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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which Android has the best battery life??

I need an android that will last for a few days without a charge with moderate usage. I also want something snappy and powerful....usually these two features are mutually exclusive....but there must be something out there that makes a good compromise!

The up and coming samsung Galaxy S looks to have some impressive battery life (7.5 hours watching movies!!!) and is my current top pick, but why the hell doesn't it have a flash for the camera???

Manufacturer estimated battery life times are always rubbish so I though I'd ask for some responses!

Is anyone getting 2-3 days of usage out of any of the current Android phones???? I don't mind turning data off when I'm not using it. I don't need instant email updates or anything like that...so I don't mind turning on the wifi or 3g when I need it, and turning it off when I don't. I REALLY like the EVO 4g but unfortunately the battery life appears to be horrible. Is there any way to get an EVO 4g to last for 3 days? Would turning of data extend that??

Also looks like there are a ton of new androids coming out within the next few months.....anything coming out soon other than the Galaxy S that appears to have great battery life?

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I was going to point you in the direction of the Galaxy S. On paper at least, the battery life is better than other Android handsets.
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I take it that nobody is getting 3 days out of their phones?
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I guess it all depends on moderate usage. I have had my Milestone for a week or so now and typically get 2+ days between charges, which really means that it gets charged when I know there is not enough battery life to last till I get home on the third day. My usage may be considered light though as I may make or receive 10 Calls a week, most of my data usage is receiving e-mails and browsing the web.

Not sure that helps.
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I can't think of any phone that can go three days unless you have an extended battery in a curve or something? Don't know about evo but incredible uses same battery as the touch pro so they are plentiful, buy a few spares and take em with.
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I take it that nobody is getting 3 days out of their phones?
No. Unless you're using a BB with those shitty, tiny screens and shitty, slow processors/memory. High-end Android phones are very small computers and can fulfill the functions of a netbook easily. Treat them as such.

However, if you're willing to root, an undervolted kernel can inflate the battery life to truly silly heights. I think one guy ran an experiment with his Nexus One and managed to drag it out to, what, fifty hours and counting?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are there any 4" smartphones with about 800x480 pixel resolution with battery life that can last 3 days on one charge?
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My LG Optimus 1 can last 2+ days, with moderate use, but with wi-fi, gps, mobile data turned off. I could probably push it to 3 with the display down to minimum and always using the power button to turn off the screen.

But data/gps connections and games use considerable battery. A lot also depends on the strength of the operator's signal.
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Yes, but that is a 320x240 resolution. I don't think any 800x480 phone can last 3 days-be it Android or WP7. Not sure about iphone4 though
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It is a 320x480 res. But probably a 480x800 may not. AFAIK, iphone's battery life is also quite poor. Maybe a way out is to carry a spare battery, at least you can do that in most phones as compared to iphone.
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I need an android that will last for a few days without a charge with moderate usage.
Don't count on easy fixes to address battery life concerns. The biggest impact on battery life is your usage. No matter what device you choose, you need to analyze your battery usage and address the battery hogs.

There's no simple one-size-fits-all fix whether it's the device itself, battery apps, etc.

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Is anyone getting 2-3 days of usage out of any of the current Android phones????
No idea. Since I don't use my devices while I sleep they all charge nightly. Is this just not possible for you?
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Dell Streak has a huge battery. Anyone getting 3 days on that?
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I'm pretty impressed with the battery life on my new Nexus S. The tech specs put the battery performance slightly better than the Galaxy S.

I've gotten two days of light to moderate use out of it, which is better than my Desire would do.

As for getting three days of moderate use out of an Android phone on one charge, sorry to say, but dream on. Maybe this time next year given the advances in dual core processing etc.

I'm not even sure I'd get three days out of my Galaxy tab.

If you're going to be away from a power source for three days then I'd say get yourself a good phone with a spare battery or a pebble charger.
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I believe in using an object with the battery it came with until the end of its life. Having to change a battery mid-day or at the end of the day ruins the ease of use for me. Hopefully that LG 2X will have 3 days battery life. Intel has those i core's running on laptops basically increasing the battery life hugely compared to chips that don't have that. Hopefully someone will design an ARM chip that can be like that.

