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Old August 21st, 2013, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Happy Droid Maxx Battery Life as Promised?

We all know the promise made by Motorola when they introduced and marketed this phone. It's the reason why I began being interested in it. The 5-8 hours of usability that my Gnex delivered just doesn't cut it for me. Sure, I can micro manage my device turning on and off GPS, Bluetooth, Data, 4G, yada yada yada, but in reality we are all looking for the Holy Grail of devices. A device that you can turn on and use as much as you want without ever having to worry about your battery when you begin with a 100% charge.

So now comes the REAL WORLD TESTS. How is your battery doing? Please post your results and screen shots of usage without a charge below.

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We all know the promise made by Motorola when they introduced and marketed this phone. It's the reason why I began being interested in it. The 5-8 hours of usability that my Gnex delivered just doesn't cut it for me. Sure, I can micro manage my device turning on and off GPS, Bluetooth, Data, 4G, yada yada yada, but in reality we are all looking for the Holy Grail of devices. A device that you can turn on and use as much as you want without ever having to worry about your battery when you begin with a 100% charge.

So now comes the REAL WORDL TESTS. How is your battery doing? Please post your results and screen shots of usage without a charge below.
Just a friendly reminder that in my experience, it always takes a charge cycle or two to start seeing maximum results with the battery. Also the first few days always seem worse then expected for many simply because we are playing around with our phones more then normal since they are new.

That said. So far today at about the 8hr mark I am at 87% with about an hour of screen time. I really have not had much time to mess with settings so my setup with mostly default settings at this point. I do have facebook and Tweetcaster installed. So far so good for me.
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I was going to make a separate thread... but I'm coming up on 24 hours since I unplugged. Obviously I had some sleep in there, but otherwise I've used the thing quite regularly both at work and home.

After 22.5 hours, I'm at 53%.
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Before you put them on charge, take screenshots and post them here of your usage and time on and off charge for everyone to see.
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i can tell you the first night i had my GNEX, my first android experience, it dropped 30% overnight, just sitting there with the screen off. this phone dropped 4% overnight with gps bluetooth, 4g, and wifi on.
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I am at 73% after 5h 35m on battery, but have had the screen on for 1h 45m(46%) and have had Google Play Music downloading from WiFi the entire time. It downloaded 8.46GB. My phone has been on auto-brightness the entire time, but have been inside almost all day. With those numbers, I should be getting 14.09 hours of screen-on time. (105/(.46 * .27)/60).

Very pleased so far. Tomorrow I will be able to use it a regular amount without so much downloading and screen time and see how long it actually lasts. Now that my downloading is finished and I'll be working the rest of the day, I feel like I'm not going to be able to discharge it all the way until tomorrow.
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I'm happy.

Screen on time: 4h 25m
Total time: 19h 25m
15% still remaining.

100% brightness on screen, everything turned on. Streaming music via BlueTooth. I think I POUNDED it today and to still be at 15% tickles me.

That's easily 4-5 times the duration my GNex would have lasted.

Edit: Not on WiFi. I'm in a strong 4G area.
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11 hours, 4 minutes off battery.
Battery at 75%.

Using the phone more than I used my Droid 3, which typically ended an 18 hour day at about 35 to 55 percent.

I'll post a screenshot later or tomorrow. One day is not enough to fully judge.

However, one more data point. Last night I went to a local restaurant where there is a terrible signal. Arrived with the phone at about 70% and left with it after two hours at 53% (sent and received a few texts and received emails and twitter updates in Plume every 15 minutes.) Last week I was at the same restaurant for the same amount of time. The Droid 3 was at 65% when we arrived and the battery died before I left - the second time in the 22 months I owned it that this happened.
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another gnex owner here. looking forward to getting the maxx, tired of always being battery conscious by keeping everything off and having tasker profiles setup just to make the phone last through the day.

i think its probably a little early to get REAL results. first few days of phone ownership are almost always more intense than normal. its going to be nice not having a section of my brain always thinking about battery usage. early reviews by prior gnex owners have been nothing short of fantastic.
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The battery was charged to 85% when I began.



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Phone 100% charged at 5pm yesterday.

After exactly 24 hours unplugged and what I would call very typical usage at work and home (Gmail, Exchange, FB, Instagram, Web, settings things up, voice calls, some Youtube here and there) ...




