05-27-2013 09:28 AM
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  1. nj1266's Avatar
    Well you certainly cannot use this test as proof. They even say in the test that they are using a sprint model and that is a limitation. Also I was referring to my usage patterns with an ATT S4 and Verizon iphone 5. And yes, of course it is subjective as is most anecdotal data regarding battery life by users.
    You are partly correct. The limitation comes from Sprint not having LTE. So the test on Sprint's 3G network vs the LTE for the iPhone is the limitation.

    However, when on WiFi there is no limitation at all. When on WiFi the iPhone 5 has much longer battery time than the S4.


    Sent from my iPhone 7
    05-25-2013 10:54 AM
  2. Calidoc's Avatar
    If you had taken your phone back during the two week remorse period, there would have been no questions asked and they would have exchanged it. Now you will probably have to show a defect to get a new phone during the warranty period. If you have a service center near you try to walk in and talk to them. They may still exchange it for you. Lots of folks have recommended that to you and as far as I know you have not done it...why?
    Because some people tell me to take it in and some people tell me my battery life is fine (just like in this very thread). My battery stats seem comparable to most people's. And I don't believe at any point there would be no questions asked. I expect they will by default assume all is fine and tell me how to monitor and conserve battery life and send me on my way.

    So, I've waited because I wanted to continue to gather proof of defect, which I still haven't done. Today, I'm at 63% with 1.5 hours of screen usage. That seems on par with what most people get (unfortunately). I mean, I still have yet to really grasp how much battery life I'm supposed to get out of this beast. Maybe I'll take it tomorrow and see what they say.
    05-25-2013 12:14 PM
  3. Tele_Phone's Avatar
    Screen shot your stats. Have you disabled any bloat?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Android Central Forums
    05-25-2013 12:39 PM
  4. Calidoc's Avatar
    Screen shot your stats. Have you disabled any bloat?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Android Central Forums
    Lol, this is exactly what I expect from ATT and why I've avoided going in. Yes, I've disabled everything conceivable. The only other thing I could do would be to put it in airplane mode. The other poster is referencing my many posts and screen shots of battery usage in other threads.
    05-25-2013 01:05 PM
  5. dragonsamus's Avatar
    Im in the same boat. Just got the phone yesterday from verizon. I suspect it didn't launch with the new update that att got, because my batter is not very good yet, its a little laggy and 1.08gb of my ram is used up on idle. I charged my phone too 100 and then unplugged it overnight. In the morning it had 75 battery left, and for some reason Maps used the most of it. I haven't even opened the maps app yet. In addition my phone gets hot on slight use (like now). I wouldn't say its overheating, but it's getting hot. I want to love this phone. Coming from the DROID 3, it's so much better, but it shouldn't have these problems.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Android Central Forums

    I noticed maps was killing my battery so I uninstalled the most recent update. My battery is normal now. I had the phone unplugged for 13 hours and barely used it and only lost 26% battery life. Before I would be at 40% without even using the phone. Maps doesn't show up in GSAM battery now. Try uninstalling the maps update.

    Sent from my HTC One using Android Central Forums
    05-25-2013 01:33 PM
  6. planoman's Avatar
    Because some people tell me to take it in and some people tell me my battery life is fine (just like in this very thread). My battery stats seem comparable to most people's. And I don't believe at any point there would be no questions asked. I expect they will by default assume all is fine and tell me how to monitor and conserve battery life and send me on my way.

