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Old November 22nd, 2011, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Samsung Mesmerize Battery Life??????

I've had the Samsung Mesmerize for about a year now, and I've noticed it has terrible battery life!!!!!! I recently updated to 2.3.4, in the hopes that this would help, but it hasn't! I've read where people should wipe their phone, or root it or something, but i've never done that, nor do I know how.
Please give some advice and tips how to get better battery life.

P.S. I allready know to use the back button instead of home, and to dim the display and turn off wifi and bluetooth etc......

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on the use of your phone, it may affect the battery life more than usual. For starts, when I had my Mesmerize, I disabled phone animations, dimmed the display, and made sure that any app I downloaded had to be active to use data.

Having the phone constantly sync facebook contacts, pictures, emails, etc. eats up the battery like a fat kid with a cupcake.

Rooting your phone doesn't take much, but if you're new to rooting and/or have never done it before, I would recommend researching it before even attempting.

As for system restores, you can either do a system wipe from Menu > Settings > Privacy > Factory Reset. This will completely wipe your phone (and SD card if you so choose) to out-of-box specifications (with the most recent OS of Android, so in your case, 2.3.4).

If this doesn't help you, then try taking the phone in to USCC for a battery swap. Its free, easy, and painless.

If that still doesn't solve the problem, try doing a phone swap with USCC. Typically, you'll get the replacement phone the next business day. This is free, too, but if you don't send back the faulty phone they will charge your account for the retail price of the phone.
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Thank you!!!!
Will the battery swap work? Is the problem within the battery I have right now?

And as far as the root, i've read that if you root it (somehow) there are roms or something that will fix lags, battery problems, etc......?????
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Hoenstly, the Mesmerize operating on the Gingerbread OS is the best of the best for the Mesmerize right now. I haven't personally rooted my phone, but another member LaTuFu did and they explained to me how Gingerbread was just so amazing that they refused to root it. Mainly people root their devices for custom ROMs and the ability to remove bloatware.

The battery swap -should- work. Don't take my word on that, though. Give it a shot and see what happens.
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Ok, thank you loads.
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The other thing it could be, since it's been a year, is the battery is simply losing capacity.

USCC has a free swap program, try it out and see if it helps.
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The other thing it could be, since it's been a year, is the battery is simply losing capacity.

USCC has a free swap program, try it out and see if it helps.
I was attempting to explain that, but couldn't think of anyway to describe that situation.

I definitely agree with LaTuFu. Your battery could just be losing its charge ability.
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what's your definition of horrible battery life? If it's around a day it's good. These are smartphones, if it's your first one they suck batteries. My old phone could good for a week between charges. 2 days and I'm doing fantastic.
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I replaced the original battery wth a 3000mAh battery and cover. I only charge it every 2 or 3 days.
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Well, i recently got a battery swap from us cellular, which it helped wondrously for about a day, then it fell back into its old habits of only holding a charge for about 5 maybe 6 hours. So I ordered my a 3500 MAH extended battery from amazon, if this doesn't help I've been contemplating just upgrading to the motorola electrify.
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and it only gets about 5 hours of battery life (3 if im on facebook.)
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Your battery life sounds about average for the Mez and a lot of smartphones.

Big display + fast CPU=huge current draw. 1500 mAh is not a lot of capacity for a screen as nice as what the Mez has.
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Thanks for all the information.
if the 1500 isn't very big, will the 3500 mah be any better????
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well in theory doubling the capacity of your battery should double the life of your battery. The other thing you can do is clear your battery stats when fully charged. I'm not sure if that's part of the stock recovery though.

I'll have to find an unrooted phone and see.
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3500 will certainly give you better battery life. More capacity=longer run time.

The trade off will be form factor. It will more than double the size of the battery. You'll have a big hump in the back of your phone.
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The trade off will be form factor. It will more than double the size of the battery. You'll have a big hump in the back of your phone.
Well worth the sacrifice as far as I'm concerned. I love not having to charge my phone every day.
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Well worth the sacrifice as far as I'm concerned. I love not having to charge my phone every day.
I don't disagree with you, but some others may not want that trade-off. (Myself included).

I'm not far enough away from a charger for any extended period, most of the time, that I've really needed it.

Another alternative, (granted, for a little more money) is the spare battery and charger stand they make for the Mez/Fascinate. Retail is $50ish in USCC stores, but I would imagine it can be obtained cheaper elsewhere. Keeps a spare battery on charge. I've been tempted to do that for a while, but I'm so close to upgrading out of this phone I doubt I will ever do it.
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Thanks for the information guys!!!
I just recieved the 3500 mah battery today and its charging as we speak. And as far as im concerned, the bump in the back doesn't bother me because i prefer thick phones to slim ones. But how long should the first initial charge be? Up until it says 100% or for 24 hours......
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Charge it full. May as well get it going off the bat. LiPos don't have "memory" issues the way some of the old NiCad batteries did, so you don't have to worry about that problem.
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if it were me I would first do the USCC battery swap as its free its a win win situation. if your still not content then do the research, root your phone, download "system toolbox" from the market, follow the directions exactly to recalibrate your battery and see how that works for ya!!!!!

