05-27-2013 09:28 AM
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  1. stepaul8'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!

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    05-23-2013 10:41 PM
  2. madlaw1071'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!

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    Sounds either like a bad battery or bad phone. Most users and reviewers report excellent battery life, with or without features turned on.
    05-24-2013 06:32 AM
  3. MaccaBird'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
    05-24-2013 07:33 AM
  4. joeyvaz's Avatar
    My battery isn't that bad, but my phone does get hot while using it. I was on a 25 minute call and my face was hot! Very annoying coming from an iphone 5 that didn't exhibit this. I know there are some kinks to iron out, but I doubt they will happen within the 14 day return period from Verizon.
    05-24-2013 09:49 AM
  5. Almeuit'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!

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    Switching between LTE and 4g... Sounds like your area doesn't have the best signal since you are constantly hoping from the LTE to HSPA (4g). This could tank your battery pretty fast.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    05-24-2013 02:37 PM
  6. Calidoc's Avatar
    I'm still confused as to what people are considering "excellent battery life" with this phone. The iPhone 5 battery blows this one away. I'm lucking if I get 2.5 hours of screen time on a charge with nearly everything turned off (wifi, gps, all air and view features, nfc, sbeam). My ONLY complaint about my S4 is the battery life. What good are the features if I have to turn everything off?
    05-24-2013 02:43 PM
  7. 20blks's Avatar
    Switching between LTE and 4g... Sounds like your area doesn't have the best signal since you are constantly hoping from the LTE to HSPA (4g). This could tank your battery pretty fast.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    It's amazing that more people don't know this by now

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    05-24-2013 02:43 PM
  8. Calidoc's Avatar
    It's amazing that more people don't know this by now

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    But my iPhone 5, same carrier, used in the same locations, never had any problem.
    05-24-2013 02:55 PM
  9. jeffruby's Avatar
    Trust me. Kill callid. It keeps mobile network running

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
    05-24-2013 04:01 PM
  10. nj1266's Avatar
    But my iPhone 5, same carrier, used in the same locations, never had any problem.
    This is very well known when it comes to Samsung phones. Samsung uses poor quality radios. In strong signal areas your reception is fine, but once the signal is slightly worse, the Sammy radios cannot hold on to the signal. The radios switch between LTE and 3G and the battery suffers. It does not happen to you 5 because it uses better quality radios. It does not happen with Motorola either. I do not know about HTC first hand.


    Sent from my iPhone 7
    05-24-2013 04:38 PM
  11. planoman's Avatar
    I'm still confused as to what people are considering "excellent battery life" with this phone. The iPhone 5 battery blows this one away. I'm lucking if I get 2.5 hours of screen time on a charge with nearly everything turned off (wifi, gps, all air and view features, nfc, sbeam). My ONLY complaint about my S4 is the battery life. What good are the features if I have to turn everything off?
    I must disagree. You have been having issues with your battery from the first week if I remember correctly and I am not sure if you got a new phone but I recall your GPS always running. I have the ATT S4 and a Verizon iphone 5 and in my experience, they are not even close in battery life. I usuallly charge my phones every night and I am routinely above 40% on my S4 and below 40% on my iphone. I am certainly not using my iphone more...not sure about a GSM iphone but my Verizon LTE model gets smoked by my ATT LTE S4.
    05-24-2013 04:47 PM
  12. GMJeff's Avatar
    Switching between LTE and 4g... Sounds like your area doesn't have the best signal since you are constantly hoping from the LTE to HSPA (4g). This could tank your battery pretty fast.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    ^^This exactly.

    I have seen the same thing at work. One bar of LTE means battery drain. It switches beyween 4G and LTE so much, you could fry an egg on the back of the phone. Batter loses 1 -2% every few minutes

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2
    05-24-2013 06:08 PM
  13. Calidoc's Avatar
    I must disagree. You have been having issues with your battery from the first week if I remember correctly and I am not sure if you got a new phone but I recall your GPS always running. I have the ATT S4 and a Verizon iphone 5 and in my experience, they are not even close in battery life. I usuallly charge my phones every night and I am routinely above 40% on my S4 and below 40% on my iphone. I am certainly not using my iphone more...not sure about a GSM iphone but I Verizon LTE model gets smoked by my ATT LTE S4.
    Yes, it WAS always running. A reset fixed that. Now I am lucky if I get 3.5 hours of screen time on a charge. With everything turned off, that's pretty bad (at least I think it's bad). That seems on par with what many others get, also. For that reason, I haven't taken it to att for a switch.
    05-24-2013 07:55 PM
  14. TheyStoleMyName's Avatar
    ^^This exactly.

