1. tbgjlb's Avatar
    hello all
    I say "real battery life " because I've looked at battery tests on web sites that suggest the G6 has better battery life than the G4 , G3 but in user and journalist longer term reviews tend to go with the G4 being better, so which of these is true in real life .

    I also will try to post this in the G4 forum

    regards
    tbgjl
    07-19-2015 12:58 AM
  2. bbtkd's Avatar
    hello all
    I say "real battery life " because I've looked at battery tests on web sites that suggest the G6 has better battery life than the G4 , G3 but in user and journalist longer term reviews tend to go with the G4 being better, so which of these is true in real life .

    I also will try to post this in the G4 forum

    regards
    tbgjl
    There is no "real life". There are too many variables even in a "controlled" test;

    • Carrier
    • OS version
    • Bloatware
    • Settings (which can't always be made consistent for a test)
    • Signal (unless all phones tested at the same location at the same time)
    • Etc


    Since these variables - and more - apply to phones "in the wild", those comparing their various experiences with the same phone is all over the map, and not useful. Comparing different phones "in the wild" is completely worthless.
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    07-19-2015 08:34 AM
  3. Gator352's Avatar
    hello all
    I say "real battery life " because I've looked at battery tests on web sites that suggest the G6 has better battery life than the G4 , G3 but in user and journalist longer term reviews tend to go with the G4 being better, so which of these is true in real life .

    I also will try to post this in the G4 forum

    regards
    tbgjl
    I could make my sprint G3 last all day with moderate use. My S6? Naw. I'm lucky to get 14 hours with 2 and a half hours SoT.

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    07-19-2015 01:21 PM
  4. razza1987's Avatar
    I could make my sprint G3 last all day with moderate use. My S6? Naw. I'm lucky to get 14 hours with 2 and a half hours SoT.

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    Yesterday I got 15 hours on my S6 with five and a half hours of screen on time
    07-19-2015 03:07 PM
  5. Gator352's Avatar
    Yesterday I got 15 hours on my S6 with five and a half hours of screen on time
    I know. I've seen your posts. I also know you turn your screen all the way to zero amongst other things to achieve it. I'm not saying it's wrong, just that others like me aren't willing to sacrifice everything the phone is capable of to achieve something that shouldn't be an issue in the first place.

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    07-19-2015 03:33 PM
  6. bbtkd's Avatar
    I know. I've seen your posts. I also know you turn your screen all the way to zero amongst other things to achieve it. I'm not saying it's wrong, just that others like me aren't willing to sacrifice everything the phone is capable of to achieve something that shouldn't be an issue in the first place.

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    100% agree. It's one thing to gain capacity by tweaking or disabling a few things that don't impact usability, but quite another to sacrifice functionality to avoid charging. On my S4, I used Juice Defender Ultimate and while it substantially extended my battery capacity, I found myself either disabling its features or suffering with lost messages, no connectivity, hangs, reboots, etc. I finally realized I was being the phone equivalent of a "miler", those annoying guys that will do anything to maximize their gas mileage, including being a traffic hazard/nuisance, breaking/stretching laws, and stressing themselves out in the name of higher mileage.
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    07-19-2015 03:51 PM
  7. razza1987's Avatar
    100% agree. It's one thing to gain capacity by tweaking or disabling a few things that don't impact usability, but quite another to sacrifice functionality to avoid charging. On my S4, I used Juice Defender Ultimate and while it substantially extended my battery capacity, I found myself either disabling its features or suffering with lost messages, no connectivity, hangs, reboots, etc. I finally realized I was being the phone equivalent of a "miler", those annoying guys that will do anything to maximize their gas mileage, including being a traffic hazard/nuisance, breaking/stretching laws, and stressing themselves out in the name of higher mileage.
    Excuse me but changing my brightness setting doesn't "sacrifice functionality" for me. Any brighter and it impacts functionality for me because I get a headache
    07-19-2015 04:28 PM
  8. Gator352's Avatar
    Excuse me but changing my brightness setting doesn't "sacrifice functionality" for me. Any brighter and it impacts functionality for me because I get a headache
    Great. Nothing wrong with that as it works for you. Functionality is objective also. But most can't read or see at 0%. If i set mine at 0%, i can get a few more hours but i can't see it, so it dwindles my functionality. Most stick with 30 to 40% to get the right mixture of usage and battery life. So basically, you're in the minority. For me and most others, being at 0 to achieve your kind of usage is non comparable.

    Kind of like taking a challengers V8 hemi out and replacing it with a 4 banger Then going into a challenger forum touting you get 33 miles to the gallon.

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    07-19-2015 05:03 PM
  9. stevelam's Avatar
    "Real" battery life on the s6 is terrible unless you micro manage and turn every feature off until you need it. Some people somehow get by with doing this. I had this phone on vacation with me and it wouldn't last a single day out. My wife's iphone lasted WAY longer.

