05-06-2015 08:45 AM
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  1. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    Hi folks. I was getting so many glitches.....bad battery life, constantly searching for wifi at home, lag and rebooting of homescreens, so I reset the dang device.
    And also, instead of loading all my apps from the cloud, I set it up as a new device.
    While the battery life is still not the best, the phone is working better...but I might still exchange it if the battery life is so subpar.
    04-15-2015 12:39 PM
  2. scuba_steve's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about the issues, but that is what the return period is for.

    If battery life is a primary concern, I am just not sure you can beat the Note 4. I picked one up last week and it has been a shocking difference since my S3. I kept my S3 pretty trim, restricting the widgets that access the net to just a single weather widget and minimizing the number of apps installed that do work in the background. I also only enabled wifi, bluetooth, and location services when each was needed. Still, at the end of an average day of use I would get home from work and have about 30-40% of battery left.

    In contrast, my new Note 4 has 70-75% battery left when I get home each day. Seriously. Sure, the battery is newer, but not that much newer. I replaced my S3's battery annually. I am also using the Note 4 a lot more during the day since it is new.

    Of course, it's big. That's good news and bad news. The larger screen is amazing, but it comes with a larger device.
    04-15-2015 12:58 PM
  3. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about the issues, but that is what the return period is for.

    If battery life is a primary concern, I am just not sure you can beat the Note 4. I picked one up last week and it has been a shocking difference since my S3. I kept my S3 pretty trim, restricting the widgets that access the net to just a single weather widget and minimizing the number of apps installed that do work in the background. I also only enabled wifi, bluetooth, and location services when each was needed. Still, at the end of an average day of use I would get home from work and have about 30-40% of battery left.

    In contrast, my new Note 4 has 70-75% battery left when I get home each day. Seriously. Sure, the battery is newer, but not that much newer. I replaced my S3's battery annually. I am also using the Note 4 a lot more during the day since it is new.

    Of course, it's big. That's good news and bad news. The larger screen is amazing, but it comes with a larger device.
    Haha I had the Note 4 and sold it! I loved that phone but it was so big, and heavy too! I sold it on Ebay and got a great price. I have an Iphone 6 so I wanted something in that league size wise. Well it might be that and yes it's snappy and impressive in some ways but majorly disappointing in what matters....
    04-15-2015 01:02 PM
  4. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    You can't beat the battery life on the Note 4.

    Are you really have all these problems with the S6? I 'm still waiting for my S6 to arrive.
    04-15-2015 01:10 PM
  5. jimbl's Avatar
    I'm more than happy with my S6. The battery life isn't great, but not horrid either. Beyond that, mine is snappy and smooth throughout, and so far any issues have been minor and I'm finding tweaks for them. What I'm saying is it might be worth exchanging for another S6 to see if it is a problem with the specific phone you have. My guess is that's exactly what it is.
    04-15-2015 01:22 PM
  6. Cobravision's Avatar
    If you haven't already, try removing any weather widget and turn off location services and see how the battery goes.

    The LG G3 is a a big step backward from the S6, although if the battery is killing you, anything is better.
    04-15-2015 01:22 PM
  7. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    I'm more than happy with my S6. The battery life isn't great, but not horrid either. Beyond that, mine is snappy and smooth throughout, and so far any issues have been minor and I'm finding tweaks for them. What I'm saying is it might be worth exchanging for another S6 to see if it is a problem with the specific phone you have. My guess is that's exactly what it is.
    I've considered that. I do like how fast it is...and very easy to use.
    04-15-2015 01:27 PM
  8. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    If you haven't already, try removing any weather widget and turn off location services and see how the battery goes.

    The LG G3 is a a big step backward from the S6, although if the battery is killing you, anything is better.
    I'm thinking it's Lollipop overall. Samsung has promised an update. Let's hope.
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    04-15-2015 01:29 PM
  9. FuzzyB's Avatar
    I'm more than happy with my S6. The battery life isn't great, but not horrid either. Beyond that, mine is snappy and smooth throughout, and so far any issues have been minor and I'm finding tweaks for them. What I'm saying is it might be worth exchanging for another S6 to see if it is a problem with the specific phone you have. My guess is that's exactly what it is.
    Same experience here. It's 2:30pm where I live, have had my s6 off the charger since 6:30am and sit at 74%. I'm cool with that. Moderate use.
    04-15-2015 01:31 PM
  10. warpdrive's Avatar
    I always wondered why people ask for help and don't say what carrier they are on. It would help so much to pinpoint why your phone is not behaving like mine.

    This is on AT&T with 3 hours of gaming, an hour of YouTube, and some light texting. Everything turned on but VoLTE and wifi always scanning turned off and let wifi goto sleep.





    Beemed to you with the GS6
    04-15-2015 01:40 PM
  11. Jdroids's Avatar
    There have been numerous posts on how to resolve cell standby drain issue here. Have you tried it at all?

