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[Verizon] Will this make a significant improvement with battery life and performance?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by djc999, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    I'm thinking about buying a nexus but I heard the battery life sucks. I heard if you use patient zero, franco kernal, and 4.0.4 radios, it will make a significant improvement with battery life and performance. Is this true? The only way I buy this phone is if these changes make it better, not create more problems.

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  2. Tim K

    Tim K Android Expert

    Hopefully a mod will move this to the root forum as youll get a better answer there about custom roms and kernels.

    What type of usage do you do? How much talk? How much web? do you stream audio/video?

    Will you be on verizon? Are you in 4g area?
  3. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    I mainly text, email, gchat, read the news and sports. Don't talk much at all. Don't play games really, but will use apps for sporting news, weather, etc. I won't be streaming audio, and will barely use streaming video. It will be on verizon and I'm in a dc suburb. I would be fine with keeping 4g disabled all the time unless I really need it
  4. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

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    Buy the Nexus, Buy a aftermarket 3800mah battery ... Enjoy the awesomeness.
  6. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    If I can get an easy full day charge with these changes id rather keep the stock battery.
  7. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    Its either this phone or the rezound or iphone
  8. viper689

    viper689 Android Expert

    There's certain mods you can do to improve battery life. Haven't heard much of Patient Zero, but I'm currently running LiquidSmooth 1.25 with Lean Kernel 2.8 and am currently 26 hours since unplugged with decent usage. The longer you can keep it on wifi the better. Do you plan on being on wifi for a good portion of your days? I got these results half wifi and half 4g and have about 10% remaining
  9. sneakking

    sneakking Android Enthusiast

    Extended battery 2100mah barely changes the shape or heft of the phone, but adds some juice

    Franco or lean kernel

    Toggle 4g as you said

    I regularly get 2 to 3 hours screen time and a day or more battery with this set up
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  10. fed123

    fed123 Newbie

    I would try with the stock battery first and get the bigger one if you really need it.
  11. swagner53

    swagner53 Android Enthusiast

    Usage is very key to how long your battery lasts. If you have multiple background things syncing constantly you won't get your desired result with any of these tweaks. I sync 3 email accounts (Google and exchange are push with calendars, 1 other pop at 1 hour), twitter and facebook 1 hr, weather and 3 newsreader apps 2 hr. No matter what I do I seem to get 12-14 hours at best with 2 hours screen on time. On a heavy use day it can get get as bad as 10 hours.
    I keep 4g off and use wifi in the office all day and at home. I use the 2100 mA battery. I am in a pretty poor signal area though.
  12. Turdbogls

    Turdbogls Android Expert

    every phone acts differently to ROM/kernal combos. but you should see an improvement over stock with a ROM and kernal combo. Toggling 4g will be a HUGE battery saver. Wi-Fi is also a huge battery saver. it really depends on your usage on how long the battery will last. i can usually get about 12 hours of constant 4g (no toggling) i do some light game playing, forum browsing, some music streaming, messaging, very few calls.

    it will be close, you can at least try it out for 14 days and if it doesn't work for you, return it.

    the phone is great, and pretty much on par with other LTE devices on the market (minus the razr maxx) in terms of battery life. i have a car charger, a work charger, and a home charger so battery is no concern for me.

    also, i have heard some great things about JuiceDefender. it turns off data when screen is off, but comes on from time to time to sync mail and other services you have syncing constantly. i am hearing double the battery life...but like i said, battery life is not an issue for me so i have never tried it out myself.
  13. Bramsy

    Bramsy Android Expert

    The "extended" batteries from VZW are still 50% off.

    Rooting this bad boy helps for sure... but the biggest is toggling LTE
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  14. sneakking

    sneakking Android Enthusiast

    yeah, $25 for the extended is a pretty great deal

    although it would have been even better had they just put it in the phone to begin with
  15. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    Where? I checked the VW.com website and they are still $50 even when I go through checkout. Ended up buying it on Amazon for $35 with free 2 day shipping
  16. djc999

    djc999 Newbie
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    What about screen brightness? On my old LG Ally, I kept the brightness on the lowest possible setting and it worked great.
  17. sneakking

    sneakking Android Enthusiast

    i keep mine as low as it will go, and it still seems bright to me unless i'm out in the sun

    the screen is definitely the major battery hog on this phone
  18. viper689

    viper689 Android Expert

    I keep mine on auto. Yes it is the main battery hog, but that will never change. With my setup, I'm able to keep it on auto and still get 2-3 hours of screentime.
  19. quiklives

    quiklives Android Enthusiast

    Just checking, you don't have the phone yet?

    Some people aren't having any trouble with their battery life even on stock. If you don't even have the phone yet, how do you know you'll have a problem?

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