Battery drain issue getting out of hand now.Support


  1. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    What the actual fark. Went sleep real late last night, Looked at my phone and saw it had like 95% battery left, Thought Ah I'm off work today I wont charge it, An its not good to re charge without letting it fully drain.. It'l be at 80 something percent when I wake. Its all good. WELL.. Screens here.


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    So judging from what they say, You and I can see what the main culprits were. The 'com.sec.app.whatever' thing and the Cell standby. :confused: I thought if you left a phone unused the life should hold on sufficiently.. Forgive me for sounding bratty but this is getting silly now. In this day and age I NEED my phone to last me a day of use, I NEED to know, That if my phones in my pocket at work, Doing NOTHING, After say hmmm 5 hours of it sitting there, That I have atleast 85% of juice left.

    This hasn't been an isolated issue, This happens frequently and I also see it widely complained about. When I'm on a 9 hour shift @ work, By the time I commute there, Id say it takes 15 or so minutes, I'd have already lost a good 10 to 15 percent, Including the time taking it off charge then getting ready,Eating ect. But the time I'm through with my shift, If my batteries not dead its on between 0%-10% to maybe if I'm really lucky touching 20%.

    That's with medium usage, Wifi off, Screen brightness only about 25% up, Around 1 hour of actual use, Inc internet calls texts ect ect.. The hell? I recently done a test and cranked my brightness all the way down, And surprisingly got home with around 40% juice left. But then I think why should I even have to do that?.. Just to get my phone to last longer I need to turn everything off, Have no widgets updating, Have no data running, Have my already dim screen dim as fu*k, Have vibration turned off, The list goes on. I tried some tricks recently too, I read about turning off background processes instantly from the dev options, Flicked both of the boxes on and also let my battery to drain to A minimum before charging to get the cycles going again properly, To no Avail.

    So what is there to do now? Is my battery pooped after only four months? Do I buy a replacement battery? Or is this how its going to be? Or do I buy a big battery with the sacrifice of adding bulk and weight.. Should I even have to do that if I have a phone of this level, The flagship phone of Samsung and android? I think not..

    I always, When running into issues of any kind, Think should I need to put up with X X or X, Same way I left my iPhone 4 for the S3, I used to say to myself why should I need to jailbreak my phone so I can download files directly to my phone? Why should I need to pay for apps which are free on android? Why cant I expand the memory cheaply? And so on..

    Thing is though, That bastards little battery lasted me. I'd get back from work with 80%+ battery, Had a few real busy days where it just sat in my pocket without being used and came home with 90%+left. Stick the guy on charge before you know it we're back to 100. I could actually go out straight from work and not worry or think twice about its battery, I knew it would last me well over till I got home. With my S3 I'm constantly worried about charge, Turning things off, Thinking when I'll be able to fill her up next. Not trying to sound fan boyish. And you can see how long I've been a member and my posts here that I'm far from one, But I look at things from a total impartial view. I don't stick to sides when buying stuff, If it works for me and I'm able to get it within means, I'll get it. No brand loyalty here broskis. As much as I hate to admit it, My feelings for my once cherished S3 are waning away.. I now feel it was a good choice to buy this outside of my contract, Leaving me the option to upgrade to another phone in December when my actual upgrade is due. If I had held onto my iPhone and got this as my upgrade I'd be really stuck and annoyed. Luckily that isn't the case..

    Rant done. Roll on September 12th. Lets see what you've got to offer me..

    Flame suit on. Come at me bro's :smokin:

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  2. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    Just switched from the iPhone to the GS3.

    I really love the GS3 more than the iPhone, but the battery issue with this phone is so bad that I might also be forced to return to Apple come September 12th.

    I realize there are some posting here saying they have no problems, but it's apparent from the amount of posts from people with problems that there is an issue here that Samsung needs to address.
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  3. sherlock5545

    sherlock5545 Well-Known Member

    Not sure, but I guess that process, seems like a weather app, sucking the battery down. My phone lasts me the whole day and during the night, if not on charge, drops about 2 or 3 %.
  4. ylexot

    ylexot Well-Known Member

    That's what it seems like to me. Looks like the weather widget trying to update in an area with bad cell reception and with wifi off.
  5. MrMister

    MrMister Well-Known Member

    get batter battery stats app, that monitors the battery usage even more, to tell you what process etc. Its a little complicated to use, but may be worth it
  6. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    Im sure it will help, And I'll look into finding one. Again the way I view it is I spent a good amount of money on this phone, It should work fine without me needing to do all this, It should allow me to use it at its full potential and get good battery life out of it. Oh well. Might give in and get a 4000mah batter with its bigger casing, Just so that i can use this phone to its full potential without worrying about the battery, Hopefully I can add jelly been to that soon and I'll see if it'll be worth keeping, They way things are looking though come December I'll be once again taking a bite from a juicy apple.
  7. valorian

    valorian Well-Known Member

    You should still be able to use the phone to it's full potential. Installing an apps that sucks the life out of your battery does not indicate a poorly designed phone. uninstall the weather app and see what your battery life is like. There are lots of other great weather apps in Google Play.
  8. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    My friend, I haven't installed any weather apps. The only one I have is the one that came stock with it. So to me that does indicate something poorly done along the line.
  9. anna_p

    anna_p Well-Known Member

    Sadly I share the same feelings as you OP. I wish I hadn't sold my S2, I'd sell my S3 right now and wait for the next phone. I've never had an iPhone (had androids since the dream) before but I'm looking forward to checking it out.

