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Old May 18th, 2013, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How are you guys finding it?

On average what are your screen time and overall battery time usage like?

Want to see what's normal compared to mine.

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Old May 18th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm at 63 percent after 8 hours and 45 minutes with an hour and 18 minutes of screen on time. Mostly surfing the Web, checking the Facebook app, and sending texts. I find it a fair amount better than the s3, especially at idle. I work in a building with lots of brick and metal and my reception is usually pretty low so I know the phone is using more juice trying to stay connected. When I'm out and about in town and I have a good signal it usually will do even better. Overall I'm impressed and probably won't have to install juice defender in it like I did with the s3.
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I'm currently

18% left

5 hours screen time

15 hours battery time

Which has been my best so far and I think that's because I havnt used music as this week I've listened to music 2 hours each day at the gym which doesn't show up with screen time.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You guys do realize LTE sucks up a ton of battery. Obviously, comparing a non-LTE S4 with a LTE S4 is comparing apples to oranges.
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How can you check how long your screen time is? Or are people just estimating?
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You guys do realize LTE sucks up a ton of battery. Obviously, comparing a non-LTE S4 with a LTE S4 is comparing apples to oranges.
Well I'm even more impressed then since I'm always on LTE.


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How can you check how long your screen time is? Or are people just estimating?
In the settings menu under battery.
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Well I'm even more impressed then since I'm always on LTE.
I think you missed my point: this thread is useless unless people specify LTE vs non-LTE.
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Mine is non lTE as dint have it here yet.. But main is on mainly wifi anyway
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Mine last on average 3/4 day with 1 hour voice call and wifi turned on.
I am thinking of getting an extended battery.
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I don't have LTE in my area yet, so I'm just on AT&T 4G. I've done better than this, but this is typical for me, partly because of work though. I can't have a cell at work, so it sat 12 hours idle. Still, that's 26 hours being active, about 2-3 hours screen time. I'm not a heavy phone user, so I can stretch the battery a bit more than some. I think the longest I've gone was 1d 18h, somewhere around there.


1d 14h 8m, click for higher res.
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I don't have LTE in my area yet, so I'm just on AT&T 4G. I've done better than this, but this is typical for me, partly because of work though. I can't have a cell at work, so it sat 12 hours idle. Still, that's 26 hours being active, about 2-3 hours screen time. I'm not a heavy phone user, so I can stretch the battery a bit more than some. I think the longest I've gone was 1d 18h, somewhere around there.


1d 14h 8m, click for higher res.
If you are not on LTE, it means you are using HSPA+, which is NOT 4G, AT&T and T-Mobile might want to call it 4G, it is NOT, 4G is LTE, if it was pure 4G than both those carriers mentioned would not try to roll out an LTE true 4G Network.
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If you are not on LTE, it means you are using HSPA+, which is NOT 4G, AT&T and T-Mobile might want to call it 4G, it is NOT, 4G is LTE, if it was pure 4G than both those carriers mentioned would not try to roll out an LTE true 4G Network.
Sorry, but HSPA+ is 4G, and so is LTE. LTE is just much more faster, which is why it sucks up so much power.

Also, FYI, AT&T has LTE networks. They just don't have as many as Verizon.
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Sorry, but HSPA+ is 4G, and so is LTE. LTE is just much more faster, which is why it sucks up so much power.

Also, FYI, AT&T has LTE networks. They just don't have as many as Verizon.
LTE phones suck up battery faster because they use seperate radios for their data and voice. LTE/CDMA etc. etc. etc.
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Sorry, but HSPA+ is 4G,
No, it isn't. HSPA+ is an extension of 3G, hence why older phones can use it (e.g. my SGS2 had it). 4G/LTE is a different radio interface.

On topic, I have LTE, 36% left, 18hrs 15mins on battery, 2.5hrs screen on time, but I use Voltage Control underclocked @ 1350MHz
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If you are not on LTE, it means you are using HSPA+, which is NOT 4G, AT&T and T-Mobile might want to call it 4G, it is NOT, 4G is LTE, if it was pure 4G than both those carriers mentioned would not try to roll out an LTE true 4G Network.
I'm not going to continue the argument as others have already done so. However, I will say that I don't see how your post has anything to do with battery life.
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No, it isn't. HSPA+ is an extension of 3G, hence why older phones can use it (e.g. my SGS2 had it). 4G/LTE is a different radio interface.

On topic, I have LTE, 36% left, 18hrs 15mins on battery, 2.5hrs screen on time, but I use Voltage Control underclocked @ 1350MHz
I think we have different definitions for 4G. The definition I'm using is the same definition all U.S. carriers use. T-Mobile & AT&T advertise that they have large 4G networks which is true. Also, LTE is never advertised as just "4G". They always include the "LTE".

Maybe the term "4G" is only used for LTE & WiMaxx in Australia.
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I think we have different definitions for 4G. The definition I'm using is the same definition all U.S. carriers use. T-Mobile & AT&T advertise that they have large 4G networks which is true. Also, LTE is never advertised as just "4G". They always include the "LTE".

Maybe the term "4G" is only used for LTE & WiMaxx in Australia.
Its really gray area as you are both right. Originally the governing body stated that only LTE and WiMax were considered 4g however they ammended their policy to allow all carriers to market their coverage as 4g. However its a term loosely used as 4g the term is based on the spectrums capability and not the coverage you are actually receiving, which are not true 4g speeds
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If you are not on LTE, it means you are using HSPA+, which is NOT 4G, AT&T and T-Mobile might want to call it 4G, it is NOT, 4G is LTE, if it was pure 4G than both those carriers mentioned would not try to roll out an LTE true 4G Network.
This, if you disagree you have been brainwashed.
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Anyone knows where can I get extended battery for S4 in singapore?
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Its been so long since I had a properly functioning battery so I may have clouded judgement but I am impressed.
My phone got her yesterday. I tinkered a little bit. Put it on the charger with 35% left. Charged really quickly.
Then I set everything up last night after it was fully charged. Spent hours downloading apps, setting up accounts, customizing my home screens- wallpapers, widgets, which apps go where.
Then decided to download apex launcher. Customized all of those screens all over again.
Went to bed with battery at 67%.
My Bionic would have been dead by then. I was still well over half.

Whats even more impressive is that its a brand new battery, and in my experience with previous android phones, these batteries dont really hold charges that well until they go through a few charging cycles. So it may get even better still. Even if not, Im happy with it.
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too early to tell since it's been less than 24hrs. the first few days you do so much with the device that it's really hard to gauge accurate battery life.
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I've got a good feel of the battery life after a couple of weeks of using this phone.

Compared to my Bionic, the battery on this phone last incredibly long. I would estimate that it lasts more than 3x as long. My Bionic could only last around 8 hours of moderately heavy use (watching videos for 30 mins., listening to MP3s for 4 hours, etc.).

This phone lasts a good 3 days of moderately heavy use. I've averaged about 1 day & 15 hours with 15% battery left. And that's with LTE. I'm very happy with the phone.

Keep in mind that my Bionic battery was probably beaten-up pretty badly. I am pretty sure it lastest noticeably longer when I first got the phone.
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LTE network area. I'm at 31%, 1d 12m, with 3h 31m of screen time.

Smokes the S2 Skyrocket, I upgraded from.
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However, I will say that I don't see how your post has anything to do with battery life.
Nor yours lol.
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