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I'm impressed with the battery life of this phone

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Matth3w, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Matth3w
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    That's right, you read the title correctly, it's not an error.

    It's now 7pm my time...so my phone has been off the charger for 13 hours today. So far today I have:

    - Had Bluetooth service turned on all day
    - Made about 30 minutes of voice calls, all of which actually used the BT service
    - Sent/received about 100 or so text messages
    - Downloaded two new programs and updated a bunch from the market
    - Had WiFi turned on for about 7 hours
    - Used WiFi tethering at work without charging for an hour and a half
    - Have LiveScores on to update me on the progress of NHL games around the league
    - Browsed the internet for about 20 minutes this morning
    - Have my phone overclocked to 1GHz
    - Have 6 widgets running in the background that use the phone to update on a regular basis, 7 if you count the news/weather widget as two widgets
    - Sent about 10 emails from GMail
    - Showed an avid baseball fan that owns an Eris one game of Homerun Battle 3D
    - Screen is on auto brightness with 1 minute timeout


    And I still have 20% battery life left. :icon_ banana:

    For what this phone does, the battery rocks if you know what you're doing and are diligent about shutting off the screen when not in use. I have a spare battery sitting out waiting to swap but it looks like I might be able to get through most of the rest of the night without it.
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    Wow that sounds too good to be true.
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    All you have to do is know that you should turn off your screen whenever you are done using it. I send a text and immediately lock the phone out of habit. So my screen is on a minimal amount of time, except for WiFi tether it was on max brightness the entire time.

    Also, I got a spare battery off of eBay for like 4 bucks.

    Lastly, occasionally I will allow the battery to completely drain and then recharge all the way to "condition" the battery. Also important to do this when you first get it.
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    Heavy to moderate I get a full day 12-13 hours as well. Plug in at night at 40-30% average.

    I also out of habit just lock it as soon as I'm done.

    I get WAY better battery life on my Droid than I did with my BB Tour. So I'm pleased
    No complaints.
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    Usually I plug it in with 30-40 left as well, but the WiFi tether with the screen on auto brightness I'm sure put a huge strain on it this morning.
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    You don't have to condition lithium ion batteries
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    no doubt.....

    I have yet to use wi-fi : )

    can you believe that? dang.
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    My battery life seems to be hit or miss. Phone calls definitely drain it more than anything else.

    I took about an hour of phone calls today and used GPS to get to a location about 10 miles from here. That pretty much drained my battery.

    On the other hand, I had Pandora playing for 8 hours yesterday, along with casual browsing, and it lasted 16 hours.
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    Some people agree with you and some say different.

    From batteryuniversity.com:

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    That doesn't make the battery last any longer, it just makes the reading a little more accurate.
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    That's impressive!!

    I usually just plug it in on my commute home (about 50 minutes) and then I don't plug it back in until I'm ready to go to bed. It's no bother to do it this way, and I really don't "need" to, it's just a habit.

    When I used the iPhone, I had to charge up around 2-2:30 pm just to make it through the rest of the day. :mad:
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    I've created a post about battery life and made an excel sheet to help keep track. It would be nice to get people's input on this so we can gain some knowledge about the phone and it's battery life. I'm looking for objective data, not subjective data, which seems to be what most people post. I'm not calling you out,but clearly documentation makes it more objective. If you want to help, the thread is located here.
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    im gone from my house for 12 hours a day at work, and my phone still has plenty of a charge left and thats with alot of web surfing and texting..
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    I'm too lazy. I just wanted to make a counter-post to all the people that constantly complain about battery life. :icon_ banana:
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    it takes like 30 seconds to input all of the data though lol... punk
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    Perhaps I'll fill it out tomorrow.
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    SetCPU is a MAJOR help. Before I loaded a custom ROM and OC'd I was getting about 12-18 hrs (still good by smartphone standards) but with SetCPU down-clocking it when sleeping and controlling the throttle (I run @ 950Mhz) I easily get 18-36 hours depending on use but I've yet (regardless of use) been in a position where I was worried or required to charge).
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    I'd say you are in the minority here. I went from 40% last night to a warning message about needing a charge within 15 minutes last night.

    There are obviously a lot of variables in each person's battery life, especially user installed apps and user habits, but I'd say most people think the battery life is medicore, at best.

    I'm getting tired of always being scared of running out of juice (although I'm usually near a charger) I just spent 18 bucks to buy a travel charger with 2 extra batteries for a trip next week. Can't run out of juice when using something important like navigation in a rent-a-car. This way I can always have a spare full, and 1 charging.


    -Wil
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    I don't use my phone for navigation or watching movies or listening to music, so that helps.
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    as a "counter-test", i was in a very low-reception area yesterday, and my phone drained from 90% to 20% in about 3-4 hours. so in a low-reception zone, remember to put on Airplane mode!