    Simply turn off "smart network switch, always scanning for wifi source" in WiFi setting as they are unnecessary and can causing more drain. You may turn off VoLTE to see if it helps as well.
    04-15-2015 01:45 PM
  12. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    There have been numerous posts on how to resolve cell standby drain issue here. Have you tried it at all?

    Simply turn off "smart network switch, always scanning for wifi source" in WiFi setting as they are unnecessary and can causing more drain. You may turn off VoLTE to see if it helps as well.
    I dont think that's on Verizon
    04-15-2015 01:46 PM
  13. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    I'm thinking it's Lollipop overall. Samsung has promised an update. Let's hope.
    I agree with this, Lollipop messed up my Note 3 battery life a bit.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-15-2015 01:52 PM
  14. warpdrive's Avatar
    I dont think that's on Verizon
    I didn't notice anyone that said that they are on Verizon.
    But yes, turn off VoLTE if on Verizon. Then if you want to try, restart your phone and turn it back on to see if it helps, if not leave VoLTE turned off.

    People, you need to state what carrier you are on if you want help.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-15-2015 01:54 PM
  15. Jdroids's Avatar
    I dont think that's on Verizon
    It's called Advanced Calling on Verizon. It's the same thing as VoLTE. Don't know if that would help as much as VoLTE on GSM models though. But make sure to turn off other two things in Wifi anyway.
    04-15-2015 02:30 PM
  16. scuba_steve's Avatar
    If you haven't already, try removing any weather widget and turn off location services and see how the battery goes.

    The LG G3 is a a big step backward from the S6, although if the battery is killing you, anything is better.

    I agree - I think many folks do not realize the power drain caused by network-enabled widgets. The same goes for apps that have components that run in the background performing network comms. The "Battery" settings page can be really illuminating.

    For example, yesterday I noticed that MLB At Bat was responsible for 6% of my battery usage...and I hadn't launched it. That drain was just for the widget displaying scores on my home screen. Like many widgets, you can adjust that one to update the frequency that it polls. Shockingly, that widget's default polling interval is every 15 freaking seconds....and the max polling interval is once a minute. Every 15 minutes would be fine for me. If I didn't have a Note 4, I would delete that thing in a heartbeat.

    Some apps do the same even when you think they are shutdown. For example, my Amazon app alerted me that a package was delivered and I didn't have it running. I had all apps shutdown. Clearly it has something running in the background...or some way something in the background can push a notification to it.

    You can't completely blame the S6 if you have a number of network-enabled widgets on your home screens and you have been installing dozens of apps that have network access permissions. Choose wisely.
    04-15-2015 03:27 PM
  17. Zendroid1's Avatar
    Android really needs to start from scratch on how they present menus, settings, and options. There are so many different places to dig for everything that it is ridiculous and overwhelming.
    04-15-2015 03:35 PM
  18. bhatech's Avatar
    LG G3 over this, no offense this wins over G3 in every aspect except battery but with fast charging it's not that bad. If you were thinking G4 then may be but G3 no way.
    04-15-2015 03:49 PM
  19. jpopdallas's Avatar
    Yea once I had my s6 set up and it settled in I'm getting good battery life. The thing with Google is if you had your previous phone synced then it usually synced all your apps, contacts, and other stuff to your new device. Once I turned on my s6 and sighed in to my google account my s6 went into overdrive. Whatever I had on my last phone was getting installed and synced to this new one. My s6 got real hot battery was draining but after about an hour it all settled in and I love my s6. The length of time it takes for your phone to settle in depends on your connection and how much data needs to be synced. I hope you keep it cause it is better than the g3 but they are both good phones.
    04-15-2015 03:49 PM
  20. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    LG G3 over this, no offense this wins over G3 in every aspect except battery but with fast charging it's not that bad. If you were thinking G4 then may be but G3 no way.
    I'm concerned about the built in battery but of course Iphone has that too.
    04-15-2015 03:56 PM
  21. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    LG G3 over this, no offense this wins over G3 in every aspect except battery but with fast charging it's not that bad. If you were thinking G4 then may be but G3 no way.
    Why do you say this? the LG G3 has gotten good reviews...
    04-15-2015 04:00 PM
  22. Cobravision's Avatar
    Regardless, it's still last year's model. And battery life might not be any better.
    04-15-2015 04:06 PM
  23. bhatech's Avatar
    Why do you say this? the LG G3 has gotten good reviews...
    Sure but buying G3 at this point over S6 or G4 is not good unless price is your concern.
    04-15-2015 04:09 PM
  24. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    I'm concerned about the built in battery but of course Iphone has that too.
    Thanks. I'm still weighing out the whole issue.
    04-15-2015 04:29 PM
  25. drone3's Avatar
    The G3 also has battery issues, due to the highpixel screen. If you want battery life get the Sony Z3.

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-15-2015 05:13 PM
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