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4G or wifi for battery life?
I work from home so I spend most of the day close to my wifi router. I have been wondering lately if it wouldn't be better for me, as far as battery life goes, to just keep my wifi on. Isn't wifi using less battery than 4G? I could even download one of those apps that would turn my wifi on/off when I am close/far to my house.
Is that a bad idea or would I be saving a little on battery?
- 05-03-2011, 03:07 PM #2
- 05-03-2011, 10:25 PM #3
I noticed today that wifi uses a LOT less battery. I read a little and it made a lot of sense. Once on a wifi connection it doesn't have to refresh that connection at all. On the cell network it does, so it has to poll more.
- 05-04-2011, 11:01 AM #4
- 05-04-2011, 11:51 AM #5
- 05-05-2011, 06:00 PM #6
Good question....but if I'm at home, battery life is my least concern as I can just grab the charger and leave the phone plugged.
Now that you mentioned this, when I'm at work, I noticed that my battery last a considerable amount longer versus when I'm at home. At work, I'm always connected to wifi as our office is in the basement so signal is nonexistent. This is where wifi-calling is handy. This feature is a big plus for me. I guess I can also use my wifi connection at home but 4G is so much faster than my internet connection.
- 05-05-2011, 06:23 PM #7
- 05-16-2011, 05:31 PM #8
- 05-16-2011, 05:55 PM #9
- 05-20-2011, 05:00 AM #10
Leaving the G2x on Wifi, even if just for data and not the calling feature, will save a significant amount of charge. I have noticed quite a difference on mine. On wifi it easily can last through a long work day. On the mobile network I charge by 5 pm regularly.
In addition, the G2x seems to run through the battery more quickly than other phones when on the mobile network so definitely take advantage of Wifi when you can.
- 05-20-2011, 03:30 PM #11
- 05-20-2011, 05:03 PM #12
- 05-21-2011, 01:07 PM #13
- 05-21-2011, 07:08 PM #14
Two days on the myTouch. Half that on the g2x. Same usage. BUT the g2x has had zero updates and it's pretty much brand new hardware.
It won't be fully optimized until Ice Cream Sandwich.
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