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  1. MicrosoftFoLife'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.
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    04-08-2014 07:52 AM
  2. Darth_Bane's Avatar
    Just wondering they're using their phones wrong and sucking the battery dry or if I got lucky.
    How would you quantify using a phone wrong?

    Last Monday morning I woke up to 59%, when I went to bed it was around 89% I had rebooted the phone in case I had a stuck process before turning in.

    Here's my battery snapshot from Sunday. I was using it through out the day, checking facebook, playing a couple of games (flappy bird/solitaire) surfing the web. Nothing heavy duty. Notice the huge drop off
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    04-08-2014 08:05 AM
  3. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    How would you quantify using a phone wrong?

    Last Monday morning I woke up to 59%, when I went to bed it was around 89% I had rebooted the phone in case I had a stuck process before turning in.

    Here's my battery snapshot from Sunday. I was using it through out the day, checking facebook, playing a couple of games (flappy bird/solitaire) surfing the web. Nothing heavy duty. Notice the huge drop off
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    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?
    04-08-2014 08:42 AM
  4. gapost's Avatar
    Mine is still new so the battery is not at full capacity, but it's pretty good. One thing people need to do is go into Settings/Background Apps and block some of the apps from using background services. I'll bet there are lots of people that install apps and never check this and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed that MS allows so many apps to run automatically as a background service. Some apps give an option with first run, but others do not and some of them suck the battery.
    04-08-2014 08:51 AM
  5. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Day to day, I have no issue with the Icon's battery. It can get me through the work day without needing to be charged. That's with several hours of phone calls, texts, and emails. However, if I'm sitting in a waiting room and want to watch a youtube video, or read some articles on my phone, or play some games, I can't bank on having a strong battery life.

    It's all about how intensely you want to use your phone. That's why battery life opinions are so subjective.
    04-08-2014 08:53 AM
  6. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    Day to day, I have no issue with the Icon's battery. It can get me through the work day without needing to be charged. That's with several hours of phone calls, texts, and emails. However, if I'm sitting in a waiting room and want to watch a youtube video, or read some articles on my phone, or play some games, I can't bank on having a strong battery life.

    It's all about how intensely you want to use your phone. That's why battery life opinions are so subjective.
    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. :)
    04-08-2014 10:03 AM
  7. prasath1234's Avatar
    But I think LG g2 has the best battery life I suppose.

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    04-08-2014 10:15 AM
  8. spicypadthai's Avatar
    I've had mine for 6+ weeks and I get 24 hours with light usage, i.e, mostly texts, checking emails, an hour or two of calls. Playing games or watching video drains it rapidly, even if it's only 15 or 20 minutes. Calls also seem to drain it more than I expected but ironically, talking on my phone is one of the things I do least. Streaming music has been real good. I've done hours without much more than the standby discharge rate. If you use your phone for the basics, checking live tiles, using apps for a few minutes at a time, and you're not planning on hours of calls/gaming/watching video, you'll get a solid day out of a single charge. If you're doing anything regularly for hours other than streaming music, you'll probably be disappointed.
    04-08-2014 11:13 AM
  9. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    I've had mine for 6+ weeks and I get 24 hours with light usage, i.e, mostly texts, checking emails, an hour or two of calls. Playing games or watching video drains it rapidly, even if it's only 15 or 20 minutes. Calls also seem to drain it more than I expected but ironically, talking on my phone is one of the things I do least. Streaming music has been real good. I've done hours without much more than the standby discharge rate. If you use your phone for the basics, checking live tiles, using apps for a few minutes at a time, and you're not planning on hours of calls/gaming/watching video, you'll get a solid day out of a single charge. If you're doing anything regularly for hours other than streaming music, you'll probably be disappointed.
    Calls have been just fine for me. No real battery drainage there.
    04-08-2014 11:18 AM
  10. JudgeHolden's Avatar
    My battery life is miserable. It stated in the past week, though. Can't figure out what changed, but I'm at 5% or so battery left each and every evening now, with light use. Last Saturday I woke up and used the internet in bed for about 20 minutes and killed 25% of my battery.

    Finally realizing the huge issue, I looked at the phone when I took it off the charger this morning, and it showed 18 hours left. 18 hours at 100% charge? I walked to work, about 20 minutes, with music playing and the screen off. 14 hours left. 93%.

    It's at the point where I can't go morning to night without charging. And I am a light user - 20 minutes of talk, 20 minutes of music, maybe 20 minutes of internet (usually less) and maybe 20 texts. Bluetooth is off, WiFi is sometimes off, and music is local, not streaming.
    So yes, battery life is a huge issue for me. If I were using this thing heavily I'd probably have to charge it twice per day.

