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Are all Android phones as bad as the LG G2?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jeffames226, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    Just switched from iphone 4 to the LG G2 after 4 or more years with iphone. My iphone could go several days on standby but this LG G2 cant make it more than about 16 hours on standby with LITTLE TO NO USE! I have all services turned off except for WiFi. I have searched this forum and others about various solutions short of rooting and none of them have worked.

    I am very disappointed and will probably return this phone and get something else but if all Android phones are like this I may have to get another iphone. Problem is that I HATE the TINY iphone screens. Does the Galaxy S4 also suffer from poor battery life?

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  2. jstcynske

    jstcynske Member

    Sounds like you might have a bad one! I can go well over 24 hours with heavy use. Actually, i get about double the battery i got out of my iPhone 4s. Besides the billion other things that are better about android and this phone, the battery is probably top three list!
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  3. emilioaponte

    emilioaponte Member

    Well, check out in the Galaxy S4 forum but I think LG G2 got better battery life. You can change battery on the S4.
  4. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    Wow thats awesome! Something MUST be wrong with it then. Last night before going to be I had about 65% and about 8 hours later it went down to 2% or so and was shut off when I tried to turn it on. Thats with nothing running and not using it at all. I have even tried a hard reset as someone else suggested but it still seems to be draining way too fast.
  5. stef7

    stef7 Android Expert

    If you have not already done so, try performing a Factory Data Reset (FDR) on your device. When standing by or in use, this device should crush an iPhone in battery charge longevity comparison.

    Honestly I suspect something is misconfigured on your device. Your experience is not representative.
  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Something def sounds wrong there

    If a factory reset doesn't solve it, I'd look into getting it replaced, as you likely have a defective unit
  7. dportal2006

    dportal2006 Android Enthusiast

    The battery in your phone has to be defective. I easily get more than a day of battery life with my G2. Much better than with my S3. The G2 is much better than the IPhone 4S you had. You were just unlucky to have a bad unit.
  8. dportal2006

    dportal2006 Android Enthusiast

    Definitely go change it if you can.
  9. Stannis the Mannis

    Stannis the Mannis Rapscallion

    That is definitely not right, I agree with the others get your phone replaced your battery must be faulty.
  10. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    +1 on changing it if possible especially since you've already tried factory reset to no avail. I get 2 days with average use and 3 days with light use. Very atypical stats you're seeing. The battery in the G2 is one of the longest lasting for any phone Android or otherwise. Something is amiss.
  11. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    I have only had the phone for a week and have 14 days to return it. I think I may go tomorrow and exchange it or at least get them to look at it. Its good to know that at least most of you arent having this problem. I really would like to give this phone and Android a chance.
  12. copestag

    copestag Android Expert

    as for me on stock I get about 2+ days of moderate use.... minimum 50 hours......... after root and custom rom I can usually go about 70 hours on a charge with moderate use....and thats because I dont let a phone go below 30% before charging typically...... dont want to get stranded

    *daily moderate use being about 2 hours web surfing........ facebook updateing...... wifi and 4G on all the time...... typically 30 mins of streaming radio...... constant weather updates (weather is important in my tiny little realm).... tapatalk(forum browsing) about an hour each day....nothing extreme.... just moderate useage

    if you are getting less than 24 hours even on heavy useage I would say you have a bad one......... something isnt calibrated properly or that battery is junk........ time to visit the store

    this phone is easily among the best.... if not the single best...... for battery useage on the market...... and definitely leaps and bounds above any Iphone even if the iCrap is turned off
  13. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    Yeah there is NO WAY I would even come close to getting that kind of usage with it as it is right now. I would be lucky to get 16 hours with MINIMAL use.
  14. copestag

    copestag Android Expert

    then a store visit is in order....... this phone should make you believe you had an early days dumbphone with unlimited battery
  15. Stannis the Mannis

    Stannis the Mannis Rapscallion

    Yep there's a reason this phone was praised for its battery life, its fantastic. I think at worst i've gotten 5.5 hrs of screen on time.
  16. razvan06

    razvan06 Android Enthusiast

    Get it exchanged ASAP, i own the G2 for 2 months now and NEVER had any issues. I've researched all the forums before buying it and i know what may or may not happen. Yours is definitely defective : some kind of short on the motherboard, defective battery or one component is defective and is eating more batt than it should !

    I can easily guarantee that until now this is by far the best phone and has the best batt life of all devices i owned.

    Last test i made : 79h after a single 0-100% charge and using : 15-20min/day of Facebook + 20-30min phonecalls/day + listening to music 1,5h/day + playing Asphalt 8 about 30-40min/day.
  17. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    Earlier this morning I charged my phone to 100% and 9 1/2 hours later its STILL at 100%!! Granted I havent used it but once today but this is a HUGE difference compared to what i was getting. Now im thinking my battery meter must be stuck:dontknow: I did disable quite a few google apps and also wifi since I wouldn't be using it and just wanted to see what results that would give. Now I will have to try enabling each app one by one to find the culprit.

    Any ideas on what the worst offenders usually are?
  18. MutantCheese

    MutantCheese Android Expert

    My LG G2 has the best battery life of any phone I have ever used. I try to kill it during the day and I end up running out of juice before this phone does. It's a beast.
  19. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    24 hours later and Im STILL at 90% so it looks like its def not my battery. I am very happy with this phone now.
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  20. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Sounds like you may have had a pretty nasty wakelock

    IE some app was keeping the device from sleeping properly
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  21. jeffames226

    jeffames226 Lurker
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    I think you are right. While I was using the phone I could literally WATCH the battery percentage drop at a rate of about 1% every couple of minutes. With all this bloatware on her who knows what it is.

    Maybe I should root it and remove everything I dont need.
  22. manatleisure

    manatleisure Newbie

    i have a free app i downloaded from the play store i use called watchdog lite. if anything is eating too much battery life it will tell/warn you what it is. worth having in your situation.
  23. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    Even with the bloat, I've found the battery life to be better on the stock ROM than AOSP ones like Cyanogen. That said, it's still extraordinary and I love it. :)
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  24. IMUcarmen

    IMUcarmen Android Expert

    yup this phone has a beastly battery and anyone complaining about battery life on this phone is one of two things....impossible to please, or has a defective unit.

    Shoot! I even read an article talking about how in real world test and usage the g2 outperformed the droid ultra whose whole marketing is based around it's amazing battery life.
  25. stef7

    stef7 Android Expert

    I think there are some other potential user pools...
    1). potentially those that need to perform an FDR and start configuring the device from scratch. I think it's just too likely that a bad software starting point because of memory location initialization might result in a service or other program running in a rogue manner.

    2). those that accidentally configured the device to use way more battery than they should (say a very quick email sync interval and other stuff like that).

    3). those that live on the fringe of 4G coverage, and the radios are cycling 3G / 4G (I think this could contribute).

    Defective unit? Yes, it's possible some have a marginal cell. The miniaturization / complexity of the battery itself probably results in a distribution with outliers far from the mean.

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The LG G2 release date was September 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.2" inch screen, 13MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3000mAh battery.

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