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As of late, I haven't had any issues with battery life. Yesterday I even got 12+ hours of moderate to heavy use, including a couple of almost-hour-long game playing sessions, and a 2hour phone call, several other short calls, a WHOLE LOT of texting and emailing, a lil bit of facebooking and gtalking off and on, some note-taking and Bible use. I had passed the 12hour mark when my 15% battery life warning came on. I don't use any special battery monitor...thought about it, but decided against it...and I don't constantly force close "running" apps either. My settings are pretty simple too...
I use WiFi most of the time (whenever available), but I don't have it set to notify me when a network is available.
Bluetooth is off unless I'm using it.
4g is off unless I really need it--and quite honestly, WiFi and 3g where I am is fast enough...I've only used 4g a couple of times in NYC...and I'm rarely there...
I only use the mobile network and/or gps (for navigation only, tho) when I'm out and about, away from WiFi.
My screen timeout is 1 minute.
My screen's lighting is low, maybe about 25-30%, and it's still quite bright.
I do have on all screen animations but I'm not using some outrageous wallpaper either...just the HTC Sense (with the big clock/weather widget on the home screen)
I do have background data and auto sync on, but only for facebook, gmail, and weather. I don't leave myself signed into facebook though. I log in a few times a day (if I'm away from my laptop--which is where I leave it logged in 24/7). I just refresh/sync when i log in. On the rare occasion I leave myself signed in a few hours, then the auto sync is available.
My other emails (aol and yahoo) are set to sync/download every 4 hours. Now I do check them usually before that time and I just manually sync...but that's only if I'm expecting something. My notification settings are on, but no sound or vibrate.
I rarely use vibrate at all...Usually I just put the phone on silent when I'm in a situation requiring my phone to be off or in vibrate.
That's pretty much it though...no major to-do.
For a very short while I had the battery widget that displayed the exact amount of power I had left...but I found myself watching that so much and bugging out about making sure I would be able to charge up, that I couldn't really enjoy my phone. I took that right off! Now I really enjoy my phone, and do what I want without trying to restrict myself. The only batter icon on one of my home screens is the one that tells what and how much power a program has been using since last unplugged. I've got 8 hours unplugged right now and still a lil more than half battery life left. I think if users relax and find what they really need at the moment from their phone, then battery life wouldn't be such a big issue.
Of course, I do know that the standard battery for the Evo is really not equipped to handle all that the Evo can do, but battery innovation has yet to catch up with cell phone innovation nowadays...It's coming though...and hopefully without the extra bulkiness, huh? :-)