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Droid Maxx Battery Life as Promised?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Old Member, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    We all know the promise made by Motorola when they introduced and marketed this phone. It's the reason why I began being interested in it. The 5-8 hours of usability that my Gnex delivered just doesn't cut it for me. Sure, I can micro manage my device turning on and off GPS, Bluetooth, Data, 4G, yada yada yada, but in reality we are all looking for the Holy Grail of devices. A device that you can turn on and use as much as you want without ever having to worry about your battery when you begin with a 100% charge.

    So now comes the REAL WORLD TESTS. How is your battery doing? Please post your results and screen shots of usage without a charge below. :)


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  2. chrisv79

    chrisv79 Member

    Just a friendly reminder that in my experience, it always takes a charge cycle or two to start seeing maximum results with the battery. Also the first few days always seem worse then expected for many simply because we are playing around with our phones more then normal since they are new. :)

    That said. So far today at about the 8hr mark I am at 87% with about an hour of screen time. I really have not had much time to mess with settings so my setup with mostly default settings at this point. I do have facebook and Tweetcaster installed. So far so good for me.
  3. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    I was going to make a separate thread... but I'm coming up on 24 hours since I unplugged. Obviously I had some sleep in there, but otherwise I've used the thing quite regularly both at work and home.

    After 22.5 hours, I'm at 53%.
  4. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Before you put them on charge, take screenshots and post them here of your usage and time on and off charge for everyone to see.
  5. krouget

    krouget Android Enthusiast

    This thread is going to kill me. :(

    Decisions decisions...
  6. mistermojorizi

    mistermojorizi Android Enthusiast

    i can tell you the first night i had my GNEX, my first android experience, it dropped 30% overnight, just sitting there with the screen off. this phone dropped 4% overnight with gps bluetooth, 4g, and wifi on.
  7. Palyriot

    Palyriot Newbie

    I am at 73% after 5h 35m on battery, but have had the screen on for 1h 45m(46%) and have had Google Play Music downloading from WiFi the entire time. It downloaded 8.46GB. My phone has been on auto-brightness the entire time, but have been inside almost all day. With those numbers, I should be getting 14.09 hours of screen-on time. (105/(.46 * .27)/60).

    Very pleased so far. Tomorrow I will be able to use it a regular amount without so much downloading and screen time and see how long it actually lasts. Now that my downloading is finished and I'll be working the rest of the day, I feel like I'm not going to be able to discharge it all the way until tomorrow.
  8. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    I'm happy.

    Screen on time: 4h 25m
    Total time: 19h 25m
    15% still remaining.

    100% brightness on screen, everything turned on. Streaming music via BlueTooth. I think I POUNDED it today and to still be at 15% tickles me.

    That's easily 4-5 times the duration my GNex would have lasted.

    Edit: Not on WiFi. I'm in a strong 4G area.
  9. doogald

    doogald Extreme Android User

    11 hours, 4 minutes off battery.
    Battery at 75%.

    Using the phone more than I used my Droid 3, which typically ended an 18 hour day at about 35 to 55 percent.

    I'll post a screenshot later or tomorrow. One day is not enough to fully judge.

    However, one more data point. Last night I went to a local restaurant where there is a terrible signal. Arrived with the phone at about 70% and left with it after two hours at 53% (sent and received a few texts and received emails and twitter updates in Plume every 15 minutes.) Last week I was at the same restaurant for the same amount of time. The Droid 3 was at 65% when we arrived and the battery died before I left - the second time in the 22 months I owned it that this happened.
  10. 18t

    18t Well-Known Member

    another gnex owner here. looking forward to getting the maxx, tired of always being battery conscious by keeping everything off and having tasker profiles setup just to make the phone last through the day.

    i think its probably a little early to get REAL results. first few days of phone ownership are almost always more intense than normal. its going to be nice not having a section of my brain always thinking about battery usage. early reviews by prior gnex owners have been nothing short of fantastic.
  11. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The battery was charged to 85% when I began.


  12. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    Phone 100% charged at 5pm yesterday.

    After exactly 24 hours unplugged and what I would call very typical usage at work and home (Gmail, Exchange, FB, Instagram, Web, settings things up, voice calls, some Youtube here and there) ...


