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  1. DavidinCT's Avatar
    That's kinda the problem too. People want their phones to be all powerful and do everything in their wildest dreams. A phone is just that. A phone. People keep wanting need technology that they're putting in computers to be put in their cell phones. Like the i7 processor in a surface. I don't see that happening for a long time just because the i7 is a battery destroyer. You can't have a phone that has good battery life with day to day features like email, texting, light browsing and business apps and have that same phone keep up with gaming, movies and music. At least not at this point in time. Some day we might have the best of both worlds but I don't see it yet.Sorry, this wasn't directed at you or anything. Just liked what you said and wanted to add. :)
    Yea, I know this is kind of off topic but, The phones have been upgraded, multi core CPUS, bigger displays, more memory and these chips are all 100% faster than phones just 3-4 years ago but, one thing we have not changed or had any new tech in is in battery tech. We are still using the basic battery layouts as we used 3-4 years ago. I dream of a day when I only need to charge my phone once a week, with heavy use....

    Maybe I just need a Nuclear power plant in my pocket but, this is one are I want to see a major step up in...


    As for battery problems in Windows Phone 8/8.1, Check your apps that are running in the background, It could be one app polling for data that could be killing your battery, also, if your in spotty coverage area and a app is doing this. Go into Settings, slide over, and look over background apps, disable all for a test, Run you phone for a day to see how battery is, then enable one by one till you have a drain problem.

    This is normally a App problem and can cause a headache with some people. I disable all besides a few apps that I use a lot of, like weave, my weather app, and one more but, everything else is disabled. On my 928, I can get 2-3 days with light use but, on a heavy use day, I can get through 95% of the day with out neededing to charge...
    04-10-2014 08:01 AM
  2. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    Yea, I know this is kind of off topic but, The phones have been upgraded, multi core CPUS, bigger displays, more memory and these chips are all 100% faster than phones just 3-4 years ago but, one thing we have not changed or had any new tech in is in battery tech. We are still using the basic battery layouts as we used 3-4 years ago. I dream of a day when I only need to charge my phone once a week, with heavy use....

    Maybe I just need a Nuclear power plant in my pocket but, this is one are I want to see a major step up in...


    As for battery problems in Windows Phone 8/8.1, Check your apps that are running in the background, It could be one app polling for data that could be killing your battery, also, if your in spotty coverage area and a app is doing this. Go into Settings, slide over, and look over background apps, disable all for a test, Run you phone for a day to see how battery is, then enable one by one till you have a drain problem.

    This is normally a App problem and can cause a headache with some people. I disable all besides a few apps that I use a lot of, like weave, my weather app, and one more but, everything else is disabled. On my 928, I can get 2-3 days with light use but, on a heavy use day, I can get through 95% of the day with out neededing to charge...
    Yeah I agree. Everything is progressing except the battery. But if Microsoft said they come out with a phone that didn't have anything knew with the software and technology but the battery will last 3 days straight, people would have a fit. I would love it cause I think we're doing pretty well with apps and the camera and programs and would love a longer lasting battery. The general public on the other hand would throw huge fits. Just look at what they did when Cortana didn't work perfectly or that they didn't come out with an SD slot in the 930, people freaked. Haha. Those little things.
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    04-10-2014 09:12 AM
  3. LCW's Avatar
    Do the various "Battery" apps in WP 8 cause major battery drain? Is there one that most people use?
    04-10-2014 10:12 AM
  4. mtalinm's Avatar
    Yeah I agree. Everything is progressing except the battery. But if Microsoft said they come out with a phone that didn't have anything knew with the software and technology but the battery will last 3 days straight, people would have a fit. I would love it cause I think we're doing pretty well with apps and the camera and programs and would love a longer lasting battery. The general public on the other hand would throw huge fits. Just look at what they did when Cortana didn't work perfectly or that they didn't come out with an SD slot in the 930, people freaked. Haha. Those little things.
    no. batteries are becoming more capable, but the power demands grow at an even faster rate. most manufacturers have concluded that consumers will tolerate a battery that sorta-kinda lasts a whole day because they can charge while they are commuting to/from work. Apple has clearly made this bet. it's not as if the phones with amazing batteries (LG G2, lumia 1520, Droid MAXX) have completely blown away the industry. they just haven't. maybe people should care more about battery but they are voting with their feet.

    take me for instance. i had the horrible half-day battery life with the HTC Thunderbolt, but did I get a Droid MAXX or LG G2? Almost. But I wanted a better camera so I waited for the LUmia Icon. go figure.

