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Desire battery consumption

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by fwb2006, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. fwb2006

    fwb2006 Newbie
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    All new Desire owners. Has anyone else noticed the battery charge does not seem to last well? I have the wifi turned off and only enable it when required but just general usage seems to sap the power quite quickly. At the moment I'm not sure a full charge would even last a day!!! Are there any smart apps out there to help manage this? Do widgets relly use that much power? The Android OS itself seems to use an alarming amount of power as does everything else!!! Has anyone else encountered this yet?

    Cheers.
     

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  2. Proudest_Monkey

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    I find this happens to all new phones for the first few charges. It then begins to settle and the battery lasts a lot longer.

    Might not be too much of a problem!
     
  3. Jack10

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  4. Cleargrey

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    Also, in addition to Proudest_Monkey, battery chemistry does indeed mean that the full capabilities are reached after a few charges. Not as many as the old Li-ion, but still a few.

    Also, importantly, remember that when you get a new phone, you pretty much use it constantly! I know I do. You spend time checking it out, setting it up, listening to ringtones, hooking it up to the computer, installing contacts, testing bluetooth, making calls to check quality and brag(!) etc etc etc.

    I.e. you rip the battery a new one for it's first few cycles!

    So inevitably, with the above two points, and modern big a$$ screen smartphones, your battery initially will last not very long at all.

    When I get my Desire, I expect the battery to choke within the hour! :D
     
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  6. dgoulston

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    my battery has been good,seen as ive been using it a lot, showing it off an all lol to the IPhoneys in the office.

    Android System 25%
    Cell Standby 22%
    Phone Idle 21%
    Wi-Fi: 10%
    Display 7%
    Google Sky Map: 4%
    Goggles: 3%
    Layer 2%
    Maps 2%
    akmd 2%
    Aloqa 2%

    D
     
  7. dgoulston

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    where is the
    • Android Power Control????


    found it, hehe.. <NOOB>
     
  8. lukeyboymac

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    I've had the phone off the charger for ten hours now and am on 40% battery with an hours music and browsing, a few texts. So far turning screen brightness down when not using and turning off 3g and WiFi when not in use is ok
     
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  9. choccy

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    My battery been great so far. Out the box I charged it for about 15 hours and then played hard with it, lasted well imo. I'm using juice defender, turn of net when not required also saves battery.
     
  10. Lukehluke

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    Mine is working pretty good so far.
     
  11. mi_canuck

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    if you chose to root, you can also use a useful app called SetCPU that allows setting different max/min CPU speeds depending on customizable profiles (ie. when charging, when battery is < X %, when in sleep mode, etc, etc... )
     
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  12. Quazar

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    can any HTC Hero users compare the Desires battery life with the Hero?

    Thanks
     
  13. Jack10

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    Very nice information, a thanks to you! Will have to investigate when it arrives.
     
  14. Arthur Hucksake

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    I went to bed with the Desire on about 91% charge, got up 8 odd hours later and it was at 87%.

    3G was left on with hourly checks of Twicca and Gmail app pushing mail through.
     
  15. prozak

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    this might be a dumb question....

    How do I make sure an app shuts down without using a specific task or app killer?
     
  16. lookseehear

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    That's quite impressive, my iphone 3g will easily drop 25-30% or more while on standby as I'm asleep.
     
  17. n1ghtman

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    are the desire and nexus one batteries the same
     
  18. darcy

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    How do you set the desire to do that?
     
  19. byron_hinson

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    For those noticing quick battery drain - did you do the full 3 hour charge of the desire before turning it on like the manual said?
     
  20. twist123

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    settings/accounts & sync, click on the app and set intervals.

    Your battery life will get a lot better after a couple weeks stop worrying, my N1 did the same thing.
     
  21. Proudest_Monkey

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    I've had my Desire on since 8.30 this morning. 100% then, 84% now. That's including browsing the internet, using email, playing a couple of games, downloading new apps etc.

    Doesn't seem to bad to me!
     
  22. Arthur Hucksake

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    Well, the gmail app will push mail to the phone if 3G is enabled automatically and in the Twicca app you can set it to notify you of any updates. You can set how often it checks kinda thing.
     
  23. fwb2006

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    Sure did, using the Advanced App killer seem sto have improved it a bit but not a lot.
     
  24. Arthur Hucksake

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    I seem to be getting on better with EStrongs Task Manager with the homescreen widget, kills things faster and itself dont take up much juice.
     
  25. fwb2006

    fwb2006 Newbie
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    Cheers Arthur, (dumb question) did you download that from the 'apps store'? can't check as it's being charged!! FFS. All I want to do is set my email (hotmail) so I set it to update (done) manually then anything should be on request. What other apps can I "on demand" to help improve this, sorry for the dumb questions but at the moment fairly unhappy with it. Help much appreciated folks.

    If I were to do a factory reset (not much on it yet) could someone offer me some advice on the best way to set it up?

    Thanks!
     
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