thinking about getting a droid, how is the battery life?
Hi, i have a palm pre plus and have 2 days to decide if i want to keep it before my 30 days are up. i like the phone but wow does the battery suck. i see the droid as a good alternative to the pre and im looking for some feedback on the phone.
im not a power user and basically the phone drains at about 3% an hour when not using (idle). i generally send about 20 txs a day and use the net for about an hour. i can get about 15-18 hrs out of this phone before it goes dead basically if i needed to use the phone heavily i could probably get 6-8 hrs out of it.
hows the battery life on a droid? what are your complaints about it and what do you like about the phone? is this a phone that you can really use through out a day and not worry about being near a charger?
- 02-26-2010, 01:13 PM #2
I had a Sprint Palm Pre before my Droid and the Droid's battery life, while not the greatest phone battery life ever, is much better than the Pre's was. The Droid's battery life is much better than any other smartphone I have personally had. Those being the HTC Mogul, HTC Touch Pro, and the Palm Pre.
- 02-26-2010, 01:42 PM #4
For me, I'm usually at 70% by the end of the day with a lot of texting and calls in a bad signal area. I could go 2 days on a charge probably
Be warned though, the battery life is abysmal at first. The first 2 weeks will be a major hassle but once the battery gets a few good charges in it improves.
- 02-26-2010, 01:48 PM #5
Wow.... really?! My Droid's pretty new, but I'm at 70% right now and i only unplugged it (after overnight charge) 4.5 hours ago. And that's no calls, no apps, no SMS, only a couple e-mails and maybe 10-15 minutes total on the browser. I believe the battery will improve a little, but right now it's pretty poor.
- 02-26-2010, 01:51 PM #6
- 02-26-2010, 02:08 PM #8
In a decent signal area (sometimes I lose 3g, I have it most of the time though) I end my 8 hour workday between 80% and 70% battery while listening to music for most of the day, text messaging, checking emails, etc.. I end with 60%-50% if using pandora for music. However, I rarely use my phone as an actual phone these days so I dont make many calls.
- 02-26-2010, 02:19 PM #10
Some days its better than others. I think wifi is a big reason for this.
- 02-26-2010, 02:27 PM #11
- 02-26-2010, 02:39 PM #12
I shut it off when I leave the house though as it'll slip to 3G. I recommend beautiful widgets to turn it on/off quickly. Not sure if it'll kill more battery being on and not in use but unless I'm using it, I shut off Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS.
Running Wifi in your house will definitely improve your battery life and not to mention its much faster than 3G.
- 02-26-2010, 03:53 PM #13
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My battery life wasn't too good and I needed to charge by the end of the day. I had my email set to search for email every hour. I recently set all my email accounts to foward to gmail and then on the phone set it to never search for new mail. Now I get my email a lot faster through gmail and the battery life doubled. Now I get 2 days of use out of the battery.
- 02-26-2010, 04:04 PM #14
To be clear, I think that WiFi is probably less of a drain than 3G, but only when you actually are moving data. In idle, it seems to me that the 3G connection doesn't drain as much as WiFi. That seems to be my experience, anyway, and it makes sense, considering what each technology is designed for.
I've been rocking my Droid since last Saturday and, provided I'm not playing with it a bunch (which we all know happens a lot with a new phone like this), it seems to last about as good as my Storm did (which was pretty good). If you make sure to leave the screen on auto brightness and set timeout to 1 minute or less, the battery life is quite good for smartphones. The first few days I had it, the screen timeout was set to 2 minutes and the drain was quite a bit faster.
As to your other question about overall satisfaction... I LOVE this phone! I especially love how much my wife likes hers. I've never seen her take so much interest in a tech gadget before. She gave the Storm a good college try, but never took to it. The Android browser always amazes me at how it handles every page I throw at it. I'm still getting used to the physical keyboard (my left hand is a bit cramped) but I quite like the virtual keyboards. I do wish there was a way to copy text from emails without going to the gmail website and there are a couple other quarks, but nothing major.
PS: I rarely bothered to write on forums from my Storm because it was a hassle, but I just wrote this whole thing on my Droid and it's practically a book. :-)
Last edited by WarER4X; 02-26-2010 at 04:08 PM.
- 02-26-2010, 08:32 PM #15
I am a heavy user when it comes to my phones. I will say for a smartphone the battery lasts awhile (a day). As previously stated the battery gets better over time. Also keep in mind once you get over the newness of the phone that will place less strain on the battery as well. Heavy phone usage, emails and texting I find does not burden the battery much. Throw in some surfing, music and games then its a whole new ball game. At a minimum I keep a charger in all my cars for insurance. The battery charges VERY quickly!
- 02-26-2010, 10:11 PM #16
I think the battery is just fine. As long as it can keep things going when Im out and about, we are good to go. Now, I have grown accustomed to having a charging source nearby whenever I can. At work, I carry an extra USB cable. In the car, I have the car chanrger. At home, I use the cradle and the regular charger. I have seen my battery down to 15% only twice - because I always have power with me.
- 02-26-2010, 11:19 PM #17
- 02-27-2010, 12:00 AM #18
- 02-27-2010, 09:25 AM #19
ugh i have to find out whats killing my battery then... i take it off the charger at 8 and find myself at 20/30% by 1:30.... i even bought a spare battery and it does the same. I took off the auto updates for twitter, i do a fair decent amount of texting(about 20-30 both ways during that time period) and i recieve about 5 emails during that time period.
- 02-27-2010, 10:16 AM #20
- 02-27-2010, 02:29 PM #21
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For me, 25-30 emails, some light web browsing via 3G, 10 texts and a couple of short phone calls gets me from 7 am to 5 pm with 50-60% charge left. And that's with an overclocked processor (800MHz). Facebook refreshed evey two hours and Google Finance is set to never auto update. I use push Gmail and no POP email.
- 02-27-2010, 06:32 PM #22
- 02-27-2010, 06:59 PM #23
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It is always possible you got a bad battgery, too. So if you can't get it sorted out, see if you can get VZW to swap your battery.
And don't forget that cell signal strength plays a huge part in maintaing good battery life. Being in a weak signal area will just make your phone work harder to stay in contact with the network, depleting your battery faster than it otherwise would.
- 02-28-2010, 08:14 AM #24
Hello All! First post. Recent BB transfer. Got my droid from ebay the other day and loving it. The battery is not playing nice though. I purchased beautiful widgets (which is great) but I have noticed that others have said they think that the most recent update was eating their battery (and since my display has been showing the highest percentage on my usage), but I also think my signal is a reason for the drain. The signal is not great where I live, so just siting here on my desk idle the battery has dropped 10%. There seem to be many factors that go into battery usage.
- 02-28-2010, 11:30 AM #25
Yeah I'll agree that marginal signal seems to be the worst thing for battery life. I'm wondering if they can fix this with a software update?
One workaround for that is, if you're at home and have wifi, leave the wifi on. I've been doing that, and I've already noticed an improvement in battery life, I guess because the phone's not trying to access 1x or 3G, it just gets data from the wifi. This won't help in areas of marginal signal with no Wifi, of course.