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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JDunc, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. JDunc

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    Im getting mixed reviews on using app killer. Some say yes others say no. Im looking to maximize my battery power. So please explain why it would be better to use or not use a app killer? ex. Advanced Task Killer
     

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    I have a DX, so I can't say for sure, but the DX does not need one, and I would figure that the D2 is just as, if not more(froyo), efficient than the X.
     
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    DO NOT! I REPAT DO NOT! install any type of task killer, you can already do exactly what they do by pressing a few more buttons, and the only thing they are good for is eating up your phones memory, and slowing your phone down.

    Those that don't know crap about phones will rate the APP 5 stars and say its a must have and claim it made their battery life longer.


    The main battery drainer on the D2 is the display. It stays around 53% with brightness turned all the way down. I say its almost like the 50% cell standby bug a lot of people wth the LG Ally use to encounter.

    Which I traded in my LG Ally for a D2.


    But anyways to get back to your question. Don't install it, just press a few extra buttons and kill the tasks yourself, and if something starts running again after you killed it, chances are it needs to be running for something to work properly.

    If that doesn't help go pick up an extended battery and if you still aren't happy, I would suggest checking out other phones.
     
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    At first I was having HORRIBLE battery life issues and resorted to trying Advanced Task Killer. I have heard that using problems like that will actually eat away more of your memory and battery life because it is completely shutting down and reopening the program and that will eat battery. The Android OS is built so that when apps aren't being use they go into a idle state which eats up very little battery, so for you to close and open close and open apps that will just kill your battery life. It is the widgets and the stuff that is constantly updating via network connections that kills battery life. If still you find you are barely running any apps and you are getting bad battery life then try a factory reset via Settings > Privacy > Factory Reset. That has completely fixed my phones battery and I get wonderful battery life now. Like posted above, if you just go into Settings > Applications > Running Applications. You can see everything that is running and close what needs to be closed, that does the same thing as ATK would do.

    Good luck
     
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    Android 2.2 will allow you to close programs without the need for a task killer, in settings, applications , manage applications, there is now a running tab which shows all the programs running. You can force close anything you want from there
     
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    I was getting HORRIBLE battery life when I had ATK installed. I uninstalled it today and my phone has been off charge for over 9 hours and I have 80% remaining. So yea, I say no to the task killers.

    Edit: Actually over 11 hours and at 80%
     
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    the techs at verizon actually installed atk on my d2 on day 1 in the store when i went in to grab a case for it. Got into a nice lil argument about it with him, although according to the "android device specialist" running on android 1.6 i need a task killer, and froyo has not been released yet...according to the verizon tech.

    Gotta love individuals you encounter that are just as sharp as a bowling ball
     
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    I tried the task killer... I went from an Env Touch to the droid 2 (My first ever smartphone, and of course first experience with the android OS). It would recommend apps to kill, and say it killed them, but they would still be running... I looked into this whole rooting thing to perma kill the apps I didn't want running, but it seems we can't do it on the Droid 2 yet...

    So after reading way more than I wanted to, I removed the task killer, set my brightness to auto, disabled Bluetooth unless I need it, and set the phone to turn the screen off after 30 secs instead of a minute. I went from needing to charge after 6-8 hrs to going 12 hrs with kinda heavy (trying to kill it with youtube, strobe lights and camcorder stuff for 3 hrs). None of the apps, services or bloatware even shows up on my battery manager screen. It's all display, android os, browser, com.motorola.home and handcent stuff.

    So from a newbie perspective... you can get more battery out of settings and management, than running another service.
     

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