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How Quickly will GPS Drain the Battery?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chrissybabes, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. chrissybabes

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    I'm interested in this phone for use with ViewRanger - a GPS app and my question is .....

    If I switch off everything apart from the GPS and an app that uses GPS, how long would a fully charged battery last?

    Many thanks

    Chris
     

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    can't say about using ViewRaner app for GPS as i'm using Navigon MobileNavigator, which is very accurate and actually very good for navigation. and i'm getting around 7-8 hours (London-Scotland) but this is with everything on (GPS, HSDPA (3G), a bit of music, some calls, background on). but this was using a phone after only two weeks.
    so i assume the battery would last longer now. so all in all the battery for me is more than enough, or get a micro usb car charger if you're navigating in the car.
     
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    I used MyTracks to record 2 hours bike ride and it only drained 15% of battery, which is phenomenal compared to G1 as it would have not even lasted that long probably.
     
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    Echo the above. Used MyTracks for a 3.5 hour walk last week and it used around 40% of the battery. A lot of the time I was in forests so am not sure how much that affects battery life. Switched on the unit maybe once every 15 minutes to check speed, distance etc. for around a minute. One thing I did notice was my wife's X10 with the same software had us walking around 1/3rd of a mile further (10 mile walk) so maybe the antenna is more sensitive in the X10? Everything else (mail, widgets, Twitter etc) were all working as usual in the background.
     
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    I think it's purely circumstantial. Try adjusting accuracy in the settings.
     
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    Just had a look at google maps on my pc and loaded up the map/trail MyTracks made for me. It must be fairly accurate as it showed where I deviated from the trail for a.....ahem.....'natural break'
     
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