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Posted: 1/28/2014 7:39:51 PM EDT
i have been running a iphone 4 for about a year. my kid has been bugging me to get them one. until i can find a good deal on a used one, i gave him my iphone and took his Samsung Galaxy.  So i have been using it for a few days an the battery life compared to the iphone has been crap. Doing the same thing as usual, i am lucky to get through  the day without it going bad.  the Iphone can go 2-3 times longer.

So are Android phones battery hogs??
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:42:03 PM EDT
NSA is using ur battery to exfil data
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:42:38 PM EDT
I hope not, I just got a Note 3 tonight.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:42:43 PM EDT
Droid RAZR here, battery is fine, usually get 2-3 days out of a charge.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:43:08 PM EDT
My HTC ONE Will go for a couple days without charging with my normal use. With little use, I have gotten 4 days out of it.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:43:18 PM EDT
Did you do a factory reset? There might be a few apps running eating up your battery life.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:44:06 PM EDT
How old is the Galaxy?  Have you closed everything that is running?  I have really old droid x that doesn't last long, but then. I also have a Galaxy S4 that can go days.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:44:12 PM EDT
No the old Samsung's were bad like that.  What gen is it?
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:44:31 PM EDT
today I was on my s3 6 hours for work and used 63% of my battery.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:45:06 PM EDT
Yes. You may have to Google the "fixes" to lengthen your battery life.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:45:14 PM EDT
Since the newest software update on my galaxy 4 I can go just about 24 hours.   Before it was at least 2-2.5 days
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:45:24 PM EDT
I just took my s4 out of my pocket and from 6am to now it used 13‰ battery with light use today.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:46:30 PM EDT
Have you checked to see how many app's your offspring has running in the background?

I got my youngest a Nexus 7 pad to play with and within a few months the battery sucked.  I went through and found several app's running 24/7.  Cleaned it up and the battery is lasting many hours again.  
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:47:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 7:57:04 PM EDT
Its droid.   its a battery hog.  period.

you will always have 20 apps running in the background...even if you have advanced app killer.

it was the same for me when i went from iphone to galaxy s4 active.

iphone was far better power-wise
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 8:27:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By submariner123:
No the old Samsung's were bad like that.  What gen is it?
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Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. basically the first one
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 8:34:38 PM EDT
my s3 battery fucking blows






might get that case that has the battery built into it..  not sure..  think its a moses or something
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 8:40:11 PM EDT
I  have a Galaxy Nexus. Battery life sucks
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 8:40:35 PM EDT
The worst phone I ever had was my HTC Rezound: could only get about 5hrs of battery life, even with screen off.

Just for shits & gigs, I'll post my normal battery times for my devices

Moto Droid (A855): 9hrs  HTC G1: 9hrs
Droid Eris: 7hrs
Droid Incredible: 11hrs
Droid X: 12hrs
Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S 1 variant): 12hrs
Droid Incredible 2 (VIVOW): 14hrs
Galaxy Nexus (TORO): 16hrs
Droid Razr Maxx: 27hrs
HTC Rezound: 5hrs
LG G2 (VS980): 65hrs

It's worth noting that apps like ATK are not necessary nowadays. People still live in fear of RAM issues when they have 1GB+, but the reality is that the unnecessary killing of processes only causes them to cycle back up and use more battery. The operating environment has progressed immensely in the last 4.5yrs & is much more intelligent when it comes to handling cached applications, so it needn't be bothered.


Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:10:00 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Shott8283:
my s3 battery fucking blows


might get that case that has the battery built into it..  not sure..  think its a moses or something
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i bought a 4500 mah battery off Amazon made by Gorilla Gadgets......it works pretty good.....and it makes the phone thicker to hang on to it.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:15:19 PM EDT
Sounds like there are some apps draining your battery.  Factory reset it.

