Stuck between Tbolt and Droid Charge
Battery life on the Tbolt is a hugh sticking point, i need to be able to get at least 12 hours from my device. From what ive read i can get that from the charge, but thats at the cost of a crappy UI and poor history of OS upgrade roll outs.
Coming from Tmobile I have a Mytouch4g which i changed the battery out for a Mugen 1650 extended battery. Ive read that the Tbolt actually uses the same battery as the Mytouch? Does anyone thing the Tbolt will be able to get through a whole day with the Mugen battery?
- 05-30-2011, 11:04 AM #2
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- 05-30-2011, 12:28 PM #5
same here, I get the same or better battery life as I did on my fascinate. I can usually go through the entire day of txt, facebook, words with friends, internet, phone calls, etc without having to recharge or stay connected to a charger. I do have to charge my phone every night tho, but I had to do that with my fascinate too.
- 05-30-2011, 01:37 PM #6
When I bought my TB, I experienced horrible battery life when I use the phone for WORK - push emails, multiple phone calls, etc. I Googled on this issues and the concession is that the 4G radio causes it.
But now the Droid Charge is out, the review so far has shown it has GREAT battery life. Just Google "droid charge battery life" and you'll see. Also see the screenshot below, which is from one of the review site and the other one is the actual screenshot from my friend Droid Charge phone he just bought.
So I believe the Thunderbolt is just POORLY MADE because it is NOT the 4G radios that causes the poor battery life, because the Droid Charge doesn't exhibit this issue. I have done all I could on my Thunderbolt, from using Juice Defender, custom ROM, custom Kernel, data sync once every 6 hours, etc but something I CANNOT disable, such as Exchange push email and NOT making phone calls. This is still a smartphone, right?
I also uses extended battery life but still will not comes close with what Droid Charge battery life with the STOCK battery. Plus, the extended battery life for the TB just make the phone plain ugly. I am yet to see anyone who did NOT comment on how BIG my phone is with the extended battery.
If I have my choice now, I would have bought the Droid Charge because I can use it like a NORMAL smartphone. BTW, I came from the iPhone 4 and I got far better battery life than the Thunderbolt.
- 05-30-2011, 02:47 PM #7
- 05-30-2011, 04:26 PM #8
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i TOTALLY like the "bulk" of the extended Tbolt battery. It makes a secure lip for hand/finger hold for one handed-thumb swiping for texting and such. Since using the extended battery after my first week of stock i rarely have to use two hands on the phone. i would not go back to the stock battery. AND after playing with the Charge for a bit i would not purchase it due to not liking the physical buttons, UI, or plastic cheap feel...AND if you've read any of my pre-Tbolt posts you know i am PRO Samsung Hardware as i still use my ~5 year old i760 on wifi around the house.
- 05-30-2011, 04:38 PM #9
- 05-30-2011, 04:42 PM #10
I never get how people say that the Droid Charge has a plasticky feel. I always put a case on my phone, as I did with my Thunderbolt. In fact it is the exactly same texture case as my Thunderbolt had. Now the feel of my "plasticky" Charge, is the same as my old Thunderbolt....plus the case has a built in kickstand. (I bought the case from Verizon)
Don't get me wrong, the Thunderbolt is an awesome device. But neither is without their faults. The Thunderbolt has poor battery life, some light leakage under the buttons, the kick stands peels very easily, reboots with the update. The Charge has Touch Wiz UI, poor flash experience in the browser, sometimes gets laggy, plus it doesn't have any video chat program that works with it 100 percent (as of right now) The Charge only has 512mb of ram...and believe me, you'll feel it. But on the plus side, the Charge has a screen that will knock your socks off. Its really up to you, you can't lose at this point...unless you buy an LG Revolution.
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- 05-30-2011, 05:09 PM #11
- 05-30-2011, 05:16 PM #12
Sent from my Thunderbolt
- 05-30-2011, 06:17 PM #13
- 05-30-2011, 06:50 PM #14
Samsung phone are made of plastic, but they don't feel cheap. My Nexus S feels more solid than my EVO. There is no creaky battery door, and the phone is a lot lighter. Everything feels tight. I love it. Plus, the screen is awesome on my Nexus S, therefore the Charge's screen must be absolutely gorgeous.
- 05-30-2011, 06:56 PM #15
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- 05-30-2011, 07:19 PM #18
I owned the Thunderbolt. While metal, there were far too many creaks and cracks (sounds) for my liking. The Charge is light weight from the plastic, but solid. I always had my phone in a case so the Thunderbolt's creaks didn't bother me too much. But the phones build quality isn't that much far apart.
If you have to make a choice on which phone to get don't let build quality be a deciding factor.
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- 05-30-2011, 07:20 PM #19
I'll post some screen shots if anyone wants them but this is what I got over the last two days
Display on time-- 3 hours 55 minutes
Time unplugged--- 2 days 2 hours
This was on 3G only. I turn data off at night when I sleep. Display 25% except for 45 minutes at night where it was 18%. I browsed the net on 3G for 1.5 hours. The rest was on wifi. I finally charged it when it reached 9%. Stock 1400mA battery. Almost all the display on time was internet. Rest was messing with some apps.
