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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by teckn1caLity, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. teckn1caLity

    teckn1caLity Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was patiently waiting for the Hero since it was deemed a top Android phone and was shot down rather quickly after the purchase. When I bought this phone I instantly thought "I'll never be bored". Well when you charge your batter over night, every night, and are in the middle of the day around 2-3pm-ish you think twice about playing around with it when your bored. So that makes me think, why would someone create a phone with more than 10,000 apps, 7 home screens and a bunch of widgets to only be able to use it minimally? I understand some of you may come into this thread and think "my battery is fine, maybe you should read the "Battery Management Sticky Thread"", but I have. If I wanna reserve battery and only use it for texting/calling and almost never web browsing, maybe I should have stuck with my blackberry. It pretty much comes down to how much you use your phone. I know for myself when I'm sitting around waiting for something to get done and have a gadget in my pocket that does virtually everything a PC can do, It won't be staying in my pocket but I might be surfing the web, playing games, listening to music, twittering etc. If you only use your phone to text/call and use it occasionally why would you even have a device like this? To sit in your bed and play with your Hero while it's being charged simultaneously? I guess at this point you need something that's convenient and reliable if you can't really get what you want out of your current phone. So I will be trading my phone in for another Blackberry. I really though the Hero was gonna be my first Android device and I thought it was gonna take me onto another Sprint android phone which will then lead me to another Sprint android phone and so on. Feel free to leave responses and discuss this, if you feel the same way I do or if you rebel what I had to say.

  2. MisterB

    MisterB Well-Known Member

    Get a car charger and also desktop charger for the office. When you're in either location, throw it on the charger and you should be good to go without hesitation.

    These phones do so much more than BlackBerry, it is crazy. No wonder the battery doesn't last as long as a boring text based OS that looks like DOS from 1985. Small price to pay, in my opinion. Just throw it on the charger when not in use.
  3. mainevent3405

    mainevent3405 Newbie

    I agree. It's best you go back to a BB. Fact is this, and there are numerous threads like yours so you are not alone, but you can go to ANY pda forum, ie palm pre/samsung moment/droid/, whichever you choose and you will read similar complaints. It is what it is. Those of us who LOVE the Hero, and those of us who understand what it is to use a pda to its full capabilities have done what the poster above posted which is make sure we are able to charge up wherever we are if the plans are to use the phone as much as you like to use it. Try unplugging your laptop. Typical laptops wont get 6 hours of unplugged power. You'd be lucky to get two hours. These phones are like little laptop computers. We use them this way. Do you NOT expect the battery to run low rather quickly if you are using it for all you say you want to use it for? Be for real! BB's are cool for texting, emailing and talking. Facebook and such are lame and not even worth using on a BB. Media is lame and not even worth using on a BB. If battery life is your issue and NOT being able to use all of the features of the Hero, then it is best to return to the Blackberry world. What is it that you are expecting someone here to say? They agree with you? Most would, but they also realize how to deal with it. I wouldn't leave the Hero to go back to a Curve if Aliens came down, tied me up and tried to force feed me a Curve or else they would take me to their leader. My response......"buckle up and let's go"!
  4. Chief7

    Chief7 Well-Known Member

    What he said!

    I, too, am a BB convert. Does the BB have advantages over the Hero? Sure. But battery life isn't one of them! My Tour had a good day (read: I was asleep or on an airplane) if it wasn't near the red end of the battery indicator. EVERY phone has its own strengths and its own weaknesses. Buy I also owned a desk charger and a car charger for the BB - but I won't be racing back to it because the battery on the Hero CAN be less than 24 hours of use!

    Good luck!
  5. treborcj

    treborcj Android Enthusiast

    All batteries have a limit. I have tweaked it and taken it off the charger at 7am and at 5pm it is at 50%. I use it frequently. Texting, browsing, using it as an FTP server, phone calls throughout the day. If you want to drain the battery then try turning on WiFi, bluetooth, stream music, and watch a youtube video at the same time. Yes I have done this. There are probably other stuff that can be done to get you more battery life or you may have a defective battery or phone. My first phone was horrible with battery life; at 5pm it was almost dead.
  6. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Android Expert

    isn't there a battery out with twice the capacity now?

    Either way...I'm amazed people can't get a good 12 hours out of their battery. I mean, I was on the Canadian border, in the middle of a lake, with virtually no service. I sent 200 texts, and played games on my phone the entire day, as well as the occasional internet browsing (terrible fishing that day lol). Now, that's pretty heavy usage if you ask me, and I still managed to get a good 10 hours out of that charge. If you can't get at least 10-12 hours on a normal days usage, then you've apparently got a battery problem, or your phone isn't sleeping properly. My normal usage, I can get 20+ hours on a single charge.
  7. ziggy682

    ziggy682 Newbie

    The battery on my phone is great. I use it to text, usually 1-2 hours of web/movie/facebook/weather browsing a day, push gmail, listen to music, play games, take pictures, navigation, receive twitter updates, facebook updates, etc. I use this phone for everything it has to offer, and my battery EASILY lasts throughout the day. The only time my phone has ever died was after having played games or surfed the web for more than 3 hours in a day.

