Rapid Battery Drain and Very Sluggish on Phone dialing

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    I have been using the the Droid 3 since August 2011 with little problem and few annoyances. Over the past month, I have been suffering through 2 problems. The phone is stock/NOT rooted. I am running Android version 2.3.4 with Baseband version of N_03.18.32P.

    1. Very Rapid Battery Drain. I have the same widgets that I installed on Day 1, no more/no less. None have had a recent update. The strange thing I notice is that screen is not the number 1 but the following is the latest list.
    Android OS 18%
    Motorola Services 17%
    Google Services 15%
    Contacts 12%
    Wifi 5%
    Phone idle 3%
    Cell Standby 3%
    Screen display 3%
    Voice Calls 2%
    Facebook 2%
    DropBox 2%

    As you can see applications are not the problem. Any suggestions?

    2. It takes anywhere from 1 second to 15 minutes to place a call, the majority of times I try to call it takes 4-5 minutes to place the call. Any suggestions?

    I am of the opinion, I may have to do a factory refresh and reload all apps.

    Thank you,
    Bob
     
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    Update:

    Last night (December 27, 2012), I did a factory refresh and limited the apps I re-installed to those I primarily use. I did not re-install the home screen/launcher replacement (though there have been no reports of the type of behavior I was experiencing), "Beautiful Widgets" or "Folder Organizer". I also did not re-install Google Voice as I have read of this causing conflicts. (NOTE: I removed this app, and did a battery pull prior to the factory refresh to see if removing Google Voice improved performance, but it did not).

    The results...... My Droid 3 is as snappy as it was when I got it new in August 2011.

    I will slowly add back a couple of games, "Angry Birds", "Bad Piggies" and a Train game for my grandson.

    My Droid 3 needs to make it to April when I am eligible for a new phone. I know I will have to make a full-price purchase to keep my unlimited data plan.

    Bob
     
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    I also have the same issues with phone dialing. i am slowly uninstalling apps trying to find the culprit. in all what apps did you have before reset?
     
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    The first things I did was delete all text messages and cleared cache.

    I removed Google Voice and Facebook. I pulled the battery after each un-install. Since there was no improvement, I just moved all pics, docs, music, etc from the internal media. I bit the bullet and did a factory reset.

    Still running well.
     
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    That's going to be fun. Time to start moving stuff.
     
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    Dialing Sluggishness

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you have or know the log in/sign in information for your apps before doing a factory refresh.

    Actually the "Factory Refresh" was quite painless.

    I was already storing all my pics, docs, and music on the External SD Card or in one of my cloud accounts, so there was little to move; just any pics on text messages I wanted to save. I also used my Google account for contacts so I did not even have to back up my contacts.

    The Factory Refresh took about 10 minutes with another 5 or 6 minutes for activating the phone.

    Since I used my Google account for contacts, they were automatically restored. I went to the Google Play Store and slowly and with great deliberation, started to reload applications. At this point, I installed only those apps that I use or know I need. I stuck with the stock launcher and did not re-install either Fancy Widgets or Beautiful Widgets.

    I was amazed at all the apps I had loaded that I have never used on my Droid 3 or even previously on my original Droid. These apps are in my list so I can install when I need them.

    Since reloading apps, I have discovered a function in an app that drains batteries rapidly..... Whenever FaceBook does not connect or respond, it will run and run trying to connect/respond and drain the battery. You must close it prior to turning off the screen.

    A downside, you may have to log in/sign in to each app the first time. Some apps saved the info on the external SD Card, so these did not need the log in/sign in redone; others I had to log in.

    It has been 4 days and other than the aforementioned FaceBook problem, the battery life is once again great, the response is snappy, and dialing is rapid.

    Good Luck,
    Bob
     
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    Yeah I know I just dread doing it hahaha :-D
     
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