I won't rule that out but her last smartphone would lose 20-30% during the
day; this seems to be far worse with it needing a recharge basically right
when she gets home.

I know WiFi is more efficient than cell for data when it's connected. My
point is that it seems to be constantly hunting for an AP it can connect to
(which, as Tom noted, can be a heavy drain).

Joe - Thanks; we'll take a look @ the power usage display.

Bob - The Locale app looks like it might fit the bill though @ $9.99 it's a
bit expensive for a mobile app.

On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Mike Wills <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The problem isn't WiFi. WiFi is quite efficient. The problem is the Cell
network. She may be getting a weaker signal in the building and the phone
ups the power to compensate.

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On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM, John Jones <chianime@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Along those lines my wife's Samsung Epic seems to drain a lot during the
day
when she's at work. Right now we're working the assumption that it's the
WiFi. She doesn't have a WAP she can connect to when at work but there
are
WAPs available. So the phone is apparently always trying to talk to the
available WAP. At home it connects to our WiFi no problems.

So for the moment I've told her to turn off WiFi when she gets to work &
turn it back on when she gets home. Not sure if she'll do it or not. If
she does then we should know in a few days if the battery "mystery" is
solved.

Is there an Android app that'll let us schedule hours for turning WiFi on
&
off? It'd be good to automate that.

On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Chuck Lewis
<chuck.lewis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

Same here. You get used to what hits the battery pretty quickly. And I
would expect that behavior with just about any phone. My BB battery
would DRAIN here at work last year until Verizon activated a new cell
tower within walking distance of us (irony of irony they were waiting
on
AT&T to run some data cable to it...). It was searching for a signal on
all bandwidths constantly...

Chuck

-----Original Message-----
From: pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Glenn Hopwood
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011 11:14 AM
To: PC Technical Discussion for iSeries Users
Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Recommendations for Android based AT&T phone

The only time I've had an issue with the battery life of my Atrix was
when I used the nav software for an hour or so (no longer an issue now
that I have the car dock). Normal usage runs the battery down to ~70%
daily.

Glenn
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