    I take it off the charger at 7:30 in the morning, and put it back on when I go to bed around 12:00, and I always have more than 40% battery remaining. It's 8:43 right now, and I am sitting at 50%, and that's after using the phone a bit heavier than usual.

    Anyone who can't last through a day of normal use, either has a bad battery, or needs to check some of their settings. Push Gmail doesn't seem to effect the battery at all, and neither does leaving the GPS on. What does effect it is signal strength, and the frequency the phone checks for email/twitter/facebook updates. Turn all those to 15 minute updates and watch your battery die. Change them to 1-2 hour updates, and you'll get excellent battery life. Also, the phone seems to get better battery life using Wi-Fi for data versus EVDO. However, if you leave the Wi-Fi on when there is no signal, it seems to drain the battery constantly searching for a signal.

    Sorry for the long post, but this phone gets fantastic battery life if there is nothing wrong with your battery and everything is configured correctly.
  8. zombdroid

    zombdroid Android Enthusiast

    I am always shocked to see posts like this one. I get a couple days use out of my phone without recharge. Somedays it drains faster than others, but that really depends on Robo Defense or some other app I am obsessed with.

    You think this phone has short battery, go try the Moment. I could not make it even a half day with the stock unit.

    GET RID OF IT! <<Not yelling! Seriously, why keep a phone you don't like. Move on before your 30 exchange window is gone.
  9. howiesf

    howiesf Member

    Why is everyone afraid to admit it? (Listen Sprint and HTC!! ) While there is always the disclaimer next to battery talk and standby time on mobile phones about "**depending on use...", that the battery life on the Hero sucks ! Period! Funny how they give you extra bateries at the Sprint store when you complain, ask for any help with the battery life.

    I am a major geek, have worked in technology for a long time and have had a cell phone since 1997 with Sprint. I'm also a mobile geek with a lot of knowledge of the mobile industry and the phones/devices, nightmarish plans, etc. While it is a known fact that as much as I believe CDMA is superior than GSM in most areas, battery life is better on GSM phones (except the iPhone). Battery life has always been tricky with CDMA phones, but the Hero now takes the cake!

    We should not be paying for products/services that are falsely advertised.

    I work on the internet and read a lot of technical stuff all day (and at night too). I have read through a zillion Android sites and have tried so may changes to improve battery life. No matter what i've tried, it does not seem to make much of a difference. Neither Sprint nor HTC wishes to acknowledge the fact that this device is sold to us to be plain and simply "USED" and that the battery life does not come close, with light to moderate usage. Although the first two Hero's I got were defective, I wil say the ROM update did speed-up the overall speed of the Hero, sorta improved the signal in fringe areas, but did not really make that much of a difference when it comes to battery life. (I Need my force roam back !)

    All I can say is this : If you are like me and are into actually "using" your Hero to it's fullest", therefore actually "USING" your EVERYTHING Data plan, then you have to do more than just post it on internet forums. If you don't want to babysit it and plug it in all day, remove apps, constantly change the settings, etc, then it's time for everyone to DO SOMETHING about it! I don't get people who say "just bring a charger with you at work, the car, etc" . These are MOBILE devices that we all depend on, sometimes for safety reasons. Do you really not mind that your "HERO" may be dead when you really need it? Do you really want to babysit it? Don't you think that the engineers who created the HERO should have optimized it for better battery life, or at least should acknowledge the issues and give us a time frame as to when it will be improved? Don't you think that there is some "false" advertising going on for the Hero? (just like the iPhone)

    I hate spending hours of my time dealing with Sprint and the manufacturer of my device over issues such as these, like I have unfortunately had to do in the past. However, I will say that as soon as MANY people start contacting Sprint and HTC about the battery life issues, and any other issues that affect MOST Hero owners for that matter, that things WILL get resolved quicker. You should make sure that you get a Case #, Trouble Ticket # and most importantly that YOU and THEY actually follow-up on it until it it is resolved. DO Not let them just close the ticket. This is the only way that we will see the issues Acknowledged and hopefully fixed!

