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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mntbighker, May 25, 2010.

  1. mntbighker

    mntbighker Well-Known Member
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    Has anyone else come to the conclusion that the fewer Sense apps you use, the less trouble you will have with battery life? It's quite a shame that the time to market issues alluded to by Google folks at I/O have caused inadequately tested changes to Android to ruin customer satisfaction. Today I was having Exchange sync issues with my mail. I note 2 things. It seems it is not possible to edit the server settings once the account is set up. And regardless of sync frequency settings if the sync process is failing your battery will be dead in no time. I am now faced with looking for an alternate Exchange mail application if such a thing exists. I have already seen what Sense Flickr and Facebook can do to battery life. HTC stopped communicating with me about either battery life OR signal strength issues.

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  2. Ruggar

    Ruggar Member

    Nope. Not if they are not set up to always sync and be connected 24x7x365.

    Doesn't seem to be a problem with stock app or the original Android app (you'll find out more about that in my P.S.) on my phone at least.

    Again. I don't have that issue and I work in a concrete bunker of sorts so the connection to exchange routinely fails as expected. My battery lasts all day.

    If your phone is setup to be connected 24x7x365 and updating all the time what would you expect out of the battery?

    Based on your post you either don't understand that your phone is setup in a way to be always on and syncing or you've got something wrong that I've seen people report a reset has resolved in many cases. I would check out the stickied battery thread.

    There is an "alternate" email app for exchange. Actually there are several on the market like K-9 and one that is the original 2.1 Android app non-htc version available here:
    Original Android 2.1 Email Client - xda-developers
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  3. SystemsLock

    SystemsLock Newbie

    Not that I've noticed. None the less, as soon as I get this thing rooted off comes all the default apps.
  4. Rubik76

    Rubik76 Android Enthusiast

    This is my second HTC device with Sense. Sense has caused me zero problems. Facebook may not always sync when scheduled, the weather widget has a personality of its own, but neither of those negatively impacts anything else in any meaningful way.

    The only Sense issue I know of (and I'm not sure if it's still happening) is that the HTC battery widget can cause battery drain.
  5. buckweet

    buckweet Newbie

    I personally don't like sense or the HTC built in sense apps either.. I'm trying out launcherpro beta, it has a look of froyo somewhat for the dockbar.. Very fast and smooth.. Much moreso than senseui..

    It's in the market, give it a try.
  6. yojoe600

    yojoe600 Android Expert

    am i the only one that doesnt mind since...? i mean i didnt like it much on winmo but i have no problem on android
  7. mntbighker

    mntbighker Well-Known Member
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    I have every possible sync and or connect interval set anywhere between 10 minutes and 60.

    My office is plaster and screen in a concrete and rebar building.

    It's not, and I expect minimum 1 to 2 days with conservative use. As in no voice use and minimal email, text and twitter checking.

    Did a hard reset the first week and initially killing Flickr was key to battery life. I also found Sense Facebook to be a repeatable sleep killer regardless of refresh setting. And if I don't reboot the phone daily something often keeps it from sleeping. Based on my settings I have 1 hour awake out of 18 on a good day so thanks for the opinion but clearly there is a random variable at work here. My settings are not the issue or it would be consistently good or bad.

  8. SeattleYanksFan

    SeattleYanksFan Android Expert

    I love it and my battery life is superb (as in 30+ hours on average).
  9. mntbighker

    mntbighker Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I like LauncherPro myself but it Does crash.
  10. jasonb1985

    jasonb1985 Android Expert

    i also like sense. i like sense a lot.
  11. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Android Enthusiast

    Love sense, sense rocks! :cool:
  12. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday

    I really like Sense. I like a lot of the HTC Widgets. :) They look much nicer than their stock Android counterparts. I especially like the music player widget of Sense and Friendstream. If stock Android had all of the Sense widgets, then I would probably use it a lot more.
  13. Mskgreenel

    Mskgreenel Android Enthusiast

    I like Sense UI! Vanilla android is sooo vanilla....
  14. DenverRalphy

    DenverRalphy Android Enthusiast

    Based on the theory the OP is presenting, I think it would be more an issue of all the widgets you have running, regardless as to whether they were HTC Sense, Android, or 3rd Party brands...
  15. sheepforwheat

    sheepforwheat Member

    I have never tried vanilla, this is my first android phone. But from what I can see, for every custom Sense-like addition you would want, there is a marketplace app that you can download to offer that functionality. I would rather have Vanilla. The only thing I'm not sure about that might be better on sense is the keyboard.
  16. Ruggar

    Ruggar Member

    That is exactly what you should be getting. It is what I am getting and the others I know who have DIncs as well as the pluthera of people on here are reportedly getting.

    There are a number of threads devoted to phones not sleeping. They'll walk you though how to troubleshoot and find which apps are causing a problem. The short story is to kill apps one by one and let your phone sit each time for 5-10 minutes and make note of when the sleep and awake time are finally different after it goes in to sleep mode.

    What you are experiencing is not normal and likely a buggy app with a sync problem. Take comfort in the fact it isn't normal but you should be able to fix it and get normal use. You've mentioned the issue with your exchange connection. But I don't know how your mail app that came with your phone is different than mine. To be safe I would try the app I linked too just to rule things out.

    I would have to respectuflly disagree as evidenced by the other people who replied also reporting no issues. If something stock were causing the problem it would be causing the problem for everyone.

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