- 10-05-2013, 07:00 AM #1
Soon the phone is going to releases here in Sweden, and the phone has the same price as the Note 3, Z1, and the rest of the high-end phones, so my chooise is pretty much hard, because this will be my first windowsphone.
My questions is, how is the battery life, because i´ve heard when you use "the glance" function, the battery drain like crazy, and when you uses the camera, also the same.
What are you doing with your phones, and how much do you get?
- 10-05-2013, 01:19 PM #7
If you use the phone a lot, the battery will go down fast. I have a "general" discharge rate of about 2% while the thing is sat in my pocket but as soon as I start playing with it, the rate goes up, somewhat unsurprisingly. Playing games, using the camera and web surfing etc, ie screen on and interactive, and I can kill the battery in a couple of hours. But for general use, I'm more than happy with the battery. It's better than my 820.
10-05-2013, 03:33 PM #9
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These are the WP8 phones I have had
I would say that the 1020 for sure has the best battery life and with normal usage, facebook, twitter, text, some games I can go all weekend on a charge. The key with all WP8 phones is getting all the settings right and knowing what to shut off.
- 10-05-2013, 03:43 PM #11
As I had just posted in another thread, it's going to depend on your luck. I got a very sucky one.
Power saving was always on. Cellular data off. Added 2 contacts. Added profile photo ( from SkyDrive ) to those 2 contacts. One failed call. Added Google Calendar web page to a pin tile. Installed World Clock. That's it. All done indoors in my room where there's no sun light to push the screen brighter. Screen was nicely dim even in the dark, actually. Dropped from full charge to 85%. Not a good sign.
But people who have no problem use it any way they see fit and seem to last for days. So I think it boils down to luck.
- 10-05-2013, 04:47 PM #12
In Sweden the phone will cost about $900 at launch, so i don´t want to bet my money at "luck". I´ll will have to ask more user, but as for now, it seems to me that more people having poor battery life, than the one that have good battery life.
And yes, i know, the one who is happy with their phone, and have good battery, usually don´t post.
10-05-2013, 06:33 PM #13
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Sure, defective hardware happens, but I think more battery problems are a result of choices rather than luck. Unfortunately with Windows Phone there are many easy ways to drain the battery faster than necessary, and no tools to help you figure out what specifically is draining the battery. The way you set settings, run/close apps, allow/disallow apps to do things, and generally use the phone will determine your battery life. All it takes is one bad setting, app, or OS bug to ruin your battery life, and it's easy to get several of those at once.
I've been getting 3-4 days on a charge with light but real use. That's no accident or blind luck. I took the time to research, experiment, observe, understand, adapt, and make tradeoffs according to my situation. I could very easily get less than 1 day if I did things differently. If you don't have the patience for this sort of thing, you're not likely to get good results unless you hardly do anything with your phone or just happen to not trigger any of things that drain battery (unlikely but possible).
This problem is not entirely unique to Windows Phone, of course. There are plenty of things you can do on Android to kill your battery too. But at least there you have tools to help you find and fix problems and make informed tradeoffs. With Windows Phone you have to test something for hours or days, make a single change, test again, and repeat over and over. If you try to shortcut the process by changing multiple things at once, you'll never understand which change had which effect. Many people come to faulty conclusions based on such misunderstandings. I hope Microsoft will put more effort into reigning in battery consumption in the future, and that starts with giving users the information they need to make informed decisions.
10-05-2013, 06:50 PM #14
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" I hope Microsoft will put more effort into reigning in battery consumption in the future, and that starts with giving users the information they need to make informed decisions."
Exactly, a really good start would be a proper task manager (with or without the kill option). This would at least show you if a process goes rogue and hammers the cpu with resultant huge battery drain and possible case heating. Then a reboot would solve the issue.The task manager will probably also show which background apps silently gnaw away at the battery, and how often. With a simple task manager, pretty much all these "battery" threads would disappear.
For the record my 1020 seems as good if not better than the 920 and I haven't had (yet) and unreasonable battery drains on the 1020.
I once had a situation on the 920 (and on an iPhone 5 also) where battery drain was so large that a charger almost couldn't keep up. A reboot (soft reset) fixed the issue.
- 10-05-2013, 09:27 PM #15
I consider the Lumia 1020 a battery champion. I leave Wi-fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, Glance Screen, Double-Tap to Wake, push email, and many other features regarded as "battery suckers," and I still knock out 20 hours easy. And should I ever find myself running low, I always have an extra 2-4 hours in reserve thanks to the camera grip.
I've heard of a few people getting crappy battery life even with battery saver on. I think these are defective models, because I'm on my second Lumia 1020 (I shattered the first), and both thus far have been battery champions. All my iPhone friends are envious when I on 45% battery, with all these features on, still get better battery life than they do at 100% with very few features on. It's made me rather snobby about battery life, but hey, what can I say? That's what an awesome battery does to a man.
- 10-05-2013, 11:38 PM #16
- 10-06-2013, 02:13 AM #20
As for the battery life,associated with each, there are a number of factors:
-Frequency Bands it supports
And, you're in India, and your phone should default to looking for a 3G signal, so there's your problem.
10-06-2013, 02:27 PM #23
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My battery life is pretty well though. I get up at 5:20am I go check my phone then I keep it plugged in and I go get ready for school, at 6:15 I grab my phone and go get on the bus( it is weird even when my phone is on silent the alarm blasts), I use it at normal use, surf a bit of the web listen to music about 2 hours in total throughout the day, play games sometimes(this usually determines my battery), text a few friends, rarely use for calling(hate talking on the phone), and maybe stream like 1-2 vine videos to show a friend, but not very likely. Depending on what I did that day especially gaming, I get home from school at 3:00 with battery in the range of 85%-98%. I love the good battery on my phone, I have the Nokia Lumia 822 and battery seems great to me.Forgot to mention I keep battery saver on and a lot of settings that consume battery and that I don't use off. No glance or double tap, these just seem lazy to me. I mean how hard is it to SINGLE tap the unlock button and see the time or unlock your device? I guess we just get lazier each day, I understand a little of glance like if you have a dirty job like a mechanic or something you won't want to touch your phone but other people have no excuse.
10-06-2013, 02:45 PM #24
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Just chiming in on my experience. The battery life is AWESOME as long as you're not taking a million pictures... The Xenon flash uses quite a bit of juice.
For everything else, apps, calls, texts, etc... It's amazing. My old Lumia 900 would get down to empty on a full charge in the late afternoon or evening with how much I use my devices for e-mails and calls. The Lumia 1020 under MORE usage, usually it at around 60-70% by the end of the day. Sample is from using it for 4 days!
- 10-06-2013, 04:27 PM #25
About the Lumia, go to settings/applications/background tasks and disable the ones that do no make sense. I found that some windows phone apps put themselves in there even if it makes no sense...
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