    So, I've waited because I wanted to continue to gather proof of defect, which I still haven't done. Today, I'm at 63% with 1.5 hours of screen usage. That seems on par with what most people get (unfortunately). I mean, I still have yet to really grasp how much battery life I'm supposed to get out of this beast. Maybe I'll take it tomorrow and see what they say.
    Yes but in the 2 week period after getting the phone, there are no questions asked. You can return the phone for no reason whatsoever if you like, and they would rather exchange it that to lose a phone upgrade. They would switch out the phone just because you thought your battery was not up to snuff now they may troubleshoot it. This has been bothering you for some time because I keep seeing you post about it. When in doubt, change it out. The chance of getting a 2nd phone with the same battery issue (if you have one) is remote. Not trying to be critical, but you spent too much on that device to have any concerns.
    05-25-2013 02:18 PM
  7. Calidoc's Avatar
    Yes but in the 2 week period after getting the phone, there are no questions asked. You can return the phone for no reason whatsoever if you like, and they would rather exchange it that to lose a phone upgrade. They would switch out the phone just because you thought your battery was not up to snuff now they may troubleshoot it. This has been bothering you for some time because I keep seeing you post about it. When in doubt, change it out. The chance of getting a 2nd phone with the same battery issue (if you have one) is remote. Not trying to be critical, but you spent too much on that device to have any concerns.
    I see what you're saying. At this point I'm just going to keep monitoring and try a new battery. We'll see.
    05-26-2013 12:34 PM
  8. BKlip's Avatar
    Awful battery life here as well. And this is my second S4 (first one was uploading upside-down photos and videos).

    Since disabling Google Location Services, it's been a bit better. But as I'm looking at it right now, it's been off the charger for 5 hours. Some Spotify streaming via wifi / bluetooth and a max. 15 minutes of screen time (checked email, replied to a text, checked the weather), and I'm already down to 74%.

    I've also had to disable every Samsung feature like Air View, Smart Scroll, etc. A bit disappointing.
    05-26-2013 12:58 PM
  9. bclinger#IM's Avatar
    Heck, your battery level is higher than mine at the same intervals. Set up, individual needs and signal strength are important factors.

    Sent from my Sprint Note 2 via Tapatalk.
    05-26-2013 02:00 PM
  10. 20blks's Avatar
    I have no lag and have experienced the best battery life of any Android I've ever owned

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-26-2013 06:46 PM
  11. Calidoc's Avatar
    I have no lag and have experienced the best battery life of any Android I've ever owned

    Posted via Android Central App
    What are your battery stats?
    05-26-2013 08:28 PM
  12. r2t's Avatar
    I really think these battery issues has to do with the software. I am currently rooted and on a custom ROM on my i9500. I'm able to get on average 5 hours of screen time with everything on except bluetooth and NFC. My phone is able to go for the whole day without charging ever since I had switched to custom ROM.

    I know that rooting and flashing custom ROM is not what everyone wanted as a solution, but other than custom ROMs, Samsung or the carriers need to come out with a better software to optimize the battery usage. That's just my two cents.

    Sent from my GT-I9500
    05-26-2013 08:43 PM
  13. Cigar-Junkie's Avatar
    Signal strength is big on the list of what kills a battery, if you work in a metal bunker its gonna kill it quick. I installed an external antenna and repeater at my office to get around this. Coming from a Gnex the phone does better. I finally got WiFi working so that should only improve things. Still settling in but as a all on kind of guy (WiFi, Bluetooth, sync all accounts) I am not disappointed.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    05-26-2013 08:44 PM
  14. stepaul8's Avatar
    Wow what a response I really appreciate it. It seems as though Iacked some details. When I was talking about when I was using spotify, the area I was in had a lot of trees and stuff so I can understand, but a lot of the areas including my home has full bars of lte. I dont use mobile data very often, at school I just connect to the school wifi and I have home wifi. I barely use my lte. My brightness is almost on empty because this screen is so bright. It seems as though when my phone is asleep it rarely uses any battery but even though I dont use it at school it still manages to drop in battery quite a bit.

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-26-2013 09:23 PM
  15. nj1266's Avatar
    Since disabling Google Location Services, it's been a bit better.
    You should not have to disable GLS. The way GLS works is not through GPS. It uses the carrier towers to locate where you are. On my iPhone 5 Google Now and Google Maps are always on. They do not drain the battery at all.

    When Google Now first appeared on iOS people were freaking out because the location icon was always on in the status bar and people thought it drains the battery. It did not do that.



    Sent from my iPhone 7
    05-26-2013 09:47 PM
  16. beperry1's Avatar
    I'm getting great battery life...not razr maxx great (that was a great phone) but pretty good. Not much I can complain about here.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Android Central Forums
    05-26-2013 09:51 PM
  17. Distrack's Avatar
    battery life is excellent:


    LTE Off
    All bloatwares disabled/removed
    All Samsung Gimmicks off but I use the weather widget on the main screen
    Screen set @ 50% all the time
    Energy Saver OFF
    GPS was on for an hour while driving

    And yes I browsed the web/email/play games/used Google + and Play music with Power Amp.

