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  1. DaygosDankest

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    With heavy usage, is this normal? I've heard some peoples battery can last up to 2 days...do you just not use the phone or what?
     

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    Are you using a home replacement app? A lot of widgets? etc.
     
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    With Heavy Usage, thats about right. Looks like you need a bigger battery.
     
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    Spec sheet quotes 385 minutes usage time so you're in the ballpark.
     
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    I charge my phone in the evening before bed time. At bedtime it is 100%. By the time I check my phone,sometimes 10 hrs later, I still show 100%. If I. Use the phone like a computer , I will get about 4-5 hours use. If I use as a mp3 player I get about 7 hours use.
    What makes all this change is wireless signal and data signal. Times I mention are continuous or accumulated useage.
    If you use the Droid as a phone in standby, it can last up to 11days. Of course that is no calls, no screen light and great reception area. Any and all changes in any combination will give you your personal battery life.
     
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    6 hours is a lil above "average" with heavy usage. that's implying that you talk, text, surf the web, surf the market, try out 100 apps (like me). there are a few things you can do to increase battery life, but if someone tells you that they get 2 days with heavy usage, they're either lying or they have the battery of youth.....that's a joke.

    there are a few things you can do to increase battery life, but you probably know them already. ahh.....what the heck.

    1. turn your gps off when you don't need it
    2. set your sync to a lower setting (2 hours instead of 1) or just turn it off. you can manually sync.
    3. turn your brightness to manual and set it to the lowest setting.
    4. make sure your bluetooth is off when not needed

    these are all no-brainers and can be easily done with the system's built in power control widget. in my opinion, it's the most useful widget the droid comes with.

    i deliver pizza a couple days a week, so i can tell you that on those days with a full charge at 9am, i can go to work at 4pm and listen to pandora radio, have a slide show running, and use about 45 minutes of talk time and i'll need to plug up at around 8pm. that's with brightness at 100%, no gps, no bluetooth, no sync.

    hope that helps
     
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    I get about 6-7 hours of battery life when I'm in a low-coverage area [working in a warehouse]. Outside of that I'm probably hovering at 7-9 depending.

    Heavy usage, home screen replacement, bunch o' widgets.
     
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    I keep an IM app running in the background (ebuddy, similar to meebo and nimbuzz) all day. If I leave that running AND polling data regularly (and normal email usage throughout the day) then I only get around 6-9 hour.

    Today I came into work at 9am and had 60% battery 3 hours later at noon. By 6pm with relatively occasional use (in meetings all afternoon) I was down to 20%. This is due to the background data connection. The SAME day without that messenger app running would have been 80% at noon and 50% at 6pm. But today was light day.....
     
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    weird I must have a monster battery because today I surfed the web for a few hours and played gba emulator for a few hours, sent some emails and talked for a few minutes and I wasn't even in yellow by the time I got home (9-6)
     
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    Guys, it's almost ALL about signal strength. I leave my GPS on (which is only used by active programs), leave the screen on auto brightness, have gmail, have exchange mail, etc. When I am at work where the signal is mediocre in my building, I'm lucky to get 15-18 hours between charges. On the weekends when I'm most around home with great signal strength, the performance becomes stellar. Indeed, presently (since I was out of the office yesterday) I have 50% battery left and have been using the Droid for 20 hours. Solid!
     
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    How do you change the sync frequency? I just checked mine and I can either have the auto-sync either on or off, unless I'm just looking in the wrong place.

    Thanks!
     
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    well ..... i can't find it either. it's possible that i confused this with another app of some sort. i could have sworn that the option used to be there. oh well, not the first time i've been wrong.
     
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    I think he is referring to the sync frequency of any NON-gmail email accounts. Those can be changed in the email settings.
     
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    If you go to your Email, It is in Account Settings. Email Check frequency.
     
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    Yeah, I know but that's not what I was looking for. I was hoping to find a way to change the sync frequency for contacts, apps, calendar, etc. Oh well...
     
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    Go to settings, Accounts & Sync:

    In the manage accounts section, select the email account you want to manage, then click "account settings", and click on the email check frequency. I am pretty sure that this time-frame also determines how often the calendar and contacts are synced, though I can't be certain.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that you can adjust these setting only for non-gmail accounts.
     
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    even I don't use it at all, it still last only up to 4hours. I have been using this phone for one month only.
     
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    I am getting a day or two from my OEM batteries.
    Non OEM get me 5 to 6 hours at most. They charge fast but suck at "staying" power.
    You get what you pay for.
     
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    I paid 3 dollars for my battery on amazon and I get about 1 1/2 - 2 days. :)
     
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    Those are the garbage batteries I mean...exactly.
    I bought three. It was not just one bad one in a batch.
    You did well.
     

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