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  1. stratagems's Avatar
    I'm getting at least 12 hours (last checked @ 25%) on a stock battery running LeeDrOiD v1.1 and kernel 1.3 woohah! figured since a lot of people were complaining, I'd say a good tip (if you can and know how) is to root the phone :-D
    other than rooting and installing LeeDrOiD how did you extend your battery life by so much? I just did this last night but am not sure I removed all the necessary bloatware to notice an improvement.
    08-08-2011 03:38 PM
  2. SirMario's Avatar
    It would be cool if someone makes a list of the bloatware that can be removed safely...
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    08-08-2011 03:56 PM
  3. jessmags's Avatar
    This is going to sound dumb, but I will risk the humiliation: what does rooted mean???
    08-09-2011 11:27 PM
  4. jbrandonf's Avatar
    This is going to sound dumb, but I will risk the humiliation: what does rooted mean???
    It means gaining root access to the phones firmware so get permissions that are not ordinarily available. Try using Google if you have any questions about anything tech related.
    08-10-2011 10:15 AM
  5. milominderbinde's Avatar
    Like your new home screen, background, or just want easy access to your phone's apps while your phone is on your desk? Frustrated that it always goes locks and turns the screen off while it is plugged in and charging?

    Here's the setting to keep your screen on while charging:
    Settings -> Applications -> Development -> enable stay awake

    Not sure why they would hide this setting under development when you'd think it would be under screen options or power settings... but there it is....
    Good one. I added it to the Getting Started Tips & Tricks section on Setup:

    Applications > Development: Stay awake ON to keep screen on when charging.

    Also, if you love your Sensation, Vote for T-Mobile's best Android phone. The Readers CHoice awards poll is still open.
    08-11-2011 11:38 AM
  6. kenman345#AC's Avatar
    I bought this battery and fully charged my phone. According to Battery Calibration app at 100% capacity the size was 1490mAH. Well below the 1900mAH claimed by CHICHITECH.

    However, I DO see more life out of this battery than I did out of my stock battery, although under heavy load (i.e. the hour I spend in my morning carpool listening to sports radio and an hour of GPS navigation will suck either battery dry) I still get around 4hours of life max from one full charge cycle.
    Dont batteries reach their peak performance after being stretched a few times. Did you check the battery capacity with the calibration app after running it down and charging it fully a few times? did you also turn off your phone while it was plugged in order to make sure it was fully charged? I have the same battery, but have not rooted my phone so i havent tried the calibration software yet. I am curios to know the conditions in which you received this reading.
    08-11-2011 12:34 PM
  7. rickm8384's Avatar
    Thanks so much for answering!

    So since the day I posted that a few more interesting things have happened. Number 1 my phone easily lasts me through the day now (i.e. it stays charging until I leave my house at 8AM and then I typically do not need to recharge it until I get home at around 8PM. That's with 2 hours of listening to the radio on it and moderate calling and texting) but also for some reason the calibration app is STILL reading stupid numbers. On a given day with a full charge (though not with the phone off. I generally only turn the phone off on saturdays) I will get anywhere between 1400 and 1500mAH, well below the advertised 1920mAH.

    It's strange no?
    08-11-2011 04:41 PM
  8. provengr8nes's Avatar
    Some of these batteries i heard are frauds though so you should be careful when buying them. Ive seen people peel the stickers off of a 1900 may battery and it says 1200!
    08-15-2011 07:07 AM
  9. Double_A26's Avatar
    I'll add a couple to the list here...