Pretty happy with that, considering I'd have to stretch to get through a workday on the GNex. Making it through a travel day with a flight and a lot of screen time you'd be totally SOL. Or likewise going out with people for the night and crashing someplace and having to set an alarm for the morning...
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17 hours and 5% remaining after heavy usage, lots of screen time with a good bit of everything -- video, audio, navigation, downloads, browsing. Split about half and half between LTE and WiFi. Very pleased.
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After 9.5 hours of above average (but not excessive) use:

74% remaining
1hr 47m screen time

So far so good. We'll see on subsequent charges.
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Don't have an easy way to post screenies from work but here you go:
Yesterday: (all 4G no WiFi)
Got it to 100% around 4:00PM
I was at 39% with 6:32 on battery; 4:40 screen time. I was a full brightness and hammering the phone. I ran Nav and streamed music with screen on for about and hour.

Today: (all 4G no WiFi)
Tried to make it like a typical day. Right now a 67% after 9:15 with 3:02 screen time.


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Here's my first day, off the charger at 7am to now which is approximately 10pm. Screen on time was 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is incredibly impressive.

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Let me preface this by saying that my office gets fairly poor reception. We don't have WiFi available so I never turn it on. (I find a lot of screenshots and posts about battery life usually have stats where WiFi is on all the time. Personally, I don't find that very helpful when I'm doing research because I know there are many other people in the same situation as myself of not having WiFi available 24/7.)

Both of these tests were done by taking the phone off of the charger at around 7:00am and putting it back on the charger when i got around 20% battery left.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus with extended battery and absolute lowest brightness setting available:
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Droid Maxx at roughly 65% brightness:
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As you can see, I got an extra 9-1/4 hours usage out of the Maxx compared to the Gnex. I got an extra 2-1/2 hours of screen on time with the Maxx.

Another thing to note - that I sadly don't have a screen cap for - is that on my GNex it spent roughly 40% of its time without a signal due to the poor radios and antennas. With the Maxx, it only spent 10% of its time with no signal.

As with all batteries and usage, YMMV. I would venture to guess that if I had 24/7 access to WiFi and was able to be connected to it that my battery life would improve greatly, but as it is i think that's a pretty huge difference in battery life - for me, at least - in the GNex and Maxx.

the majority of my 8 hour day is spent in an area with little to no 4G reception. i'm assuming the fact that it spends 8 hours searching for a 4G signal is not good for the battery life. tomorrow i plan on turning off 4G while i'm at work to see if there is an improvement in battery life.
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I have been feed up with my GNEX battery for ages. It is for this reason that I am going to get the Maxx when Verizon Edge comes out on the 25th (if I can find one available). Can't wait for a decent battery finally!
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All I can say is I am happy so far. This is with mostly default settings, and I have used netflix on wi-fi for about 30 mins, youtube, facebook, tweetcaster, and bluetooth streaming in the car. Also I did a power cycle of the phone because a co-worker wanted to see the boot animation, so the clock is about 2 hrs off.

Keeping in mind this is the first charge cycle for this phone I am happy. I expect it to get better after a few full cycles.





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My battery observation is that the bottom 50% of this phone lasts as long (if not longer) than the top 50%. That has not been my experience with my Gnex and Dinc. Both of them would burn 10-15% quickly, the next 40% is where I would get the most use and longevity out of. Once it hit 35% it drained VERY quickly.

I"m not sure if it's battery stretch or what, but it does very well throughout the charge.
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First test I was on Wifi almost all the time, and was going to get ~50 hours on the full charge.

Second test I turned Wifi off. After 24 hours.. 6am to 6am.. ~39% left. Included ~2.5 hrs of screen on time. Extrapolates out to about ~40 hours on a full charge.

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I ignored the first day because it wasn't very typical use for me. I've been measuring since the second day.

On the Bionic with GPS on it would drop to 10% within seven hours.

On the Maxx with GPS on it is currently 61% at 1d 0h 0m.

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Battery life is awesome. Lighter than normal use for me those two days, but there were four hours screen time, one hour phone, an hour plus of music, and a ton of Touch less Control demonstrations.
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GPS was enabled the full time ... 2d 15h 0m ... almost unbelievable. Also shown is the dialog that appears when you are down to 15%.

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This weekend I played a round of golf with a Golf GPS application. This was a big test for me, because on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was able to get through THREE HOLES before the battery gave up.

I am very, very pleased to say that after a full round of using an incredibly cool GPS app, my phone was at 80%.

This is just incredible. Further, my golf buddy saw how effective/beautiful this phone is, and immediately went to Verizon and purchased one.

I don't remember having buyers remorse with my Galaxy Nexus phone, but I don't remember being anywhere near as giddy about it as I am about this phone. The X8 Processor Phones are a huge winner in my book.
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Since buying the phone, I've primarily been in an area with an active wifi connection, and every day the trend was that my battery life would be 46 to 50 hours. The last two days I was traveling and was away from wifi almost all day. Last night I went to bed after about 17 hours with 53% battery life left, so trending to 36 hours or so. Today has been the same; 14 and a half hours off battery and I'm at 56%, so about a 32 hour trend. (I was navigating for about 30 minutes off power today while driving.)

