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General Droid Maxx Battery Life as Promised?

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  1. 18t

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    i could see it lasting 25 days in airplane mode but not with data connections.
     

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    I skipped the charger last night to see how far it would go. Pretty impressive I'd say for mixed use with 8+ hours screen time:

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    Seems to be getting better with each charge!
     
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    Exactly. Motorola & Verizon advertise "25 days in standby time" which would means at minimum the cell radio on (ready to receive calls or text messages).
     
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    At perfect cell conditions - the phone in a lab environment. They all do it the same way. They probably also turn off active notifications, data sync and any data connections, etc.

    I'll take 1% per hour real life. That's better than just about any other android or ios phone that I can buy today.
     
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    I tested turning off active notifications, ok google now listener, and the camera shake-to-activate feature. Huge difference!! Rather than dropping 1% per hour, my battery did not drop from 100 to 99% until 12 hours of standby!

    It seems that the combination of those 3 apps is burning as much as 20% of the 3500mah battery per day.
     
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    Yes, I was pretty sure that they tested standby using the phone in its least possible usefulness as a smartphone.

    I am thinking about disabling the "OK Google Now" touchless control because it's something I will rarely use anyway; the idea of talking to my phone like that just seems silly to me. However, I find active notifications to be too valuable to disable. It's one of the things I like best about the phone.
     
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    This was my first full discharge after getting the phone. I would call it moderate usage (my GNex would have been dead three times over at this same usage level).

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    Can you access the camera from the lock-screen? Or is teh twist feature the only way to do it?
     
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    Yes, you can. Hit the power button and swipe from the right edge to the left and you open the camera.
     
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    Nice, that makes turning off the wrist flick deal a lot easier.
     
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    So in other words you turned off the three unique software features that are the only reasons to have the innovative x8 chip set, which is the only thing that makes the Moto X/Mini/Ultra/Maxx an interesting device.

    NO THANKS, I'm quite satisfied with the amazing two full days of normal usage I can get with the Maxx without having to disable any of the features that make my SmartPhone you know, smart.

    Even with the 1% drain per hour you mentioned that's 100 hours of standby...over four full days. I'm curious what your situation is where you're in need of smartphone while away from any sort of car charger, computer usb port, or an electrical outlet.

    I get it, battery life is a sore spot for many phones, but the Maxx is a home run with a thin form factor, exciting new features, and a battery life that means normal people can go a full two days without worrying about using their phone.

    YMMV.
     
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    I just loaded an app from Xiam Technologies Limited, a Qualcomm company. The app is "Snapdragon Battery Guru" and it is worth reading about, especially if you are not satisfied with your battery life. As I have said before, mine is excellent so this is just an experiment for me. The app is compatible with the Maxx family since Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon processor in out phones. I'll let you know how it works, it takes three or four days to learn your habits on the phone, and then apparently does its thing behind the scenes. Free and worth a try if you are not satisfied with your battery life. The name of the app was posted on another forum.
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    True, I turned them off to test why I was draining 24% a day with no data, screen activity, or phone calls. When I did so it drained 2-3% per day. I wanted to test Motorola's claim of upto 25 days battery life on standby. I rarely can go a day without my phone so I didn't yet get to test turning them back on one at a time.

    If it's determined that one specific app, such as the voice listener can be turned off and in return I'd get two more hours of full brightness netflix playback on top of the already incredible battery life, I'll be doing just that!

    I know this isn't needed either, but I put Juice Defender (paid version) on as an experiment. I only do manual syncs, no social media. Thus far it's great. I like that it can auto enable data whenever I enter certain pre-specified application then it shuts it right off. I don't know if I'm really saving anything: is an available (totally dormant) data connection use any more power than just a cellular signal?

    I also disabled all the Verizon / Motorola tracking phone home services using Titanium Backup. I find it somewhat disturbing that whenever people on the Motorla forum report an issue, the motorola reps say to private message them their IMEI #, and they will look through their history to see will what is happening. Some may find that to be a great feature, but I would rather enable that if needed rather than have it on by default.
     
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    I did it! I killed my battery in just under 10 hours! Here's how. I left the screen on for 3 hours and 20 minutes with Waze running the entire time. I streamed Pandora for the entire time and I used Mobile Hotspot for 2 1/2 hours with 2 iPad's and a Chromebook streaming. It took a lot but I did it!

    I am curious though, why isn't the Mobile Hotspot showing up in my battery use?

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    Go play Ingress for eight hours... that'll do it, too ;)
     
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    Any dedicated L8 player has a brick sized external battery pack and a charging cable strapped to their phone while playing...

    LOL
     
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    Do you guys think this looks about right?

    I'm not a power user AT ALL. Pretty much moderate at best. My screen time was only a bit over 3 hours.

    I'm thinking this is terrible compared to whate you're all getting.

    Any ideas?
     

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    32 hours is about my tendency when I'm on LTE rather than wifi. If I'm on wifi all day I get more like 42 to 48 hours.

    The more you have apps that fetch data, the more battery you'll use. I a, thinking about ditching touchless controls. I never use them. I'd just turn them on before I drive somewhere. (That would be a great feature for the assist app, actually.)
     
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    Any way to determine which apps may be hogging power?

    Like an app or something? I have about a week or so until my 14 day window comes up.

    It's weird having an issue with over 24 hours on a charge but if I paid for this battery, I wanna make sure it's right. I don't do any gaming, really only some Pandora/Google Music and browsing etc.

    Something definitely doesn't feel right.
     
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    Like I said, you're seeing what I'm seeing. You're trending out to 32 hours of battery life with about 4 hours screen on time. That's pretty much what I see.

    I don't think there is anything wrong. Motorola says 48 hours moderate battery life, but they don't define moderate. I suspect full time wifi connectivity is part of their definition.

    I've read online that touchless controls and active notifications take some battery. Try turning those off (unless they are critical.)

    Here's the thing: I need a phone that I *know* will get me from unplug in the morning to plug back in at bedtime. This is the only smartphone I've had where I know I can do that without changing the way I want and need to use the phone. If you need more than that, maybe you need a phone like the Galaxy S4 with a replaceable battery rather than the Maxx?

    To answer your question, there are apps that show you what may be causing wakelocks on your phone. These tend to be the things that affect battery life. Mi hoping that others who know about the good ones can suggest some here.
     
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    Actually, it's 26 hours with 3 hours of screen.
     
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    Almost 27 hrs with 15% left = almost 32 hrs
     
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    Right, you divide the amount of time you've used the phone by the percent time used (so, 26 hours divided by .85) to get the estimated full battery capacity. I've used my phone about 15 hours right now, it's at 61% left, so about 38 hours capacity estimated.
     
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    I got ya. My point is that I've really not used the phone as "heavily" as many users have and still I'm getting lower range battery life.

    It just seems like there's something off.
     
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    with light to moderate usage i get 3 days on a full charge. i dont usually do this, but its nice to know i can.
     

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