The Nexus S is quite expansive here in UK-even after that price cut. CPW sure is not willing to sell it as cheap as you get it in the US.
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I get about 14 hours with moderate use on my Droid 2
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I have an incredible, and hit 4 days with it....of very light usage.(i didnt turn pretty much anything off, just didnt really use it.) The incredible is known for having a small battery, ive managed to burn it down in about 8 hours.

Anyways, my point is its not the phone you need to look at. The different phones and battery can get you a small diff in life, but your usage can see orders of magnitude difference. If you want a smart phone to last 3 days, be prepared to not use it. Get the phone you want, then learn to do what you can to get the life you need.
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I believe in using an object with the battery it came with until the end of its life. Having to change a battery mid-day or at the end of the day ruins the ease of use for me.
I would agree with mid-day. But as long as it lasts a regular day, I see no reason why I need to use the original battery for 3-4 years and therefore not use the phone / object at all. Probably with an iPhone/iTouch's non-replaceable battery that may be an issue.

If and when battery useful life peters out at the end of 15-18 months, I simply get another battery (if I intend to keep the device).
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I would say among these phones:

LG Optimus One - high end 1500mah battery vs. meager specs like 3.2" screen, HVGA and a 600MHz processor. This low to mid end Android phone has the best ratio of battery size vs. battery eating specs.

Nexus S has surprisingly good battery life. Note that the battery part used on this phone is a 1500mah part like the Galaxy S, but is actually different. Despite its frugalness, this battery is slow to recharge. Its annoying to see the Samsung Galaxy S battery actually recharges much faster, despite the Galaxy S goes down on the battery faster. Is there some new tech behind the Nexus S battery?

Droid 2 or Milestone 2. This phone has a lot of battery management gimmicks not seen with other Android phones.

Desire Z. Of all the HTC's I've seen, this one saves the most. Its partly because of a cool running 45 nanometer process processor running a meager 800MHz, and the SLCD don't choke up on the battery life as OLEDs can if you are fond of using white screens. In the US, refer to this as the G2.

Worst Android when it comes to battery life has to be the Droid Incredible. I use this along with my Desire Z side by side, and you can definitely feel the difference between the two.
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Looks like we have to wait for those new dual core phones coming out soon. Hopefully out during MWC in Barcelona next month
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Nexus S has surprisingly good battery life. Note that the battery part used on this phone is a 1500mah part like the Galaxy S, but is actually different. Despite its frugalness, this battery is slow to recharge. Its annoying to see the Samsung Galaxy S battery actually recharges much faster, despite the Galaxy S goes down on the battery faster. Is there some new tech behind the Nexus S battery?
Supposedly one of the advantages of Android 2.3 is that it's more efficient with regards to battery life. The difference between the Galaxy S and Nexus S may be as much to do with the OS as the hardware.
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I'm not sure what Android 2.3 or the Nexus S is doing right. The phones have had reported reboot problems during voice calls. You know what causes a CPU to reboot? When the juice feeding the CPU gets too low. CPU stability comes from in large part, in having a stable current.
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Being a Nokia user I am starting to look into the Android territory. Currently I get around 2 days with my Nokia 5800.. that means 3G signal, wireless on at home when I browse the net (say... 30 mins total wireless per day)... some browsing on 3G (say another 30 mins) and some 40 minutes music playing a day. Not push notifications and no GPS navigation for more than 5 minutes.

I'm reading that hardly anybody with an Android phone can get it to last 2 days... it's kinda hindering me into getting an Android phone as I don't like the idea of having to depend on a battery charge every night. I suppose if I use it as much as I use my 5800 it will last the same ?

The HTC Desire (old one) seems to have better battery life than the new ones ? How is it with software updates ? Are both HTC and Samsung quick to update their phones ?

With the new Dual core processors coming very soon I wonder if I should wait for one of these however probably the price will be quite high and the battery life not much better ?

It's difficult to get a real perception of the battery life until you use the phone and check for yourself...
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I use Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, I suggest you to get a xperia x10.

It has decent battery life. My sony ericsson xperia x10 runs for around 2 days with a single charge, and I get around 6 hrs of talk time.
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I use Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, I suggest you to get a xperia x10.