The Vibrant 4G weighs 4.2 ounces and measures 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches. Its 1650 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 432 hours (18 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G/4G network (1700/2100 MHz; UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+).
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:21:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:39:00 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
That is kind of an OG phone. My daughter had two of those, and I seem to remember her not getting great run times on a charge.

You can probably get rid of a bunch of apps (my daughter constantly installed a bunch of resource hog apps that slowed it way down and killed the battery). It may also be time for a new battery in it, if it has never been replaced. That phone is probably three or four years old.
 
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Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
Originally Posted By submariner123:
No the old Samsung's were bad like that.  What gen is it?


Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. basically the first one
That is kind of an OG phone. My daughter had two of those, and I seem to remember her not getting great run times on a charge.

You can probably get rid of a bunch of apps (my daughter constantly installed a bunch of resource hog apps that slowed it way down and killed the battery). It may also be time for a new battery in it, if it has never been replaced. That phone is probably three or four years old.
 


yeah it an older phone. i usually buy them as i prefer not to have a contract.  it might indeed need a new battery. A lot of the apps seem to be non removable so i might root it and put on a custom rom and see what happens
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:44:24 PM EDT
I noticed today when I updated chrome it was a major battery hog. Ended up uninstalling the update and battery consumption went down immediately.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:47:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:54:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Overlord66:
Did you do a factory reset? There might be a few apps running eating up your battery life.
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This.

Look at your battery usage under settings>more. It should look like a very gentle slope, not a nose dive.  It will list most power hungry apps.  Either stop using them so much, uninstall them, or (if they are part of the bloatware that you can't get rid of) turn them off/disable them in the application manager.

Turn WiFi off.  If you can't live without it, go to the advanced wifi settings and un-check "always allow scanning" and "auto switch".  This keeps it from popping on and giving you a surprise battery drain.

Turn off smart screen, air view, NFC, S Beam, Screen Mirroring, and all the other crap you probably don't use on a regular basis.

Go crazy and turn on power saving.  (I don't but hey, whatever blows your skirt up)

Doing these things gave me a 15% draw in 24hr period with very little use.  A heavy use day will usually run me down to 50%.

Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 9:56:01 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
If you're using T-Mobile (with the phone being a Fascinate I am assuming you are), you can get some pretty nice brand new phones without a contract these days. The Moto G is a damned nice phone for $179.99 with no contract, I saw a deal on Moto X phones directly from Motorola recently for $229, also with no contract. The Nexus phones are also pretty nice, my wife has had a Nexus 4 for the last year or so and it is really nice, T-Mobile has then for around $225 refurbished with no contract.

The only trouble with all three of those is they don't have the T-Mobile UMA Wi-Fi calling feature (which for us is a really big deal). All of those should also have pretty good battery life. Another issue is that I don't think any of those have an SD card slot.


 
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yeah it an older phone. i usually buy them as i prefer not to have a contract.  it might indeed need a new battery. A lot of the apps seem to be non removable so i might root it and put on a custom rom and see what happens
If you're using T-Mobile (with the phone being a Fascinate I am assuming you are), you can get some pretty nice brand new phones without a contract these days. The Moto G is a damned nice phone for $179.99 with no contract, I saw a deal on Moto X phones directly from Motorola recently for $229, also with no contract. The Nexus phones are also pretty nice, my wife has had a Nexus 4 for the last year or so and it is really nice, T-Mobile has then for around $225 refurbished with no contract.

The only trouble with all three of those is they don't have the T-Mobile UMA Wi-Fi calling feature (which for us is a really big deal). All of those should also have pretty good battery life. Another issue is that I don't think any of those have an SD card slot.


 


I am actually using it on Straightalk.  even though the t mobile HQ is about 1/2 mile from my house, T mobile signal is terrible.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 10:02:23 PM EDT
Go into settings and see what is using battery by %.  Then turn off the apps you don't need running.  GPS/Location is a battery hog.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 10:11:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 10:14:11 PM EDT
I only use Andriod phones and from my experience, HTC phone batteries last the longest. Samsung and LG...
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 12:01:47 AM EDT
If WiFi is on (even though not in use), my Note 2 gets about a day worth of battery life.

