RAZR Going Back

Discussion in 'Droid RAZR' started by Newps, Nov 24, 2011.

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    Looks like I'll be returning the RAZR. Love the phone except for the battery life. First use was horrible, lost 10% each hour. Phone set to 3G only. Second and later charges actually got better. After 12 hours of little use I was at 30% battery. My Droid will be at 60-70%. A full charge today the battery life dropped again way too fast with little use. One thing that makes no sense is if you charge the battery fully and then either power the unit down or just go to airplane mode the battery will be down 20-30% after a few hours. WTF? After two or three days my Droid might drop to 90% if powered off. Give me about 50% more battery capacity and I'd keep it.
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    Somethings wrong with the phone, battery or an app is causing issues.

    On Wifi only, (no 3G or 4G at all) 7 texts sent, one 1-2 minute phone call, messing around with Live wallpapers and my phone is at 90% after 7 hours. This is with very minimal use. Just on straight standby, very minimal use I can get at least 2 days on this phone. If you put it in Airplane mode and its still dropping battery levels like that somethings definitely wrong.

    See if doing the had reset makes a difference. (hold the power button + vol down button for 10-20 sec) Then try a factory reset if that doesnt help? If you plan on taking it back might as well try a factory reset...lol. The one major issue IMO with a non removable battery is if its a bad battery, the whole phone needs to gets sent in if there's nothing else wrong with the phone. Hopefully when RAZR's get sent in they just replace the battery, cuz you might wind up with one having other issues if your orig one didnt have any. Battery life and reception was gonna be the only deal breakers. So far they both arent issues for me.
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    Go to : Settings > Battery information > Battery Use and see what the culprit is...........:smile-b:
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    Make sure to take full advantage of the Smart Actions.
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    If there is no app that kills the battery so far, i suggest you exchange one because I suspect yours was a lemon.

    I am on my second Razr. First one I bought straight from verizon store on 11/11/11, and when the sales rep started the phone first time, I was pretty sure that I did not see the "dual core" boot screen so I suspect it was a "toy" phone in the store. I asked him twice and he denied it. And later on I found some dust near the screen on button which is like someone used some dirty finger on it. And the battery was horrible too. Anyways, I returned it and got the 0.01 Deal from amazon.

    This second one is just FANTASTIC, from battery perspective. I charged it before I used it for the first time. then first charge lasted 19 hours, with half time on LTE and half time on Wifi. And because this is the new phone, I set up the phone on LTE data connection, which is supposed to use quite some juice.

    Also during setup, I installed many apps and tried to test navigator/call/text/camera.

    So far, this phone surprised me positively on battery. and other aspects are always AWESOME.
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    I felt the same way too when I first got mine...you have to let the battery cycle thru....after few days battery life improved tremendously with the help of smart actions.

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    I just got the razr yesterday. I let it run down until it shut off and then charged fully. I went to bed around 11:00 and when I woke up this morning, the battery icon looked full. Ididn't check to see what the percentage. I have a friend at verizon that said keeping it on wi-fi may help the battery because it doesn't have to search as hard to find signal. 3g is blocked because of trees surrounding my house and 4g isn't here yet. Don't know if this helps or not. Just more info. from a happy RAZR owner/former droid x owner.
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    I think you have some errant system and I suggest a Factory Data Reset before you give up and return the phone

    Factory Data Reset: These have gotten pretty painless lately by following these simple steps: 1. Make sure Backup and Restore are checked in the Privacy setting. 2. When going through the setup after the reset, turn on wifi as soon as you can (assuming it is available). 3. After you have entered your Gmail account info, you will be presented with a screen that has two check boxes. Basically they are "Do you want Google to backup and restore this phoneā€¯. Make sure you check both of those. Your apps will then automatically reinstall (paid and free). Set the phone aside for a minute or two and let the apps download and install. 3. If rooted, use an app such as titanium backup to restore data only to select apps such as Tapatalk and you will not have to re-enter all your login information. I do this for 3-4 apps (Tapatalk, SPB Shell, etc.).

    I've been flashing new roms/updates about once per day lately and I can be up and running with all my apps and settings back in place in less than 20 minutes. It's pretty painless now.