It has decent battery life. My sony ericsson xperia x10 runs for around 2 days with a single charge, and I get around 6 hrs of talk time.
It can't run flash-which is one huge battery drainer. Can't wait for html5 to be the norm quick.

In this day and age, we should be more worried about productivity with these devices rather than worry when was the last time charging it
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It can't run flash-which is one huge battery drainer. Can't wait for html5 to be the norm quick.

In this day and age, we should be more worried about productivity with these devices rather than worry when was the last time charging it
True... and a bag full of batteries for the occasional 4 day camping music festival
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I use Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, I suggest you to get a xperia x10.

It has decent battery life. My sony ericsson xperia x10 runs for around 2 days with a single charge, and I get around 6 hrs of talk time.
2 days sounds great.. but I dunno. It seems that with the Xperia Arc coming out the X10 won't be getting many updates..

The Arc does come with a 1500 mAh battery which is bigger than the HTC's...
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Bringing this thread from the dead: The phone with more than one day battery life now should be the HTC Incredible S:
HTC Incredible S review -- Engadget

Not sure if Samsung GS2 will match ir or if there is a need for dual core phones anyway
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Whetever you do, DONT buy the Vodafone 845... I struggle to get 6 hours of battery out of it... even on standby mode in my pocket... just thought i'd bring that up
HTC desire HD2 seems to have high rankings with my friends with everything including battery life
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The LG optimus one has been mentioned. If you're only looking for soemthing in terms of Battery take the LG Optimus one I have that and compared to my Samsung galaxy s the LG optimus one lasts 3 days. But I dont bother using the internet on it as much as my galaxy s. My galaxy s can idle for nearly 2 days
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I generally recharge my phone every other day with my Samsung Galaxy S. Which is pretty good life compared to most other phones.
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I've been using mt GT540 on half brightness with Wifi on (only for an hour or two a day) and I've only just gone down to 50% battery after using it like that for 3 days. Not too bad considering it's only a low/mid level Android.
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I got Incredible S with 1450 mA, and I found it only stay for almost 2 days.
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I was going to point you in the direction of the Galaxy S. On paper at least, the battery life is better than other Android handsets.

SGS, right, on paper I own one and trust me, battery life is horrible !

I charged it all night long, unplugged it at 11am and by 5:30pm it was dead. And this with moderate use, very few calls, my Adv. Task Manager set to "aggressive", brightness set at 15%, 3g on and maybe 15mins of playing Angry Birds.

Why would Samsung make a phone with a gorgeous display, which you can NEVER use at full brightness (because it would probably drain your battery in a couple hrs)...
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SGS, right, on paper I own one and trust me, battery life is horrible !

I charged it all night long, unplugged it at 11am and by 5:30pm it was dead. And this with moderate use, very few calls, my Adv. Task Manager set to "aggressive", brightness set at 15%, 3g on and maybe 15mins of playing Angry Birds.

Why would Samsung make a phone with a gorgeous display, which you can NEVER use at full brightness (because it would probably drain your battery in a couple hrs)...
Chances are your task manager is killing the battery. Android just restarts the processes you kill. My Nexus S gets anywhere from 24-32 hours of light to moderate use. I easily get through the day which is really the most important thing with these types of phones.
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Chances are your task manager is killing the battery. Android just restarts the processes you kill. My Nexus S gets anywhere from 24-32 hours of light to moderate use. I easily get through the day which is really the most important thing with these types of phones.
I just uninstalled my task killer, see how it performs without. I heard mixed reviews about task killers, most people use them tough. But thanks for the info !
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I was going to point you in the direction of the Galaxy S. On paper at least, the battery life is better than other Android handsets.
I beg to differ. The Galaxy S has poor battery life and is the only feature of the phone that doesn't do it any justice. Even after turning off all running apps I still have to charge it every night.

I believe the Galaxy S 2 is much better for battery power. Personally speaking too much emphasis goes into making the phone look nice and portable instead of making more room for more battery. I don't care if this means the handset is heavier because it means you can then use it how you want without constantly feeling guilty about it running out of juice.
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I got Incredible S with 1450 mA, and I found it only stay for almost 2 days.

Care to elaborate? I don't understand.
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Battery life is what you make of it.
Both me and my GF have an optimus p500. Her lasts for 12 hours tops, mine for 3 days.