    Cheers :D:cool:
  10. LTZguy

    LTZguy Well-Known Member

    For all you whiners: would you like some cheese to go with that whine? Get real fellas. This is just a damn phone. All the crap added to it is a bonus. I just bought an extended battery for my laptop. guess how long it lasted last night playing on the internet...guess how long it lasted from a full charge...2 hours. I played on the internet on my phone yesterday and had music playing..it lasted 3-4 hours before the battery was at 50%...get a grip...the holy grail of phones doesnt last any longer than ours does...and guess what...you can get an extended battery for ours easily...can you do that with an iphone?
  11. flammenwurfer

    flammenwurfer Well-Known Member

    I would LOVE to have a battery that lasts multiple days while doing all kinds of multitasking constantly, but the technology just isn't there. There are no battery technologies in existence that fit into the required tiny space of a cell phone, that will last for days while constantly being used that are also affordable. Like others have said, it's going to be the same on any other smartphone if you use it constantly. It's not necessarily the phones are OS, it's the battery technology.

    If you read about technology I'm sure you see all the research teams working on new battery tech. They just haven't made that big breakthrough yet and even when they do it will probably be a while until it's affordable and used commonly.

    I'm actually very happy with the battery life of the Hero. I can get usually a whole day out of my Hero with fairly heavy usage (texting frequently, web browsing throughout the day, some gps here and there, and playing games). If I'm busy and don't use it constantly I've been able to get a day and a half to 2 days out of it, using it moderately. Not too shabby for a smartphone.
  12. flairmedk

    flairmedk Member

    Even after the MR that was released I could not get my phone to sleep. I was not even thinking about a hard reset! Even though I know it would be easy to get the phone back to the condition prior to the reset it just seemed too time consuming. Well that's when I read a thread from this site about reprovisioning the phone. I did so and now it sleeps like a baby. I fly above 200 feet and below 1000 feet on my days at work so most of the time that prohibits my signal or is shody at best. I carry a mini USB cable with me and just plug in to any computer available. Just a little trickle charge every now and then keeps me going. Some days I don't even have to do that. Granted on a busy day my battery drains fast but I have to agree it's a mini computer / phone so I do not expect it to run for 24 hours without a charge. That was the one greatest thing samsung did with the Instinct, by adding a battery and charging case. Always had a fresh battery available and protected for when I needed it. Maybe someone will come out with a similar product for the Hero. In the end if you are going to use it that much and cannot be tethered to a cable, then your best bet is to buy an addition battery. I would not ditch the phone, it is so much more than a BB can be right now.
  13. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

    I cannot read the walls of text above. When I want someone to read something I type, I write it the way I was taught to write. Separate thoughts into paragraphs and avoid run on sentences.

    Return it and go back to a BB for battery life.

    Talk to anyone that has a full functional smart phone. Android, Palm, iPhone, and you will see there is no smartphone out there that has long battery life using all services.

    I get about 20 hours with moderate use. Turn off GPS, Location, bluetooth, etc and it really goes up from there.

    Bottom line, why keep something you don't like? Why come vent on a board designed for people that like the phone? Are you expecting someone here to convince you to stay with the hero? Or are you expecting us all to say "He's right, lets all return"

    This thread is an exercise in futility.
  14. zombdroid

    zombdroid Android Enthusiast


    At times I think this forum is loaded with sales reps from another company or trolls from the iPhone forum. I can honestly say that I have not seen this much whining on any web forum, ever!

    If you don't like the phone, simply move on! What do you want out of this device?

    I still think we should have one Sticky thread called "Whine Here about the Hero". Then the mods can combine these useless threads into one long string of oh poor me and my crappy phone...
  15. nick325i

    nick325i Android Enthusiast

    I'm not going to lie.

    I get better battery life out of my hero with more features and apps and no loss of usability than I got out of my HTC Touch Pro.

    My friggin rechargable logitech laser mouse only lasts 20 hours of consecutive use and all it does is move a pointer and click buttons wirelessly.

    My playstation 3 remote only goes about 18 hours from full to dead.

    My laptop battery lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    My wireless headset at work non blue tooth lasts 5 hours.

    My bluetooth earpiece for my hero lasts 4 hours.

    A car battery with the headlights on will last maybe 6 hours if you're lucky.

    Two D sized batteries in a flashlight will go 24 hours.

    My HERO battery will last for 30+ hours. GAME OVER :)
  16. Chief7

    Chief7 Well-Known Member

    You know, that Sticky thread idea has merit! Maybe my next notification on this thread will be from a whiner sticky. ;)
  17. cooolone2

    cooolone2 Android Enthusiast

    hahahahaha... awesome and so to the point! I also have to agree with the CONSPIRACY theory about competing company's (to remain nameless) making derogatory posts and attempting to inflame non-issues. Last phone I had the batteries sucked too, worse even and they did less, with 1/2 the screen size. I was going to add the length of time my CAR BATTERY lasts to your list but was fearful that users would want to RIDE THE PHONE THEN TOO, having a new complaint that it wouldn't do that for them!:eek: lmao...