    Pretty happy with that, considering I'd have to stretch to get through a workday on the GNex. Making it through a travel day with a flight and a lot of screen time you'd be totally SOL. Or likewise going out with people for the night and crashing someplace and having to set an alarm for the morning...
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  13. speede541

    speede541 Android Enthusiast

    17 hours and 5% remaining after heavy usage, lots of screen time with a good bit of everything -- video, audio, navigation, downloads, browsing. Split about half and half between LTE and WiFi. Very pleased.
  14. romwarrior

    romwarrior Newbie

    After 9.5 hours of above average (but not excessive) use:

    74% remaining
    1hr 47m screen time

    So far so good. We'll see on subsequent charges.
  15. Drew66

    Drew66 Well-Known Member

    Don't have an easy way to post screenies from work but here you go:
    Yesterday: (all 4G no WiFi)
    Got it to 100% around 4:00PM
    I was at 39% with 6:32 on battery; 4:40 screen time. I was a full brightness and hammering the phone. I ran Nav and streamed music with screen on for about and hour.

    Today: (all 4G no WiFi)
    Tried to make it like a typical day. Right now a 67% after 9:15 with 3:02 screen time.

    <--- WOW need to update my profile lol
  16. doogald

    doogald Extreme Android User

    Here is my screenshot.

    Attached Files:

  17. JustJosh4

    JustJosh4 Member

    Here's my first day, off the charger at 7am to now which is approximately 10pm. Screen on time was 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is incredibly impressive.

  18. blackwizard

    blackwizard Newbie

    Let me preface this by saying that my office gets fairly poor reception. We don't have WiFi available so I never turn it on. (I find a lot of screenshots and posts about battery life usually have stats where WiFi is on all the time. Personally, I don't find that very helpful when I'm doing research because I know there are many other people in the same situation as myself of not having WiFi available 24/7.)

    Both of these tests were done by taking the phone off of the charger at around 7:00am and putting it back on the charger when i got around 20% battery left.

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus with extended battery and absolute lowest brightness setting available:
    Screen Cap 1
    Screen Cap 2
    Screen Cap 3

    Droid Maxx at roughly 65% brightness:
    Screen Cap 1
    Screen Cap 2
    Screen Cap 3

    As you can see, I got an extra 9-1/4 hours usage out of the Maxx compared to the Gnex. I got an extra 2-1/2 hours of screen on time with the Maxx.

    Another thing to note - that I sadly don't have a screen cap for - is that on my GNex it spent roughly 40% of its time without a signal due to the poor radios and antennas. With the Maxx, it only spent 10% of its time with no signal.

    As with all batteries and usage, YMMV. I would venture to guess that if I had 24/7 access to WiFi and was able to be connected to it that my battery life would improve greatly, but as it is i think that's a pretty huge difference in battery life - for me, at least - in the GNex and Maxx.

    the majority of my 8 hour day is spent in an area with little to no 4G reception. i'm assuming the fact that it spends 8 hours searching for a 4G signal is not good for the battery life. tomorrow i plan on turning off 4G while i'm at work to see if there is an improvement in battery life.
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  19. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Android Expert

    I have been feed up with my GNEX battery for ages. It is for this reason that I am going to get the Maxx when Verizon Edge comes out on the 25th (if I can find one available). Can't wait for a decent battery finally!
  20. chrisv79

    chrisv79 Member

    All I can say is I am happy so far. This is with mostly default settings, and I have used netflix on wi-fi for about 30 mins, youtube, facebook, tweetcaster, and bluetooth streaming in the car. Also I did a power cycle of the phone because a co-worker wanted to see the boot animation, so the clock is about 2 hrs off.

    Keeping in mind this is the first charge cycle for this phone I am happy. I expect it to get better after a few full cycles.



  21. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

  22. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    My battery observation is that the bottom 50% of this phone lasts as long (if not longer) than the top 50%. That has not been my experience with my Gnex and Dinc. Both of them would burn 10-15% quickly, the next 40% is where I would get the most use and longevity out of. Once it hit 35% it drained VERY quickly.

    I"m not sure if it's battery stretch or what, but it does very well throughout the charge.
  23. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    First test I was on Wifi almost all the time, and was going to get ~50 hours on the full charge.

    Second test I turned Wifi off. After 24 hours.. 6am to 6am.. ~39% left. Included ~2.5 hrs of screen on time. Extrapolates out to about ~40 hours on a full charge.

  24. I ignored the first day because it wasn't very typical use for me. I've been measuring since the second day.

    On the Bionic with GPS on it would drop to 10% within seven hours.

    On the Maxx with GPS on it is currently 61% at 1d 0h 0m.

    ... Thom
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  25. distortedloop

    distortedloop Newbie

    Battery life is awesome. Lighter than normal use for me those two days, but there were four hours screen time, one hour phone, an hour plus of music, and a ton of Touch less Control demonstrations.

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The Motorola Droid Maxx release date was August 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.0" inch screen, 10MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 3500mAh battery.

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