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Battery Life without extra features?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by volleybear, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. volleybear

    volleybear Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Planning on buying a GS4 (or HTC One or Iphone 5 depending on which has the best battery life). If I turn off the extra features like the air waving crap and only use my phone for basic things (texting, checking email, one 5 minute call a day) plus auto syncing email, gchat, and streaming music for 2-3 hours a day, how long can I expect the battery to last?

    I plan on un-overclocking the processor and using auto brightness.

    Extra question: If anyone knows, how would HTC One/Iphone compare if I use them similarly?

    Note: I apologize in advance if this has been discussed before. I've searched the GS4 forum here and searched the entire forum using google and couldn't find anything on how long the battery will last without extra features.

    Edit: If it matters, I plan on using 4G LTE with T-Mobile

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  2. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    The S4 has a bigger battery than the one but also a larger screen. So, I would expect battery life to be reasonably similar.

    S4 is the only one with user replaceable battery.
  3. volleybear

    volleybear Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Reviews by websites such as cnet or engadget don't seem to mention what apps they have running in the background or auto update/sync services, which can really affect battery life
  4. Bobby R

    Bobby R Newbie

    Just spend your $5 for juice defender ultimate and you'll never EVER give battery life another thought.
  5. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    And you will never EVER receive an important email on time again!
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  6. sincarafan

    sincarafan Well-Known Member

    Huh? I have juice defender and I get emails just fine.
  7. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    You receive them, when JD turns data on, not actually when they arrive on the server.As I said in my original post, they arrive, just not on time.
  8. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Totally agree. It's not magic. JD works by shutting down aspects of your phone.

    Jd and programs like it usually cause far more problems than they fix.

    Also, not really needed with the S4, which does fine.
  9. sntaylor

    sntaylor Android Expert

    From the usage your suggesting I'd expect similar battery life all round, possibly better with the iPhone, purely cos it does less! As someone else stated, the s4 is the only one with a removable battery which gives you the option to purchase after market batteries, there are extended batteries available, but I don't like them as they add a lot of bulk, or there are standard size ones...I'm finding the anker standard size Is perfect for me!
  10. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    There are loads of external batteries too, cheap and very easy to throw in your backpack.
  11. tytlyf

    tytlyf Member

    I think if you're on wifi instead of 4G you'll get much better life while streaming music. I have disabled pretty much everything and am currently at 2 days on battery with 2h40m screen time (44% battery left). The screen is my largest battery user.
    I don't stream, I just get emails, texts, 5 minute call, and web browsing etc. Mostly on wifi.
    I keep Mobile Data off unless I'm out and about and away from wifi.

    I'm guessing I can get 3 days battery life with 5h screen time.
  12. Jceinc

    Jceinc Android Enthusiast

    I average about 15 hrs before throwing it on a charger at 20% or so. The smart features are turned off on my phone. Average screen on time close to 4. Not sure how good this is but it kills my iPhone 5 battery and I'm thrilled with the GS4!
  13. Talal5897

    Talal5897 Member

    How does juice defender work? I have the free version, but i couldn't understand how to use it.
  14. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    I would strongly recommend uninstalling it Talal5897. A correctly set up phone should not need a Task Killer and it can actually use more battery than it saves. See why, here:-

    Why You Shouldn
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  15. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

  16. tytlyf

    tytlyf Member

    Ok, my battery is near dead. Here are screenshots of the life.

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  17. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    Thanks for clearing that point up Szadzik. I agree that Juice Defender is not a task killer, per se. However, it does regulate and close down certain set tasks at predefined times as you yourself pointed out with emails which, I agree with you, can be a real pain. As you yourself know I'm sure, there are other means of conserving battery life through careful use of settings, for instance, without disabling the phone.
  18. fam

    fam Android Enthusiast


    Everyone seems to be pulling you different directions but I have a vzw lte S4 and about a week ago I bought my wife her iphone5 (she went from a 4S).

    I too dont use any of the gimmick features and have them all disabled.

    The S4 is on par with the iphone, and most nights we come home and my battery has 5-15% more than hers does...rarely does hers have more.

    It will last a good 9 hours of nerd usage, 28 hours of medium usage, 30+ of light usage...AND...you can just buy a 2600mah anker battery on amazon for 12 bucks and keep it in your car or pocket to double that.

    I got 99 problems but a B....battery aint one ;-)
  19. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    It does not close down tasks, it shuts down Data Connections and WiFi
  20. volleybear

    volleybear Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ah nice, seems like the S4 is perfect for my needs then. But what do you mean by medium usage?

    If only the S4 can take better night photos..
  21. marine one

    marine one Well-Known Member

    I'm currently sitting with 32% remaining after 1 day 13 hours and 27 minutes of moderate usage. I have some features disabled but more on than off. I am very pleased with the batter life of this phone. I'm getting better battery longevity with it than I was on a Moto Bionic with an extended battery.
  22. fam

    fam Android Enthusiast

    Medium usage to me would mean obsessively being on it but not playing games or watching a long movie...generally youll get 4+ hours of screen time being on, the lowest screen time ive had is 2.5 hours. At 2600mah, the battery is one of the best OEM batteries.

    As for low light photos, she's got a super potent flash to make up for her inability to shoot night shots without illumination.

    Here's a link to a few of my S4 photos (though none are dark)
    Samsung Galaxy S4 - a set on Flickr
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  23. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    Battery life is great. On average, I get 13 to 15hrs usage with around 4 hrs on screen time, using auto brightness, email sync every 4 hrs and using wifi 80% of the time. I'm on vacation now and took over 100 pictures in an 8 hrs day and got 13 hrs with 20% battery left. Only features I'm using is Smart Stay, Multi Window and power saving mode. Most of my screen on time is reading emails, text messages, magazines, books, news articles and surfing the net.
  24. Jceinc

    Jceinc Android Enthusiast

    Mine today

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  25. jrmckins

    jrmckins Android Expert

    I get through a full day of pretty heavy use and don't hit 20% on the battery until about 11PM. Compare this to my old HTC DINC 2 which would die about 5PM with a similar load. I'm thrilled with this phone and the battery life.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 release date was April 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.0" inch screen, 13MP camera, 2GB RAM, Exynos 5410 Octa processor, and 2600mAh battery.

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