  18. LTZguy

    LTZguy Well-Known Member

    AWSOME! So very true and put into perspective. Now to all the whiners STFU! You dont like the phone..so what..move on. Quit coming in this forum and crying about it like a big baby.
    oooooo my hero this, my hero that..wawawa...
    I'm so sick and tired of people threatening to leave the hero if sprint doesnt do this or htc doesnt do that in the new update...get over it. its a damn phone. BAH!
    everything has it faults and nothing is perfect. they way i look at it, is this phone is a stepping stone. a neat stepping stone at that. there will be something better..there always is. Look at the nexus 1...i hope something like that comes to sprint. At least we have the option to buy an extended batter, or pick up and extra battery...heck you can buy two 1500mah batteries for around $16 shipped...when i had my og instinct, it came with two batteries. i carried one in my pocket all the time. It was just like my keys, went with me everywhere. not a big inconvience to me by any means. why not do that? then you can rock on the internet all the time. i was definately getting my money out of sprint then...altho that phone sucked compared to the hero. Look, it is what it is. Its not the best phone in the world, its definately not the worst...but always you will have some sort of compromise..why whine about it. When people make topics like this, its scares off would be customers..then guess what...if the sales arent there....neither will the support and then this phone dies off.
  19. gnarlyDUCK

    gnarlyDUCK Well-Known Member

    Agreed, if you're not on top of your device(s), you wont enjoy it as much as the person who is.

    The people not turning off functionality that is not being used, compared to the person who is.. is going to get that extra hour or so of battery life.

    And if battery life is one of your only complaints, i dont see how you anyone would complain just the same to switch to another device with a possible few hours more of use.

    Like many other said, get a charger for your work desk... it only needs to sit on the charger 2-4 hours (thats less than half a workday).

    Im a moderate user and I can usually get by a full day with only having charged my phone at night. But if im using the phone higher than normal (usually youtube, browsing web, pandora) Ill charge it at work for about 2 hours, and im fine for the rest of the day. I dont understand why 1 cord becomes an HUGE EPIDEMIC for some people... especially when they already have their phones on their desk.

    And as a side note:
    I own BB for work and the Hero personally... WOW Hero FTW. Editing emails and purely just incoming emails.. SOOO much faster on my Hero, and web browsing too. Id rather take the non wasteful time at my desk charging my Hero than using it to play BallBreaker on the BB.
  20. Visionikz03

    Visionikz03 Member

    Wont go into detail as everyone else has pretty much explained it. As phones get fancier they r gonna draw more power plain and simple and until a new battery technology beyond Li-Ion is released any modern phone is subject to questionable battery life no matter what carrier or brand. Not to mention the placebo effect has a grip on almost everyone whom this phone is their first android experience. It's a totally different OS than Blackberry, Windows, OSX etc. Expect strengths and weaknesses.
  21. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Android Expert

    I haven't finished reading all the responses in this thread but this is a hilarious post, good work! LOL
  22. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Android Expert

    LOL, another funny post... you guys are on a roll! I too wouldn't return to my old Curve after being on the Android train
  23. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Android Expert

    Great and valid posts, I think the Hero is a great device and off browsing, streaming videos, streaming radio, browsing the market, downloading music with i Music, texting moderately, making phone calls moderately, twittering, weather updates and a few more items, I can get roughly 12-14hrs... thats enough for me to be satisfied and use everything my phone can offer.

    I carry a charger at work to give it a quick jolt, but nothing too extensive. After researching and really just learning about the Hero as a device it made me knowledgable about how to maintain it so I COULD get the most out of it...

    And in reality I'm able to use it as heavily as I do thanks to this forum
  24. t1jordan

    t1jordan Android Enthusiast

    If your not surfing the web, your battery should be lasting forever. Make sure you turn twitter off to manually update. I usually dont use twitter so I don't let (Peep) sync on it's on. Make sure you put (Facebook) to sync once a day. If your not a FB user make sure it's not syncing all the time. Watch out for apps that run in the background. Example: Weather Bug, A World Of Photos ........ I like these apps but I uninstalled these apps. My battery is not the best but my phone has never died on me since the update. I actually think the battery is good. You need to tweek your settings. Going back to BB is pure boring. If your really into business then go back to BB. The Hero is so much better anyway. But your choice. I thought I wasn't happy with the phone in the begining too, but I am. It's great. If I have a problem it's with Sprint. Im always calling them to fix my picture mail. That's my only complaint. It's not the Hero either. I had the HTC Touch Pro and my picture mail was always down. So again. The battery is just fine. Set the phone up for your needs. The Hero is really a social phone. If your not on social websites then cut them off. The way you use the phone, your battery life should be excellent. Just because the battery is draining don't panic. You have to kill the phone literally for the battery to actually die. I hope this helps you out.
  25. t1jordan

    t1jordan Android Enthusiast

    Good post toomuchgame441. I am killing my phone and the battery rocks. I dont see what people are complaining about. They probably have a lot of apps running in the background.

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