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Battery life after update...holy cow!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by johninbigd, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. johninbigd

    johninbigd Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Before the update, my Droid would be down to 50% by early afternoon after normal usage. That includes a moderate amount of surfing, not much calling. Usually some texting. But I had to charge it throughout the day or risk it dying by mid- to late-afternoon.

    Not after the update! I've been using it normally all day. I took it off the battery at 7:00 AM and now it's 1:00 AM and it's just below 50% from the looks of the battery indicator. So, it looks like I can easily go all day on a single charge now, which I definitely could not do prior to the update.

    Add to that the speed after the update and the camera fixes, I'm one happy dude.

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  2. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep Android Enthusiast

    Just got home from work... normally I'm at 20 or 15% by now... today I'm at 60% o.o;
  3. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Android Expert

    Interesting...I have noticed a decrease in my battery life (though I am going to give it a few days...It could be that since the update, I am subconsciously using the phone more than I was in the past). If after another week or so, I am going to take it back to Best Buy and swap it for a new Droid (or at least a new battery, if they will do that)...

    Just for future reference in this thread, my build date was week 40/09...

    **EDIT** Another note...I force upgraded my phone rather than wait for the OTA update. I'm wondering if this could have something to do with it? If that turns out to be the case, I will wait for OTA next time. This thread will be interesting to monitor. Please (if you don't mind), note in your posts if you force updated to 2.0.1 or got it via OTA...
  4. johninbigd

    johninbigd Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I don't know what they did, but I sure like it. Now I'm not going to be so worried about not having a charger with me at all times.
  5. triple's

    triple's Lurker

    Similar experience here! I'm a light user and notice after the upgrade the battery usage had improved as well as the Camera's performance..
  6. travva

    travva Member

    yep same here. definitely noticed that after work today my phone had more battery than it normally does. i didnt think much of it til i realized i got my new bt headset today and used it during lunch and 2 breaks at work....... definite improvement.
  7. bthoward

    bthoward Well-Known Member

    I'll sound off here as well that I'm seeing somewhere between a 20 and 40% increase in battery life. Wish I could provide more certainty but I'm not planning on adjusting my usage to be symmetric charge on charge to get a more resolute answer. However with an only 10% charge status resolution even scientific method would need to be augmented (read I'd have to pull out a soldering iron).... Can't say I care to know that well... ;)
  8. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    are any of you guys using slacker radio or pandora or music at all? Only asking cause about 7 hours of music listening and texting and my battery is at 20%
  9. thomasg453

    thomasg453 Lurker

    I also noticed a good improvement, not quite as much as you guys though ;)
  10. bthoward

    bthoward Well-Known Member

    Imagine that? Streaming music with live data over the Internet drains the battery? Huh I'd have never guessed. ;)
  11. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    i didn't say i was supprised just wondering what people are doing to come home with 60% battery life left. are you gonna follow me around and comment on everything i post now. I have my first fanboy!!
  12. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    well thats your day, maybe not everyone elses day. You call a post asking a question about how people are using there battery ignorent? Im sorry maybe you need to look up the definition of the word....or re-read my post and extrapolate.
  13. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep Android Enthusiast

    basically what he said, only without all the flaming.

    i'm not streaming music and watching youtube vids and txtng al my frndz and snapping pix and whatnot while i'm at work. i'm taking the occasional call, checking the occasional text / email, and looking up something once in awhile. i MIGHT hop on NESoid for some duck hunt during my 15 min breaks.

    today specifically, my phone usage was more than average. had a 40~ minute call to verizon customer service to get my account fixed, did some bill paying and christmas shopping from the browser, forgot to turn off bluetooth after getting out the car so left that on all day. In fact I still havent put it on the charger (and still havent turned bluetooth off) since i've been home, and it's only dropped from 60% to 50%.
  14. iPhone2Droid

    iPhone2Droid Well-Known Member

    Arguably a tad off topic, but FYI. Last week I ordered a battery charger via Amazon. Proves to be more convenient than spare battery + charger routine. Bonus = ability to charge other devices as well (including iPhone 3GS) via included multi-tips. Expensive, but IMHO worth it ($54.95- no s/h per Prime Membership)
    Amazon.com: External Battery for Iphone, Iphone 3g, Iphone 3gs, T-mobile G1, Ipod, Sidekick, Blackberry, Nokia, I-UP 5400 Mah: Electronics

