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General Real Battery Life and Detailed Settings

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Mastermind47, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Mastermind47

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    I've read thread after thread about battery life of this awesome phone.

    I had an original Razr and it got about 7-9 hours of battery life when I used it. I'm noticing this phone gets about 14-18 hours of battery life when I use it. This falls short of the insane life people are reporting, but matches up perfectly with a device having twice the battery size of the Razr.

    People are claiming 2-3 days battery life, are we really supposed to believe this is with real use? Some have said they've watched videos for hours and gone down to 93%. I'm noticing many of them don't show a high "Voice Calls" entry on their battery life record. I'm developing a suspicion that those with 50+ hour battery life aren't using their phones much at all, not syncin, or they're using it in 3G only or no data all.

    Another suspicion I have is that smart actions aren't saving that much battery life. The obvious drain of battery is screen brightness. For me killing data connection, syncing etc, while the screen is off doesn't change battery life dramatically.

    I'd like to hear from people as to what settings they're using to get the battery life they're getting.

    Am I the only person who's simply able to make it a solid work day (not 24 hour day) without charging?

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    With typical use where I'm not somewhere with terrible reception, I can get 40-45hrs on a single charge. That's with WiFi always on (and usually connected), 4G enabled, brightness set at 50% (not auto), and me mostly having the screen on when I'm reading email or catching up on my RSS feeds. (um... adds up to ~2hrs over the course of the day?) Maybe 30-40 min of voice daily.

    With heavier use, that goes down, but even with ultra-heavy browsing+video+RSS reading etc, it's good for ~20hrs. Even when I was on a 6+hr flight and the screen was on the whole time, it used about a third of my battery.

    If I'm using it kinda heavily AND I'm somewhere with terrible reception (hospitals are the worst), then it goes down to ~12-15hrs. Probably because the radio is struggling.

    I did just install GSAM battery monitor, just so I can keep track to see if what I'm noticing above is actually the truth. If I were you, I'd download the app for the more comprehensive look at the battery drain too. It's free. (GSAM does claim my average battery life is currently 55hrs/charge, but I installed it today, so it's probably still calibrating)
     
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    Do you have the Razr HD or Maxx HD? Now that the two are closer on battery size I'm thinking of saving the $100 and going with Razr HD unless there are noticeable differences on the battery performance.
     
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    Always go with the maxx, no reason to be mad at yourself in 6 months thinking "Damn if only I had the maxx" lol.

    Return of the Android
     
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    Just get it from Amazon or go to Best Buy and price match Amazon. I got my Maxx HD and my daughters Maxx HD for $149
     
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    The past couple days I've been seeing 5+ hours of screen time, along with 14-16 hours of battery life. This is normal, right?

    I've also seen 1&1/2-2 days with 3-4 hours of battery life, which IMO sounds about right.

    A recent charge:

    [​IMG]

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    I did this - although, it was 200 at the time.
     
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    I can do two days with light use,

    most nights i go to bed with it at 50%, now thats auto brightness, wifi on all the time and bluetooth on all the time, if i used juice defender or something i could do better
     
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    My typical use scenario.
    1) Touchdown Nitro Exchange client on 24hrs a day. With vibrate notification turned on.
    2) WiFi on all the time. BT is off because I don't have any need for it.
    3) All Location service is on (verizon, GPS, etc.)
    4) Moderate txt (15-20 msgs)
    5) Moderate voice calls (10 or less calls of few minutes)
    6) Brightness on auto
    7) Beautiful widgets, GMAIL sync, POP email sync, Flipboard set to refresh, LinkedIn and a few travel apps on 24x7
    8) About an hour of game play (ok....maybe two hours! LOL)
    9) About an hour or two of web surfing, app downloads etc.

    When I get ready to go to bed, it's at 30-40% remaining. So that's about 16 hours of use with that much left over.

    PS. Once I drove from NYC to Bristol, CT with GPS turned on...went into a meeting for two hours...then drove back to NYC. The GPS guidance was on the entire trip, 2 hrs one way, 4 hours round trip. When I got back home, I had about 40% battery life left.
     
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    This is on my current charge. Pretty impressed with the battery on this thing [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    See this is the kinda thing I'm talking about.what settings are you using?
     
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    I have brightness at 50%, 2 gmail accounts, wifi on all the time even when not around wifi. Also I leave the GPS on. I have google now off because I have no interest in using it.
     
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    Sorry... Updated stats
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Third rock from the Sun
    Here is my typical 24 hour rotation:

    Charge over night to 100%

    Run off charge from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. - 17 hours

    All times approximate:

    Phone calls - total 30 minutes
    Texting - all day on and off, maybe a hundred texts a day
    Several turn-based chess games running all day
    Facebook surfing at least twice a day - 15 minute sessions each
    Tasker programming - usually an hour a day
    Tapatalk forum surfing several times a day - probably 30 minutes
    Email a couple times a day
    Flipboard once a day for about 30 minutes
    Surf local news app for 10 minutes a day
    Jorte calendar updating a couple times a day
    YouTube - watch a couple funny or instructional videos a day
    Check weather forecast and radar as needed
    Lightflow notifications for several programs (Email, Chess, Tapatalk, Text, Voicemail, Calendar, Missed Call,

    And here's the big one:

    Rhapsody streaming music to Bluetooth connected Bose SoundLink - 8 hours a day (really) over 4G network (thank God for unlimited data!)

    Wifi, BT, GPS (all three) always on.

    Running Nova Launcher (free version)

    Screen is generally set to 20% but I have several Tasker programs that bump it 50% for certain apps (Chess.com and Facebook)

    I generally end the day with about 20% battery give or take 10% on any given day.

    I'm not complaining at ALL! Love this phone and it's freaking HUGE battery. I would have to charge my iPhone 4 twice and that was without doing half the stuff above!!
     
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    Seeing stuff like this makes me think I have a bum battery, lol.

    How much browsing/4g do you do during those 5 hours of screen time?
     

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