    Sent from my Samsung S6 using Tapatalk
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    07-20-2015 02:05 AM
  10. warpdrive's Avatar
    "Real" battery life on the s6 is terrible unless you micro manage and turn every feature off until you need it. Some people somehow get by with doing this. I had this phone on vacation with me and it wouldn't last a single day out. My wife's iphone lasted WAY longer.

    Sent from my Samsung S6 using Tapatalk
    And yet, my battery life lasts longer than my m8 with everything turned on.

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    07-20-2015 02:40 AM
  11. bbtkd's Avatar
    "Real" battery life on the s6 is terrible unless you micro manage and turn every feature off until you need it. Some people somehow get by with doing this. I had this phone on vacation with me and it wouldn't last a single day out. My wife's iphone lasted WAY longer.

    Sent from my Samsung S6 using Tapatalk
    Untrue for me. I have had days where it didn't seem to last as long as my S4, but once it has settled down it seems no worse and often better for me. Your statement is certainly true for you, but since each person has a different complement of apps, different usage patterns, different locations, and different expectations - you cannot infer anything other than your experience. Sure, there are plenty of folks on the forums griping about the battery life of the S6, and a multitude of other ailments. But that's what draws folks to forums. A vast majority of users for any given device are oblivious to the existence or topics of the the forums because they've never had an issue bad enough to drive them to search for answers.
    Saros likes this.
    07-20-2015 05:35 AM
  12. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Over 48 hours between charges on my G4. Not lying. But that's running pretty light under very moderate usage.
    07-20-2015 06:30 AM
  13. niknik1971's Avatar
    48 hours!... that is pretty good. If I am lucky and don't you it to look at maps and things like that I will get about 14 hours max out of it.
    07-20-2015 11:30 AM
  14. revelations65's Avatar
    This is today. I had the phone now for about a 3 weeks and I am slowly warming up to it.
    This is very decent phone the results are decent here is the results of my daily use today
    It looks like I get around 12 hours of uss

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    Attached Thumbnails real battery life. S6,G4,G3-29205.jpg  
    07-20-2015 05:00 PM
  15. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    hello all
    I say "real battery life " because I've looked at battery tests on web sites that suggest the G6 has better battery life than the G4 , G3 but in user and journalist longer term reviews tend to go with the G4 being better, so which of these is true in real life .

    I also will try to post this in the G4 forum

    regards
    tbgjl
    I was lucky to get 12 hours standby and 2.5 hours SoT on the S6 on AT&T. I was getting 5 hours SoT on the G4 for Verizon.
    07-20-2015 05:37 PM
  16. bbtkd's Avatar
    I got 5 days on a charge before realizing it was off the whole time. That expands battery life greatly BTW, try it.
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    07-20-2015 05:40 PM
  17. syspry's Avatar
    100% agree. It's one thing to gain capacity by tweaking or disabling a few things that don't impact usability, but quite another to sacrifice functionality to avoid charging. On my S4, I used Juice Defender Ultimate and while it substantially extended my battery capacity, I found myself either disabling its features or suffering with lost messages, no connectivity, hangs, reboots, etc. I finally realized I was being the phone equivalent of a "miler", those annoying guys that will do anything to maximize their gas mileage, including being a traffic hazard/nuisance, breaking/stretching laws, and stressing themselves out in the name of higher mileage.
    Great. Nothing wrong with that as it works for you. Functionality is objective also. But most can't read or see at 0%. If i set mine at 0%, i can get a few more hours but i can't see it, so it dwindles my functionality. Most stick with 30 to 40% to get the right mixture of usage and battery life. So basically, you're in the minority. For me and most others, being at 0 to achieve your kind of usage is non comparable.

    Kind of like taking a challengers V8 hemi out and replacing it with a 4 banger Then going into a challenger forum touting you get 33 miles to the gallon.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    You both hit the nail right on the head about what killed this phone for my next upgrade. There's far too many "guides" on how to get decent battery life. Translation: the S6 has unimpressive battery life without an irritating level of research and user intervention. If sub par battery life is not a purchasing criteria, then basically the S6's only attraction over the G4 and Z3 right now is the camera. I might get tarred and feathered for saying this but if a buyer had no OS preference at all, the iPhone 6+ is looking to be the way to go this year pending Fall releases from nexus, moto, sony for a phone with a superior camera and good battery life, nice build quality, and reliability.
    07-20-2015 07:18 PM
  18. razza1987's Avatar
    You both hit the nail right on the head about what killed this phone for my next upgrade. There's far too many "guides" on how to get decent battery life. Translation: the S6 has unimpressive battery life without an irritating level of research and user intervention. If sub par battery life is not a purchasing criteria, then basically the S6's only attraction over the G4 and Z3 right now is the camera. I might get tarred and feathered for saying this but if a buyer had no OS preference at all, the iPhone 6+ is looking to be the way to go this year pending Fall releases from nexus, moto, sony for a phone with a superior camera and good battery life, nice build quality, and reliability.
    There's a reason I kept my six plus as well as my S6
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    07-20-2015 07:29 PM
  19. drone3's Avatar
    S6 needs a lot of tweaks to get the battery right. I'm averaging 3.5-4hrs SOT 10-11hrs total (post tweaks). I need one full charge in the afternoon to get me to midnight. Its a great phone but the battery is so-so, I blame the small battery, poor cell reception, WiFi bug drain etc...

