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  1. Slewman

    Slewman Well-Known Member

    My expectations were very low for battery life. I was expecting something on par with the Thunderbolt out of the box (which, might I add, I had since day one and the DNA was my upgrade from the TB). While I will say the battery life is short while I flew this weekend, screen basically on for 5+ hours straight, playing games and listening to music, but that is expected almost with any device. And times like that for me and I believe for most of android users are few and far between. What I was most concerned with was real life usage. How long was that going to last?

    My TB out of the box probably gave me 8-10 hours of normal usage. That is probably generous also. Yesterday/today have been my first real usage test of the DNA and let me tell you I have been pleasantly surprised. On wifi while at work and home, 4G the rest of the way. Playing music back and forth on my 45 minute commute each way, I have gotten a solid 33 hours. cannot believe it!

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  2. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Lv 60 Bounty Hunter Moderator

    Told you so!! :p

    (well maybe not you specifically, lol)

    And yes, there will still be detractors that point out the low amount of screen on time in that screen shot. BUT... once my initial couple weeks of playing with it non-stop (and getting 14 to 16 hours consistently) my usage has dropped and I am at 14 hours off charger with 50% battery left. Though I will say my usage was less than usual today due to being rather busy at work...

    Still...

    I'm with you. Zero complaints about battery life
  3. victek

    victek Well-Known Member

    I used Juice Defender on my previous phone with good results. I wonder if anyone has tried it on the DNA or if I'm going to have to be first? :coffee:
  4. zenman

    zenman Well-Known Member

    Yes, NightAngel is officially vindicated, I'm getting great battery life too.

    I tried Juice Defender my first or second day but it caused problems with my Better YouMail connecting so I stopped using it. It's not needed anyway.
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  5. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say I am getting great battery life, but it seems just as good as the HTC One X and GS3, I would like a little longer but with the battery size, the screen size, and resolution you cannot really expect more.

    I am only getting 1-2 hours of on screen time over 14 hour days, so it is good but not great. Nothing to be upset about.
  6. PsychDoc

    PsychDoc Well-Known Member

    What I find amazing is that no one says a word about the battery in the iphone 5 which is 1450 mAh yet they are bitching more than a Justin Bieber-obsessed JHS girl about the 2020 mAh battery in the DNA.
  7. climberman

    climberman Well-Known Member


    Amen
  8. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Well-Known Member

    It's blowing my mind also. I gave up the Razr maxx for this and thought I would regret it. Not at all!!!!! It's on par with my S3 which got me through the day no problem at all. My phone is used for work and non-stop phone calls. The S3 was the first phone to impress me here at work (Batt wise). Of course the MAxx was unbeleivable but not enough phone for me. So got the DNA while holding my breath and am still amazed. I put on the charger around 4:00 just ot get me through rest of night but I don't have to. I'm still at 65% while using non-stop till 4:00.

    So of course I wish it was better but I can't beleive how good it really is. Plus this phone is growing on me. Afraid at first(because of batt) and now that the fear is gone i'm loving it!!!!!!
  9. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Yes, HTC has quietly put together an extremely efficient device, 2020 in the DNA is not the same as 2020 in a Samsung or Motorola product. I am very happy with the battery life, it still doesn't last the entire day for me, as I am a heavy user, but goes until 3pm, instead of 11am like my GNex.
  10. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    GSAM Battery Monitor. Check for wakelocks, and note, the graphs work in landscape mode.

    On my LTEvo (Sprint One X variant, so maybe I shouldn't be talking, oh well), I drop typically 10% per hour for screen on, and can get 8 hours of screen on, auto brightness.

    Even with the bigger screen and higher resolution, two hours of screen on seems odd to me.
  11. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    The battery life on my iphone 5 is better then my GS3, and I use the GS3 less as its my personal line.

    What you have to take into consideration is that IOS is not as battery hungry as Android. That being said, there's not much you can do these days with LTE on board, battery life is just one of those things nobody has been able to really conquer, except Motorola with the Maxx series, everyone else is pretty much in the same boat and it really depends on the persons usage and what they really use they're phones for on a daily basis.

    However, I'm glad I'm hearing Good things about the DNA, most likely will be in my pocket by next week and be retiring my GS3 to draw duty...
  12. WuBoy

    WuBoy Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear from a fellow TB user that stuck it out that this phone's battery life will be a pleasant surprise. That said, batt life was never a big concern for me. Maybe it was because of NightAngel's insistence that it wasn't as bad as people thought.

    I've still been more concerned about the small amount of memory. I don't consider myself a memory hog and I'm currently using about 7 GB of the internal memory and 9 GB of the SD card on my phone. That means at best, I'll be able to transfer everything over and it will fit perfectly and at worst I'll have to go through and delete a bunch of stuff.