We switched them and it was the same story, so it wasn't the device itself.
I recommend: installing a custom ROM.
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I've found that turning 3g data off saves a lot if you only need your phone on. Also turn off syncing, gps, and wifi until needed and then switch off again when you don't. When you have wifi on you should also turn off 3g data.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:22 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Surprised Almost 2 days, w/Nexus S

I can get almost 2 days with my Samsung Nexus S.

Moderate use to me is:
2 or 3 -15 minute calls, 5-6 texts, Tapatalk, endgadet for 25 miunutes, minor web brower use, and 1-2 live hours on wifi @ home.

I am travelling in a low signal area, so often my phone is struggling for signal.
It may use more power for this.

I have experience with the LG Optimus One, smaller screen, less powerful cpu, and it will get 3 days of similar use easily.

Hope you find a handset that works well for you!
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 02:24 PM   #42 (permalink)
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The optimus batteries will last for a while, but it is an entry level android...my advice is buy one of those chargers you can plug into the wall or the car
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:23 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I don't see why everyone is worried about their phone not lasting more than two days... WTH man.

You go camping? How do you get there? Most likely a car - just get a car charger.
Not a car? Buy an inexpensive solar charger or better yet, an emergency charger.

Get another battery...
There's so many solutions...

I too have an Optimus One and although I can get 2+ days out of it with data on (custom rom, 2.3.4 GB) I occasionally go hiking and even an extra battery sometimes is not enough, seeing how I could end up camping for more than 4-5 days in the wilderness.

The car not being around, I've decided the best thing would be to buy a solar charger. It works wonders, yes, it takes 4h-5h to charge my phone completely, but I don't mind, there's not that much to do on a mountain.

I've hiked with a friend who had an extra battery AND an emergency charger. That meant 2 days on normal battery, another 2 from the extra one, and if even 4 days isn't enough, then the emergency charger would be used, only in an emergency ofc.

I really can't imagine a situation where you can run out of battery if you prepare like that in advance.
And really, who goes hiking/camping to stay on the phone 24/7? If you turn everything off and let it idle you can get a lot more than 2 days of it. For example my optimus one uses 0.437 % of battery / hour.

That means over 200 hours of idle time. I'm totally satisfied with that.

Just get a solar charger or an extra battery and turn your phone off when you don't use it. That would be the best way. I don't want anyone calling me when I'm out there anyway.

Solar charges work even if there's no direct sunlight on them, it just takes much longer, but it does the trick.
Also, if you get a solar charger, you can use it for much more electronics and not just for your phone. Also, your friends can use it.

My solar charger costed me 80$ but we were 3 guys paying for it. It's small and we just take it whenever we go somewhere, even if we don't always go together.
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Definitely not the Thunderbolt. Went from Droid x to thunderbolt and there is a noticeable difference
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I don't see why everyone is worried about their phone not lasting more than two days... WTH man.

You go camping? How do you get there? Most likely a car - just get a car charger.
Not a car? Buy an inexpensive solar charger or better yet, an emergency charger.

Get another battery...
There's so many solutions...

I too have an Optimus One and although I can get 2+ days out of it with data on (custom rom, 2.3.4 GB) I occasionally go hiking and even an extra battery sometimes is not enough, seeing how I could end up camping for more than 4-5 days in the wilderness.

The car not being around, I've decided the best thing would be to buy a solar charger. It works wonders, yes, it takes 4h-5h to charge my phone completely, but I don't mind, there's not that much to do on a mountain.

I've hiked with a friend who had an extra battery AND an emergency charger. That meant 2 days on normal battery, another 2 from the extra one, and if even 4 days isn't enough, then the emergency charger would be used, only in an emergency ofc.

I really can't imagine a situation where you can run out of battery if you prepare like that in advance.
And really, who goes hiking/camping to stay on the phone 24/7? If you turn everything off and let it idle you can get a lot more than 2 days of it. For example my optimus one uses 0.437 % of battery / hour.

That means over 200 hours of idle time. I'm totally satisfied with that.

Just get a solar charger or an extra battery and turn your phone off when you don't use it. That would be the best way. I don't want anyone calling me when I'm out there anyway.

