don't you just pick up one of those Zen MP3 players than have FM radio, they run on AA batteries..
     
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    yes i expect it to last at least 7 hours listening to live radio. If it can't last that long then i am probably selling it.

    I like to listen to radio from other cities. that is why i dont use a fm radio to listen to music.
     
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    Don't be an idiot, no phone can do that.
    Let's do the math:
    An average 2 minute song is about 3 MB
    Streamed Ads can prbly be about 1.5-3MB each. You can probably listen to atleast 10-15 songs in an hour, depending on the station. So that's about 25 ads?

    Do the math: 3*15 = 45MB*2 = 90MB
    25*3MB = 75MB*2 = 150MB
    That's 240MB you stream over 2 hours, not to mention Facebook/Twitter/Social Networking updates, you're usual web browsing, phone calls and whatever else you do that uses data. 3g networks aren't meant to stream that kind of bandwidth, nor is your phone, so it's working extra hard.
    If you expect a phone to run 7 hours while streaming live radio, you are a moron.
    ((75+45)7 = 840MB
    FYI: Song's can be up to 5MB so I'll let you do the math. And if you're streaming from farther distances, that's more work for your connection.
     
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    how can streaming a radio station take up that much bandwidth?
     
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    Seeing how radio stations don't account for mobile streaming, they only care about broadcasting to radios, cars, etc. OTA Broadcast frequencies don't have the same limitedness 3G networks have. So it's easier for a car or radio to handle this. Don't get me wrong, my mom has a Zen MP3 and changes the battery almost everyday, and all she does is listen to the radio on it for maybe 3-5 hours.
    If the station doesn't compress, radio edit, that's the culprit
    Like I said, you're looking at an average of 240MB every 2 hours, which is alot to be streaming over 3G.
     
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    why have an radio station app if it is not to be used for long periods of time? Seems pointless as most people don't want to just listen for 30 minutes.
     
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    "long period" is relative.

    If I can get 4-5 hours of heavy use on a single charge, I consider that sufficient....Long enough to last a plane ride (well, wouldn't be using 3G anyway) or long enough for an afternoon at the beach.

    You can always get a second battery. I have an extended battery for my laptop, but without it my standard battery would last only 2.5-3 hours of surfing. You're using your phone like a computer but expect dumbphone cell life. Just unrealistic.

    You've got an app on your phone that you apparently love, but are whining and going to sell the phone because your battery doesn't last as long as you'd like. Doesn't make much sense to me.
     
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    It's for convenience, and it's not the app that determines battery life it's the hardware. Apps like these, that are based off of actual websites, are for on-the-go type use. Like if you have to quickly run down the street, you can access the site on your phone and not miss anything, then resume service on the site.

    If you are near or at a computer during the day, why not give your phone a rest and just hop on www.iheartradio.com ?
     
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    i'm working outside 5 days a week. Listening to radio stations in different cities helps make my day go faster. Sad thing is I am working 7.5 hours and my phone won't last that long.
     
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    OK, so plugging in is not an option then?

    One dumb question, are you able to turn off the screen while listening (makes a big difference).

    Consider investing in a Seido extended battery or two. Two should get you thru the day.
     
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    yes it does turn off after 30 seconds. I can't really afford an seido extended battery that costs $65 right now.
     
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    If you working outside, why don't you just invest in a portable radio? Why must you be so difficult and listen to stations that are outside of state? Do they really play that much of a difference in music?
    I live in Manhattan, so I listen to z100, when I go upstate to the country, I listen to 104.7 (dunno the name). I compared the two stations, and they play the asme songs just in different orders. I understand you want to listen to outside radio stations, I have a Colorado station in my favorites, but sometimes you gotta make sacrifices. Cannot want one thing and another at the same time. If you want to listen to radio on your phone for extended amounts of time, then you gonna have to sacrifice battery life. Maybe cut back and listen for like 20 minutes at a time, give your phone a break.

    You gonna have to stick with Android if you sell your droid, and you aren't gonna find a phone capable of what you want. You want a PHONE to do what a COMPUTER/RADIO is meant to do -_-"
     
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