    The second option isn't that bad. I think I could probably free up a 2 - 3 gigs by getting rid of stuff that I don't use, but that would still only leave me with 2 - 3 gigs of leeway for the entire time I have the phone. I can't see that lasting too long.
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  13. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    I have that app. I have auto brightness on, 75.3% of my battery is consumed by apps. 47.2 is consumed by kernal, my next highest is Internet at 3.3%.

    Not sure what the problem is, I only have about 10 apps installed so far.
  14. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    While the iphone 5 has a small battery, it got great battery life for me. But IOS in itself is a lot simpler than android. Also the screen is tiny and lower res compared to the DNA and most android phones.
  15. TrueMetalGeek

    TrueMetalGeek Well-Known Member

    I think my DNA might be doing better than my Rezound with the 2800 extended battery did.
    I could hardly make it to lunchtime without a recharge some days.

    The DNA drops as well when I heavily use it but making it to lunch time is not a problem.

    Today I watched a youtube video or two and streamed some music and some Fb then used bluetooth to play music while the screen was off and it was only down to 60% at lunchtime.
  16. untitled1

    untitled1 Well-Known Member

    I'm stunned by how great the battery life is compared to the Rezound. I've become accustomed to always looking for an outlet or always carrying a portable charger. It wasn't unusual for my Rezound to drain in a matter of a couple hours with zero usage in some instances.

    Still find myself habitually charging the DNA when I don't really need to, and because of that I haven't seen it go below 50% battery. I need to establish some new habits.
  17. climberman

    climberman Well-Known Member


    Boy do I agree with you on the change from the Rezound to the mighty DNA....... after the TB ( the ultimate battery suck), the Rezound would just chew through the batteries right and left........

    Obviously, all phones charge more quickly when turned off but the DNA seems to charge up more quickly when turned off than did the Rezound when it was turned off
  18. stkorn97

    stkorn97 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the DNA gets awesome life considering its specs. My rezound was always iffy after getting ICS. This thing amazes me since its straight out of the box at this point and it already gets amazing life. They might find a few tweaks to make it even better down the road Im betting. Either way, I couldnt be happier with it.
  19. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Well-Known Member

    I already said I'm amazed at the life I'm getting but I do have one question. Are you guys using google now? When i had it on my Gnex is killed to battery in seconds so I'm afraid to use it. Obviously I'm going to try it because without the batt has been great. But before I do, have you guys had it on? And if so, did you notice much change with batt? Or maybe you guys never turned it off and are getting good life. If thats the case you might be able to get better life turning it off. I'll let you know what I come up with. But I would like to know if people have already tested this.
  20. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    I am using Google Now and not seeing a huge drop in battery life... I don't think.
  21. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Well-Known Member

    I just turned mine on and set it all up. I'll let you know if I think it does hurt the batt. I've had pretty consistant results the past couple weeks with this phone. So I should be able to tell. Thanks for the reply
  22. 211275

    211275 Well-Known Member

    Not blowing my mind haha. I just got it yesterday and after its first full charge, I was down to about 35% after 4 hours off the charger. Now granted, I was downloading a ton of apps and setting up the phone, so it was nearly 3 hours of screen on time but still. Charged it full again overnight and I am at 67% only 4h 46min off the charger. All I have done is browse the web, take some pics, a few emails and downloaded a few more apps. I am not too thrilled with the battery at all but I work from home and have a car charger too, so I am not worried. I might be installing Juice Defender though but wanted to see how it did on its own first.
  23. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Well-Known Member


    Humm thats weird. I don't work from home but my phone is a work phone. I've done ever thing today you have done, times ten. Plus non-stop phone calls. I've been off the charger for 10 hours and I'm still above 67% at 3:45pm. And I started google now today and was in that for about an hour setting it up.

    And I'm not being a smart a$$. I really have done ten times more than you said you did today (with the phone). Plus the calls. Today is slow so I've only talked on phone about 15 times. Some calls ten minutes, some five minutes. And two of the 15 calls were over a half hour. No exaggeration.


    Trust me I go hard on phone with bad batteries. And I am amazed with this one. Don't get me wrong, I wish it was better. I tell people it's the same as my S3 was. Which was the best I had till the Razr maxx.
  24. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    33% in 4h46m equals over 14 hours... That is a full day for a lot of people.
  25. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Well-Known Member



    Thats why I don't like answering questions. I'm a moron.


    And yes, can't complain about that. Thats why I thought he meant 4 hours as in actual time. I can't see him saying "no good" with 14 hours and having 67% left????


    But again, I could be wrong(again)...haha
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