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Another hit on battery life is your phone location during the day.
When Im at work I tend to be in areas with poor to no tower reception and my battery is down to 50%(or less) by noon. (Hence started using airplane mode when I'm heading to the basements)
Yet on the weekend at home I can have a battery level of 75% yet at 7pm.
So just saying, with ANY cell phone smart or otherwise, if it can't "see" a tower you are draining your battery because it's trying to search for one.
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So i've had the extended battery for about 2 days now, and it seems to be doing extremely well. I can have it unplugged at 6 am and it lasts till about 12 pm. For me, that is way way way more than i've ever dreamed of. I have read on a different forum that the phone still thinks its a 1500 mah so it only charges to that capacity. So they said that you should leave it on the charger for about 2 extra hours. Is that correct.
And is there any way to re caliberate the battery so it displays the correct percentage left?
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And about the rooting, it is something i have always wanted to try, but have been to scared to attempt. I understand most things, but i do not get the custom kernals and roms and etc......
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Rooting Mesmerize 2.3.4 -Or- 2.3.5 - RootzWiki
seems like a lot of steps but once you've done it you see its an easy process once ya learn it.

before rooting though you should download the swupdater from us cellular so you can reflash to stock ( which is easy) if you need to for warranty reasons or whatever.
http://m.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00041645&fm_seq =41813
you can use the upgrade tool to flash 2.2.2 from nothing then to flash to 2.3.4. its not full proof but you start in one place and build oj from there.
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also my logic tells me that if you root and recalibrate your battery it will read 3500mah like it ought to.

on another note from what I understand, a kernal determines how the software interacts with the hardware..... something to that effect.
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thank you so much!
but what exactly do you mean by flashing back to 2.2.2 from nothing.
i know i sound like a real newbie, but i don't quite understand rooting, thank ya
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by that i meant if you soft brick your phone.
let me amend what i said earlier a lil...... its really alot less troublesome to just get the stock eh09 file from the mez developer thread and odin back to stock gingerbread.
i had to go back to stock today and its really just alot easier to use odin
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OK, that makes a bit more sense. 8-)
But could you tell me exactly what advantages come from rooting? I've heard some people say you get better battery life, and someone else even said you can get all apps for free on the android market????
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What ICS Rom are you running on your Mes and where did you get it?
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Ummm, sorry but i do not have a clue as to what ICS Rom is....
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ics 4.0.1 rootzwiki mesmerize google it
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ics=ice cream sandwich=the newest version of android
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OK, that makes a bit more sense. 8-)
But could you tell me exactly what advantages come from rooting? I've heard some people say you get better battery life, and someone else even said you can get all apps for free on the android market????
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ummmm all apps free...... NOPE..... i believe that i have heard that about i phone. there are many good reasons to root one of the best is TITANIUM BACKUP which is an amazing backup and restore and manipulate tool. you can get custom recoveries which have more options than the stock recovery. not to mention themes and roms which are basically customized operating systems. many advantages for root!!!!!
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This discussion belongs in another thread over in the "all about root" section.

ColeMesmerize, there are a lot of advantages to rooting, but they are only advantages if you know how to use them and know what you are getting into.

One disadvantage of rooting (particularly if you go the ICS route, for the moment) is that the custom packages you'll be using will likely be "unfinished" products. One function or another (camera, GPS, SMS, whatever) may not work. The phone may be more glitchy than stock. Then again, it might not be.

Just understand that while it can be very cool and open up a lot of things on your phone, it can also turn it into a bit of a headache to operate, if you're not prepared to deal with it.

Read up on rooting as much as you can before trying it. Make sure its what you really want to do.
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ok, thanks you guys for replying this much. 8-)
I don't think im gonna root because i really don't need this phone glitchier than it allready is. Plus, i don't want to constantly reinstall some kind of software or something.....just not my style. However, i do like the option do apply themes, but i guess i'll leave that to ADW Launcher.
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if i use this root, i can then download and flash any other rom? how would i go about installing a different rom?
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well no, if you install this root you will be able to download and use apps that require root like titanium back up and antutu overclock.
to flash roms or root your going to either need to flash a custom recovery which you would flash with heimdall or odin. you can then flash root and/or custom (mesmerize specific) (and some fascinate) roms like ics. or you can use ODIN or heimdall to flash roms. its sounds complicated but once you have done it a couple times its easy.most roms have a rooted kernal so you dont have to root first, just wipe and flash from cwm recovery.
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I always hated my Mez's battery life. I am a contractor and it never seemed to last the day before i was looking for my charger. I thought about upgrading phones but i need more reward points before I can get a good deal. So i ended up looking up ways to extend battery life. Long story short...considering a mesmerize is now a mid-grade smartphone and soon it will be on the back of the shelves I decided to fool around with custom Roms(for battery life more than looks). I read up on everything before i tried it. I can say for me it was a good thing. Ive had my share of successful Rom installs and found a few that have increased my battery life 3x over. They have come a long way with Android OS(Operating Systems). The better your OS functions and the more control you have on what your phone is doing..the better the battery life. Anyone that does try a custom Rom to increase i suggest these two:

Awesome Sauce EH09 Mes/SC Touchwiz - RootzWiki
Super super stable. Some very nice features. Awesome battery life.
~~credit to jpaulwaite for this Rom

[ROM][ICS][IML74K] teamhacksung's ICS Port for Fascinate (BUILD 2) - RootzWiki for-fascinate-build-2/
This is a fascinate build ICS rom but it works for mesmerize too. Ive been using this particular one on my mez for a few days now. It is reliable enough now to be my daily driver(means i trust it enough to use it for day to day functions) The battery life on this is amazing as well. I forget to mention its ICS!!!
~~credit to jt1134 on this Rom

~Battery problem solved. In love with my Mesmerize again. Yes.
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could you give a detailed set of instructions on how to go about this rooting thing....and how to flash the rom. I've read up on everything.....but i don't completely understand. thank you
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I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU DO TO YOUR PHONE! that being said I am not to thank for any of these files I just gathered them up for ya.

first step: downloads
Odin- Odin3 v1.83.exe
cwm4- http://attachments.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=657960&d=1310959789
us cellular USB drivers for mesmerize- http://ars.samsung.com/customer/usa/jsp/faqs/faqs_view_us1.jsp?SITE_ID=22&PG_ID=0&AT_ID=343427& PROD_SUB_ID=0&PROD_ID=690

1) on your phone go to- settings/applications/development/ enable USB debugging

2)OK now install Odin on your computer.
3)install USB drivers for mesmerize
4)open Odin
5) hit the PDA button and search for your cwm4 fixed for cm7 file. DO NOT USE THE PHONE BUTTON IN ODIN!!!
6) make sure that repartition IS NOT checked!
7) shut down your phone and pull the battery and the SD card (I never pull the sd card but your supposed to) out.
8)plug the USB cable that came with your phone into your computer.
9)plug the USB cable into your phone and hold down the volume down button until the yellow download screen appears. (about 5-10 seconds).
10) in the upper left side of the screen in Odin there should appear a yellow block that says [com2] (or com 4 or 5 etc. this means that Odin sees your phone.
11) now that everything is ready its time to hit the start button. Odin will show you the progress as you go. after a minute Odin will say RESET, just leave your phone alone until Odin says PASS.
12) OK Odin "passed", now put your SD card and battery back in your phone and do 3button boot into recovery. (hold volume up and down and power all simultaneously until the SAMSUNG splash screen appears then release.
you now have cwm4 and are 1 step closer to root and custom rooms. do this then check back into the forum and we will help with the rest

in case of emergency-
http://rootzwiki.com/topic/3395-samsung-mesmerize-uscc-official-gingerbread-stock-rom-eh09/

1) open Odin
2)check repartition
3) PDA button, locate the stock gingerbread file, select it.
4)PIT button, locate the stock PIT file, select it.
5)shut down phone, remove battery and SD card
6)plug USB into the phone and hold down volume down until yellow download screen appears.
7)check that Odin sees your phone and hit the start button and don't touch the phone till Odin says PASS!!!
you are now back to stock just as it was when you bought it!
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using Odin is a little scary the first couple times. just use it as directed and don't experiment with it. it is actually leaked software from us cellular or samsung (not sure which, I forget). anyway there are no available guides for it at least not that I have been able to find. anyway just be brave and you can have android 4.0.3 and you will love your phone more than ever!
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I always hated my Mez's battery life. I am a contractor and it never seemed to last the day before i was looking for my charger. I thought about upgrading phones but i need more reward points before I can get a good deal. So i ended up looking up ways to extend battery life. Long story short...considering a mesmerize is now a mid-grade smartphone and soon it will be on the back of the shelves I decided to fool around with custom Roms(for battery life more than looks). I read up on everything before i tried it. I can say for me it was a good thing. Ive had my share of successful Rom installs and found a few that have increased my battery life 3x over. They have come a long way with Android OS(Operating Systems). The better your OS functions and the more control you have on what your phone is doing..the better the battery life. Anyone that does try a custom Rom to increase i suggest these two:

Awesome Sauce EH09 Mes/SC Touchwiz - RootzWiki
Super super stable. Some very nice features. Awesome battery life.
~~credit to jpaulwaite for this Rom

[ROM][ICS][IML74K] teamhacksung's ICS Port for Fascinate (BUILD 2) - RootzWiki for-fascinate-build-2/
This is a fascinate build ICS rom but it works for mesmerize too. Ive been using this particular one on my mez for a few days now. It is reliable enough now to be my daily driver(means i trust it enough to use it for day to dauy functions) The battery life on this is amazing as well. I forget to mention its ICS!!!
~~credit to jt1134 on this Rom

~Battery problem solved. In love with my Mesmerize again. Yes.
there is now a ics port for the mesmerize thanx to jt1134 and baked tator and whoever else I'm not sure.

and yes Awesome sauce is Awesome!!!!! was my daily for quite awhile till the ics port for mesmerize came around!
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