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Exchange - "As items arive" vs "Every X minutes" (battery use)Tips


  1. Clocks

    Clocks Well-Known Member

    Anyone seen a difference when changing the Exchange sync settings from "Every X minutes" to "As items arrive"?

    I'm not one of the poor folks with horrible battery issues, and I easily get > 1 day of normal use, just wondering if this setting will put a noticeable drain on my battery,

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  2. jackattack

    jackattack Well-Known Member

    The only difference I see is that I get no mail when I check "As items arrive". I let it poll every 10 minutes and, like you, I get more than a day out of the battery. I keep the charger handy just in case.
  3. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member

    i noticed the same, i get nothing when i check "as they arrive" option. I have to do a manual refresh.
  4. Squintz82

    Squintz82 Well-Known Member

    I use ActiveSync for my gmail, and I get items within seconds of receiving them in my gmail inbox.
  5. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member

    gmail is push, you dont need active sync
  6. earthtodigi

    earthtodigi Active Member

    I get my gmail messages instantly when set to as items arrive, but I cannot get photo attachments, when I try to open them, it says they are corrupted. I can set up my gmail with IMAP and the same emails with photos come through just fine, just not instantly like with exchange :(
  7. andydrew

    andydrew Active Member

    If you want 'push' email with gmail and the native mail application, you need to use Google Sync (Gmail Sync). This is generally set up as an Exchange (ActiveSync) connection on handhelds. Otherwise you are likely using POP or IMAP access which is NOT push, it's fetch.

    push = emails are updated on your mobile device, initiated by the server
    fetch = your device gets email updates on a certain time interval configured on in the device settings

    Google Sync for your phone
  8. andydrew

    andydrew Active Member

    If you are using the GMail application, that is push. According to the chart at the link below, Google Sync

    Gmail for mobile
  9. Clocks

    Clocks Well-Known Member

    I definitely receive emails when I set it to "As items arrive". In fact my DI gets the emails faster than my work computer.

    But after a full day the battery seems unaffected, so I'll leave it on "As items arrive".
  10. johnperkins21

    johnperkins21 Well-Known Member

    I think that I get slightly better battery life using "every 5 minutes," but I haven't had enough time to truly test.

    Also, I only get notifications of emails until I go to the application and let it refresh. They're not there immediately, but this could be due to how the phone is sleeping or some other issues. Again, I haven't had enough time to fully investigate these issues as much as I would like.
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