Solar charges work even if there's no direct sunlight on them, it just takes much longer, but it does the trick.
Also, if you get a solar charger, you can use it for much more electronics and not just for your phone. Also, your friends can use it.

My solar charger costed me 80$ but we were 3 guys paying for it. It's small and we just take it whenever we go somewhere, even if we don't always go together.

Where is the best place to get a solar charger?
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i have to agree with janpetros....i don't know why everyone doesn't get a second battery and a standalone charger. this is so convenient as all you have to do is switchout batteries. and get a car charger if you have to.

i feel like a caveman here because i still have the original droid(which gets great battery) and i STILL bought a second battery.

so anyway, what i'm culling from this thread is aside from tweaking one's usage habits,,,battery mah + processor + screen size/resolution = best battery.
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In paper, getting the Android with the ratio of the largest battery capacity, smallest screen, and weak processor, should net you the longest battery life. In paper.

The phone that would best fit this description is the Samsung Galaxy Pro, which is an Android with a Blackberry style form factor, low end tech specs, but with a 1500mah battery.
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True... and a bag full of batteries for the occasional 4 day camping music festival
Or get one of these: New Trent iCruiser IMP1000 11000mAh External Battery: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

11000mAh. That's enough to fully charge most phones 6 or 7 times. The only problem you'll encounter is when your friends find out about it and all want to charge their phones too.
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Samsung battery capacity sounds good on paper but battery quality is very poor by experience. Have 2 Samsung products (phone and laptop) and batteries died between 6-12 months. Batteries last few minutes after a full charge. Not buying Samsung again.
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Default Help: Need an unlocked phone for third-world living

Hello,
I came across this forum while searching for a new phone for my life in West Africa.
To answer a bunch of people's questions here-- if you live in a 3rd world country with poor infrastructure, you definitely need a phone that could last three days without battery life. I live in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and even though that's a major city, there are times when there is NO POWER, whether from the national grid, or when one's personal generator is broken. (Which happens often, since the national grid can't be trusted.) If you travel into the more rural parts you just plan for no power. Any local would tell you it's unsafe to be without a phone.

I'm a journalist and a bunch of my friends are international aid workers. The phone is the lifeline to all things. Most of them have basic, rugged phones, Nokia and such. I went over in 2009 with my Samsung Blackjack II and it was ok, but could have been better. (Yeah, I know it's a crappy phone, but I held onto it after I got my iPhone and there's no way I'm using an iPhone as my primary phone there- poor battery life and too flashy.) Even the poorest people have a cell phone, it's the way to communicate, get work, send money, receive money, etc. I haven't seen a working landline phone in the country.

However I'm going back later this month and need a new smartphone. As I've gotten more work there and abroad, I need a phone where I can text easily and access my work email (through and Exchange server) and my Gmail while on the go. The Internet is super slow, so I'm better off just buying a bunch of credits and pushing my email to my phone during the day when running around.

Of course the Blackjack will no longer cut it and I have a charging issue with a Samsung phone I got while in London. The phone is just OK, a bit annoying, but it does allow you to listen to FM radio, so I get the BBC on my phone which is cute, although I own a radio...

Most people have two phones there since you pay for minutes via as-you-go credits, so you make long distance ones with the cheaper provider or call friends on the same network.

So ideally, I need an unlocked, dual SIM, smartphone that supports exchange. I need to be able to call and text all day (moderate use) without worrying (too much) about the battery dying mid-day. I know pushing email down to the phone will hog battery life as well. I'd go for web-browsing, but if I have the email coming to me, I'm good to go. All the other bells and whistles aren't too important in that environment.

It doesn't even have to be a "newer" phone, as I try not to have too many flashy things one me (you'd be a moron to go there waving around your new iPhone 4S). I'd even lean to a refurbished phone, as I don't want to spend $400 on a phone to use over there. It just needs to work well. And it shouldn't die if a drop of water gets on it... it does rain there 6 months out of the year. Oh, it should have a headphone/mic jack for my interview calls.

I'm leaning towards an Android phone, as I've heard good things. While Blackberry service is available over there, I don't want to bother with it. (too complicated of an admin/payment setup there.) I'm calling, emailing and texting people all around the region so I just need a reliable phone.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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