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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Duffin, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    So...I was reading all the reviews talking about how great the battery life on the Note 3 is, but...I'm not getting it and I don't know why. My phone has been off the charger for 6 hours and the battery is down to 67%. This doesn't seem right to me. Does anyone have any ideas? I tried to condition it where I let the phone die on its own and charged it to 100% before turning it back on. I haven't really done anything overly intensive today, just texting, downloading a couple apps, a little internet use, and the occasional streamed song. But, some reviews said they got like 13 hours of constantly streaming video. There's no way I could have done that at this rate. Anyone have ideas?

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  2. I've never read 13 hours constant video. What is your screen on time you are getting?
  3. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life test - GSMArena Blog

    They tested multiple scenarios. The Note 3 clocked in at 13:32.

    My screen time on is 1 hr 44 m. There's not way that drained the battery this much. And I have the auto brightness on.
  4. Who knows what settings or anything they were using. Each scenario is different.

    I would say 6+hours screen time is good your #s are close depending on your usage rest of the day
  5. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    Have you added many apps since you got it?
  6. dcm1602

    dcm1602 Member

    6 hours @ 67%

    Id be ok with 18 hours for a full battery
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  7. xenonsupra

    xenonsupra Member

    Turn off any motion controls that you're not using too.
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  8. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    Really? My EVO LTE easily went longer than that with the same type of usage. I get the screen is a lot bigger, but the processor and Super AMOLED screen was supposed to help extend the battery life.
  9. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    Okay, I had a couple one I doubt I'll ever use, so I turned them off. I have had the pedometer on constantly. Anyone think that might be a huge drain, too? I guess that would make sense.
  10. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    With my S2 I probably would have been at 30% considering my usage over 6 hours. Last night before I went to sleep I had around 90% showing on my Note 3. Woke up at 10:30 and it showed 78%. :thumb: Been using it since then to post and read reveiws and it just now gave me the low bsttery warning at 15%. I'm very impressed with the battery life on this device.
  11. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    Are my expectations just too high? I mean, with the EVO LTE, I'd take it off the charger at about 7 and when I was ready for bed at midnight, it would still have like 30% left with moderate use. At this rate, my phone will be dead by midnight.
  12. xenonsupra

    xenonsupra Member

    I doubt it's a huge drain but I'd turn it off unless you really need it....
  13. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    Well...I need it for counting my steps, but if it's a drain, I could deal with having it off.
  14. bonerp

    bonerp Android Expert

    how old is your phone? if youve only charged it once for 6 hours....seriously? takes a few charges to build up the capacity
  15. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    What? First of all, I've never heard of battery capacity needing to be "built up". Secondly, it charged overnight. I had it OFF the charger for 6 hours when I made the post.
  16. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert

    Wait a minute. It dropped 12% while sleeping?

    That's not good.
  17. CYKBC

    CYKBC Lurker

    Running into a bit of quick drain myself

    I guess I need to give it some time. I'm on Day 1.5
  18. Duffin

    Duffin Well-Known Member
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    I just realized the LTE setting on the phone was on. Since LTE isn't available in my area, that very well could be why, since it would constantly be trying to ping for a signal. I changed it so it's down to just WCDMA/GSM now. If that drastically improves the battery life, I'll let everyone know.
  19. Geidroid

    Geidroid Member

    I dont know maybe I am wrong but that doesnt like horrible
    battery life. I think I get the same battery drainage from my iPhone 4
  20. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    I'll double check tonight and try a side by side with my S2. I'll try to have them both at 100%.
  21. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Yeah, that would be an easy explanation. My OG Droid and Rezound would burn through battery quickly in weak VZW areas.

    Supposedly your Snapdragon 800's on-chip LTE draws less power when trying to connect to a weak signal, but it could still be a significant drain.
  22. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    Happy so far but only day one on the first full charge



  23. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Big difference when I was really paying attention.

    S2 1:56 AM - 10:26 AM: 95%-73%
    N3: 1:56 AM - 10:26 AM: 100%-97%

    Both devices had WiFi on and received 5 email messages overnight. The Note 3 is way better than the S2. I'm very, very happy with the Note 3's performance.
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  24. CheezyMac88

    CheezyMac88 Lurker

    My Note 3 that I just got yesterday evening won't even last more than 10 hours. I already disabled a lot of the features that I don't use and still no improvement. :thinking:
  25. Veritas4420

    Veritas4420 Android Enthusiast

    Can you post some screenshots?

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date was September 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.7" inch screen, 13MP camera, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3200mAh battery.

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