S III Battery useGeneral

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  1. Chloros

    Chloros New Member

    you guys are getting some great battery times. I have the verizon version and i cant get a full day out of it. By the time im out....lcd takes about 3.5 hours of my battery. This is tough coming from the driod maxx.

  2. NewPepper

    NewPepper Well-Known Member

    I have Verizon Blue 32gb. I've been so busy the last three days that I haven't used it much so I've been a light user. On wifi (mobile data off) at home in the evening, airplane mode overnight, 4G from when I walk out the door at 545am to when I walk back in at 630pm (and go to wifi). Made a few phone calls, some texting, read email, updated som play store apps and a few other "light use" activities. I got 3 full days from the last charge. I was amazed. And it was pretty consisten, about 30% each day. Now, I hope I get to use it more in the next few days, casue I thinks it''s an awesome device. Very happy with it so far. Just have to get used to the larger size.
  3. dubbsix

    dubbsix Well-Known Member

    I've noticed pretty good battery life, considering I cant seem to leave the damn thing alone. I saw a comparison on endgadget where the GS3 was second only to the Razr Maxx in terms of battery life. I am using the power save settings though.
  4. chasemyaccord

    chasemyaccord Well-Known Member

    I have the Verizon version as well. It's been about 13.5 hours since I unplugged with moderate usage sporadically throughout the day and I'm still at 51%. I would've gone through two charge cycles with my Fascinate by now (then again my battery is almost two years old, but still). Very satisfied.

    Three days?!?! Hahaha wow you must be a pretty light user and on power save mode or something, that's incredible.
  5. ousuxndallas

    ousuxndallas Well-Known Member

    Used all day and still have 38% battery life left. Multiple phone calls, lots of emails, few texts, and some Tapatalk use. No games or music.
  6. Chloros

    Chloros New Member

    Jesus guys....if i bought a phone just to use once in a blue moon....i would've stuck with my iphone. I moved to this phone for its screen and awesomeness. I need power users posting their results. Not people who carry the phone for looks and nothing more.
  7. treb1797

    treb1797 Well-Known Member

    Feel ya my friend as I am a very heavy user as well, but remember RAZR MAXX is 3300 mAh while S3 is 2100 mAh. So quite a bit of difference. Hopefully Samsung will announce the extended battery size sooner than later.
  8. Blacklight82

    Blacklight82 Well-Known Member

    I'm getting pretty decent battery life of my Verizon version. 22 hours with moderate to heavy use.
  9. chasemyaccord

    chasemyaccord Well-Known Member

    Well some of us have work and don't get very many opportunities to use our phones. It's midnight and I finally managed to get it to 1% by using video chat for a couple hours and play GTA3. I was at 51% when I got home at around 8PM. Still pretty rock solid if you ask me.

    I will post a pic w/ battery usage on the weekend once I'm actually able to use the phone all day.
  10. Chloros

    Chloros New Member

    Not sure what you mean. I work 12 hours a day supporting (cannot say under NDA) servers to keep a popular game running. There is no reason why the Galaxy S3 cant give me 1 good day of normal usage. Im going to ignore your response by factoring in that maybe i could have a bad battery or a wild running app.
  11. naviwilliams

    naviwilliams Well-Known Member

    ...yesterday and this morning looks like this. But, only with 1:29:27 of screen time. Some of us have to work ;)

  12. OmegaSaiyanX

    OmegaSaiyanX Member


    I noticed you got Max Payne! I just tried getting that on my S3 and it says my phone isnt compatible?? :confused:
  13. WhoDoo Voodoo

    WhoDoo Voodoo Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you need to download the app called carat. It will clean that up for you.
  14. chasemyaccord

    chasemyaccord Well-Known Member

    Just to refresh your memory, here is your response to me earlier:

    Jesus guys....if i bought a phone just to use once in a blue moon....i would've stuck with my iphone. I moved to this phone for its screen and awesomeness. I need power users posting their results. Not people who carry the phone for looks and nothing more.

    Perhaps I read it wrong, but the last statement sounded a little d0uchey to me. My bad if that was not your intent. :) You said you wanted people posting results who are power users and not ones who bought it "for looks and nothing more." All I'm saying is that some people who post results here are unable to be power users because their work schedules may not allow it (such as myself). Plus I'm guessing a good number of people in here are college students, so I figure not everyone here has the restrictions of a work schedule like some of us do. Half the time I'm working in a room where I'm not allowed to bring in a PED (Personal Electronic Device), so I only put heavy use on the phone a little before 8AM and after 5PM until I go to bed. Probably a big reason why I was at 51% by the time I got home. Despite such light usage during core hours of the day, my Fascinate would still require a recharge in the middle of the day (I'm usually in the 30's by early afternoon).

