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Old November 27th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My expectations were very low for battery life. I was expecting something on par with the Thunderbolt out of the box (which, might I add, I had since day one and the DNA was my upgrade from the TB). While I will say the battery life is short while I flew this weekend, screen basically on for 5+ hours straight, playing games and listening to music, but that is expected almost with any device. And times like that for me and I believe for most of android users are few and far between. What I was most concerned with was real life usage. How long was that going to last?

My TB out of the box probably gave me 8-10 hours of normal usage. That is probably generous also. Yesterday/today have been my first real usage test of the DNA and let me tell you I have been pleasantly surprised. On wifi while at work and home, 4G the rest of the way. Playing music back and forth on my 45 minute commute each way, I have gotten a solid 33 hours. cannot believe it!
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Old November 27th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Told you so!!

(well maybe not you specifically, lol)

And yes, there will still be detractors that point out the low amount of screen on time in that screen shot. BUT... once my initial couple weeks of playing with it non-stop (and getting 14 to 16 hours consistently) my usage has dropped and I am at 14 hours off charger with 50% battery left. Though I will say my usage was less than usual today due to being rather busy at work...

Still...

I'm with you. Zero complaints about battery life
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I used Juice Defender on my previous phone with good results. I wonder if anyone has tried it on the DNA or if I'm going to have to be first?
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Yes, NightAngel is officially vindicated, I'm getting great battery life too.

I tried Juice Defender my first or second day but it caused problems with my Better YouMail connecting so I stopped using it. It's not needed anyway.
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I wouldn't say I am getting great battery life, but it seems just as good as the HTC One X and GS3, I would like a little longer but with the battery size, the screen size, and resolution you cannot really expect more.

I am only getting 1-2 hours of on screen time over 14 hour days, so it is good but not great. Nothing to be upset about.
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What I find amazing is that no one says a word about the battery in the iphone 5 which is 1450 mAh yet they are bitching more than a Justin Bieber-obsessed JHS girl about the 2020 mAh battery in the DNA.
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What I find amazing is that no one says a word about the battery in the iphone 5 which is 1450 mAh yet they are bitching more than a Justin Bieber-obsessed JHS girl about the 2020 mAh battery in the DNA.

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It's blowing my mind also. I gave up the Razr maxx for this and thought I would regret it. Not at all!!!!! It's on par with my S3 which got me through the day no problem at all. My phone is used for work and non-stop phone calls. The S3 was the first phone to impress me here at work (Batt wise). Of course the MAxx was unbeleivable but not enough phone for me. So got the DNA while holding my breath and am still amazed. I put on the charger around 4:00 just ot get me through rest of night but I don't have to. I'm still at 65% while using non-stop till 4:00.

So of course I wish it was better but I can't beleive how good it really is. Plus this phone is growing on me. Afraid at first(because of batt) and now that the fear is gone i'm loving it!!!!!!
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Yes, HTC has quietly put together an extremely efficient device, 2020 in the DNA is not the same as 2020 in a Samsung or Motorola product. I am very happy with the battery life, it still doesn't last the entire day for me, as I am a heavy user, but goes until 3pm, instead of 11am like my GNex.
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I wouldn't say I am getting great battery life, but it seems just as good as the HTC One X and GS3, I would like a little longer but with the battery size, the screen size, and resolution you cannot really expect more.

I am only getting 1-2 hours of on screen time over 14 hour days, so it is good but not great. Nothing to be upset about.
GSAM Battery Monitor. Check for wakelocks, and note, the graphs work in landscape mode.

On my LTEvo (Sprint One X variant, so maybe I shouldn't be talking, oh well), I drop typically 10% per hour for screen on, and can get 8 hours of screen on, auto brightness.

Even with the bigger screen and higher resolution, two hours of screen on seems odd to me.
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What I find amazing is that no one says a word about the battery in the iphone 5 which is 1450 mAh yet they are bitching more than a Justin Bieber-obsessed JHS girl about the 2020 mAh battery in the DNA.
The battery life on my iphone 5 is better then my GS3, and I use the GS3 less as its my personal line.

What you have to take into consideration is that IOS is not as battery hungry as Android. That being said, there's not much you can do these days with LTE on board, battery life is just one of those things nobody has been able to really conquer, except Motorola with the Maxx series, everyone else is pretty much in the same boat and it really depends on the persons usage and what they really use they're phones for on a daily basis.

