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« on: June 30, 2010, 10:00:43 AM »

Hi
I have had my Desire for less than a week.  I am finding that the battery charge is not even lasting 12 hours.  I charge it over-night, turn it on at 8am...but by 7pm I have to charge it again. 
Am I running something that is draining it possibly, or have I got a faulty battery?
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010, 02:52:39 PM »

If you press menu then go to settings then to about phone then battery then battery management it will detail all the apps you have on the phone and exactly what percentage of the battery each has used. Disregard things like Android OS and stuff cos that's necessary regardless. Then try changing sync intervals and stuff to lengthen your battery life. Otherwise it could be battery. Hope that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 04:20:06 PM »

Mine lasts 24 hours with 3G enabled but wi-fi off. If I use wi-fi then it'll be dead in 24 hours. Of course playing videos and listening to music or the radio will eat into battery life.

Even so, I think in normal use 24 hours is not enough especially when it takes eight hours to recharge from flat. Only my electric toothbrush takes longer!
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 01:27:08 AM »

I keep reading bad reviews about the battery life but I think I must have the world's worst when it comes to that. From a full charge mine goes half flat just by a few short texts and nothing else! I've downloaded and used Advanced Task Killer but it's made no difference. WiFi is off, screen dimmed, essentials only running, and I have a spare battery that is just as bad. Any ideas anyone?
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 02:53:21 AM »

I would say that the fault lies with the phone, not the battery. Does the phone get quite hot in use? Can I refer you to the thread I started about two months ago to talk about a similar problem with my phone, and the disgraceful way HTC have treated me in my attempts to get a replacement from them? The thread is headed "Desire overheating..."
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010, 09:30:16 AM »

The battery situation really is appalling. I charge it overnight and it doesn't last the day. This is a disaster when I'm out and without acces to a charger. How can HTC believe this is acceptable!
Android uses a massive amount of power, and I'm not even using it for downloading, music, games, apps, etc, which is what I guess Android is meant to be good at. However, if it cannot hold a charge, what use is it!
Is it just the HTC Desire or do all Android phones suffer like this?
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2010, 10:45:57 AM »

My phone can last over a day on a full charge and this includes internet surfing, listening to music for about  40 mins, talking to the mrs for about an hour.
I have got a widget where I have reduced the screen brightness from 100% to about 35% (screen is still lovely, just not as bright). I also use app task killer to kill off any apps running in background and using power.
Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2010, 12:59:30 PM »

Ok guys i have had my desire about 3 weeks now,came from Iphone 3g,i can get up to 37 hours on my phone,thats with a few calls and txt ,a little surfing,what i do is i use the power widget,i can turn all main settings off,at the touch of the screen,also i use App killer works well,but just remember this is not a phone,but a mini computer,with a phone tossed in for good luck,lol,how many laptop do you kno that you can get 8/10 hours from,not many,if your still getting bad battery life,take it back,and get a new phone or battery,

Good luck hope this works Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2010, 02:19:23 PM »

uhuh, I recommend an app killer, I also charge mine every night (works nicely cos my alarm is then the other end of the room Cheesy)

There is an app literally called "App Killer" it runs thru the notification bar so you can drag and access anytime, you can also uncheck anything you wanna keep running.

Every time I put my phone in my pocket, I drag it down and kill anything excessive, its things like the camera and FM Radio which run when you turn the phone on, there is no need for these to run in the background!
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2010, 02:54:20 PM »

Regarding the app killer I installed it and before I'd even opened it it killed my wi-fi and 3G. It needed a factory reset to restore it back again.
I have read elsewhere that the Desire is good enough in it's memory handling not to need this feature. I'm only a month into ownership though so time will tell.
With 3G on 24/7 I get a little over 24 hours out of my mobile's battery.
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2010, 03:02:29 PM »

Task killer works well for me , but batteries are so cheap,its not a problem to me , the fact i can change a battery is so new to me , being on apple for a couple of years,i got an extra battery and base charger that charges both phone and an extra battery at the same time, off ebay for under a tenner!
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2010, 07:32:21 PM »

Can you give us the link Chris? I'm assuming this is a fella who's got a few of them???
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2010, 05:31:58 AM »

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270602740952

Is the bundle I got , hope it helps!
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2010, 09:58:19 AM »

If you really want to save battery then you should disable live wallpaper for starters, it eats the battery. Next I recommed selecting the almost black wallpaper in HTC selection. I did it last night and charged it overnight. So far today the battery has hardly dropped, just 1 bar since 9am. I checked email, updated weather several times, updated facebook and played a few games.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2010, 03:12:10 PM »

I use app killer, just leave clock,messages and app killer running. I turm wireless off when not in the house. I am just about to start bus driving again , so have been tracking routers i will be driving with route tracker , so GPS is on all the time, but I can track for 8 hours with the battery getting to 50%, Im well chuffed. The extra battery I bought seems to last twice as long as the one that came with it, but im well happy now  Grin
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