This is fantastic. Knowing that at the worst I'll never have to worry about plugging in while I'm awake? That was the reason I wanted this phone. Everything else it can do (great speed, great display, active notifications, thinness) is gravy.
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What was the Golf GPS App you were using? I'm looking to use one today actually with my new MAXX and if you could recommend one that would help.
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Im getting about 20-24 hours, my screen is set to pretty bright also, about 50% use on WIFI...
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Just a quick snip this morning of my battery life. I had it on the charger overnight. Woke up at 100%, checked my normal stuff. News, Android Forums, etc. At 12% battery consumed I had a staggering 46 minutes of screen on time.

I love this phone.
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Battery life is so nice after the disappointing Galaxy Nexus. That phone had to be nursed to make it to bedtime, and I'm not a heavy user.
My three-day-old Droid Maxx is in heavy use because I'm still playing with all the doodads, and I've avoided plugging it in during the day just to see how it performs. It's never gone to bed with less than 30% battery. I even ran Navigate for 45 minutes yesterday without plugging it in, and it didn't flinch.
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Got a solid 28 hours out of it with pretty heavy use.
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28 hours with 5+ hours of screen time? UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

Hello? Every other smart phone owner in the world? THIS is what your device should be like.
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Hello? Every other smart phone owner in the world? THIS is what your device should be like.
Ha. I was down to 12 percent and leaving a PF Chang's to go back to my hotel when Google Maps told me there was an accident on the normal route. So, I used the GPS to circumvent it, otherwise it would've made 30.
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Here are my results. Even coming from the Note II, I'm amazed.





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Hi everyone, generally speaking, how much juice should streaming music take from the battery life? I probably stream between 4-5 hours a day from Pandora at work, and it's over 3G/4G (signal goes in and out) not wi-fi.

I ask because I'm not seeing the massive battery times (though still good) and want to know if this could be the culprit.
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Hi everyone, generally speaking, how much juice should streaming music take from the battery life? I probably stream between 4-5 hours a day from Pandora at work, and it's over 3G/4G (signal goes in and out) not wi-fi.

I ask because I'm not seeing the massive battery times (though still good) and want to know if this could be the culprit.
The combo of streaming and a weaker signal indicated by the signal going in and out could drain the battery faster. This is kinda why I wish we could still just switch to 3G only. 3G is fine for music and probably would help in your situation.
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Hi Matt!

If you're in a sketchy 4G area that will pound your battery. Maybe try switching off 4G and see how it acts.
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hows this for battery life...



granted its probably 5 minutes of screen on time, but still impressive nonetheless.
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hows this for battery life...



granted its probably 5 minutes of screen on time, but still impressive nonetheless.
That's from the Android Central review, right? It doesn't show real usage conditions, but it does illustrate how little power the active notifications use, since they left term on at all times.
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That's from the Android Central review, right? It doesn't show real usage conditions, but it does illustrate how little power the active notifications use, since they left term on at all times.
i grabbed it from a slashgear review this morning.
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Not my heaviest use day , but on the heavy side of moderate.
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Seems like my battery hit a wall and just died after it got into the 30s. It went from 38% to 0 in about 5 minutes.


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Battery is still settling in but looks like this is going to be a charge every other day phone.

After using the original razr for the last few years this battery completely changes how you use the phone. I have gone from plugging in at every opportunity to not worrying about it and using the phones features with impunity.

Its faster than the razr, and has some nice little software improvements but the battery is the game changer. Be hard to go back to something without this kind of battery life.
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Motorola made no promises of a certain battery life. How would that even be possible? Case in point: You and I both have a Maxx and, with a full charge, set off for our day using our Maxx. Do you think you and I are gonna wind up draining our batteries at the same hour? Your Maxx may last until the next day where as mine might be dead by midnight. Usage dictates how long a battery will last. Because of that, Motorola made no promise about battery life because it's impossible to do so unless we all used our devices the same way.
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Question, can anyone explain why Android OS is taking up so much?
I thought in the past, it's usually somewhere between 5-10%. My S3 is at 6% right now.
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I upgraded from the Droid Razr MAXX HD, which lasted two days solid with moderate use, to the Droid MAXX. The Verizon representative, as well as threads in this forum, indicated that the battery life was better than the Razr MAXX HD.

However, I have noticed the opposite, and last night, I even tried putting the phone in Airplane Mode, and it lost 10% of battery, whereas the Razr MAXX HD would loose 1 to 2% over a 7 hour period in Airplane Mode.

My question is if you think this is because of a rouge application, is there something wrong, or is this normal?

Thank you for your help, and here are the screenshots:



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