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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by milkymilk, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. milkymilk

    milkymilk Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hellooo... So I got the Behold 2 in the mail about four days ago, and it was working out pretty well for me. This was mostly because I'd previously been using an archaic piece of crap and hadn't had any experience with Android, so I was pretty blown away by the customization and yada yada yada. Touchwiz didn't even bother me because I've never seen Android without that UI. Then the battery issues started, which a few other people have obviously had judging by the threads on this forum. I was losing roughly 1% of battery power every 5 minutes without me even touching it, which is absolutely ridiculous. I followed the basic procedure and turned everything off, etc., and am recharging it now. So, waiting to see if it gets any better. But it seems like a hassle to have to constantly keep wifi disabled or to take all the widgets off the home screen. It's really annoying.

    But anyway! My point is, should I jump ship? Like I said, I only just got this phone so the window of return is still wide open. I would particularly like the opinion of those who have had experience with the other Android phones. I've read a lot of reviews that place the MyTouch way above the Behold 2. Yeah yeah, I get that the Behold is gimmicky with the cube thing and obnoxious with the touchwiz, but are the other Androids offered by Tmo seriously any better? At least the touchwiz can be fixed with market apps and it's going to get the update to 2.0 eventually.

    I've heard a lot of people say to just wait for the Nexus One to come out in January, but my parents have control of the account and I forced them to renew their contract just to get this phone, so I don't know how I could convince them to just let me wait for a phone that has a sketchy release date and price. Gahhhh. I would just like some advice =___=

    Thank you in advance.

  2. samson_420

    samson_420 Newbie

    lol. . . . . . I think most of the people on here are in the same boat. . . . . I am not getting rid of my iPhone until I decide if I can live with this freaking wacked out phone.
  3. yatimameiji

    yatimameiji Android Enthusiast

    If you read the thread on "battery" problems, some have gotten the battery replaced if they complained enough to Tmo. I say "battery" problem because I'm in their group of serial numbers but besides the immediate 5% drop(which I just think is a firmware issue) my battery life is great.

    So if the battery is the only issue, which I would call rather small, then I'd say stick with the phone. I know I am. Though yes I am dying while I wait for the update.
  4. culo77

    culo77 Well-Known Member


    i sound like a broken record, on battery life, but i know for a fact the Weather programs suck your battery dry if you dont set them up correctly.

    If you have weather bug i can help you on the non-battery killer set up.
    for any other weather apps, someone will be able to help you also.

    I also set my twitter to not update, i just refresh when i open the app.
  5. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation

    I understand everyone's tinkering and what not but we shouldn't have to come down a notch and adjust to the phone. The phone needs to adjust to our needs. The whole point of the experience is to have a state of the art gadget that provides us with every comfort and luxury that we request. I like running my weather widget and having all my apps & shortcuts set up on the desktop. Why should I have to adjust my style due to the fact that either Samsung or Android can't get it right.

    So frustrating
  6. culo77

    culo77 Well-Known Member

    I agree with you totally,
    maybe thats why the iPhone sells like crazy, its simple, simple to use, idiot proof and the only issue is dealing with ATT service and coverage. (if ATT worked as good as tmobile where i am at guess wich phone i would have)
  7. psychoace

    psychoace Well-Known Member

    I turned off wireless location and gps permanently (unless I am using maps) and use a simple weather widget with my zip code instead of it looking at where I am. I also have an rss widget (greed) Facebook, calender, sms count. I get through my day just fine with all this on. You need to turn wifi on only when you need it. Don't keep it on unless your connected with it. This is not a Behold 2 issue this is how all android phones and Iphones work. That is why there is so many widgets out to make it easy to turn off these features. I don't know why Wireless location sucks down so much battery on the Behold 2 over the G1 but keep it off until 2.0 comes out. Power Manager is a great app and setting it to turn off wifi after you unplug the phone from the charger and also turning off sync when I get below 20% battery saves lots of aggravation. I know it sucks to compromise but this is an infant market and until more time is spent on technology we just have to suffer.
  8. psychoace

    psychoace Well-Known Member

    Iphone has battery issues as well. It's impossible to go 10 hours with descent use without a recharge.
  9. milkymilk

    milkymilk Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I kind of figured the battery life would be crap across all Android phones... I suppose I might as well stick with the Behold until better prospects arise. I guess I'll just have to accustom myself to charging it every 9 hours or so.
  10. samson_420

    samson_420 Newbie

    Well, it has been almost 12 hours with a fair amount of use(about 75 texts total, about 5 minutes of web use, 5 minutes of Blue Tooth talk time and about 30 minutes of regular speaker talk time). I am sitting at 40%.

    I run only 2 widgets(Weather Channel and battery meter). All the location BS is turned off.
  11. Androidalltheway

    Androidalltheway Android Enthusiast

    I currently have the Cliq, but since I heard about this phone I wanted it, I like my Cliq, however sometimes the screen, in particular with games is unresponsive, is it worth it for me to sell my Cliq and get this, is the call quality good? hows the reception? is it snappier then the Cliq, I love the camera on this phone and form factor, who would reccommend this over the Cliq?
  12. mikenick42

    mikenick42 Member

    if you're only getting 9 hours i would guess the phone isn't sleeping right. Install spareparts and see if it can tell you anything.
  13. derrickps3

    derrickps3 Android Enthusiast

    nooooooooo don't jump ship would be sad :( if you do
  14. culo77

    culo77 Well-Known Member

    ditto on spare parts. its a must have!!!!!! just wish it would tell you when you last unplugged.:thinking:
  15. milkymilk

    milkymilk Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was using spare parts, but I started having problems with it. For some reason it wouldn't update the battery history. Or does it just have very long intervals between refreshing? The program still kind of confuses me a bit.
  16. mikenick42

    mikenick42 Member

    As far as i can tell it doesn't updated unless you back out to it's main menu and re-select battery history.
  17. milkymilk

    milkymilk Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, the problem with mine was that it wouldn't update at all, even when i closed the program and started it up again. But i reinstalled it and it seems to be in working condition again.

    I think after conditioning the battery a few more times, lifespan has improved quite a bit. Using the profile for low battery that comes with Toggle Settings works pretty well too. Now when my phone is just sitting around it only loses 1 to 2% of battery an hour instead of 4 or 5.

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