I’ve given up on extending my battery life by means of software, such as JuiceDefender. Maybe I need more patience to configure it, but sometimes, I just want it to work. From what I’ve been reading across various blogs and websites so far, the iPhone holds that title.
I’m going to buy an extended battery. I’ll be alright with the bulk.
When I’m away from home[1. School, primarily], my usage consists of:
- Google Reader
- Random Twitter checks within TweetDeck
- Text messaging with Google Voice
- Listening to streaming music from my home computer with Audiogalaxy
- Sporadic email replies with K-9 Mail
- Taking side streets to avoid freeway traffic with the help of Google Maps Navigation
After six hours, I’d find my battery around 20-25%. Boo. (Yes, I adjust my screen brightness as low as I can tolerate and usually keep all GPS-related features disabled. WiFi is usually disabled.)
On a few work days, when I forced myself to use my computer for Google Voice and TweetDeck, I didn’t touch my phone and it barely got to 85% after eight hours.
Specific Android app-related posts to come. Sit tight.
4 thoughts on “Android battery life continued”
Why not get a car charger?
Chris: Only because twenty minutes in a car charger isn’t substantial enough. Benefits of an extended battery outweigh having a car charger.
Bryan, as you suggested over IM, I ran a test today to see how long my iPhone 4 would last continuously pulling data over 3G.
Starting at 100%, I continuously ran Last.fm over 3G for a little over seven hours. I also checked the Twitter for iPhone app three times, sent around twenty texts and drove 1.5 hours in that seven hours.
I was surprised the phone lasted that long. I hope the Incredible’s battery could get some love from a firmware or OS update. Good luck with the new extended battery.
Arnold: Cool, thanks for running that test! I’ll update with my experiences with the new extended battery sometime next week.