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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by badonkadonk, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. badonkadonk

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    I am wondering if anyone knows which uses less battery? I like the how the gmail app uses push and you instantly get your emails but does that use more battery than having my email set to check every hour? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I keep switching and can't decide which is more battery sucking. TIA :rolleyes:
     

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    I dont think it uses a ton of battery for the gmail app specifically...
    What uses up battery is data always being on. This will always cause significant drain on your battery.
    If you switch to checking emails once an hour, i really dont think you'll see a huge difference. You phone's data is still on and constantly searching for things to push.

    I use the gmail app, but use JuiceDefender. This app turns off 3G service, and only turns it on once every fifteen minutes, so that emails and other updates can be pushed through. Works great for me.
     
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    I actually use the email app to check my hotmail and gmail. I have it set for every 30 minutes which is about as often as I want to get email on my phone
     
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    Push, by definition, means when your email provider receives an email in your name, it is automatically sent to the phone by the email provider. The phone does not need to check for mail at all if the mail is truly being pushed to the phone. The alternative to push is having the phone check every so often for email and "pull" the email down from the provider if it finds any. Having your email pushed by the provider will use less phone battery and less data because the phone only receives email, never checks for it.

    The application you use to receive the mail does not do the pushing, so I am not sure of the difference between the applications. Although it may be likely that Google only pushes email to your phone if you are using the Gmail app.
     
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    You can set the sync frequency on your Gmail as well.
     
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    Can you set the stock email app to push like gmail?
     
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    No you cannot, the most frequent is every 5 minutes.
     
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    Which is half the reason I use the email app instead of the gmail.
     
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