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Bionic Battery Life
I'm trying to decide if I should return my thunderbolt or not. Any care to speculate if the bionic will be any better in terms of battery life?
- 03-19-2011, 11:11 PM #2
- 03-20-2011, 12:12 AM #3
I posted this in the Thunderbolt forums earlier:
I would suggest going with Motorola's upcoming Droid Bionic, Motorola tends to have the best battery life of Android phones, and since you don't seem too interested in rooting, the locked bootloader shouldn't bother you. To get a picture of what you can expect the Bionic's battery life to be like, I'd drop by the Atrix forums, since they're basically the same device (LTE usage might cut that life down a bit though).
Some reviews of the Atrix's battery life:
Originally Posted by Engadget
Originally Posted by BGR
and a detailed one from:
Originally Posted by TechRadar UK
For the Droid Bionic, I'd expect it to last about the same on 3G, and maybe an hour or two less on LTE. And like some pointed out, there is an extended battery offered for the Thunderbolt, so that's something to look into; personally, I don't like the way it makes the phone look though. I think though that it all depends on whether you're using 4G or 3G though, if you only use 3G the Thunderbolt should be fine.
- 03-20-2011, 07:41 AM #4
Motorola's always had better battery life then HTC. HTC has been known for bad battery life..
- 03-20-2011, 08:47 AM #5
My experience also shows that Motorola holds a far better signal. I have the Thunderbolt but will be returning it...partially because of battery, partially because of signal...partially because LTE isn't doing what I had hoped it would in my area...and partially because I'm not sold on sense.
I have the Droid X...blur doesn't bother me at all with LauncherPro tossed over it. And I can't have a rooted phone due to work email restrictions. So locked bootloader on the Bionic is not a concern for me.
I'm very optimistic that the Bionic will do what I had hoped the Thunderbolt would (and doesn't).
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Thanks guys. I'm hoping the battery life issue is a HTC + Small battery issue as opposed to an LTE issue. Hopefully the bionic is early 2Q and not late 2Q. It's going to suck to give up the TB since it's nearly a perfect phone (for my needs) when it's not dead.
- 03-20-2011, 11:46 AM #7
- 03-21-2011, 06:43 AM #8
Motorola did three things to improve battery on the bionic. Bigger battery, lower voltage ddr2 ram, and lower voltage dial core Tegra 2 chip. HTC did nothing to offset the add'l drain of LTE. So the bionic should run circles around the bolt as far as battery goes.
2 things will help all LTE phones though as time goes on. Proliferation of LTE and VOLTE. Once voice and data is running over LTE there wount be so much radio work for the device and you'll see much better efficiency. They see testing this now, and have already demod calls on the LG Revolution.
- 03-21-2011, 08:09 AM #9
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- 03-21-2011, 08:20 AM #11
In any event i am completely put off by the battery issue the Bolt is having and will wait for the bionic to come out and see if is suffers from the same shortcoming. i hope not.
i am unwilling to sacrifice battery life in any of my devices,,, i do not want to be tied down to having chargers in my car, by my bedside and in my office... i dont want to have to manage turning on and off widgets, software, programs, etc. i just want my device to last the day and be able to use it without fear of having it not survive the day.
Before you know it they will be making electric cars that dont have enough range to drive more than a few miles from your home without fear of having it lose power on you and dying leaving you stranded.
- 03-21-2011, 08:58 AM #12
More than likely, The Bionic will have good battery life, but the device has not been released as of yet. All signs point towards good battery life, but until it has been released and we start using it, NO ONE WILL KNOW FOR SURE!!
Sure given recient history Moto > HTC when it comes to battery life.
- 03-21-2011, 09:21 AM #13
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AllenRulz...I work for vzw and I am currently using the original storm. I had the original motorola droid rooted and absolutely loved it. I have plenty of coworkers who have the incredible and one person went through 2 batteries in a day (she would use one and charge the other)! The htc eris that came out first was one of the worst android phones I have seen (the citrus takes that cake IMO).
The hardware on the droid bionic will definitely help with the battery life for reasons already mentioned...the ddr2 grade ram consumes less power. As far as the dual-core processor is concerned I am not sure the bionic will be able to take full advantage of it from the beginning. From other articles I have read, android 2.2 (froyo) and 2.3 (gingerbread) will not support dual-core processors. Currently only 3.0 (honeycomb) for tablets has dual-core support. Apparently android 2.4/2.5 (ice cream ?), or whatever number and name they give it will blend features of honeycomb and gingerbread together and would most likely bring dual-core support to android phones. Someone correct me if I am wrong about that since I just joined this forum I haven't looked all over the site yet.
p.s. The only reason I am on my old bb storm is because my droid hit the concrete one last time and vzw does not allow insurance for employees (or at least indirect agents) which is BS!!! so I will be pying around $600 for my bionic. Hopefully someone on this forum works for vzw too and will fix the no insurance issue! Its not helpful for employees who need to have a newer device to demo at times and show that we support that product. No many people can afford to shell out $600 every time they need a new phone! Sorry about the insurance rant...but thumbs up for the bionic.
- 03-21-2011, 10:15 AM #16
The thing is ... at the end of the day, it's still a phone. And still the main reason to even have a cell phone is to be able to make calls when you need to, particularly in an emergency. So, there has to be some level of confidence that you have in the phone and it's battery life, and it's ability to at least have some charge should you really need it. I'd rather that confidence level not be influenced so much by whether you have to keep it on a charger all day or not. Instead, I'd rather have it charge overnight and be there should I need it at any time during the day.
I have never owned any HTC device, nor any Android device for that matter. I do have a BlackBerry, while I wait to purchase my first Android device. But, it appears from what I've seen regarding HTC devices that, while they make great devices, they seem to have forgotten or at least lowered the priority of such an important quality (and maybe the most important quality) in a phone.
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- 03-21-2011, 10:19 AM #19
my Storm 1 is fine,,, i have to due the Blackberry battery pull every 2-3 days. and i consider that a very unnecessary intrusion and part of the reason i am ready to leave RIM. I dont want elective bought devices whether they be PC's, cars, televisions, etc to require any maintenance beyond routine servicing.
the concept of knowingly entering into a voluntary contract with a portable electronic device that has battery issues is silly. In addition to purchasing an extra battery i would have to buy additional health insurance for all the ulcer medications i would be taking.
this beggars the question as to why VW and HTC would move forward with a device that has these issues. I am surprised that they are willing to create ill wind with customers. I cannot imagine customers who are enchanted with what the phone provides technologically but are unaware that it probably does not have the batter power to survive a full days use. if you go into this remarkable device with your eyes wide open, so be it.
i was really impressed by the Bolt when i played with it last Friday,,, really impressed. it has only whetted my appetite for a LTE Droid and i hope the droid bionic does not have the battery issues the Bolt does or they solve it quickly.
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- 03-21-2011, 11:26 AM #24
Oh I'm going with the Bionic...I am LOVING the battery life I'm getting from my extended battery in the Droid X. If the Bionic is even better I will be amazed. This Droid X is the first smartphone device I've owned that can literally start when I start and end when I end, which is all I have ever wanted. I don't have to selectively only do certain things because I'm running out of juice, etc. I can just go with it. I'm at 66% after 6.5 hours. And I'm in a really bad coverage area and have been using it quite a bit today.
Anyway, I just wanted to pass on what was posted there as it seemed relevant here.
- 03-21-2011, 11:48 AM #25