    btw some MIT students have a prototype of "real" wireless charging so the battery fills up while it's in your pocket. you have to be within a foot or two of the charging station, but if there's one at your desk and one in your car that should work well. add them to trains and airports and it's even better.
    04-10-2014 10:33 AM
  5. cbreze's Avatar
    Do the various "Battery" apps in WP 8 cause major battery drain? Is there one that most people use?
    I tried some different ones, but honestly didn't really see the need for one. Some have definitely reported higher battery use with using them. Whether or not one is better than another regarding power drain is debatable. I just use my icon and don't worry about the battery. One thing I've noticed is if I need a quick charge of say 40% to get me thru it seems to charge back up to that very fast. I can come home for lunch, plug in, grab a sandwich and BAM in short order I've gotten a nice power boost. I don't sweat the small stuff and battery life IMO is small stuff with the icon.
    04-10-2014 12:55 PM
  6. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Do the various "Battery" apps in WP 8 cause major battery drain? Is there one that most people use?
    They are useless. You can see the exact percentage of the battery in the settings menu. They dont save any juice.
    But at least with wp8.1 we have battery sense, so all these crap apps disappear.
    04-10-2014 01:16 PM
  7. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    They are useless. You can see the exact percentage of the battery in the settings menu. They dont save any juice.
    But at least with wp8.1 we have battery sense, so all these crap apps disappear.
    That's a bit harsh. Some of the battery apps can be useful. I don't use any of them. I prefer to just use Skinnery to pin the battery saver setting to my start menu.

    WP8.1 will have battery sense, which will be very nice.
    04-10-2014 01:27 PM
  8. gernerttl's Avatar
    Chris's critique may be a bit harsh, but I agree, battery apps are not very useful. I used "Battery" for a while and found that other than draining my battery quicker, it didn't help me much. The Icon's battery life is such that I stopped worrying if I'm running out of juice.

    Another issue I read about is the battery not charging while using Here+ Drive. I've found that to be a problem, but not because of the phone or charger. The issue isn't the app draining fast. It's more likely the phone getting hot from sitting on the dash. Most people use car mounts that either sit on the dash (as does mine), or stuck to the windshield. That exposes it to sunlight, which warms up the phone to the point where the battery stops charging. I've run into to this back in AZ where I had to leave my phone in my car. Even when it was in the center console, the heat was enough to keep the battery from charging properly, even when plugged in.
    04-10-2014 05:05 PM
  9. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Batteries hate heat. So you shouldn't play and charge for example. But it does really stop charging if too hot/? Cool

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    04-10-2014 05:32 PM
  10. gernerttl's Avatar
    Yes they do.

    My Galaxy Nexus would actually say that it was over heating and stop charging. My Icon doesn't give me an over heat warning, but it just stops charging.

    I've found that running my car's A/C through the defrosting vents on the dash helps keep my phone cooler and keeps it from over heating.
    04-10-2014 05:48 PM
  11. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Ah ok, I remember ipods doing this in the Sommer. Without charging... :)

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    04-10-2014 06:19 PM
  12. bayanii's Avatar
    I quantify "wrong" as using their phones like gameboys or playing music all day or texting so much the phone never actually sleeps.

    But that's a crazy drop. Idk why my phone is so good. I rarely go below 60%. If I do, its cause I had a boring day and I was on it all day using it wrong.

    Do you have battery saver on?
    That's how I use my icon. Add photography to that as well. Music doesn't really drain. As long as the screens off it will go for 7 hours straight. I tested it out.
    04-10-2014 11:20 PM
  13. jpling's Avatar
    Compared to my g2 and galaxy note2/3 the icons battery is laughable and that's putting it nicely. Having said that I love my ICON and is one of the beat phones I've ever had and can not wait til dev preview 8.1!!! Wireless chargers are a mist for me. Even with my 928 it seemed like I was always charging it. I'm a heavy user though. Music , downloads, GPS, video clips, lots of pics daily. Use that phone! Charge when needed. Get an external battery pack if you are away from an outlet for extended periods.
    04-11-2014 05:08 AM
  14. joeynox's Avatar
    Compared to my g2 and galaxy note2/3 the icons battery is laughable and that's putting it nicely. Having said that I love my ICON and is one of the beat phones I've ever had and can not wait til dev preview 8.1!!! Wireless chargers are a mist for me. Even with my 928 it seemed like I was always charging it. I'm a heavy user though. Music , downloads, GPS, video clips, lots of pics daily. Use that phone! Charge when needed. Get an external battery pack if you are away from an outlet for extended periods.
    I have the lgg2 and its battery life is amazing. I can go from 6am to 10 pm with heavy usage of text phone calls Bluetooth streaming and gaming . Gaming hurts it alot but I've never had to recharge my g2 like I do have to my 920. Its actually laughable how bad battery life is in the wp8 ecosystem.
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    04-11-2014 05:20 AM
  15. undulose's Avatar
    I have the lgg2 and its battery life is amazing. I can go from 6am to 10 pm with heavy usage of text phone calls Bluetooth streaming and gaming . Gaming hurts it alot but I've never had to recharge my g2 like I do have to my 920. Its actually laughable how bad battery life is in the wp8 ecosystem.