- 05-30-2011, 07:39 PM #20
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I'm beginning to think that not all of the Thunderbolts were created equal. I know some people have had serious problems with this phone, while others have had a great user experience. I fall in the latter category, with one caveat: I'm not in a 4G area yet. That could very well explain why I haven't experienced any rebooting, powering down, and get very good battery life.
With that said, this weekend, I put it to the test. I pulled it off the charger at 7:12 a.m., read the latest articles on Pulse, checked a few other sites, played some games, went outside to mow the back 40 and listened to Pandora the entire time (2.5 hours), put it on standby while I cleaned up, read my book using the Nook app for an hour and a half, checked in on the forums here at AC, and then watched a few videos from YouTube for good measure. After dinner, I messed around some more on the internet and with my apps off and on until I went to bed around midnight. I had 27% battery remaining.
I recognize that if I was on 4G, I probably wouldn't have been able to get through the day doing everything I did, but 3G is pretty fast on this phone (and when you haven't tried 4G, you don't really know what you're missing). The phone never lags, and I'm glad I took the plunge after unsuccessfully waiting for the Bionic to come to fruition. It's a great phone for me, but as I said at the beginning of the post, it doesn't seem like all of the Thunderbolts were created equal.
So, my advice to cltatenza would be to try the Thunderbolt, and hopefully you get a phone similar to mine. If you do, I think you'll be pretty happy with it. If you get a phone that reboots constantly, powers down, and makes you want to throw it at the wall, then take it back and give the Charge a try. I know that's what I would have done had I experienced those problems like so many others. Hopefully one of them works for you...... or you could always wait for the Bionic to finally come out in a few months(?).
- 05-30-2011, 10:15 PM #21
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- 05-30-2011, 10:36 PM #23
ss of my phone usage today... still going strong!
tbh, I didn't mind the light feel of the fascinate when I had it (assuming it's the same as the charge). I also don't mind the weight of the tbolt. I don't really notice the weight difference unless I hold both of them at the same time. the wife noticed a difference right away tho, but her iphone is kind of heavy too.
I don't think you can go wrong with either phone at the moment. they both have their strengths and weaknesses. just figure out what's more important to you and if that's the strength for that phone, then that's the one you should go with.
- 05-30-2011, 11:11 PM #24
I have them both and there is good and bad things with both phones, you just have to find what works for you! I have only had the DC for 2 days
The things about the TB that got to me was the battery life, not that is was short, because it was not always bad, some days (I had the extended battery) it would last me 12-20 hours with heavy use and other days it would last 6-8 hours with almost no use. That was crazy!!!
The sound on the video recorder was pretty low but I could live with it.
It randomly deleted contacts on my a couple times from the phone witch in turn deleted them from my google account online.....that was BAD! I cant have that happening.
I am sure I am going to find bugs with the charge and I know how samsung is with updates but I hope this will get me by until another 4G phone comes along that is better for me
And to the people who think they are going to break the phone just from holding it you need to stop holding the phone like it is a stress ball lol
- 05-30-2011, 11:30 PM #25
Those who posted INSANE battery life on the Thunderbolt, like 11 hours with 45% battery life left, could you post if the following is true to get this kind of battery life on DAILY BASIS:
- 4G ON ALL THE TIME (hey, that's the reason I got the Thunderbolt - to get 4G!)
- Brightness between 25% (indoor) and 50-75% (outdoor) --> but indoor MORE than half of the time
- Exchange push - including mail, calendar with active communications (I received about 50 emails / day, plus replying to most of these)
- THREE (3) Gmail accounts with 15 minutes sync
- Google Talk ON all the time
- Casual usage (not for a long time or hours) - browsing, using apps like Yelp to look for restaurant, etc. - NO GAMES
- Occasional phone calls (about 30 minutes TOTAL)
The reason I am asking is because I use the phone actively, but NOT HEAVILY as shown above. Those are my normal activity and I had Blackberry, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with the same usage as the above and the battery life on those devices were FAR BETTER than the Thunderbolt. I unplugged the phone at 7:30 AM and with those devices, I have about 45% by 6:00 PM. The Thunderbolt? Less than 20% by 2:00 PM.
But then, you guys are showing insane battery life with Thunderbolt, so I am wondering if you are using the phone actively like I do? If you don't, then of course you'll have good battery life.
My co-worker, who use have SIMILAR usage on his Droid Charge, get FAR FAR better battery life than my TB. The phone has about 50% +/- by 6:00 PM.
BTW, my TB settings are:
- DAS BAMF 1.6.3
- Imoseyon LeanKernel with InteractiveX Governor
- Stock battery
I exchanged the battery with Verizon store TWICE already, so I know it is NOT bad battery.