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Old 06-06-2013, 19:56
Karis
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I've just got a Nexus 4 and it's my first real phone. But the battery life is around 3 hours from full charge to almost nothing.

I'm sorry but that seems incredibly low to me. I'd expect to be able to charge it overnight and then have it working all day. 3 and a bit hours is just appalling.

Can anyone comment or shine any light on this? I've already turned off everything I can, but even then, it seems insane that you have to turn off everything just to get 3 hours of power from the phone.

Very unhappy with it so far in that respect.
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Old 06-06-2013, 19:59
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Are you using it for 3 hours solidly or is it just on standby?
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Old 06-06-2013, 20:02
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Are you using it for 3 hours solidly or is it just on standby?
I've been using it on and off all day. Made a phone call, sent some messages. Did a few bits and pieces.

Nothing major.
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Old 06-06-2013, 20:29
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Do you mean 3 hours screen on time or 3 actual hours? 3 hours screen time is about normal on a smartphone.
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:09
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Do you mean 3 hours screen on time or 3 actual hours? 3 hours screen time is about normal on a smartphone.
On and off, yes, about 3 hours of screen time. But that's doing very little other than browsing, etc.

Is that REALLY the battery life I can expect to see...?

It's insane. Worse than that, even... I'm simply stunned at the amount of battery power this thing has(n't).
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:23
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Battery = approx 7.5 watt hours.
3 hours = 2.5 watts power drain.

I could quite imagine that big bright screen using 2 watts.
It is very similar with smaller phones with smaller screen and smaller batter.
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:26
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i take my nexus 4 off charge at 6:30am.
i use it almost constantly thru the morning/day and don't have to connect it again until around 2pm/2:30pm (and even then it's not below 20%).

that's around 8 hours usage.

i use it for browsing web, txting, and whatsapp (whatsapp is a big battery drain on both iphone and android).

3 hours suggests you have a rogue app or a faulty device.

(i was getting around the same battery usage on an iphone 4s doing the same tasks and same battery charging routine).
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:31
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3 hours suggests you have a rogue app or a faulty device.
Or maybe bright screen = 2 watts, duller screen = 0.5 watts.

That would make 250% difference
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:34
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turn off your
gps
wifi
3g data
bluetooth

Put you screen brightness on auto

and only switch them on as required -- then if you make just a few calls you will get days upto 6 in my experience .
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:38
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turn off your
gps
wifi
3g data
bluetooth

Put you screen brightness on auto

and only switch them on as required -- then if you make just a few calls you will get days upto 6 in my experience .
Brilliant - turn off the features that make a smartphone useful.
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Old 06-06-2013, 21:41
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Brilliant - turn off the features that make a smartphone useful.
no need to turn those off, i haven't and don't see the battery issues the OP has.
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Old 06-06-2013, 22:10
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Thanks to everyone. I'll give it a few more days of charging and usage and see what's what. It could easily be a rogue battery.

So thanks again
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Old 06-06-2013, 22:12
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Thanks to everyone. I'll give it a few more days of charging and usage and see what's what. It could easily be a rogue battery.

So thanks again
More likely a rogue app than a rogue battery.

I've had a few with my Nexus 7 eating battery merrily away in the background....it's a huge pain tracking them down.
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Old 06-06-2013, 22:47
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Thanks to everyone. I'll give it a few more days of charging and usage and see what's what. It could easily be a rogue battery.

So thanks again
Put the screen brightness on auto - this WILL make a difference. I noticed a marked improvement after doing this. That said, I never had only 3 hours use out of the phone.

If you don't see any improvement after the auto brightness change, then I'd say you have a faulty unit. The phone easily lasts a day of use with browsing, games, music and social stuff.
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Old 06-06-2013, 22:48
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Brilliant - turn off the features that make a smartphone useful.
LOL I understand where you are coming from , but if you are away from a charger and trying to eke out the battery life this is the way to do it .
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Old 06-06-2013, 23:02
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Install GSam Battery Monitor. it give a very detailed breakdown of what is using your battery.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:01
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My Nexus 4 was pretty bad on the original firmware. Download the OTA update and you should fix it.

The main process using the battery was 'msm_hsic_host' if I remember correctly (install BetterBatteryStats to check).

My Nexus 4 lasts from 0600-2230 and is usually at 40%. That's with push mail, my sms, and latitude on.

Today it has done 19h 38m and is on 58%, though I've not really used it (screen on).
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:45
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My Nexus 4 was pretty bad on the original firmware. Download the OTA update and you should fix it.

The main process using the battery was 'msm_hsic_host' if I remember correctly (install BetterBatteryStats to check).

My Nexus 4 lasts from 0600-2230 and is usually at 40%. That's with push mail, my sms, and latitude on.

Today it has done 19h 38m and is on 58%, though I've not really used it (screen on).
it really depends on the individual useage though and the apps being used, some are real battery drainers.

whatsapp and the facebook app (by recent reports) or not great on the battery.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:06
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On and off, yes, about 3 hours of screen time. But that's doing very little other than browsing, etc.

Is that REALLY the battery life I can expect to see...?

It's insane. Worse than that, even... I'm simply stunned at the amount of battery power this thing has(n't).
3 hours screen time is normal judging by my usage and other people's usage I've seen on forums.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:37
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3 hours screen time is normal judging by my usage and other people's usage I've seen on forums.
nonsense!
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:58
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3 hours screen time is normal judging by my usage and other people's usage I've seen on forums.
I can read for 3 hours solid on my Nexus 4 and still have battery left.

The OP needs to turn the Auto Brightness on. That made a difference for me.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:15
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I'm doing a battery report today. Will report back on findings over the weekend. Maybe other people will see this post after having problems with their N4 and it will help everyone!
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:22
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Yep the brightness is a real battery sucker. Putting it on auto made a HUGE difference to me. Also place a power toggle widget on the homescreen, easily flick stuff on and off and control brightness. I easily get through a day with moderate use with battery life still to spare by the end of the day.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:22
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I'm doing a battery report today. Will report back on findings over the weekend. Maybe other people will see this post after having problems with their N4 and it will help everyone!
Have you switched on the Auto Brightness in Settings? Forget rogue batteries and rogue apps until you've done that. seriously.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:25
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Have you switched on the Auto Brightness in Settings? Forget rogue batteries and rogue apps until you've done that. seriously.
it's set to auto by default, so unless the OP has turned auto off it should be on.
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