    - In an open space, pressing and holding of the screen will bring up the Personalize menu...
    - Pressing and holding of the Home button will bring up Recent Programs...
    - You can swipe down the notifications bar from the top of the screen, swipe back up to close it...
    - Holding the search button will allow you to speak what you are searching for..
    09-11-2011 10:00 PM
  10. palps's Avatar
    All I know is my battery Life is HORRIBLE. But I still LOVE the phone and have no intention on getting rid of it, I love it. I read some forums and went on amazon.com like they did and looked for this 1900 MaH battery for the Sensation that they were talking about. It's the same size at this one so it doesn't add bulkiness and both of them got all 5 star ratings and the comments said it make a HUGE difference in battery life.Now I don't believe everything I read and all that, but one battery is $11.00 USD and the other is %18.00 USD. So worse case scenario , I drop 20 bucks and have an extra battery to keep on me. Best case scenario , the battery gives my phone another %25. Witch would be great. I think I'm going to take the plunge on payday. When I get it, I'll be sure to post on here how it works and all of that......
    I bought a set of two Anker 1900 batteries and a wall charger from Amazon ($38) and I love it! First off the 1900 battery vs the 1520 made a big difference for me and with the wall charger I always have a fully charged battery waiting for me, I'm never plugged in to a wall.
    09-12-2011 06:37 AM
  11. pantlesspenguin's Avatar
    I bought a set of two Anker 1900 batteries and a wall charger from Amazon ($38) and I love it! First off the 1900 battery vs the 1520 made a big difference for me and with the wall charger I always have a fully charged battery waiting for me, I'm never plugged in to a wall.
    I bought an Anker 1900mah battery from ebay for $11 and it's wonderful.

    This hasn't been mentioned yet, but a handy trick that came with the 2.3.4 update is screenshot w/o root. Press and hold the power button, then quickly press the home button. The screenshot will be in your gallery.
    09-12-2011 11:46 AM
  12. bradster12's Avatar
    Yes, I have been using the CHICHITEC 1900mAh for about 2 weeks now. I like it. On all of these battery issues, I'd like to mention that my experience with Android devises is that the screen activity consumes most of the battery life as is observed in Settings>About Phone>Battery. Any animated wallpapers, widgets not native to the devise, task killers, etc... all consume the battery. Notice the popular task killer apps in action. As you kill the tasks, then kill again and again, well,,,, the apps all rise up from the dead like zombies. These zombie apps get their new life from ... the battery...! My point is that each time you do that, it requires battery power to re-start the apps. Plus, these apps tend to run in the background. If you want to end apps running in the background, go to Settings>Applications>Running Services. Syncing with Outlook for work or multiple email and calendar sync actions will eat the battery for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My new Sensation has a nice Task Manager app and I periodically employ the Kill and Refresh action. The best thing to do is keep the devise as simple as possible. Set your usage priorities. For example, during the work week, I sync like crazy with Outlook and multiple email accounts. On the weekends, I turn those actions off. I hope this helps you all a little.
    09-12-2011 11:30 PM
  13. ma3loom's Avatar
    This is an android build tip but took me forever to find. If you ever want to get a screen capture - hold down your power button and as you do so press the home button. You'll get a screen capture.

    It sometimes bugs up and continues to do so as you hit the power button, it'll correct itself if you just hit the power button again...

    Hope that helps.
    10-12-2011 12:57 AM
  14. csway4's Avatar
    I have found the best way to save the battery life is to use the mobile network widget. I put it on my home-screen and whenever I am not using the internet for anythig I turn it off and when I need to use the internet its as easy as pushing a button. To find the widget go to widgets -> settings -> mobile network. Nothing will sync while the mobile network is off but once you turn it on everything syncs.
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    10-16-2011 12:50 AM
  15. ajonesma's Avatar
    A tip the T-Mo representative told me to maximize my battery life when I first bought my phone was to completely let the battery die out first. Then after charge it to 100% while avoiding to use it or play with it!
    Its gonna be hard not to play with it for that long lol
    10-18-2011 06:34 AM
  16. jason12345's Avatar
    removed not useful applications,close GPS,WIFI when after using.lower brightness
    10-23-2011 10:18 PM
  17. Dual2thecore's Avatar
    Looks like the EVO 3D battery fits the Sensation perfectly....see another post about this as getting this 1730mAh battery should get you about 20% more up time!
    Yup, I got 3 1800's as replacements, & they're great!
    I get anywhere fro 3-5 hours more(depending on usage.), & it doesn't get hot like the OEM battery.
    01-21-2012 12:52 AM
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