However, I'm glad I'm hearing Good things about the DNA, most likely will be in my pocket by next week and be retiring my GS3 to draw duty...
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Glad to hear from a fellow TB user that stuck it out that this phone's battery life will be a pleasant surprise. That said, batt life was never a big concern for me. Maybe it was because of NightAngel's insistence that it wasn't as bad as people thought.

I've still been more concerned about the small amount of memory. I don't consider myself a memory hog and I'm currently using about 7 GB of the internal memory and 9 GB of the SD card on my phone. That means at best, I'll be able to transfer everything over and it will fit perfectly and at worst I'll have to go through and delete a bunch of stuff.

The second option isn't that bad. I think I could probably free up a 2 - 3 gigs by getting rid of stuff that I don't use, but that would still only leave me with 2 - 3 gigs of leeway for the entire time I have the phone. I can't see that lasting too long.
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GSAM Battery Monitor. Check for wakelocks, and note, the graphs work in landscape mode.

On my LTEvo (Sprint One X variant, so maybe I shouldn't be talking, oh well), I drop typically 10% per hour for screen on, and can get 8 hours of screen on, auto brightness.

Even with the bigger screen and higher resolution, two hours of screen on seems odd to me.
I have that app. I have auto brightness on, 75.3% of my battery is consumed by apps. 47.2 is consumed by kernal, my next highest is Internet at 3.3%.

Not sure what the problem is, I only have about 10 apps installed so far.
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What I find amazing is that no one says a word about the battery in the iphone 5 which is 1450 mAh yet they are bitching more than a Justin Bieber-obsessed JHS girl about the 2020 mAh battery in the DNA.
While the iphone 5 has a small battery, it got great battery life for me. But IOS in itself is a lot simpler than android. Also the screen is tiny and lower res compared to the DNA and most android phones.
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I think my DNA might be doing better than my Rezound with the 2800 extended battery did.
I could hardly make it to lunchtime without a recharge some days.

The DNA drops as well when I heavily use it but making it to lunch time is not a problem.

Today I watched a youtube video or two and streamed some music and some Fb then used bluetooth to play music while the screen was off and it was only down to 60% at lunchtime.
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I'm stunned by how great the battery life is compared to the Rezound. I've become accustomed to always looking for an outlet or always carrying a portable charger. It wasn't unusual for my Rezound to drain in a matter of a couple hours with zero usage in some instances.

Still find myself habitually charging the DNA when I don't really need to, and because of that I haven't seen it go below 50% battery. I need to establish some new habits.
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I'm stunned by how great the battery life is compared to the Rezound. I've become accustomed to always looking for an outlet or always carrying a portable charger. It wasn't unusual for my Rezound to drain in a matter of a couple hours with zero usage in some instances.

Still find myself habitually charging the DNA when I don't really need to, and because of that I haven't seen it go below 50% battery. I need to establish some new habits.

Boy do I agree with you on the change from the Rezound to the mighty DNA....... after the TB ( the ultimate battery suck), the Rezound would just chew through the batteries right and left........

Obviously, all phones charge more quickly when turned off but the DNA seems to charge up more quickly when turned off than did the Rezound when it was turned off
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Yeah, the DNA gets awesome life considering its specs. My rezound was always iffy after getting ICS. This thing amazes me since its straight out of the box at this point and it already gets amazing life. They might find a few tweaks to make it even better down the road Im betting. Either way, I couldnt be happier with it.
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I already said I'm amazed at the life I'm getting but I do have one question. Are you guys using google now? When i had it on my Gnex is killed to battery in seconds so I'm afraid to use it. Obviously I'm going to try it because without the batt has been great. But before I do, have you guys had it on? And if so, did you notice much change with batt? Or maybe you guys never turned it off and are getting good life. If thats the case you might be able to get better life turning it off. I'll let you know what I come up with. But I would like to know if people have already tested this.
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I am using Google Now and not seeing a huge drop in battery life... I don't think.
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I just turned mine on and set it all up. I'll let you know if I think it does hurt the batt. I've had pretty consistant results the past couple weeks with this phone. So I should be able to tell. Thanks for the reply
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Not blowing my mind haha. I just got it yesterday and after its first full charge, I was down to about 35% after 4 hours off the charger. Now granted, I was downloading a ton of apps and setting up the phone, so it was nearly 3 hours of screen on time but still. Charged it full again overnight and I am at 67% only 4h 46min off the charger. All I have done is browse the web, take some pics, a few emails and downloaded a few more apps. I am not too thrilled with the battery at all but I work from home and have a car charger too, so I am not worried. I might be installing Juice Defender though but wanted to see how it did on its own first.
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Not blowing my mind haha. I just got it yesterday and after its first full charge, I was down to about 35% after 4 hours off the charger. Now granted, I was downloading a ton of apps and setting up the phone, so it was nearly 3 hours of screen on time but still. Charged it full again overnight and I am at 67% only 4h 46min off the charger. All I have done is browse the web, take some pics, a few emails and downloaded a few more apps. I am not too thrilled with the battery at all but I work from home and have a car charger too, so I am not worried. I might be installing Juice Defender though but wanted to see how it did on its own first.

