Disabling 4G How long does the battery last
Would like to know how many hours or if you can get through a day with 3G on.
I wanted and was planning to go with a 1Year contract with a HTC Inc2 and update next year to 4G, but Verizon is removing that 1yr option before that phone hits so I'm thinking of getting this phone now if battery life on 3G can make it last through the day and then upgrade next year.
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When I'm in and around solid 4G areas, even when going back and forth between solid 4G and 3G areas, my battery usage is the same as when I'm in solid 3G all day.
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Agree that it is not the 4G or the wi-fi that hurts battery life. It is when the signal is weak and the phone has to search for a better or stronger signal. I suspect that is why people have good days and bad days with their battery. I went through the same thing the other day. 4G seemed to be acting up in my house and my battery went down quickly. Usually though, I have fairly decent battery life. In fact, turning off 4G and using wi-fi hurts my battery more because the router is far from my office (will be fixing shortly) so it's a weak signal and the phone spends more power looking for the wi-fi.
I thought a 4G/3G toggle might show some amazing battery improvement, but it just doesn't (for me, at least). YMMV
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The 4g signal at my office is really bad. Before I installed the 4G/LTE toggle I would be down to about 45-50% by 11:30 or so (having unplugged at 6:00 and bump charged for 20 minutes or so). After the toggle, I get through the workday above 65% (about 2:30 to 3:00 of awake time). The search for a 4G signal is a battery killer.
Now if I could get Tasker to to toggle 4G for me. :-)
- 04-08-2011, 09:36 PM #13
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Yeah, it helped me to switch to 3G.
I'm in LA and get pretty good signal everywhere. But in some homes/apartments a signal takes a hit inside. I go from 4 bars outside to 1 or 2 inside my home. Switching to 3G definitely added several hours of battery life to my phone. I only tested it once though but there was a huge difference for me personally, especially when I'm home all day and the phone is at 1 or 2 bars.
And then there's the extended battery which lasts all day even with HEAVY 4G usage. It's Awesome.
- 04-08-2011, 09:37 PM #14
I live near Philly and am in a 'fringe' zone. I've had the 'no 3g connection' issue since buying my Thunderbolt 2 weeks ago, so haven't been able to compare 3G to 4G (until today when I found the 3G issue was resolved). Long story short, I don't get 4G at work or at home...only on my way to work (since i'm outdoors)...so I never had battery issues since 4G is essentially on or off - i'd get almost a full day out of a charge with moderate use with wifi enabled, and less than an hour of 4G per day. When I went down to a Phillies game earlier this week, however, I had a full 4G connection the entire time since I was in downtown Philly. I had about 90% battery when I got down there...and besides a few texts and pictures, I didn't use the phone (obviously it was updating FB/e-mail/etc occasionally)...within 4-5 hours, the phone was <5%.
As far as i'm concerned, i'm convinced a full-time 4G connection is a battery hog. I know other people have had other experiences...but this was my first full-strength 4G experience.