Turned off, it will last 3 days.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 3:52:24 AM EDT
My galaxy note 2 sips about .5% per hour. Lasts forever... Days on end.


Of course it's rooted uses a combination of Tasker, greenify and other apps to control battery hogs... Like Google play services etc.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:03:24 AM EDT
There's your problem you have a Samsung.  Get a Droid Razor Max and you won't ever have to worry about your battery.  It has the best battery out of all the smart phones.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:06:02 AM EDT
Batteries do go bad over time.  Pull the battery out, lay it on a flat surface, and see if it spins, (has a bubble), or lays flat.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:13:51 AM EDT
The good thing about Androids is that you can easily replace the battery.  About $10 on Ebay or Amazon.  
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:18:06 AM EDT
The problem isnt android, its the specific phone. Not all androids are created equal, unlike iphones (besides gen upgrades)
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:21:14 AM EDT
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I  have a Galaxy Nexus. Battery life sucks
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^ That. Mine sucks balls.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 4:51:06 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Shott8283:
my s3 battery fucking blows


might get that case that has the battery built into it..  not sure..  think its a moses or something
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Mophie.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:05:19 AM EDT
Echo the advice on looking at the battery usage.  And while you are in there look at the data usage.

Root phone and get rid of bullshit apps that serve no purpose.

Also keep in mind that battery life will be poor in an area with low signal strength because the phone will increase the output of the radio.

Early Galaxies also had crappy GPS handling.  There are some fixes, but in stock form it will be searching for signal constantly.

And recently there was a change to how Android handles MS Exchange email, which dropped my battery life to 2 hours - doing nothing.  My vote is NSA tracking - the Exchange app uses an insane amount of data, even when the phone is locked and just sitting there.

I have a Galaxy Captivate, probably on it's original battery, and it will last for a couple of days on standby if I am at home (good signal).  At work where I am in a bit of a dead spot, it will need charging by the end of the day.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:11:11 AM EDT

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Since the newest software update on my galaxy 4 I can go just about 24 hours.   Before it was at least 2-2.5 days
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Yep....they absolutely fucked up the latest 4.3 release.  Short battery life is one of the complaints.




Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:17:23 AM EDT
Another Android regret thread.



We need a forum for all this stuff.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:18:15 AM EDT
To this day I don't understand why people put up with this.  Newest ones are getting better now but many will still struggle to get a full day out of them without plugging in at some point.

I have an original Razr Maxx, about 2 years old now and you'd have to about live on it to not make it through a full day.  Light use is probably closer to 3 days.

They are not the nicest phones but wtf good is a phone that is dead.  Arfcom version of a pretty gun that jams.

6pm - "Yah but look how much nicer the screen is on mine compared to your POS"
11pm - "I'm not sure my phone is dead.  Can I use yours?"
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:22:42 AM EDT
I agree with the above poster.

My Razor Maxx is good for atleast one whole, possibly two days.
My HTC Incredible before it was good for about 30 hours (I could forget to plug it in over night, and just charge it when I got to work)

Alot of it is what's it running. It will burn alot of power roaming/scanning for wifi, so if you're out in the field, Turn off the Wifi. It's a simple menu toggle. When you get home, slap that shit back on. Also, turn off alot of the stupid notifications. You don't need to check Facebook every 5 minutes for updates, nor do you need to have it constantly scan twitter. Both drain Data like it's nobody's business, but also suck the life out of your battery.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:22:43 AM EDT
My S3 battery lasts me plenty long enough, and I receive a lot of calls/emails/texts. Leave the house at 100%, after 9 - 14 hours I rarely dip below 20%.
Link Posted: 1/29/2014 5:28:32 AM EDT
I can go two days on my LG G2.  This is running wifi, Bluetooth, 4g, and gps all the time.  
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