    I have seen the same thing at work. One bar of LTE means battery drain. It switches beyween 4G and LTE so much, you could fry an egg on the back of the phone. Batter loses 1 -2% every few minutes

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2
    Can anyone provide a technical article on how a cellphones signal gain increases when its receiving a low tower signal. I hear this all the time i cant find any support to back it up. Even in the detailed phone settings it does not give a signal gain for the phone, only a rating for the signal strength from the tower its connecting too.

    Sent from my LG-E970 using Android Central Forums
    05-24-2013 08:04 PM
  15. planoman's Avatar
    Yes, it WAS always running. A reset fixed that. Now I am lucky if I get 3.5 hours of screen time on a charge. With everything turned off, that's pretty bad (at least I think it's bad). That seems on par with what many others get, also. For that reason, I haven't taken it to att for a switch.
    3.5 hours of screen is pretty good if you ask me. And your iphone gets more? iphone 5 on LTE? Does iphone measure battery stats like screen time?
    05-24-2013 08:14 PM
  16. nj1266's Avatar
    I usuallly charge my phones every night and I am routinely above 40% on my S4 and below 40% on my iphone. I am certainly not using my iphone more...not sure about a GSM iphone but my Verizon LTE model gets smoked by my ATT LTE S4.
    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:

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    Your personal experience is not supported by scientific testing methodology.



    Sent from my iPhone 7
    05-24-2013 08:26 PM
  17. fantom305's Avatar
    I'm still confused as to what people are considering "excellent battery life" with this phone. The iPhone 5 battery blows this one away. I'm lucking if I get 2.5 hours of screen time on a charge with nearly everything turned off (wifi, gps, all air and view features, nfc, sbeam). My ONLY complaint about my S4 is the battery life. What good are the features if I have to turn everything off?
    For sure you have either a bad battery or a bad phone. ... My phone is been up for 9hrs and 45 miutes with 4 hrs of wifi, heavy internet and about an hour of phone calls. The only things that are not on are GPS and BLUETOOTH and my battery is at 74%. Now I don't play any games in my phone, for that I have my computer.
    05-24-2013 08:48 PM
  18. fantom305's Avatar
    For that reason, I haven't taken it to att for a switch.
    You are wasting your time ......... go back to AT&T and get a new one. ...
    05-24-2013 08:53 PM
  19. Calidoc's Avatar
    3.5 hours of screen is pretty good if you ask me. And your iphone gets more? iphone 5 on LTE? Does iphone measure battery stats like screen time?
    Yeah, iPhone 5 got way better screen on time. (And yeah it does measure screen time)

    For sure you have either a bad battery or a bad phone. ... My phone is been up for 9hrs and 45 miutes with 4 hrs of wifi, heavy internet and about an hour of phone calls. The only things that are not on are GPS and BLUETOOTH and my battery is at 74%. Now I don't play any games in my phone, for that I have my computer.
    Wow, that's amazing.

    You are wasting your time ......... go back to AT&T and get a new one. ...
    I feel like I'll just get a speech on how things kill your battery (turn off GPS, Bluetooth, etc). How can I be sure to get a switch?
    05-24-2013 09:01 PM
  20. return_0's Avatar
    I don't own an S4, so I can't speak from personal experience, but this is what I'm thinking:

    Nexus 4 - 2100 mAh battery - my average screen time is 4hrs
    GS4 - 2600 mAh battery - if you get anything less than 4hrs screen time, one of three things is probably happening:
    • you have everything on and full brightness
    • you are spending most of your times on games
    • you have a defective device
    Golfdriver97 and orion575 like this.
    05-25-2013 09:08 AM
  21. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I don't own an S4, so I can't speak from personal experience, but this is what I'm thinking:

    Nexus 4 - 2100 mAh battery - my average screen time is 4hrs
    GS4 - 2600 mAh battery - if you get anything less than 4hrs screen time, one of three things is probably happening:
    • you have everything on and full brightness
    • you are spending most of your times on games
    • you have a defective device
    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.
    Aquila likes this.
    05-25-2013 09:28 AM
  22. Golfdriver97'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
    What is your brightness level set at? Do you have auto brightness on?
    05-25-2013 09:29 AM
  23. planoman'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:

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    Sent from my iPhone 7
    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.
    05-25-2013 09:48 AM
  24. planoman's Avatar
    Yeah, iPhone 5 got way better screen on time. (And yeah it does measure screen time)



    Wow, that's amazing.



    I feel like I'll just get a speech on how things kill your battery (turn off GPS, Bluetooth, etc). How can I be sure to get a switch?
    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?
    05-25-2013 09:54 AM
  25. smooth3006's Avatar
    to be honest sammy didn't really put this phone through much quality control. i think they rushed the product out to soon. that explains the lag and bad battery life.
    05-25-2013 10:46 AM
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