    The only background apps I've allowed are Weather Channel and Bing Weather. I may uninstall one to see if it's the drain, but I've never had a phone last this little - my 928 used to get twice this. And, like I said, I'm fairly certain this is a new development with this phone, but it makes me extremely unhappy with it. I think my headphone jack is broken as well - in-line controls don't work, the microphone doesn't work if the phone is in my pocket, and today the left ear stopped working. With two sets of headphones... I'm getting very tired of going back to the Microsoft Store with a defective Nokia phone.
    04-08-2014 11:30 AM
  11. spicypadthai's Avatar
    Calls have been just fine for me. No real battery drainage there.
    Guess it depends on your definition of "fine". I don't expect a 20 to 30 minute call to drain upwards of 5% of the battery and that's what I'm consistently seeing.
    04-08-2014 12:04 PM
  12. Darth_Bane's Avatar
    Guess it depends on your definition of "fine". I don't expect a 20 to 30 minute call to drain upwards of 5% of the battery and that's what I'm consistently seeing.
    I don't know of any phone that would handle what you post. My old iPhone 5 had an appreciable drop in the battery after a long conference call. 5% for a 30 minute call isn't much imo.
    04-08-2014 12:14 PM
  13. mtalinm's Avatar
    Guess it depends on your definition of "fine". I don't expect a 20 to 30 minute call to drain upwards of 5% of the battery and that's what I'm consistently seeing.
    you might check out the Droid MAXX or non-Verizon LG G2
    04-08-2014 12:23 PM
  14. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Guess it depends on your definition of "fine". I don't expect a 20 to 30 minute call to drain upwards of 5% of the battery and that's what I'm consistently seeing.
    I talked on the phone on Bluetooth through my car for 45 minutes yesterday and saw a drop of 5%. That's pretty dang good...
    04-08-2014 12:43 PM
  15. spicypadthai's Avatar
    I don't know of any phone that would handle what you post. My old iPhone 5 had an appreciable drop in the battery after a long conference call. 5% for a 30 minute call isn't much imo.
    That's my point. Strictly from a talk time perspective, seems 2+ year old phones perform just as well or better. Even my Droid Bionic at the end performed comparably when it came to calls. Maybe I have higher expectations for a flagship phone. And trust me, I'm a fan of Windows Phone in general and the Icon is a good all around phone. But to say the battery life is great under moderate to heavy usage and/or that it's unrealistic to expect more than 10 hours of talk time is looking at it with rose-colored glasses.
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    04-08-2014 12:45 PM
  16. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    Guess it depends on your definition of "fine". I don't expect a 20 to 30 minute call to drain upwards of 5% of the battery and that's what I'm consistently seeing.
    Yeah I don't have a problem with a 5% drop with a half hour or more phone call. Which idk who much mine drops. Never really pay attention.
    04-08-2014 12:45 PM
  17. spicypadthai's Avatar
    I talked on the phone on Bluetooth through my car for 45 minutes yesterday and saw a drop of 5%. That's exceptional pretty dang good...
    You're right, 5% for 45 minutes in pretty dang good. Maybe even dang good. 5% for 20 minutes is pretty dang bad.
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    04-08-2014 12:47 PM
  18. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Mine is still new so the battery is not at full capacity, but it's pretty good. One thing people need to do is go into Settings/Background Apps and block some of the apps from using background services. I'll bet there are lots of people that install apps and never check this and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed that MS allows so many apps to run automatically as a background service. Some apps give an option with first run, but others do not and some of them suck the battery.



    if you don't use an app for 2 weeks, background gets turned off.
    And other battery hogs are music and games sync for example.





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    04-08-2014 01:19 PM
  19. JudgeHolden's Avatar
    Anyway, I figured out what it was - somewhere along the lines Location Services was turned on. This makes some sense, I'd seen the damn icon a few times and gone nuts trying to figure out what app was using it.

    I turned that off this morning and battery life has, knock on wood, been perfect since.
    04-08-2014 07:21 PM
  20. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Anyway, I figured out what it was - somewhere along the lines Location Services was turned on. This makes some sense, I'd seen the damn icon a few times and gone nuts trying to figure out what app was using it.

    I turned that off this morning and battery life has, knock on wood, been perfect since.
    Wouldn't turning it off negatively effect apps like weather & Here Drive?
    04-08-2014 07:37 PM
  21. admorris#AC's Avatar
    You shouldn't have to cripple a phone to get it to last all day. Battery life is the main thing keeping me from the Icon. I have a feeling the Ativ SE is going to kill it when it comes to battery life.

    Sent from my Z30 using Tapatalk
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    04-08-2014 08:10 PM
  22. A895's Avatar
    You shouldn't have to cripple a phone to get it to last all day. Battery life is the main thing keeping me from the Icon. I have a feeling the Ativ SE is going to kill it when it comes to battery life.

    Sent from my Z30 using Tapatalk
    I used to get flamed a lot for turning off data, GPS, location services, push notifications on everything and disbanding Google search. But that's how I am able to achieve all day battery life consistently. If I'm not using the phone I don't mind all those things are off because it helps with the battery in the long run.

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    04-08-2014 08:16 PM
  23. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    I used to get flamed a lot for turning off data, GPS, location services, push notifications on everything and disbanding Google search. But that's how I am able to achieve all day battery life consistently. If I'm not using the phone I don't mind all those things are off because it helps with the battery in the long run.

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    I keep data on, push on, and I have many apps that I allow to run in the background and I still get all day battery. I don't use battery saver unless battery is low.

    I don't need to cripple my phone yo make it work.
    04-08-2014 08:20 PM
  24. Robinsonmac's Avatar
    I've had 27 phone calls all 5 mins minimum, check & read my email every 20-30 mins, watched a 20 min YouTube video during lunch, replied to 23 texts & used Fuse RSS reader about 7 times. Started @ 7 AM it is now 3:18 & I have 73% left. I have wifi on all the time & location services is on all the time. I have great battery life, much better than my 928
    04-08-2014 08:24 PM
  25. MicrosoftFoLife's Avatar
    You shouldn't have to cripple a phone to get it to last all day. Battery life is the main thing keeping me from the Icon. I have a feeling the Ativ SE is going to kill it when it comes to battery life.

    Sent from my Z30 using Tapatalk
    I'm not having the same experience with battery life on my icon. Mine is great. Lasts about 18 hours. Which is a full for me.
    04-08-2014 09:08 PM
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