    dreaming of electric sheep
    07-21-2015 06:48 AM
  20. warpdrive's Avatar
    You both hit the nail right on the head about what killed this phone for my next upgrade. There's far too many "guides" on how to get decent battery life. Translation: the S6 has unimpressive battery life without an irritating level of research and user intervention. If sub par battery life is not a purchasing criteria, then basically the S6's only attraction over the G4 and Z3 right now is the camera. I might get tarred and feathered for saying this but if a buyer had no OS preference at all, the iPhone 6+ is looking to be the way to go this year pending Fall releases from nexus, moto, sony for a phone with a superior camera and good battery life, nice build quality, and reliability.
    Don't dare go into the G4 forums, or any other forum for that matter as you'll also find battery saving settings listed there as well. As for Motorola, they have a history of poor battery life. Nexus, not much better history.

    I will say that lollipop has borked battery life for most phones. But it's just easier to blame Samsung. I'll also say that my zf2 and m8 both have the same tweaks to help save battery life as my S6. Nothing different between phones. Oh, and the longest running phone that I have regardless of battery size? The S6.

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    07-21-2015 10:08 AM
  21. eao1991's Avatar
    Don't dare go into the G4 forums, or any other forum for that matter as you'll also find battery saving settings listed there as well. As for Motorola, they have a history of poor battery life. Nexus, not much better history.

    I will say that lollipop has borked battery life for most phones. But it's just easier to blame Samsung. I'll also say that my zf2 and m8 both have the same tweaks to help save battery life as my S6. Nothing different between phones. Oh, and the longest running phone that I have regardless of battery size? The S6.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Lollipop did definitely ruin battery life. I had the Note 4 before it got the Lollipop update and battery life on it was phenomenal. As odd as it may sound, battery life has been pretty much the same for the three Lollipop devices I've owned (Nexus 6, S6, and G4). I no longer own the Nexus or G4, but below are a couple of links to screenshots I took for battery life on the S6 and G4. I forgot to do the same for the Nexus back when I owned it. I'm not going to go through and list all my settings, but my carrier is Verizon, location is always active, and I manually manage the screen brightness.

    LG G4 battery life

    GS6 battery life
    07-21-2015 12:54 PM
  22. razza1987's Avatar
    I know. I've seen your posts. I also know you turn your screen all the way to zero amongst other things to achieve it. I'm not saying it's wrong, just that others like me aren't willing to sacrifice everything the phone is capable of to achieve something that shouldn't be an issue in the first place.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    So I listened to what you and others on here were saying about my battery life on my s6 and the fact that my phone was on zero percent brightness so I decided to test it on brighter to see what would happen. The only difference I made was increasing the brightness. The last two screen shots are obviously darker because the screen gets darker once your battery gets to 5%. Here is my results. I will not be keeping it on this level of brightness because it hurt my eyes but I was just curious how the settings would go on my phone on a different brightness level
    Attached Thumbnails real battery life. S6,G4,G3-1437587690108.jpg   real battery life. S6,G4,G3-1437587701632.jpg   real battery life. S6,G4,G3-1437587714766.jpg  
    07-22-2015 12:55 PM
  23. syspry's Avatar
    So I listened to what you and others on here were saying about my battery life on my s6 and the fact that my phone was on zero percent brightness so I decided to test it on brighter to see what would happen. The only difference I made was increasing the brightness. The last two screen shots are obviously darker because the screen gets darker once your battery gets to 5%. Here is my results. I will not be keeping it on this level of brightness because it hurt my eyes but I was just curious how the settings would go on my phone on a different brightness level
    I'm the opposite of you, I can't stand anything less than 50% at the absolute minimum, and require higher often because of using outdoors frequently. I'm afraid the results people get under those conditions are too poor for my tastes. And those conditions didn't cause a battery issue for my previous and current phones. I'm not just pointing the finger at Samsung here though. I doubt any of the OEM's could've predicted that battery life on lollipop would end up so poorly coded, needing at least 3k MaH batteries (preferably higher) to compensate.

    I think the plain and uncomfortable truth here is that Android smart phones are simply not ready to have pleasing battery life on devices sporting qhd displays running lollipop. To clarify that statement, I define pleasing as being able to unplug at 8am and not have to bother worrying about charging until sometime the next day's morning under medium usage.
    07-22-2015 07:56 PM
  24. mgfjd12's Avatar
    Excellent battery life here.

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    Attached Thumbnails real battery life. S6,G4,G3-2333.jpg   real battery life. S6,G4,G3-2334.jpg  
    07-22-2015 10:59 PM

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