Humm thats weird. I don't work from home but my phone is a work phone. I've done ever thing today you have done, times ten. Plus non-stop phone calls. I've been off the charger for 10 hours and I'm still above 67% at 3:45pm. And I started google now today and was in that for about an hour setting it up.

And I'm not being a smart a$$. I really have done ten times more than you said you did today (with the phone). Plus the calls. Today is slow so I've only talked on phone about 15 times. Some calls ten minutes, some five minutes. And two of the 15 calls were over a half hour. No exaggeration.


Trust me I go hard on phone with bad batteries. And I am amazed with this one. Don't get me wrong, I wish it was better. I tell people it's the same as my S3 was. Which was the best I had till the Razr maxx.
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33% in 4h46m equals over 14 hours... That is a full day for a lot of people.
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33% in 4h46m equals over 14 hours... That is a full day for a lot of people.


Thats why I don't like answering questions. I'm a moron.


And yes, can't complain about that. Thats why I thought he meant 4 hours as in actual time. I can't see him saying "no good" with 14 hours and having 67% left????


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I don't see don't see the difference in battery life. I go the whole days use
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You sure that is what he meant? Sounds like he said 4 hr's off charger not 4 hr's of screen on time.
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You sure that is what he meant? Sounds like he said 4 he's off charger not 4 he's of screen on time.
thats what it sounded like to me also
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Never mind I understand what he was saying. Hard to read and work at the same time.

Antimony was saying that if in 4 hrs he lost 33% he could last 14hrs total at that rate.

My bad, that's what I get for responding on the assembly line. Lol
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Ok so I am right at 13 hours off the charger and I am at 8% battery. Thats with moderate use. Not too bad I guess except I need to plug it in like 4 hours before I go to bed. Gonna try Juice Defender with it tomorrow
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Best Ive had so far was 20 hours off charger and was at about 24% left still.
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Off the charger isn't really that important by itself, we need screen on time and off the charger. Today is my best and I have gotten a crazy 14:14:14(wow) with 2:52:30 with 6% remaining.

I have had other days that were close to 20 hours but screen on time was about an hour less.


I turned off Google Now about 8 hours in, seemed to help quite a bit.
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Ok so I am right at 13 hours off the charger and I am at 8% battery. Thats with moderate use. Not too bad I guess except I need to plug it in like 4 hours before I go to bed. Gonna try Juice Defender with it tomorrow
I've been running Juice Defender Ultimate on the DNA for a couple of days. It definitely makes a difference and I'm not seeing any compatibility issues. I ran it on my previous phone so I'm used to waiting a couple of seconds after unlocking the screen for Wifi or 4g/3g to connect. Not having a connection instantly after unlocking is what seems to throw some people.
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Here is my usage today for a nearly typical day at work:

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Not sure how to get that battery life on mine.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #37 (permalink)
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82nd, what is your screen brightness set to?
Mine is on automatic. I refuse to go any lower simply because I got the phone to see it clearly. Lol
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82nd, what is your screen brightness set to?
Mine is on Automatic. I also do not run drain apps like Facebook. The only email set to full sync is my gmail. Work email updates only upon opening. I shut down/disable anything I do not use, like stocks, weather, slacker radio etc. There are so many apps/ways to get quick updates on stuff like that, that I do not feel it necessary to have the built in "functionality" running 24/7. I do a fair amount of email (personal and work), texting, web browsing, calls, google searches throughout the day, but nearly no social media. Coming from the Thunderbolt, I am very experienced in battery management. I have to say, it's been nice not really having to worry about running out of juice. I'm sure over time that I will put more load on the battery since I have plenty to spare.
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So I have been running Juice Defender ultimate on its default setting today. Been off the charger for 11h 30m and I still have 38% battery left which is better than yesterday where I was at about 15% at this time. Its still crazy how fast the battery goes while you are using it though. I have watched it drop 2% just typing this out right now.
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So I have been running Juice Defender ultimate on its default setting today. Been off the charger for 11h 30m and I still have 38% battery left which is better than yesterday where I was at about 15% at this time. Its still crazy how fast the battery goes while you are using it though. I have watched it drop 2% just typing this out right now.
What Juice Defender profile are you using? After I got used to it I switched to Advanced settings where there are many options to fine tune. For instance I use the night schedule which turns off syncing. Overnight the charge only drops a few %
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What Juice Defender profile are you using? After I got used to it I switched to Advanced settings where there are many options to fine tune. For instance I use the night schedule which turns off syncing. Overnight the charge only drops a few %
As I said, it's on the default setting. I believe it's balanced. Haven't felt the need to use one of the more aggressive ones.
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Mine is on Automatic. I also do not run drain apps like Facebook. The only email set to full sync is my gmail. Work email updates only upon opening. I shut down/disable anything I do not use, like stocks, weather, slacker radio etc. There are so many apps/ways to get quick updates on stuff like that, that I do not feel it necessary to have the built in "functionality" running 24/7. I do a fair amount of email (personal and work), texting, web browsing, calls, google searches throughout the day, but nearly no social media. Coming from the Thunderbolt, I am very experienced in battery management. I have to say, it's been nice not really having to worry about running out of juice. I'm sure over time that I will put more load on the battery since I have plenty to spare.
Wow, 2 hours of screen on time, and still that much battery left. The more I see, the more I am in love with this screen. Looks great, but appears to be a very efficient screen as well.
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As I said, it's on the default setting. I believe it's balanced. Haven't felt the need to use one of the more aggressive ones.
Yes, I see (now) you did say default settings Glad you find it helpful. It greatly increases standby time for me.
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I'm not a youngster who dose everything under the sun on my phone. That said coming from the Dink1 this DNA rocks for me. I at times had to charge twice a day with the Dink1 and with the DNA so far I am charging every other day. So quite happy with the battery life so far.
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I am very pleased with this phone compared to my GNEX in most aspects. I thought the battery life was going to be horrible all my friends who had HTC phones their batteries were always dying and the TB I once owned didn't have great battery life and of course i rocked a extended battery on that. But this phone is a different story. Great battery life for the size of the battery and all the amazing features this phone has.
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OK, I was in new toy mode all day. Playing videos, installing apps, uninstalling apps, trying out the mobile hot spot, etc. Here are the results:



All in all I'm pretty happy. I know that once life settles down and this becomes just a phone again, I'll be able to make it through a work shift and still have power to spare.
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Mine is on automatic. I refuse to go any lower simply because I got the phone to see it clearly. Lol
In my experience it is better to leave it off automatic (though that is just mostly my preference)

I leave my on 75% (ish) all the time
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So I returned my DNA and got the Note 2 instead. I really wanted to keep it but the terrible battery life was too much to overlook. I unplugged it this morning at 10am and started to use it rather than letting it sit and only pick it up when I needed to make a call or return a text. I actually sat there and watch it drop from 99% down to 94% in the five minutes or so I was on Phonedog.com reading an article. Thats completely unacceptable IMO. I didnt even do anything intensive either. I browsed the web, watched a couple short Youtube videos, downloaded a few new apps, sent a few texts and a few emails. 5 hours off the charger with about 1hr 45min of actual use and I was down to 42% battery If I would have thrown some gaming and watching movies in there, forget it, would have been dead in 6 hours. Yesterday, I got about 14 hours before I hit 10% battery, but I wasnt using the phone that much at all.

Now I am pretty lucky as I work from home most the time and I make my own schedule, so I am not someone away from a charger for long periods of time. However, there are plenty of times I go places and I am not around a place to charge my phone. I dont want to be worrying about it dying everytime I go somewhere for half a day or constantly plugging it into a charger to get enough charge for it to last me while I am out. Really liked the phone but putting a 2020MAH battery in a device with a 5 inch 1080p display and then making it non removable was just extremely foolish. Hopefully there will be a DNA Maxx in the future
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2nd day, and this time, after 12 hours, I still have 47% left.

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Yeah yesterday I was at 45% left after 13 hours off charger, including 2.5 hours screen on time. Was on wifi most of the time.
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