    I use Greenify , it helps a lot IMO.
    05-26-2013 10:03 PM
  18. jokout1's Avatar
    just took a look at the battery report and my S4 is running at 14 1/2 hours off battery with just under 3 1/2 hrs on screen with 51% remaining! It isn't unusual for this phone to run 24 hrs plus when I need it with plenty in reserve. I usually plug it in at 17-18 hrs with 40% left in the tank! Now every once in a while I used to see the battery fall off unexpectedly, this seems to be the result of backround sincing and backround processes sucking down the battery! Once i went in and either froze these unwanted apps or limited the backround sincing on the apps I actually use, the battery life is in my opinion, excellent!
    My setup: Google Now-on, K-9 Mail sincing 3 mail accounts, Wifi-on , GPS-on, Bluetooth-on, Smart Stay, Air View, Air gesture, all on, Flipboard, Accu Weather-manual sinc, Drop Box, set to sinc on wifi/on charger and Nova Launcher
    S-voice, disabled, Wi-Fi Now, disabled
    Display set to approx. 50%

    Cheers
    05-26-2013 10:20 PM
  19. Calidoc's Avatar
    just took a look at the battery report and my S4 is running at 14 1/2 hours off battery with just under 3 1/2 hrs on screen with 51% remaining! It isn't unusual for this phone to run 24 hrs plus when I need it with plenty in reserve. I usually plug it in at 17-18 hrs with 40% left in the tank! Now every once in a while I used to see the battery fall off unexpectedly, this seems to be the result of backround sincing and backround processes sucking down the battery! Once i went in and either froze these unwanted apps or limited the backround sincing on the apps I actually use, the battery life is in my opinion, excellent!
    My setup: Google Now-on, K-9 Mail sincing 3 mail accounts, Wifi-on , GPS-on, Bluetooth-on, Smart Stay, Air View, Air gesture, all on, Flipboard, Accu Weather-manual sinc, Drop Box, set to sinc on wifi/on charger and Nova Launcher
    S-voice, disabled, Wi-Fi Now, disabled
    Display set to approx. 50%

    Cheers
    Let's see some proof because those are some crazy numbers. Great for you if that's what you're getting out of it.
    05-26-2013 10:27 PM
  20. JRLasVegas's Avatar
    Just got the s4 and I conditioned it. Lasted me some good hours until recently. I have been struggling to get 13 hours of battery. I have spent around 3 hours on screen some with lte some with wifi but mostly wifi by a large margin. Yesterday I went out on a walk and I have cell wifi on switching between lte and 4g, playing spotify. My phone completely tanked in battery for a 45 minute trip with my phone just playing music while in my pocket. The phone overheated a crap ton like while on my walk I felt it through the case and pants. It usually overheats after use when I charge it though. What do I do? I feel like there is no point in the samsung s4 because you have to turn off all the cool features just to get battery!

    Posted via Android Central App
    Just get an HTC One :-D

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    05-26-2013 11:32 PM
  21. tarnak's Avatar
    I am highly inclined to agree. Another question to all who have an S4: Do you have Auto Brightness on? That feature is nice, but a battery killer. It frequently tests the ambient light and adjusts the screen brightness to accomodate.
    The battery question is an interesting one, today is my second day with my GS4, I have auto brightness on and currently have 2.5 hours screen time with 13hrs and 15 minutes on the battery and I am still at 63%. Now I don't play games, but I do text and use the browsers a lot, especially now as I am getting used to the GS4 coming from the Rezound. I think so far its on par with my works Iphone 5 and my Rezound.
    05-26-2013 11:53 PM
  22. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Battery usage is highly subjective. I get great battery life from my iPhone 5. It lasts me 24 hours between charges. Having said that, Anandtech did standardized testing on the S4 and the iPhone 5 lasted longer in 2 out of 3 tests:

    Your personal experience is not supported by scientific testing methodology.



    Sent from my iPhone 7
    Science also at one time said there was nothing smaller than an atom, the sound barrier could never be broken, and the gravity of Earth would prevent landing on the moon.
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    05-27-2013 09:28 AM
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