    This battery issue combined with a couple other things (crappy camera on my unit being anoyher big issue for me) that are bugging me are really making me wish I hadn't used my upgrade for this phone... I'm just not happy :(
  10. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    I share the pain! Bit the bullet and ordered a 4300mah battery. Not that is should of needed to!! :mad: Hopefully once jelly bean drops I'll feel the beast inside of this phone and it'll rekindle the flame I had for it.. Finally being able to use it to its full potential.. People who say that can already, I know you wouldn't have it with full brightness, Power saving off, Live backgrounds, All your social media and emails instantly synced and expect it to last for a day with the stock battery. That's what I personally expect from this phone, To use all its features and to not have to make sacrifices.
  11. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    Jay,

    Did you order the battery mentioned in another thread with the larger backing?

    I was thinking of ordering the more powerful battery, but I have a RED phone from AT&T and that white backing would not look good at all.

    What did you actually purchase?
  12. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    Which one was that? I ordered a cheapy. And yes it has a larger backing, I'll PM you the one I bought.
  13. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

  14. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    Ah yes I know that one, That was the one I originally wanted, But sadly it is not available here in the UK yet.. That's why I got that cheapy one to tie me over till a proper one gets released here.

    Also from what I've researched, That company (hyperion) also makes cases to fit the phone+ extended battery, So maybe get the white one and get the red case? Could look kinda cool.
  15. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    ay,

    Been sitting here for the past couple minutes since you and I started communicating (thanks for the private PM) looking at the advantages/disadvantages of getting a larger, extended battery.

    I know the Hyperion battery is not available in the UK, but this should apply to you as well since you're considering a larger battery...

    The Hyperion battery adds bulk. That worries me. What worries me more is that if you want a case for your phone -- which would most likely be the Hyperion Case -- it's not a very good one.

    I just have a hard time sacrificing the slim form factor of this form to add bulk for an extended battery.

    I would much rather just buy a second battery and charger and have a spare on me at all times.

    ....however, that doesn't take away from the fact that this should not be even something we should be discussing. Why the #1 posted problem on this forum concerns battery life is beyond me. I love this phone -- much more than the iPhone -- but the biggest problem it has is crappy battery life.
  16. JayS3

    JayS3 Well-Known Member

    I totally one hundred percent agree. We shouldn't need to be buying this, Hate to keep bringing it up but when I had my iPhone I don't think it ever completely went flat on me like this has done. I really didn't want to spend extra money on a bigger battery but it has to be done. Its not practical or safe to have a phone with such short battery, What if your out and there's an emergency? Break down in the middle of no where? Consequences are countless. So for the pure fact of peace of mind I went ahead and got one.
  17. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    Jay,

    Don't blame you. Think you made a good choice.

    I am just going to opt for a second battery. The only downside will be the laughs I get from friends who see me exchanging my battery from the case because I can't get a full day's charge on my phone.

    What year is this?
  18. sherlock5545

    sherlock5545 Well-Known Member

    Well, to me it seems like there's an app sucking the battery. My GS3 lasts the whole day if I don't play with it the whole time. On Sundays, when I'm free and don't have anything to do, I just keep using the phone, Wi-fi on, watch videos, play some games, do some work, browsing, etc. It gives me 3.30/4 hrs of screen-on time. With all the due respects, with such a big screen and specs, it surprises me to be able to achieve so much. My iPhone gave me about the same, but it is not even close the specs of the GS3.
  19. Coded

    Coded New Member

    Installing a new rom (omega) onto the phone helped my battery life.
  20. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    Coded,

    I am rooted. Haven’t played with ROMS yet. My concern is losing Touch Wiz, which I really like. I don't know what true improvements you get with a ROM install, but I do keep hearing that it does give better battery life.
  21. drumshark

    drumshark Well-Known Member

    A super easy way (although i agree, unnecessary) is to flip airplane mode on for the night, and back on in the morning. I do this, because in my room, i get horrendous signal, which kills battery life (check the signal strength graph, and compare it to battery life). When Im in an area with good signal, the battery is no problem, only when its constantly trying to find a good signal does the battery become a problem.
  22. dennygreen

    dennygreen Well-Known Member

    there's no way your battery should run down that quickly. I bet most people will get better battery life out of their stock battery than you'll get with your huge one if you don't fix what's draining it.
  23. redhook

    redhook Well-Known Member

    Then take it into the store and warranty exchange it since there should be no issues with your camera. The camera on my 32GB S3 is amazing.
  24. dezl

    dezl New Member

    I just got rid of my iphone to get the s3...the battery in the s3 will outlast the iphone any day of the week. I had to charge my iphone several times throughout the day.
  25. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Well-Known Member

    Dezl...

    Uhm...

    You may be very disappointed with the Gs3 battery life

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