10-15-2012 06:35 AM
Im a first time ever blackberry user having had previously a Nokia E, HTC Sensation and Samsung G2. I had to lose both the last handsets due to poor reception. Having read many reviews it seems the Bold 9900 had outstanding call reception its true I am amazed I can actually use my phone as a phone again!.
However and this is a MASSIVE BIGGIE I had heard about the poor battery life but thought how bad can it be. Well its pretty bad
I literally only use my phone for calls texts and emails no internet or social. I have everything shut down.Updated to latest sw release V184.108.40.2064 and after an overnight charge by midday I'm on 60% and losing 5% per call i make I will not make it through the day. Any helpful suggestions im on 3g/2g
I love this phone but getting slowly frustrated
10-15-2012 08:44 AM
Yes indeed, this battery is a little "weak" ... or the 9900 is eager I don't know.
Anyway, from my experience, there are several tips to preserve (a bit of) battery life.
You mentionned yourself managing the applications in the background.
I also found that Bluetooth is quite consuming (much more than Wi-fi in my experience) so you'd better switch it off when not needed.
Obviously your network reception also consumes a lot of battery if you are mostly in locations with poor reception. Some users advice to switch your network settings to "2G only" but I cannot say if this is really working because I want to keep 3G whenever possible.
The new OS 7.1 has also a (basic) battery management option built-in.
I have a lot of doubts about the additional software (like the ones mentionned above) as i have tried several of them without seeing a significant difference. Some of them even producing the opposite effect!....
To tell the truth, I purchased a second battery but this proved quite difficult in practical life as you have to manage to charge the two batteries and must switch them in the device
At least I didn't find a "desktop charger" that could provide me this "dual" solution (like this exists with some other brands).
Basically, the best way to keep going is purchasing a desktop charger for your home or office, put the original one at the other location and, if you are often driving, invest in a car charger as well.
The only positive point is that the battery charges quickly as well
10-15-2012 10:07 AM
10-19-2012 12:44 PM
Okay Ive had the phone for nearly 2 weeks now and this is how i see it. im just a phone and email person. No games or apps or browsing. I ran the phone on 3g/2g no data...and with regular telephone use gave me nearly 2 days...as soon as i turned on data for emails the battery plummeted...so i can only assume the poor battery life is related to working with pulling in emails all day. Sad really as thats what it seems is its atttraction aside from its stuuning looks and excellent reception ...So i guess until BB get a bigger battery its limit the email useage. I can though say Im defintely hooked on the BB platform now great keyboard and reception so wont be going back to any android soon
10-20-2012 11:38 AM