    NOTE: I have heard that not everyone has been as lucky as I with the automatic re-installs. So good luck if you end up having to go that route.
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    These are all good suggestions...I'd try them out before taking your Razr back. I don't use Smart Actions because I haven't taken the time to figure out scenarios that fit my schedule. But, I still get excellent battery (for a Razr). I fully charge with phone off every night. Turn the phone on a 630AM. Usually get and respond to 25-30 emails, 20 text, about 30 minutes of phone calls and 20 minutes on the web during a typical day. When I turn my phone off at about 1130 PM I have 50-55 % battery left. I have CDMA only turned on (not a strong 4g signal in my area yet), no background sync (Facebook, news/weather etc), WiFi on when available, no Bluetooth or GPS, screen turned down to 40 %, all mail (3 accounts) pushed to me via gmail and alot of apps turned off by native Task Manager after screen off for 2 minutes.
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    Which leads to a second question. I am in a 3G only area so the phone is set to that. Therefore should not the RAZR battery perform similarly to my rooted Droid1 that has the BP7X Droid 2 extended battery? The mAh on the two batteries are essentially the same. What's normal use for me I see 60-70% battery left at the end of the day on the Droid(rooted and running a GB ROM) and I could probably get halfway thru the next day, the RAZR will be shutting down in 12-14 hours.
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    OK, did a factory reset and the battery is fully charged. We'll see how it goes. Took about 30 minutes to get back to where I was, more or less. Still a couple apps that I need to reinstall but good enough.
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    I've had mine for over a week. The firts couple of days the battery life was just horrible. Yesterday i took the phone off the charger at 6am. Did some texting and web surfing on my homes wifi before going to work. Made a couple of phone calls during the day. 40 or so texts and some web surfing on the 3g network. Came home from work played angry birds on and off for 3 hours. Took some pics of the dogs. uploaded them to picaso. some more texts and web surfing. Battery finally went to 5% and red after almost 17 hours. The last 5 hours the phone was used pretty hard.. I can live with that. My last phone was a lg chocolate and that only needed to be charged once a week..
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    Run a simple test using YouTube with either Wifi or 4g. Run YouTube for about an hour and then compare it to the results of my battery experiments post. Find the one hour long video from Android developers page on YouTube where they introduce the Galaxy Nexus. Then you can play it and set the phone aside to do something else. Set your screen brightness to 50% and volume to 50%. Note the start and end time and start and end battery percent using the free battery circle widget.

    I'll bump my post to the top of the forum so you can find it easy. See if your phone drains the same amount of percentage points per hour as mine. I did these experiments multiple times so my numbers are fairly accurate for my phone. Might as well. Then you can be more certain that there is a problem with your battery and have some evidence to prove that your phone is faulty.

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    No offense but I have read this on SO many threads as the answer to people not liking their razr. "Mines perfect you must've gotten a lemon or a defective one. Take it back to Verizon and switch it out"
    come on...

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    Did a factory reset this afternoon. End result is no change. Too bad, really liked the phone other than the battery issue. Time to move on.
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    There's a good reason for that and it's not pure fanboy-ism. I was in the exact situation the thread starter was in hating the battery life but once I actually did some research and followed the http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr/181944-battery-life-27.html) thread, my phone turned into a completely different beast after some minor tweaks and Smart Actions. And there are hundreds of us with the same end result.

    So it's entirely reasonable that if he does such things and notices ZERO improvement, a bad phone moves higher up the list of possibility. It's definitely not the first/common option but it's a reality and he wouldn't be the first.
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    What I posted goes for ANY phone....not just the RAZR..

    Exactly. I mean a phone losing battery levels like that in Airplane Mode? Thats no data, cellular, phone connections? Thats definitely a problem. Its one thing to just say the battery life sucks and I dont want it, but with details sometimes it easier to diagnose a bad phone, battery or app.
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    Yes, you can track the progress of that critical issue here: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=17354

    Sent from my unrooted DroidX using Tapatalk
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    The battery life between a D1 and a Razr will be significantly different. The processor in the Razr uses more power than the processor in the D1. That alone will create more power usage. The larger amount of RAM will aggravate the issue since storing data in RAM also burns a little power. The screen probably burns more power as well, since it is larger, but I can't be sure of that one.

    Regardless, the hardware in the Razr will use more power than the hardware in the D1. The radios may be the same or even may use less power, but the computer hardware will use more.
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    Well I plan on getting the extended battery tomorrow(hope it's still half off) and this will be the deciding factor to me whether I made the right decision. If the battery is as good as the reviews I've read and I can use 4g all day w/o going dead then as far as im concerned Bionic blows razr out the water. It wouldn't even be a fair comparison after that. But I wont know till I give it a try...

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