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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by XDaydreamerX11, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. XDaydreamerX11

    XDaydreamerX11 Well-Known Member
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    While making an 8 hour trek to Chicago this weekend, I learned something horrible about my dearest Incredible. She overheats, BADLY when I have my GPS on. Three hours into my drive, my phone actually shut down.

    So I was curious if anyone had any pointers, or had this happen as well?

    I had my screen at MINIMAL brightness, had the GPS on and had screen on to follow along, was streaming music from pandora as well. All updates for email/twitter/fb or anything were turned off. Now I had the phone on my shifter console, where there was no sun. But it was on it's back, so on the assumption that it couldn't "breathe", I wedged the top against the opening to my CD player so it was tilted. So air could get to the back of the phone, STILL my status for my battery was "over heat." I had no case, or holder on, nor did I plug it in to charge.

    After the phone shut down I took the back casing off, took the battery out, and let it sit on the floor and turned the A/C vents towards it. But really disappointed that my phone couldn't handle the trek. Anyone have any helpful tips about keeping their phone from overheating, or WHAT TO DO? Or if I damaged my phone? It overheated 3 times on my drive...and really disappointed I'm going to have to dust off my Garmin.

  2. 1967ls2

    1967ls2 Well-Known Member

    I use mine also for navigation. I would suggest turning on the voice navigtion feature and just locking the screen so it is turned off. The voice commands will still be played through the speaker so it actually gives you directions but the screen will be off, saving battery power and possibly also adding to the overheating issue. My phone also gets warm when plugged into my car's 12v car charger and GPS is being used. I have never had it overheat like what you describe but I will watch it closely next time...
  3. Ufkal

    Ufkal Well-Known Member

    Mine gets warm, just running, I haven't used the GPS with it plugged in. Was this your first trip with the GPS?
  4. Dream

    Dream Android Enthusiast

    Same problem with mine, totally unexceptable.
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  5. bjanow

    bjanow Android Expert

    I just did the same thing this weekend. First time too. GPS, plugged in, Radio Time, email, occasional phone call. It got warm/hot but never turned off. Used it for 12 hours one day pretty much all the time and 5 or 6 hours for 3 days. I was worried but said, what the **** since I have insurance. Worked great, sorry to hear about your phone.
  6. bikercr

    bikercr Newbie

    Could be a problem with your battery itself. Buy a spare, nice for swapping out on the road, and see if that fixes the problem. Having a spare allows you to use navigation without charging at same time.
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  7. bjanow

    bjanow Android Expert

    Navigation needs charging if you are using it over 2 hours. The phone should not overheat to a point where it shuts down. Something is wrong.
  8. Wooby

    Wooby Member

    I agree, the phone should not get this warm.

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The HTC Droid Incredible release date was April 2010. Features and Specs include a 3.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, Snapdragon S1 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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