Love Android... but

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by apb89, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. apb89 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    I switched from my iPhone 5 to Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the truth is that I do love Android. The only problem is, you guessed it: battery life.

    My Galaxy Nexus dies really quickly.. I am lucky to get like half a days worth of time out of it (~5-6 hours)

    Maybe I am still just a newb at Android multitasking/app control/etc., that I need to learn to manage battery life better?

    I also realize that this has probably been talked about into the ground, but if anyone has any tips/old posts they can link me to extend my battery life, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. mikegasol macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Google is your friend
  3. sc4rf4c3 macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    Verizon sells a 2100mAh extended battery for $30.
  4. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    You can tweak it and improve it a bit but the Galaxy Nexus has too small a battery for what it is. You're not signed into skype on your phone are you? It's often over looked but skype kills battery life if left logged in.
  5. Stropaganda macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    I have a Verizon G-Nex. I've had it since it's release a year ago. I have a couple questions: Did you know it was a year old phone or was the price just too good? Are you on Verizon? If I had to get another phone on Verizon, it would be between the Droid Razr Maxx HD, Droid DNA, or Galaxy Note 2.

    Bad battery life and bad camera are the two cons of the Galaxy Nexus. Longer-than-they-should-be updates as well if you are on Verizon. No phone is perfect and these are it's flaws.

    1. Get the 2100 mAh extended battery for about $35. Keep the original battery in your car or something in case of emergencies.
    2. No live wallpapers.
    3. Get an app called Tasker and have it turn off mobile data when connected to Wifi. Have it turn on auto-sync for 3 minutes every hour.
  6. alancorp macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011

    Why would you do this?? Unless to save a bunch of money. The Galaxy Nexus has one of the worse battery life even with extended battery (Especially LTE verion). You'll need to buy one of those large bulky 3100+ mAh batteries with new cover. Unless you don't use the phone much, you can install Franco kernel with undervolting and it will last you quite a while on standby. You won't get more than 3 hours of on screen time though sorry.

    Trade it and get at least a Nexus 4 or GS3/Note 2 and Razr Maxx HD if you're on Verizon/Sprint. Better yet, get your iPhone 5 back.
  7. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    Check out the app Juice Defender.
    Has doubled my battery life.
  8. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    More to a phone than battery life...:rolleyes:

    It's important, but not the only thing to consider.
  9. alancorp macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011
    Really? How useful is your phone when it's dead? Door stop? :rolleyes:
  10. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    We have lots of ways to manage battery life. You may let yours go dead, we don't.

    I have active phones on both iOS & Android platforms. Battery life is only one of many considerations when I chose a phone, or tablet, or laptop.
  11. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Theres something wrong with his setup or phone. I have the lte galaxy nexus and make it through the day fine. In fact I for the most part have about 65%-75% remaining at the end of the day.
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Do yourself a favor and get ROM Toolbox. The free version is pretty good. Block all the ads. It'll really help in some of the battery life since most apps have them. I also like Norton Spot Ad Detector, here's pretty much the list of everything it detects:


    I also like the two apps Onavo has, Count & Extend. Count will tell you which apps are using most of your data, and Extend will help you prevent those apps from doing so.
  13. alancorp macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2011
    Like I said, if you don't use your phone much, the galaxy nexus can last you more than a day on idle. He didn't mention what he was doing during those 5-6 hours. If he's surfing the web for half the time, then yes it will be dead in 6 hours.

    Go look at the battery benchmarks on anandtech and other sites, the LTE Galaxy Nexus is almost dead last in all the tests, probably just better than the crappy HTC Thunderbolt. Web browsing on LTE just lasted a pathetic 3.5 hours on the GNex. If that's enough for you, then more power to you.

    And to the other poster above, yeah of course battery is not the only thing I look at, if it was I would just get a dumb phone that will last me over a week.

    But, battery and reception should be the 2 top priorities because without it, your phone is pretty much useless.

    Besides the Galaxy Nexus has crappy reception (samsung radios), crappy camera, crappy external speaker (volume+ anyone?), and of course crappy battery life. People are also experiencing crazy battery drain on 4.2 and that OMAP processor is starting to show it's age. So that's why I feel the OP shouldn't have gotten this phone at this point. /rant
  14. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry but this is just not correct. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the battery life on the GSM Galaxy Nexus.... it's actually one of the longer lasting phones I've owned.
  15. diegoesk macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2010

    Send it back then get the razr maxx hd. Trust me you won't be disappointed!

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