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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by speedracer2001, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. speedracer2001

    Thread Starter

    Hello All. I am NEW to these smartphones as my last phone was a simple clamshell dial n' go. I have been reading a LOT of posts regarding a vast array of topics. Battery life seems to be a BIGGIE... It appears people have used "Juice Defender" - "Y 5 Battery Saver " and "Battery Doctor". When I read the descriptions of each they all appear to do the same thing - shut down or turn on WiFi if available, monitor the battery and make other program adjustments as needed. IF this is correct then why are some using all 3 together - wouldn't they have a tendency to 'fight' each other? What is the recommendation of this forum - all three together or just use 1 app? IF one app which one is the preferred one?

    On a side note since I have you, "Quick Settings" was also listed as an APP to HAVE. Again, it cycles off WiFi and other settings. How is this different than the above 3 mentioned programs. Is this program also worth installing??

    Sorry to ask so many questions but at this point it is a bit confusing (still trying to figure out where the camera button is and how to stop energizing programs when I try to scroll up and down.....)

    Thanks for any and all help given..

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  2. koopakid08

    koopakid08 Android Expert

    I use juice defender myself. I also have quick settings for quick access to all the settings. They both do different things. Juice defender is an automatic app that saves juice without you having to do anything. Quick settings is for doing things manually.
  3. raynoldsk

    raynoldsk Android Enthusiast

    Someone posted about Green Power a while back and I tried it just to see if it really did anything.

    It does, so I kept it.

    It isn't a task killer, it handles the radio. Instead of checking email aall the time, I think I have it set to check every hour or so. You can set it up however you want.

    Right now I am at 74% battery after 21 hours, which is a *lot* better than it used to be.

    Light usage, though.
  4. jlhog

    jlhog Newbie

    Get Green Power, you will not regret it. It added hours to my usage time
  5. AndyOpie150

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    All those apps do is manage your WiFi,3G,GPS,Etcetera. If you just turn everything off until you need it (this includes auto sync), making sure to turn it off when done with them,then you really won't need a battery app.
    Think about it,why have something on,draining the battery if your not using it.
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  6. bac22

    bac22 Well-Known Member

    The biggest power hogs are wi-fi and 3g...going into Airplane mode will dramatically improve battery life as well. Also the further you are away from a cell tower the more power your phone will use to communicate with that cell; you're burning more juice when you have 1 signal bar then when you have 4 signal bars.
  7. StanO360

    StanO360 Member

    Juice Defender helped, Green Power is amazing, doubled (or close anyway) my time.
  8. Thorsten

    Thorsten Android Enthusiast

    Whether Wi-Fi is a power hog also depends on the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. I spent the summer in Europe, where I had Airplane mode permanently on (since there is no VMU service/roaming over there). Using QuickSettings, I also enable Wi-Fi. I had a very strong Wi-Fi signal in several places where I was staying (with the AP often just a few feet away) and I got almost a week out of one battery charge this way (again, Airplane Mode plus Wifi) with moderate Internet use (mostly web and email).
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  9. raynoldsk

    raynoldsk Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, you can turn everything off. And you can put it in airplane mode. And you can do all sorts of things, but with the Green Power, I don't have to think about it and I can still get calls and texts.

    You can even do like my husband and turn the phone completely off until you want to use it. His battery can last for weeks!

    I am not saying anyone *has* to use it, just that someone had a thread about it, I tried it to see if it worked well, it did, so I kept it.

    Isn't that what the OP asked for? :)
  10. syav

    syav Well-Known Member

    I use the internet a dozen times each day. So I use Juice Defender because it is not practical to turn 3g on and off a dozen times each day and each time I &#969;ant to use the internet. So using Juice Defender is convenient, and actually saves a lot of battery drain.

    If u use the internet only once or t&#969;ice each day, &#965; probably &#969;on't need a battery saver app.
  11. Annonymous7

    Annonymous7 Newbie

    I also use Juice Defender. I broke down and paid for the Ultimate Edition, and to be honest, it was a great choice. I highly recommend JuiceDefender. But, like @AndyOpie150 said, (paraphrasing), apps are not needed if you do it manually. And its true. Though, if you do not want, have the time, or patience, to do it that way, check out juice Defender.

    I have heard great things about Green Power and am going to try it right now. Think I will test in on the GF's V ;)

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