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Re: Samsung GS4. Too hot and low battery life?
I find that the phone runs warm at times when doing certain things. I wouldn't say hot. That is, I'm in no danger of getting burned if you define that as "hot." Depending on what you mean by "hot," this seems fairly normal and what a lot of folks are reporting. It is my one big concern about longevity of the phone and SD card, especially with a case on. At various times the heat just goes away. That is, it should not be warm ALL the time. At some moments it is, at other moments it is not.
Originally Posted by dency45
As for the battery--I could see that, maybe so, maybe not. Everyone's configuration and usage differs so it is hard to compare apples to apples, but sometimes stuff is going on, updates and what not and it can drain quickly. Other times not. The screen itself is the big usage in my experience and if you're browsing, that's screen intensive. Brightness can drain it quickly if you're turning up the brightness. You could buy another battery off of Amazon--you should have a spare and a charger anyway--and compare.
Yesterday I was out of town and trying to save battery life. I usually turn everything on--wi-fi, bluetooth, updates, what not. I walked into a meeting around 11 with airplane mode in force and the phone around 97%.. Around 1 or so, I turned everything back on. Minor browsing, on wi-fi, GPS on, some Google maps. Around 330, after an hour or so of ebook reading with MP3s in the background, I was looking down and it was at about 57%.
I don't think it is unique to Samsung to go through batteries quickly if there is a lot of stuff being used. It was worse on the HTC I used to have. Like many others, I find it alternately frustrating and bemusing to hear about all the great features the phones have and be told by the manufacturers about all the great tips for saving batteries that amount to turning everything off and not using it for all the things advertised. The S4 has a fairly large battery for a phone. Battery tech has definitely not caught up to phone tech. I always carry a spare.