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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One other question. GSMarena quote the following battery life for the Wildfire -

"480 hours of stand-by or 7 hours and 20 minutes of talk time in 2G networks, and 690 hours and 8 hours in 3G mode"

I always thought 3G was more power-hungry than 2G?

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Old October 19th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont think its possible to have 690 hours of talk time if your stan dy time is max 480 hours. Recheck your data.
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the battery on this fone is pretty poor anyway. smartphones these days never ever last what is quoted in the press release or being posted around on the internet...
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Old October 19th, 2010, 09:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont think its possible to have 690 hours of talk time if your stan dy time is max 480 hours. Recheck your data.
Maybe it was written wrong.... should read

"480 hours of stand-by or 7 hours and 20 minutes of talk time in 2G,
and 690 hours of stand-by and 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode"

In other words better standby and talk time in 3G?

Obviously no they're never gonna last anyway near the manufacturer quoted times but just interested as to how 3G seems be better than 2G.
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Just off the top of my head but is it because for the same amount of data the 2G signal will take more time and therefore use more battery charge.
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Just off the top of my head but is it because for the same amount of data the 2G signal will take more time and therefore use more battery charge.
Not on voice which is what talk time implies.

3g connection uses more power than 2g or WiFi
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i use edge, always turned on, all app`s sync automatically and my battery life is around 2.5-3 days with normal usage.
I disagree that wildfire has poor battery life, on the oposite, for a smartphone it has awesome battery life.
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i use edge, always turned on, all app`s sync automatically and my battery life is around 2.5-3 days with normal usage.
I disagree that wildfire has poor battery life, on the oposite, for a smartphone it has awesome battery life.
2.5 - 3 days? That's amazing for a smartphone. When you say you use edge how do I choose which sort of connection I have?
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if you go to settings > wireless and networks > mobile networks and switch prefered network mode to gsm only, it will use edge, which give you bandwith around 400 kb/s, so if you download sommething expect speed at around 40-50 kb per second.
I use this mode since most of my data plan goes to syncing, downloading rss feeds, weather update and facebook, so nothing data consuming. If i need high bandwith i just use wifi.
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if you go to settings > wireless and networks > mobile networks and switch prefered network mode to gsm only, it will use edge, which give you bandwith around 400 kb/s, so if you download sommething expect speed at around 40-50 kb per second.
I use this mode since most of my data plan goes to syncing, downloading rss feeds, weather update and facebook, so nothing data consuming. If i need high bandwith i just use wifi.
Nice one thanks for the advice. Have done that and noticed at the same time my signal strength has improved too, was on 1-2 bar, now full almost all the time
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It take me 5.5 hours to drop to 30% on a full charge with no phone calls, no widgets pulling data, and what I would call average Web usage. That seems pretty weak to me.
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My phone would change between HSDPA and 3G (and sometimes to edge) quite a bit depending on the signal. Does this put more of a strain on the battery then? I get a perfect 3G signal strength but HSDPA would only be on 2 or 3 bars when I'm in work...
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Got a Wildfire 5 days ago. Giving it back as the battery is appalling. Won't last much more than half a day and I've only made about 10 mins of calls on it so far.
Absolute rubbish!
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Got a Wildfire 5 days ago. Giving it back as the battery is appalling. Won't last much more than half a day and I've only made about 10 mins of calls on it so far.
Absolute rubbish!

Sorry you're wrong. You just don't know (or havent learned) how to make the most of it yet.

Its a smart phone. Its not a 30 nokia that doesn't do anything and therefore lasts all week.

You will not find much in the way of smartphones that last longer than this, but with teh right settings (and no I dont mean turning everything off) you should get at least a day out of it.

Read the forums here. There are loads of tips about saving battery.

Infact, although in my sig its about the HTC desire, it will still help you.
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