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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by juice421, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. juice421

    juice421 Newbie
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    I also am liking the Inspire but this battery situation has me thinking twice....

    Ok, so the Inspire has the 2nd gen Snapdragon SOC, which is more efficient. So you would THINK that HTC would use the common standard 1500mAh battery in there so that the phone would actually benefit and have one of the best battery lives of ANY smartphone (battery life to me is the biggest issue w/ smartphones today).

    So what is the point of having a more efficient phone when you actually lower the battery capacity? It's almost like they cancel each other out and there is no benefit.

    I don't want to have to jump thru any hoops to get better battery life on a new phone. So I'm hoping I am wrong and HTC knows what they are doing!

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  2. mattbe213

    mattbe213 Android Enthusiast

    Just read the other threads. Battery life WONT be an issue!!!

  3. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast

  4. mattbe213

    mattbe213 Android Enthusiast

  5. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast

    The reason its $40 bucks is because its 3600...thats enough for 3 full charges.

    There are cheaper ones from 1400-1900 that you can get for $19 to $29 bucks...id pay the extra $10-20 for 3 full charges sans a wall outlet though..considering a 1230 replacement battery is going to be $30-40 bucks as well. (think camping trips or a cruise or just out all day taking pictures, plane rides, long car trips without a charger etc....3 full charges could come in handy).

    Plus its external..so while ITS on the charger....your phone can still be in your pocket/in use (as opposed to being tethered to a wall outlet). You could almost use your phone 24/7 and just plug this thing in the wal every third charge and hook it to your phone while its in your pocket or bag to charge while you are in transit/not using it.
  6. mattbe213

    mattbe213 Android Enthusiast

    Yeah. I'm getting a car charger as well. Seeing that I'll be driving A LOT more soon, I may/will need it.

  7. car chargers are always good no matter what phone you got
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  8. juice421

    juice421 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Like I said in my OP I don't want to have to jump thru hoops with a brand new phone! (I realize that battery life is a big problem with a lot of smart phones).

    But assuming HTC kept a standard 1500mAh battery in the Inspire, along with the much more efficient 2nd-Gen Snapdragon SOC, it could have had a huge selling point by having one of the best battery lives of any smartphone! I feel cell phone makers are ignoring the biggest problem...battery life!

    Yet by downgrading the battery to 1230mAh, I feel any benefit you get from the 2nd gen Snapdragon is lost!

    Too bad...this battery goof will probably be the ONLY reason I won't be getting the Inspire.
  9. mgymnop

    mgymnop Member

    Yes the battery thing is a big minus. I had the MT4G and it has the 1500mAh battery and the same processor and battery life was great. I think I will wait for the Atrix...It bothered me already that the inspire has no FFC and that it is too thick..
  10. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast


    I have had to buy portable batteries for my last 3 smart phones inclulding my iphone 3gs.

    So edit "jump through hoops" to read "standard practice for ANY smart phone you are going to buy currently"...including the Atrix (most likely).

    And there goes that argument...lol

    Time will tell with real usage though (we will know soon).

    I am just SOOOOO excited to actually be getting a phone THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY replace the battery in (hard to open or not)..you are dead in the water with an iphone and no portable battery.
  11. HustlinDaily

    HustlinDaily Android Expert

  12. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast

    The inspire is such a new device it may be a couple weeks before the batteries officially roll out. You can buy the official 1230 battery yes..but i will wait a bit before i decide on which battery to buy as a back up. I prefer the case batteries like the mophie juice pack but i am not sure ill be able to find that for this phone (one great thing about iphone was the accessories available).
  13. Phonescoop in the review thread says you will make it till bedtime just not to 24 hours so no big in my eyes
  14. rmreid

    rmreid Android Enthusiast

    After reading many threads it appears that the upcoming Inspire is close or very similar to the Sprint HTC Evo - If this is correct would the HTC Evo accessories work with the HTC Inspire, like the Evo 1500mah battery and cases or are the phones different enough that this is not an option?

  15. the cases probably not the battery maybe
  16. juice421

    juice421 Newbie
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    Well you might be able to "replace" the battery on the Inspire, but the real question will be can you "upgrade" the battery? It seems the battery slot is very tight in the Inspire, so who knows?

    But for the life of me I can't understand why HTC thought it better to downgrade the battery instead of at least staying current, if not UPGRADE?! Or maybe it was AT&T's call on this one, as their $99 price point would'nt support a few hundred more mAh's?

    BTW, my iPhone 2g & 3GS had very good battery life, and I could get two full days per full charge, and thats with everyday normal usage. So not all smartphones are plagued by ridiculous poor battery life. Unfortunately, we gotta admit that Android is not a very efficient mobile OS.
  17. Blanco720

    Blanco720 Android Enthusiast

    If you look at it from a development/marketing standpoint...They want X features for Y price. So they upgrade RAM, CPU, so-so on device memory, Average to good camera, 1230 battery. They wouldn't release a product with a battery that does not offer the user experience one would expect from HTC. They are too good for that, man. You could stuff the 1900+ mah battery the atrix has in it, but why? Last 3 days with heavy use and no charge? The vast majority charge every day. The rare exceptions are what people may take issue with, but with travel charges and spare batteries, I am sure it will be fine.
  18. juice421

    juice421 Newbie
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    I'm sorry but that's just plain moronic. The vast majority charge everyday because we have to! It's not because we like doing it or because we're following some kind of routine. Having to be a skin flint in my battery use is draining on me, no pun intended. Always making sure I have enough battery to make it out the night is also draining.

    But technology evolves for the better. It seems you're satisfied with battery tech staying right where it is, because you say the vast majority charge everyday so why evolve for the better? I say making me charge everyday is a huge problem! And it seems the Inspire will only aggravate this issue.

    So it's looking right now like I'm going to go with the Atrix. Even though the Atrix is completely boring aesthetics wise, it makes up for it specs wise.

    Too bad, as I love everything else about the Inspire!
  19. Blanco720

    Blanco720 Android Enthusiast

    The alternative being your phone lasts you 2 days, and when you go to sleep, you....don't plug it in? I mean, ...? You sleep every day (or you should at least). Plug the phone in, its not a deal breaker.

    Lol @ talk of battery life when the phone isnt even out...
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  20. YouGotRedOnYou

    YouGotRedOnYou Android Enthusiast

    I've gotta agree with Blanco on this one. Just because you can go more than a day without charging, doesn't make it better. You'll eventually have to charge regardless. You sleep every night, so take advantage of the down time and charge. If you need something that last for days, so be it. For others, it's not a big deal.
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  21. Edge1978

    Edge1978 Member

    I personally don't think the battery life is going to be that bad. I always charge my phone at night while I sleep, so if I can make it through the day with moderate use, then I'll be happy. :)
  22. Allenfx

    Allenfx Android Enthusiast

    Thats what they are when you first buy them.

    At 20 months my iphone 3gs lasts 12-14 hours with medium use
    At 18 months my girlfriends iphone 3g lasts 8-10 hours with medium use.

    You cant replace the battery.

    Thats what i meant by "dead in the water".
  23. thoffland

    thoffland Well-Known Member

    Here's a review on the Inspire's battery.

  24. Chapp1e

    Chapp1e Android Enthusiast


    That is amazing to hear, they must've tweaked something between the Desire and Inspire.

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