- 09-10-2013, 07:56 AM #1
The reason I ask is that I have a 920 which has a mind of it's own when it comes to battery life. It will regularly drop 30% in an hour just from listening to music via Bluetooth, as for surfing the net? Massive drain. It's never decent though, never.
I am really liking the look of the 1020 but not convinced that the power consumption issues present aren't caused by the operating system itself combined with the horrible batteries.
So are you considering leaving Windows/Lumia? Or is it just me?
NB. PLEASE do not start posting your "how to save your battery" tips, I've done them all, yes all, including the one you think ios the answer. It's not.
Wifi off, Bluetooth off, no live tiles, normal screen sensitivity, adjust screen for sunlight off, check for updates off, NFC off, brightness normal, colour scheme normal, GPS off, No Facebook app, No Skype. Glance screen off, tap to wake off, only three background tasks enabled and anything else you can think of is off too! Still won't last 12 hours with light use, If I am going on a day trip it won't last a day even in battery saving mode. All this means I may as well have a phone from 2009. Such a shame.
09-10-2013, 08:08 AM #4
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I get 22 hours (sometimes more) out of mine, pretty much everything on (Facebook, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, glance etc.).
I'd suspect it's either something screwy which a reset or flash would fix or your battery is duff.
I did have battery and heat problems after I had the portico update, but after a reset they went away.
- 09-10-2013, 08:21 AM #7
I do a lot of WiFi streaming of music and videos at night, and I use my 521 constantly (mostly apps not calls) during the day. I average about 12 hours of battery life when I am unplugged, although I am usually at my desk working in the daytime and leave it plugged in. My WiFi is always on. My previous phone was a dumb phone that would go for 3 days without plugging in, but it did almost nothing except make phone calls SMS, and keep my calender. Most of my family have high-end Androids and some of them only get 5 or 6 hours. Since I am usually near a wall socket, the battery life doesn't' bother me much.
- 09-10-2013, 08:27 AM #9
- 09-10-2013, 08:38 AM #10
Just an addendum from the Battery app. I have only owned this phone about 4 weeks, but here is what the averages are:
Plugged In: 115 times (I usually plug and unplug when I leave my desk during the day)
Discharge Speed: 8.73%/hour
Batter Life: 11:26 hours
Recharge Speed 36.42%/hr
Full Recharge Time: 2 hours, 44 minutes.
09-10-2013, 08:40 AM #11
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Not a battery saving tip per say but something I noticed on my phone. A while back my phone developed a line on the screen. It also had a battery problem. It would drain at an average of about 15% an hour even with most background apps disabled and light usage. I had the phone replace under warranty and when I got my replacement I reinstalled all the apps and even left all my background apps running. I set my start screen up exactly like my original phone. With this phone my battery drain never goes above 6% an hour. The one thing I notice different is that where my old phone had the AT&T Logo and the letters ATT, my new one only has the Logo. The reason I think this is significant is because my wife complains about her battery and she has the phone with the letters. My daughter has a phone with just the Logo and never complains about her battery and she is a typical teenager and uses her phone much more than my wife or I do. I wonder if these phones with just the Logo are a sort of 'second generation' and the battery issue was fixed.
09-10-2013, 09:51 AM #17
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It is a nuisance, but it's a hardware issue more than anything. When the phone drains sitting there doing nothing, that may be something to do with the OS, but when the battery drains playing a game, for example, that's a consequence of the device. The processors get maxed out too easily and drain the battery more rapidly than they should.
A bigger battery might only help marginally. The 920 already has a much larger battery than the iPhone 5 and that phone enjoys better battery life despite more powerful processors. So clearly there are some inherent drawbacks with the hardware Nokia selected for the Lumia 920/1020.
The second factor here is that this isn't unique to Windows Phone as many Android phones suffer similar issues. All that needs to happen is that the next gen Lumias feature better hardware.
09-10-2013, 10:04 AM #18
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OK, seeing as no one seems to be answering the actual question with anything other than what he originally asked, I will. No, the battery performance is not enough to drive me away, Although my performance isnt as bad as yours per say, i do charge every day, but i have a wall plug at home, a car charger and a wireless charger for work so i am never really going to be stuck. The 920 is without doubt the best phone i have owned, i had android before (wasn't the best, an xperia mini pro with ICS) and i have no interest in iOS. This phone (in my opinion is way better than both) and a battery life that might not be up to the others, is not enough to drive me away.
i would maybe take the advice of hcrick and try and get a new unit (presuming you are still under warranty or have insurance)
- 09-10-2013, 10:16 AM #19
Question is: What are you going to switch to? I hear Android and IOS users complain all the time about how bad there battery performance is. Truth be told, these devices are at a point where current battery technology cannot keep up. One way or the other your just gonna have to live with it and accept the limitations.
09-10-2013, 10:28 AM #20
- 56 Posts
Sorta. I had a 920 for about 9 months. Battery life wasn't great, but better than you are describing. Then, it randomly had battery life like yours, if not worse. So I reset the phone, and got stuck on the spinning gears/bricked it. Got it swapped out with a "new" one (almost positive it was actually a refurb), and the battery life on that one has been great. It also doesn't have the front camera dust problem.
About the only thing I do now is turn it off and back on occasionally when I notice it start to get hot without any apparent reason. This seems to occur due to a combo of Facebook and web surfing as far as I can tell (such as clicking on a link in Facebook and reading an article in IE), but even then this isn't consistent, so I'm not positive that is the source.
I rarely use Bluetooth, so I can't tell you if the "new" phone has any problems with that. And battery drain is always bad on certain games.
- 09-10-2013, 10:49 AM #21
yes and NO, when ever I get pissed that I only get 3 hrs out the phone I start cursing and go back to my HTC ONE, it only takes couple of hrs to realize that WP is better(and charge the phone and switch back) and I should stick it out until MS or Nokia fixes the issue. I believe the issue is with the kernel or something very intricate with in the OS, which is why they are waiting till 8.1 to fix it, I just cant find any other reason as to why they are waiting too long to fix this battery draining problem. Nokia or MS haven't commented on this(that I know of) which is why I was hoping it would quietly be fixed with GDR2 but it wasn't, which then lead me to the above statement.
suck it up and wait till 8.1 it should only be another 6 months or so :)
- 09-10-2013, 11:09 AM #22
No, battery sometimes sucks but otherwise the phone is great.
I'm sure some apps do cause the OS to drain badly. This week my phones been pretty good, got 20 hours one day. Get a battery app that notifies you when high drain is occurring, then reboot the phone when that happens.
- 09-10-2013, 11:23 AM #24
I don't know enough about how the Windows phones work to say much, but I do know that on my old Blackberry you had to turn the GPS on and off manually. When you turned it on, it pretty much cut the battery life in half. As others have suggested your battery life may be getting eaten up by some background app(s) using location services.
- 09-10-2013, 11:31 AM #25
I've had my 920 for four months now, used an 810 before it. On Friday and Sunday, my battery was crap, but that's unusual as I've usually been getting at least a good day's worth of battery life. I charged my 920 on Sunday evening and ended up going a day and around two hours before charging again (it was at 18% when I put it on the charger at midnight last night). I came from an iPhone 4 that had really good battery life when it was running iOS 5, but since upping to iOS 6, that changed and the battery began draining faster. So, no, I don't think I would switch from my current phone or leave the WP platform at all. In fact, I'm considering getting a yellow 1020 at some point in the future if Rogers gets it (my 920 is an unlocked Rogers on T-Mobile).
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