    Battery life is not laughable with WP8; it is even the other way around with Android. Your G2 has a bigger battery than your 920, a thousand mAh more! Your logic is the one that's laughable.





    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 (RM-937 Malaysia) using Tapatalk
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    04-11-2014 05:35 AM
  16. gapost's Avatar
    So, back to the OP's question, I can definitely say the battery on the Icon is better than the 928. At the end of and day, without charging, I'm at 40-50% on the Icon. With the 928 it was near 30% or less. Just another plus for the Icon.

    And yes, battery tech needs to be improved.
    04-11-2014 05:40 AM
  17. A895's Avatar
    Battery life is not laughable with WP8; it is even the other way around with Android. Your G2 has a bigger battery than your 920, a thousand mAh more! Your logic is the one that's laughable.





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    If that's the case why aren't there more WPs with bigger batteries?

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    04-11-2014 08:09 AM
  18. mtalinm's Avatar
    If that's the case why aren't there more WPs with bigger batteries?

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    my guess is that the camera takes up space. or maybe Nokia is otherwise inefficient with its use of space. the G2 is a five-ounce phone with a monster battery. probably would have picked one up if not for 1) weird buttons on back 2) not greatest camera 3) recently having de-Googled.
    04-11-2014 08:30 AM
  19. invertme's Avatar
    So I keep reading through forums and posts and people keep saying their Icons battery life sucks. Am I the only person with an Icon that has great battery life or are there more out there? I couldn't be happier with the battery life. Ever since I started getting smartphone about 7 years ago, I've had horrible battery life until my Icon. Just wondering they're using their phones wrong and sucking the battery dry or if I got lucky.
    Just another fanboy blaming others... nothing to see here and no substance to this thread.
    04-11-2014 08:37 AM
  20. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    Just another fanboy blaming others... nothing to see here and no substance to this thread.
    Who am I blaming?
    04-11-2014 08:39 AM
  21. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Just another fanboy blaming others... nothing to see here and no substance to this thread.
    Hit the breaks and ease up, homie. No need to start something out of nothing.
    04-11-2014 08:58 AM
  22. joeynox's Avatar
    my guess is that the camera takes up space. or maybe Nokia is otherwise inefficient with its use of space. the G2 is a five-ounce phone with a monster battery. probably would have picked one up if not for 1) weird buttons on back 2) not greatest camera 3) recently having de-Googled.
    I was wweary of the button layout also but once oYou use the phone gfora week it makes perfect sense why they put them there. The camera is garbage in low light. Outside in sunlight its gorgeous. The camera doesn't allow enough light in.

    The battery is great and Nokia has to improve this just like apple does. Maybe if apps on wp8 or wp8 itself didn't rape batteries then the 2100 in the 920 would be fine but wp8 isn't conditioned enough
    04-11-2014 11:01 AM
  23. gernerttl's Avatar
    So I keep reading through forums and posts and people keep saying their Icons battery life sucks. Am I the only person with an Icon that has great battery life or are there more out there? I couldn't be happier with the battery life. Ever since I started getting smartphone about 7 years ago, I've had horrible battery life until my Icon. Just wondering they're using their phones wrong and sucking the battery dry or if I got lucky.
    I'm not complaining. I'm getting really good battery life. I did notice for a while I had significant battery drain, and I tracked it down to two apps. The Nokia Motion Monitor and the Battery app were power vampires. Once I uninstalled them, I stopped having excessive battery drain.
    04-11-2014 01:27 PM
  24. undulose's Avatar
    If that's the case why aren't there more WPs with bigger batteries?

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    What you're saying is exactly the proof why battery life on WP8 is not laughable. Look at other phones with 2000 mAh, they don't last long enough like the 920. The only things that beats it (at that battery size) are the Lumia 625 and 720 - and they are both WP 8 phones!

    If iPhones have that size of battery, they could've also beaten it too.

    LG G2 may be a phone with fantastic battery life, but it was even beaten by LG G Flex and Nokia Lumia 1520 in GSMArena's battery life test.



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    04-11-2014 05:00 PM
  25. joeynox's Avatar
    Dude I've been through 6 920's since launch and my brother is on his second white. This forum plus other sites all across the net have documented the poor excuse of battery life on wp8. If its not a Nokia issue than its a wp8 issue. Today is a great example as all I dis was take 10 pics with no flash , check twitter 3 times, was on ie for maybe 15 min all day and I streamed a 45 min podcast with 3 lte bars and by 12pm(started at 7am) I was at 50 something percent. If you don't touch the phone it will last decently due to being in sleep mode but once your in the OS the battery gets raped
    04-11-2014 09:34 PM
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