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Using vibrant as a dumbphone, expected battery life?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chocobosandwich, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. chocobosandwich

    Thread Starter

    If I turn everything off on the vibrant (GPS, wifi, bluetooth, live wallpaper, widgets, 3G, etc.) with minimum brightness and about an hour of talk each day, how many days can it last?

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  2. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Android Expert

    Why in gods name would you want to do that? I would imagine maybe 20% longer at the most.
  3. MaxPowers

    MaxPowers Member

    I had my first vibrant for a week. The best battery life I could get was like 20 hours. This new one I got I have had for 2 days. Not even done the charge, drain, charge and I am at 66% with 26 hours remaining. 40 hours total life according to battery monitor.
    Nothing to do with your post, but thought it was interesting.
    I am having the home button not working big time on this phone. As well as the GPS. So I will probably exchange it again but keep the battery.
  4. chocobosandwich

    Thread Starter

    Sometimes you just want a good ol' fashioned phone phone with some stamina, in-between bouts of Avatar playing. I'll be happy if it can manage 3 days with phone only functions. I mean laptops can last 4+ hours browsing the web but only about 2 or less playing some heavy gaming. I would imagine phones are even better at power management, although android sounds trickier. Phones these days are so thin I could attach a dumbphone to the back with duct tape and use as a backup.

    Are these wildly different battery numbers based on vibrant phone exchanges based on poor quality control for the phone? Or for the battery? Because I want to eBay a Vibrant and I doubt I can exchange it if its faulty.
  5. spiz

    spiz Android Expert

    I don't get it... they make phones for people that just want to talk. They're typically cheap (free with contract) and have a flipping mechanism. This phone is meant to be charged every night and enjoyed to its full potential during the day. Or vice versa if you're one of those night owls.
  6. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert

    Not to mention the extra charges required by the data plan for the Vibrant. It's not like any carrier will let you run a smartphone without a data plan.
  7. VegasTouch

    VegasTouch Android Enthusiast

    Im lucky to get 12 hours out of mine. Usually only 10 before it needs to be charged but didnt use it as much today so im at 12 now. Wil probably get 13. Can i get a new battery at T-Mobile?
  8. chocobosandwich

    Thread Starter

    I know I'm in the minority here and its suppose to be a smartphone and yada yada but I'm asking a simple valid question and am fully aware of what it is capable of so how I use the phone is none of your concern and you shouldn't be convincing me otherwise without good cause. And T-mobile does not force you to have a data plan with an android phone if you buy it off contract. I can also get a lot more hours of mp3 playback from a cheap mp3 player, but that isn't the point of a smartphone. It does everything and consolidates them, but doesn't do any one thing in particular well. Nor do you have to try and turn everything on when you don't need their functions at that given time. And I thought this was so obvious...
  9. Sleepingeye

    Sleepingeye Lurker

    Short answer, yes and no. lol

    Displays by-and-large take up the largest chunk of the phone's battery when on. 3G / wifi would be next... So if you avoid those, you should be able to eek out 2-3 days. Remove any background tasks (instant messengers, etc)...
  10. optimusprime1

    optimusprime1 Lurker

    I am a new android user and on I have had my phone for a week now and the battery is still the same. its pretty bad for my liking. this what i had running. twitter widget updating evert 5 mins. a facebook widget updating every 30 mins. a pandora widget. live wallpaper screen timeout 15 secs. screen at its dimmest all the time. ohh and facebook wasnt always log on but for the most part it was. twitter was always logged on and i got about 5 1/2 hours with this. i want to know if this is just me using the phone way too much to expect better stuff or if it is just my battery and if you are getting way better battery explain what you have running it would really help me out.
    now i have mad some changes to what i do but i still dont get much more battery and to me it feels like it is taking away from the android experience that i have in my head haha. i am new to android so please take it easy on me.

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The Samsung Vibrant release date was August 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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