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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by redram38, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. redram38

    redram38 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 8, 2009
    From what I can tell, if you turn on WiFi the phone never sleeps even in standby mode. Is this a known issue or has anyone else noticed this. I noticed this using Spare Parts and turning off and on things until I saw it was wifi that keeps it awake.


  2. Gremlyn1

    Gremlyn1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I believe this is known to happen, a couple of members mentioned it in the big ol' battery thread. If you look at the packets sent/received by your laptop it is always going so I wouldn't be surprised if this is what is keeping your phone 'awake'.
  3. Bernal

    Bernal Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Turning on and leaving it on has been a huge help for my battery.

    Yesterday and all last night I had wifi on and used my phone lightly for texts and email. After 18 hours my battery was at 70%. The "Running" bar in Spare Parts was at 26%.

    On another note, I still haven't figured out how people are using Spare Parts to determine sleep or awake time unless everyone is just using the "Running" indicator and translating that to awake.
  4. Zumaki

    Zumaki Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    I haven't used wifi since the day I got the phone. It seems like it is helpful if I'm in the school basement where there's no cell service (but they have wifi), but other than that... 3G + gps ought to take care of me.

    I'll add wifi to the sticky list of phone issues though.
  5. wodin

    wodin Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2009
    IT Project Manager
    Sandwich Isles
    I posted this in another thread, but one of the tricks to preserve the battery life on the Palm Pre is to turn WiFi on and leave it on. It's counter intuitive, but it seems the WiFi radio uses much less power than the EVDO radio, and if WiFi is on and there is an open hot spot in range the phone will use WiFi instead of EVDO, thus using the lower powered radio.

    It would depend on the prevalence of open hot spots in the area, but for mast places you get a net savings on power use.

    I don't know if it works the same on the Moment, but it's worth trying. I haven't had my Moment long enough to get a feel for normal battery life without WiFi on (three days now) but compared to the Pre, it seems like maybe 1.5 to 2 times better.

    After I'm more comfortable with what to expect, I'll run a subjective test to see.

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