1. Hvacmanjc's Avatar
    Hello all. First off, did I make a mistake getting this and getting rid of my Galaxy S2? Seems to be a battery hog, big time. I did go in and turn it from CDMA/LTE to just CDMA and seems to help a bit. His does the phone go from 3G to LTE? Possibly automatically searches for it and that is what's draining the battery. I don't know how to root so I am just a stock ROM guy. Is there any really cool apps for a stock guy and any really good launchers? Just trying to make sure I didn't make a mistake going to this phone from my S2? Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

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    11-11-2012 04:07 PM
  2. Danf's Avatar
    Check out apex launcher it is one of the best. Nova launcher is also popular.
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    11-11-2012 04:36 PM
  3. Verdes8891's Avatar
    You didn't make a mistake by getting this and getting rid of your s2. I did the same back in July.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    11-12-2012 06:09 PM
  4. Mobius360's Avatar
    See if Sprint will still give you the extended battery for free by calling their sales team. If not they sale the stock battery with the external charger or the extended without the charger. I'm sure there's plenty of third party options too.

    I've found success to help with the battery with the application Green Power. The phone is a battery hog though but I think a lot of it has to do with your signal.

    I am very happy with Nova Launcher myself. It adds just enough customizable options that I find it to be perfect for my needs.

    Check out Lightflow to really take advantage of the notification light on your new Nexus.

    I also like Battery Widget Reborn. It displays my battery power in the drop down notification area and looks like it's part of the stock OS. I also like an app called Power Toggles.

    I believe all the apps I mentioned are available in free and paid versions.

    As far as did you make a mistake upgrading from your S2, well I'd say no but it can be debatable. If you had a good WiMax signal for example. The camera is probably better on the S2 as well. The Nexus has faster updates, better screen and the future of LTE. Plus the whole Stock Android vs. Touchwiz Android which everyone probably has their own opinions about.

    60% of the time it works every time!
    *Sprint HIGH Speed 3G/LTE Nexus*
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    11-12-2012 06:13 PM
  5. Bront's Avatar
    As with any android device, managing your power usage can help extend your battery life. Quick tips:
    1) Turn off Roaming. Saves on singal searching.
    2) Turn of 4G unless you need data now. (I wish I had an easy 4G switch) LTE sucks power.
    3) Turn down the brightness. Autobrightness is ok, as low as you can is better (I keep mine on the lowest auto setting and only change it if I'm outside mid-day, as that's the only time it's an issue for me)
    4) Use Wifi when you can for data, turn wifi off when you aren't using it.
    5) Turn GPS off when you don't need it.
    6) Don't synch things often. Facebook, twitter, email, and other apps will all try to synch in the background. Turning it down/off will help save battery.
    7) (Special for the Nexus/S3) turn off NFC (Near Field Communications). Turn it on when you need it (Google Wallet, android connect).
    8) Turn off Bluetooth unless you're using it (see a pattern)?

    I was sucking battery like mad for a while when I first got it. After I finally tweaked everything, that helped a lot. I also found some apps suck more battery life than others, such as swapping out The Weather Channel app for Weather Bug Elite (which didn't work till about 2 weeks ago on JB) actually saved me 10% of my daily battery usage (Probably has something to do with how they deal with background data and location).

    Finally, I suggest running your battery down to near device death a few times. It seems to help calibrate the battery a bit. Do NOT to the run down, pull battery, restart till it won't thing, as that can kill the battery. Just run it down to under 5% and then charge it fully a few times.

    Depending on your usage, your battery life will improve. Now that I don't fiddle with my new toy as much, I can get a full day (~16 hours) with 40-50% left with a few phone calls (maybe 10-30 minutes worth), ~4 hours of local music playing, and maybe 1-3 hours of other app/phone use (games, data usage, etc).

    Also, if you can, try to use darker schemes. White/bright tends to eat more battery screen time than dark/black. I'd swear I got some extra battery life swapping from the default pulse live wallpaper to the darker bubbles wallpaper.

    Also, I have the extended battery from Sprint, though I didn't notice a huge difference. I'd recommend looking into it, as the extended battery back on that is pretty tame compared to some of the other ones online.

    Also, you can try clearing your caches (regular and Delvik) and let it "reoptimize" your apps. Not sure if that helps, but it can't hurt.

    (yeah, lots of alsos. Sorry)
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    11-13-2012 04:07 PM

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