What is your Galaxy S Battery Life and phone usage profile?
I'd like to know the opinions various Galaxy S users have about this phone's battery life and their usage profile. I'd appreciate if you can provide me the following information:
1/ How long does the battery charge last between charges?
2/ What is your approximate phone usage profile during a day?
(Eg. 2hrs of browsing over wifi, 1 hour of browsing over 3G, 1 hour of video playback, 2 hours of audio playback/streaming while browsing etc.)
3/ Other useful information (Eg. signal conditions - poor 2G/3G coverage around my office)
Please provide as much details as possible. I appreciate your response. Thank you!
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I use an App/Widget called Battery Left. According to it, I'm getting an average of 11 hours on a charge. That's with being on the phone for about 3 hours, doing about and hour of so of web browsing or using the IP Camera app. I'm also polling 8 email accounts every 5 minutes, and running a Aquarium live wallpaper.
I didn't condition this battery right out of the gate like I usually do by deep cycling it 3 times. I'm not happy with the battery life at all, especially coming from a BlackBerry Bold 9700. I could have that thing off the charger for like 2 days doing heavy talking on the phone.
I'm actually actively looking for a second battery. Ideally I'd like an hi-cap. If anyone hears of any of the two, please post.
before buying a 2nd battery, do a google for phone battery tests / reviews
the results were surprising - engadget.com had a story on one of the tests - all the aftermarket batteries (even the name brand like seido) that showed an additional 100 - 300mah capacity, did not meet their described capacities, with a couple actually being less than the OEm battery, and only a couple showing somewhat greater capacity (but nowhere near what they advertised them as)
the super capacity batteries were greater in capactity, but not quite what they described either
item shows removed but just to re-enforce what i said earlier - i bought two sandisk flash mem cards off ebay - one from a seller showing 10,000+ positive feedback
after i did, i got a PM from another ebayer warning me to check on ebay's web where they show detailed images of counterfeit sandisk cards next to the real mccoys, and highlighting the differences (this was back when buyers could contact each other via ebay's msg system)
sure enough, it was counterfeit - took me 2 months to get a frigging refund and the best part, ebay never did let me correct my feedback posting or even remove it - i've come to the conclusion that the ebay feedback system is a joke - complete joke. As a seller on ebay, i've it as well
bought a 2nd sandisk card from another seller, that i scrutinized his feedback a little more thoroughly - felt comfortable and bought - and guess what - it turned out to be fake as well,
and again, had bad experience with two batteries, with one not even working
after reading other horror stories, i'm just real leary of buying electronic goods that are either easy to fake, or too cheap to rely on and in this case
you're relying on the fact that it will not fry your phone, and void your warranty, buying it from a seller you'll have no real recourse to go after, on a phone that if you have to replace is going to run somewhere in the neighborhood of $500, not counting the hassle of not having a phone and dealing with whoever
on stuff like a charger, i'd especially rather stay with OEM or at least name brands here in the US
Anywhere between 6 hours of intense use to 2 days. 6 hours down to 8% battery life due to Bluetooth audio stream, wifi internet, surfing, app use, Google Map and GPS using apps. This was proper intense use and actually was surprised that it held up for 6 hours. 2 days was under light use, occassional phone call and 3.5G internet surfing.
The battery is reasonable for the power of the phone, I find call quality and signal retention is fine.
Today i used the phone on music player for a good 5 hours while using the auto adjust brightness sitting. I believe atm my phone has been on for 9-10 hours and it is at 22%. GPS and wifi were also on the entire time.
Is that considered ok?
I am use to having a phone that needs to be recharged everyday... but it would be great if i didnt have to.
NewsRoom updating for about 20 different feeds (it downloads stories fully for offline reading, so this is more data intensive than just grabbing headlines)
Exchange sync 24/7
Facebook and Twitter widgets in LauncherPro set to hourly update
Weather in Beautiful Widgets set to hourly update
On top of that my use varies considerably depending on whether I'm at work or home, but in general would probably look something like this on workdays (which is most days):
~1 hours music
~half an hour to an hour browsing
~2-3 hours other screen-on time (gaming, reading RSS feeds/emails/social networking updates, chatting in Trillian)
A few photos and videos here and there
Screen is on manual adjustment, controlled using the notification bar sliding method, usually a little above minimum since I'm mostly indoors.
I usually hit around 20-30% remaining by bed time (usually 16 hours or so from being removed from charger). For me that better than any other phone I've owned (in the last couple of years thats these handsets - Desire, X10, X1, Touch Pro, HD2, 5800, N82, N900, i8910). It lasts comfortably with heavy usage, and with more moderate usage can last 2 days.
I am pretty much satisfied by the battery performance when listening to songs or surfing net or doing any other intensive tasks. What I dont like is that phone use too much battery in my opinion while in Idle mode or Stand by!
I calculated few days back and the result was that per hour- Phone idle+Standby alone were draining 1% of the battery. Which means if you go to sleep and wake up the next morning say Bye bii to 10% of your battery!
Its too much in my opinion. Would like to know how much battery is used by these two on other phones!
I bought a few things from Spiderfoot on ebay and the batteries are excellent and come with an external charger so that you can charge your batteries outside of the phone
Battery pack You also get a laynard, 3 screen protectors with this kit and the battery life is superb! I also bought a car charger and a windscreen mount and a leather case. The total cost was £5 delivered to the UKCar kit
read somewhere that SGS has a feature to prevent the battery from getting overcharged i.e. when it hits 100%, it stops charging the battery.
Quite possible but still then the issue is that IMO it uses too much battery while in standby.
Now I dont use my phone much so the phone battery can easily last for 2 days. But the issue is that even if I dont do ANYTHING on my phone still then the phone batter would be 0% in 4-5 days whereas the company claim like what 720 hours of stand by!! Thats a joke which makes me wonder whether my phone is using more battery on standby or is it the same with everyone!
I've had my SGS for 8 weeks now and have found the battery life to be comparable to my iphone 3G. My usage and types of apps have been broadly the same.
Itend to charge my phone overnight mon-fri as although I don't get the 20% warning I know there won't be sufficient charge for the whole of a working day. Normally my weekend usage is a lot lower and so the battery lasts through to sunday night.
I have bought 2 alledgedly 1500mah batteries of ebay which fall short of the samsung battery by about 20% but they do as backups on days wher I forget to charge it or use it alot. With my iphone I had to carry around a battery pack & cable as the battery was not accessible.
I am satisfied with the battery life, you can't have a big screen samrtphone with a ton of apps that you dick around with often and expect the battery to last longer than it does!!
To get more life you'd need a bigger battery, I'd happily put up with a few mm extra to get an extra 30% battery which would give me 2 days regular usage. The SGS is exceptionally light and another 20g or so wuld make no difference to me either.
If you want to go 4 or 5 days between charges get a small screen phone with less apps to tempt you into using it for hours each day!
Well.. I clocked 37 Hrs with mine. I use the app called "Battery Indicator" nd i Drained it till 10%.
Though the usage was very less, Around 2 hrs of voice calls, 4 hrs of display on (At Very Less brightness) and a few games and playing around with the phone here and there.
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