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General Google maps KILLED my battery

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ThreeFingersDown, May 9, 2010.

  1. ThreeFingersDown

    ThreeFingersDown Well-Known Member
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    Been getting about 12-14 hours a day with moderate usage, and today I used Google Maps and the GPS for the first time.

    Literally used about 25% of my battery in about half an hour.
     

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  2. FrozenIpaq

    FrozenIpaq Well-Known Member
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    That's what GPS does...
     
  3. jwm2

    jwm2 Well-Known Member
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    Yes it uses alot of resources in general. Thats why you get a vehicle charger and dock for use in your vehicle. Its money well spent.
     
  4. bowerman

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    YEp thats standard on any smart phone. GPS takes a lot of juice. Most people plug into a charger when they are using navigation (just like you would with a standard gps)
     
  5. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member
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    GPS plus active maps that use data, yeah, that will use a LOT of battery. I have the Navigon app on my iPhone, and it basically costs me almost 1% for each minute I use it. I have a 50 minute drive home from work, and if I start up the app, it will eat about 45% of my battery. Navigation apps chew through batteries like a fat guy in a cake eating contest.

    Which makes my handheld GPS units all the more impressive for their battery lives. I've tested both of them with brand-new AA batteries (each unit uses 2 of them) turned on and sitting on a windowsill where they can get satellite reception. My DeLorme Earthmate PN40 runs for about 12 hours, and my Garmin eTrex Legend HCx runs for about 24 hours! The PN40 has faster dual processors and satellite imagery (saved onboard, but still needs to render), so that's why it doesn't last as long as he Legend. Of course, if I had a small single battery like a cell phone, it wouldn't last as long either. Currently, I'm running 2700 mAh rechargables in both of them, so so that's a total of 5400 mAh, WAY more than the 1300 mAh battery in the Inc.
     
  6. howarmat

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    im not shocked at all, my inc died after about 4 hours of GPS using a golf app. Its typical though
     
  7. ThreeFingersDown

    ThreeFingersDown Well-Known Member
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    Luckily I have a normal plug outlet in my car : )
     

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