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The Game 161

macrumors Nehalem
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Dec 15, 2010
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What do you set yours to and what do you think helps your battery life the most?
 

Cnasty

macrumors 68040
Jul 2, 2008
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Max brightness nonstop for my Nexus 6 as it makes this screen really pop and hit its potential.

Sure it isnt the best for battery but it is best for outdoor use, screen clarity, and media consumption in 1440p on YT where I spend a lot of time.

Never have used auto brightness and never will for any device.
 

three

Cancelled
Jan 22, 2008
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I tend to always use auto brightness for all of my devices. I've always been happy with it so I keep it on.
 

The Game 161

macrumors Nehalem
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Dec 15, 2010
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I tried having it on 50% today but at 22.00 ah night it's too damn bright even with power saving mode on
 

epicrayban

macrumors 604
Nov 7, 2014
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S6. No auto brightness. I keep it quite low in fact cause it's already plenty bright (this screen truly is tremendous).

The best thing, though, is if I'm outdoors in sunlight, and can't see, I crank it up full power, and the screen shines through. It's lovely.

Here's where my screen brightness is at:

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bmxracer

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Apr 19, 2014
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I keep mine generally around 30 percent on my s5 as I primarily use it inside. If outside I just crank it up to max. For me it gives me better battery life than just keeping it on auto all the time.
 

MRU

macrumors Penryn
Aug 23, 2005
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S6. No auto brightness. I keep it quite low in fact cause it's already plenty bright (this screen truly is tremendous).



The best thing, though, is if I'm outdoors in sunlight, and can't see, I crank it up full power, and the screen shines through. It's lovely.



Here's where my screen brightness is at:



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Wow I keep mine on Auto and slide brightness meter to the top.
 

maflynn

macrumors Haswell
May 3, 2009
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I set mine brightness (that is no using auto brightness) to the middle. I find max brightness shortens the battery life too much and I don't need it that bright unless I'm outside in the direct sunlight
 

Wrathwitch

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Dec 4, 2009
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On my note 4 auto brightness is the only setting that allows it to get retina burning bright in full sunlight. it's freaky actually. Otherwise its not bright enough in full day sun.
 

LIVEFRMNYC

macrumors G3
Oct 27, 2009
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Auto brightness on my S6 Edge is pretty good, I'm finally impressed. I keep my Note 4 on max brightness, the battery life is just that good.
 

The Game 161

macrumors Nehalem
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Dec 15, 2010
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Auto brightness on my S6 Edge is pretty good, I'm finally impressed. I keep my Note 4 on max brightness, the battery life is just that good.

Mine isn't lately

been getting no more than 4 hours on time screen and about 11-15 hours total.
 

pdqgp

macrumors 68020
Mar 23, 2010
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50-60% manual for me. Auto dims it too much for my liking.

IMO battery issues are moot as these things charge so fast. If I'm down to 50% battery at any point, I just plug it in for 20-30 minutes and it jumps up quite far.
 

Technarchy

macrumors 604
May 21, 2012
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I leave my screen on auto brightness usually.

It's just easier, and Samsung's ultra bright auto outdoors mode is quite useful on sunny days.
 

epicrayban

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Nov 7, 2014
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The brighter a light needs to be the more power it needs to use (to be brighter).

I mean the actual method which the phone judges whether it needs to go brighter or not, does that tax the battery? Constantly checking the lighting in the environment and whatnot?
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
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I mean the actual method which the phone judges whether it needs to go brighter or not, does that tax the battery? Constantly checking the lighting in the environment and whatnot?

You mean how auto brightness works? Yes there's a sensor that is active that is used for that. How taxing that itself is on the battery is something I'm not completely sure of, or whether or not the sensor isn't even used for other things even if auto brightness is disabled (meaning that on its own might not save the sensor from being used).
 

epicrayban

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Nov 7, 2014
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You mean how auto brightness works? Yes there's a sensor that is active that is used for that. How taxing that itself is on the battery is something I'm not completely sure of, or whether or not the sensor isn't even used for other things even if auto brightness is disabled (meaning that on its own might not save the sensor from being used).

Gotcha. Thanks.
 
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