    Again, I will post results on the weekend when I'm actually considered to be a power user. Hopefully this will be more along the lines of what you're looking for. "Normal usage" is pretty subjective, but I agree with you that getting a full day shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps you want to post what the biggest power hogs are from your battery stats and it might give the community a better idea of what your problem could be.
  15. dennygreen

    dennygreen Well-Known Member

    I'm kind of surprised that there isn't an option to have your data shut off when it isn't used for a certain amount of time like on my DROID x. seems like that would save me some battery.
  16. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    When posting, please let us know what carrier and if you are on 3G, 4GLTE, etc.
  17. GalaxyS609

    GalaxyS609 Well-Known Member

    just chiming in on this subject since it was at the top. I've had my phone for 4.5 days now, so far I have been extremely pleased with my battery life, especially when compared to my Captivate.

    AT&T is my carrier and right now, Id say most of the time Im connected to wi-fi, but when Im out and about, a majority of the time that I look at it the phone is on 4G LTE.

    The first full day I had the phone, I wanted to run it down completely so I could give it complete charge that night. I was still setting up the phone, so I was constantly on the market downloading and installing apps, moving things around, etc. By the time I got home that night, I still had 29% left on the battery. By the time I got into bed I still had 15%. I finally got to sleep at Midnight after spending the rest of the evening browsing the net and updating my bookmarks to kill the rest of the battery.

    Since then, with normal use (at least for me) which consists of a decent amount of texts, I handful of 10 - 30 min phone calls, checking email, facebook, twitter and some other apps, by 8pm I still have 45% or more battery life remaining.

    Even when my Captivate was new, I don't recall having that much battery life at the end of the day. So far I have no complaints in the battery department with this phone. There are some other areas which I have a small beef with, but nothing to discourage me yet. :D
  18. thenew3

    thenew3 Well-Known Member

    Loving the battery life on this thing. I've got the verizon 32gb version.

    For comparison, My previous phone was Galaxy Nexus with the extended battery (same 2100 mah as the S3).

    Did a drain test yesterday, streaming netflix via 4G (about 40% signal according to opensignalmaps)
    S3 lasted nearly 6 hours
    Nexus died after 2 hours and 15 minutes
    that's almost a 3x improvement!
    Screen on auto brightness for both.

    Usually with the nexus, I'm down to about 20% after a regular work day (7am to 10pm, about 20 minutes talk, several hundred emails pushed from 3 accounts, a little bit of browsing/reading news)
    With the same type of use on the S3, first full work day it still had 60% left at the end of the day, and that includes more playing around, loading apps etc than I normally do on the nexus.

    I remember reading somewhere that the Nexus has a max power drain of 2.1 Watts, while the S3 is rated for 1.3 Watts. almost 40% difference. I'm seeing much more than 40% improvement in battery life that's for sure!
  19. OmegaSaiyanX

    OmegaSaiyanX Member

    Since installing Avast on my phone the battery has been draining fast.

    Even before the Avast app noticed when I was using the phone the battery would go down by 1% every 4secs!!

    Also still waiting to know how the other user got Max Payne 1 on his S3! As when I try to get it the game/app says not compatible :-(
  20. alexander323bc

    alexander323bc Well-Known Member

    The pentile display that makes certain things look really dim, really does make the battery life amazing for a phone this big. I do kind of wish it just came with a bigger battery and brighter screen. I would sacrifice few more ounces.
  21. rjtim

    rjtim Well-Known Member

    Turning off Mobile Data and Sync really did wonders for my battery life :)

  22. scooz16

    scooz16 Well-Known Member

    What exactly does turning those items off do? Wouldnt you not get any push emails etc? Why have the smart phone?
  23. rjtim

    rjtim Well-Known Member

    Yep. You can turn it off while your sleeping. Or while you're at home and got Wi-Fi.
  24. nooaah

    nooaah Well-Known Member

    I've been using the phone literally nonstop on WiFi for the past 3.5 hours installing apps, customizing, etc - and trying to kill off the first charge since unboxing. It's gone from ~55% to 29%. I'm on power saving mode. I'm trying my damndest but the thing won't die.
  25. rafian

    rafian Active Member

    Just got my new S3 few days ago. Most of my S3 battery is consumed by the screen. I reckon the camera/video is a big battery sucker. Next is general use (I've been spending too much time on settings and configuration). I don't do much browsing.

    My battery lasts just for a day. I must put the phone on charge by 11:00 PM.

    Also, charging thru USB->PC is very slow. This phone needs to be connected to the wall outlet for proper/faster charging.

    I come from Nokia phones.... The battery consumption makes me go "dang".

    Edit: Power saving mode is turned off. And Wifi is always on full strength (you need to use the secret code to do that - http://galaxys3reviews.net/samsung-galaxy-s3-wifi-problem-fix). Mobile data (service provider connection) is mostly off.

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