General [Battery] Complaints and Problems

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chimpy, May 6, 2010.

  1. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
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    I'm thinking about getting this phone for a job I'm starting in New York City in three weeks, but I'm not sure if my usage plans will allow me to get through the day without the battery dying.

    On Tuesday I went to my local Verizon store and demoed the phone, and it was everything I hoped for. But I'm still on the fence about getting it since I've heard bad things about the battery.

    Here is what my day schedule would look like...would the stock battery last it out? Also I don't want to constantly keep turning GPS/internet on and off to squeeze out extra minutes. I'm also strapped for cash so the Seidio 1750mah isn't that much of an option right now.

    Morning/Afternoon
    - 1.5 hour commute each way, 3 hours total.

    Heavy use: Internet radio, web browsing, games, occasional GPS

    Daytime - 8 hour shift.

    Light/moderate use: Some web browsing, texting, email, calling, and GPS

    Will it last?

    Thank you :)
     

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  2. letters

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    Yes. Without a doubt.
     
  3. MooN

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    Just save up and purchase a Seidio/OEM extended battery with the phone. Or, buy the phone now and just fiddle with turning features on and off. When you get some cash, drop it on a better battery.
     
  4. potterdood

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    Honestly, it won't last..but IF you use the ATK to kill the apps throughout the day it'll go a lot farther and also, you should def use the power control widget and turn off the wifi/bluetooth/ satellite location/auto sync & I wouldn't turn the brightness more than halfway up...I have a car charger and a home charger, I charge my incredible when I'm not using it...hope this helps. I suggest buying an extra battery so you can switch it out when the 1st 1 dies. ***The internet radio will kill it all by itself if you listen for 3 hours, even with the screen asleep.
     
  5. CheezWiz

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    I bought this battery and am quite pleased ($16.99 + Free Shipping):
    Verizon HTC Touch Pro 2 Pro2 Genuine OEM Lithium Ion Standard Battery

    I have gotten used to having an extra battery on-hand with a PDA phone. At $16.99 + a cheap external charger, you should be good...

    External Chargers:
    I got this McGyver special - UNIVERSAL Universal Battery Charger, FREE Shipping, UNIVERSAL PHONE Universal Battery Charger
    and some mini USB to Micro USB adapters - GOOGLE Mini USB (Female, 5-pin) to Micro USB (Male) Charging Adapter, FREE Shipping, GOOGLE PHONE Mini USB (Female, 5-pin) to Micro USB (Male) Charging Adapter so I could use my cables and chargers from my Touch Pro with free shipping...
     
  6. SeattleYanksFan

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    Treat your battery right from the start and it will easily last. I don't use any of these task killers, never turn off the mobile network, and I get anywhere from 24 to 30 hours of battery life per charge. I use the phone throughout the day for web, phone, texting (a lot), some apps, etc. Obviously using it for hours on end and/or watching videos will not yield the same results, but with moderate use, you'll easily be fine.
     
  7. Rubik76

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    I have had ZERO issues getting 12-15 hours of battery with 3G on all the time, live wallpapers on all the time, and no task killers, and moderate use.

    Either my definition of "moderate" is completely different than everyone else's (doubtful), or a lot of people are lying (doubtful), or there are vastly different incarnations of the Incredible out there (doubtful), or there is an issue at play that just hasn't been pinpointed yet.

    My suggestion... spend 30 days deciding for yourself.
     
  8. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
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    If I get the phone, I'm planning to do a bunch of tricks at the start to optimize its performance, but not every day.

    Also I can't see why I would need WiFi or Bluetooth on, ever.

    For GPS, if you turn it off and load up a restaurant locator or something like that, will it turn it back on automatically? I only plan to use the GPS to just quickly check my location on my commute, or get quick directions to something in the city. But other than that I don't care if it's on.
     
  9. MooN

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    I bet that after the extended battery releases, you can find some stock OEM batteries for cheap on this forum. Shoot, you could probably find one right now... lots of people have purchased a Seidio/TP2 already.
     
  10. Topshelf

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    If you use a car charger while listening to Internet Radio and using GPS during your commute, you should be fine getting 8 hours during your work day. Otherwise I seriously doubt it. I really love this phone, but battery life is an issue with the stock 1300 unit. I'm on day 3 with mine and got 10 hours out of mine today with very light usage. I also am taking a stand against turning features off on principal. I did make one or two changes which seemed to have helped today, but there's no doubt I'll be buying an extended battery...first time ever for me. Just waiting to see what the deal with the OEM 2150 is.
     
  11. Rubik76

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    GPS only comes on when an app needs it. Mine is "on" (enabled) at all times.
     
  12. chimpy

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    I'll be commuting via train, so a car charger is not an option.

    I plan to get a car charger anyway when I go back to school, so I could keep the phone charged until I get to the train station.

    I just don't want it to die before I hop back on the train home, in case there are any emergencies or my ride can't pick me up and I can't contact them because the phone is dead.
     
  13. chimpy

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    So why would you ever have GPS on then if you aren't using an app that utilizes it?
     
  14. Rubik76

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    The "on" state just authorizes its use. The way all of my GPS-consuming apps work, they only request a GPS fix when I am actively using them. There's no reason to disable GPS in this scenario. All I would be doing is adding a manual step when I need to use these apps.
     
  15. azak

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    In that case, how do you actually turn GPS off, so that it only turns on whenever the phone needs it? Is it just the setting in the "Location" section?
     
  16. aesirx

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    I think it depends. There seems to be a software glitch that is preventing some Incs from sleeping. Mine did it the first few days and I had terrible battery life (would NOT have survived your day). However, for some reason, this glitch stopped occurring for me (maybe the ota?) and I have had similar days to yours, with everything on, and my inc makes it through. And fir some strange reason my battery life actually improved when I started leaving the gps on constantly. Make sense? Not at all, but there seems to be some bugs haunting the power management of this phone. If you can luck out with a combination that doesn't glitch the power management it, I think you can make it through your day. I would advise charging in your car, however.
     
  17. nkk

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  18. howarmat

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    somedays you will and some days you might not. You sue will vary everyday and from the results i am seeing on the stock battery you will be borderline. if you have a strong data signal then internet radio will not kill the battery, but if you hit a spot where its not strong the radio has to use more juice to pull the data down.

    To be safe i would get the 1750 ext battery and i think if you do that you should be fine everyday.

    Also using WIFI whenever you can, it uses less power than the CDMA 4g does
     
  19. Ladera

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    Battery life is pretty good and has improved this week. There is always the 2150mah as well which should only add about 1mm of thickness. I have no regrets.
     
  20. zenman

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    Get the free 3G Watchdog app. It shows a little 3G icon in the notification bar when your 3G is being activated. (It does other cool stuff too like keep track of your total 3G usage) Of course when you're surfing the net you'll see the icon there, but if you still see it and you're not on the net, use your free Advanced Task Killer to kill some apps. This should help with battery life I think.
     
  21. jasonb1985

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    The battery is fine.
     
  22. chimpy

    chimpy Well-Known Member
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    Do they make one of these for the Incredible though? The one on your link says it's compatible with BB models only.
     
  23. SeattleYanksFan

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    I usually have GPS "off" except the few times I've used the navigation. Apps that want to locate me still can.
     
  24. MooN

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    Maybe for you it is.
     
  25. Rubik76

    Rubik76 Well-Known Member
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    There you go.

    The battery is great. The battery sucks. The battery is fine if you never, ever touch the phone.

    The only definitive answer you're going to get is the one you give yourself after trying the thing.
     
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