    I have noticed improvements following the update. But I'll be keeping that charger, as with it, I really need not be concerned about the battery life issue at all.
  15. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep Android Enthusiast

    I have a similar product from a few Christmas' ago, only larger. I never use it.
  16. mtbhk44

    mtbhk44 Android Enthusiast

    My battery life was terrible yesterday after the upgrade. It wasn't great to begin with, but I lost 40% after 5 hours - the only thing I did differently than normal was a 45 minute phone call. I turned the phone off last night before bed to give it a rest and will monitor it this weekend.
  17. gonzoguy24

    gonzoguy24 Android Expert

    My battery life seems improved based on regular usage. I am happy :)

    I have noticed that it used to drop down to 90 percent instantly and I would be at 70 percent befoe i knew it.

    I know hold at about 100 percent for much longer.

    Just waned to post my observations
  18. aileendq

    aileendq Well-Known Member

    Please stop being so rude. It's distracting from the topic at hand, and there are new guidelines you should read re: behavior in the forums. A little civility won't kill you.
  19. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    My battery life since the upgrade has been a mixed bag, no clear better or worse clarity for me yet.

    Initially it seemed like it might be better, holding at 100% longer, but this AM after an hour with minimal use I'm at 90%. So hard to say.

    The whole question of better battery life may be linked to changes may have Google made in any number of areas (signal strength 3G/1X hunting, backlighting/keyboard lighting algorithms, processor behavior, etc.), so variations individuals' physical location, usage patterns, and installed apps, etc., will impact if things get better, and by how much. 2.01 does seem to have been a big winner for some individuals.
  20. secgeek

    secgeek Lurker

    I can definitely see better battery life... I am an extremely heavy user... As such I have 2 batteries.... I usually swap batteries at 1am and keep the other one charging in the cradle all night... I get up around 7 and the battery won't start to die until 4pm or so.... Heavy usage (mail, browser, twitter, txting not much voice but the occasional couple of calls.. SIPDroid connected all day).

    Prior to the update it would usually die around noon or so...
  21. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    My battery after the upgrade was getting chewed up the better most part of this morning because of unusual amount of sync'ing activity. I am not sure what it was for, but once the sync stopped, my battery drain stabilized. Still I put it into charge at work. Tomorrow will probably be the first full "normal" operating day for the phone. But I can already see some of the battery saving activity the phone incorporates.
  22. jpetersen5

    jpetersen5 Member

    My battery life has been considerably worse...

    I also forced the update..thinking about rolling it back and starting over.
  23. brocja01

    brocja01 Well-Known Member

    jpetersen5 - Not sure if you can roll it back, but if you can, make sure you post it in here. I'm not impressed with the battery life either after the upgrade, and I forced mine as well.
  24. MicroNix

    MicroNix Android Enthusiast

    I don't think I've seen a huge increase, but certainly something noticable from before the update. At the end of the day before the upgrade, I'd just be going into the yellow color for the battery and now I'm around 30% - 40% left.For those forgetting to turn bluetooth and wifi off, I cannot recommend the app locale enough. It has really saved on my battery!
  25. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    For sure, when you're not using WiFi, BT or need to sync (because you get spotty coverage indoors), turn 'em off. It'll save batteries. I've also used Quick Settings that allowed me to bring the brightness down even more than stock. Hopefully, this will also help battery life. The other thing you might want to consider is the kind of wallpaper you use. I've noticed slight differences when using a darker (black) compared to lighter backgrounds.

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