T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

Summary: I just posted some of my thoughts on the battery issues I have been experiencing and a reader sent me a link to this T-Mobile forums discussion where it seems the way to improve the battery life is to turn everything off. It is funny that someone actually had to post the details about this because it is obvious that turning off the 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and auto-syncing will conserve your battery. However, didn't you just pay good money for a powerful mobile computer that lets you stay in touch and connected with the world at all times. If you bought the G1 to use primarily as a mobile phone, then I think there are some valid tips in this forum. However, why not just buy a rock solid Nokia phone that provides much better call quality if all you want is a mobile phone?

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T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!I just posted some of my thoughts on the battery issues I have been experiencing and a reader sent me a link to this T-Mobile forums discussion where it seems the way to improve the battery life is to turn everything off. It is funny that someone actually had to post the details about this because it is obvious that turning off the 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and auto-syncing will conserve your battery. However, didn't you just pay good money for a powerful mobile computer that lets you stay in touch and connected with the world at all times. If you bought the G1 to use primarily as a mobile phone, then I think there are some valid tips in this forum. However, why not just buy a rock solid Nokia phone that provides much better call quality if all you want is a mobile phone?

I actually rarely use GPS (it is inconvenient to dive through the menus to toggle the receiver) or WiFi and already have my brightness at less than 50% (it is plenty bright even at this setting).  I need to add an AnyCut toggle for 3G though since the T-Mobile 3G network is still quite limited and only works for me at the office so I could save battery life here. I won't turn off the AutoSync feature because that is the main reason for having a Google phone, but I will turn off the Contacts portion since I rarely change my contacts and that is something that needs autosyncing.

Do you have any other battery tips, other than returning the device for a power efficient device like my awesome Palm Treo Pro?

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  • G1 battery life not good? WOW

    Am surprised. With all of the talk about this phone being better than the iPhone I would have presumed that battery life complaints would be minimal. Looks like the two products are more similar than first thought. The only difference would be that the iphone battery cannot be readily replaced by the user.

    Everyone gripes about the iphone battery, but with the amount of things I do with it such as flying, watching movies, listening to audiobooks/music, web surfing, playing games, my iphone runs and runs and runs. On the plane of course you cannot use wireless so there's savings there, if you're in an airport and you can't get wireless connected, you can turn it off and use the Edge connection (I use a 2g phone), so I can't relate to the problems of battery life that the poor G1 users have.

    And...your G1 runs on the TMobile network which is really the AT&T network in places, so you're not better than the iPhone. You're using the same data highway.

    Congrats on your new purchase. I won't see you on the web though, because in the time it took me to type this out...your battery ran dry!!

    :)
    ceo@...
    • Another insecure IPhone user...

      IPhones must really suck for so many of you to be concerned about the G1. What will you do when a stream of Android phones is released. It will be IPhone fan meltdown.
      storm14k
      • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

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    • Removeable Battery

      The author of the previous message is apparently unaware that the T-Mobile version of the Android phone has a removable battery. I'll describe what this means as he may have be aware but did not understand the benefits. You can have MORE THAN ONE BATTERY charged at any time and therefore carry sufficient power with you to match your needs. This is a concept used by many manufacturers to allow the user to manage the power vs usage problem. Other manufacturers choose to manage it for the user by limiting the device to a non-removable battery. A solution that cycles the device between useful and brick states at the manufacturers chosen rate.
      MrBeck
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

    I returned my g1 2 days ago and went back to my scratched, craked, dusty palm treo 650 which I love but it is almost dying after years of use. I was so interested in your last comment where you say you have a palm treo pro, because I am looking at that phone. What do you think about it? any tips?
    thanks
    marcobugarin
    • Buy a slightly older one to keep you going...

      ...until the new PalmOS comes out. I'd recommend a 700P or 800p (the former has an antenna stub but a bigger battery); you can get them online unlocked for about $150.
      geedavey@...
      • 800p?

        Just what exactly is an 800p? If you recommend a 700p, then you are on a CDMA carrier such as Verizon or Sprint. The follow up to the 700p is the 755p. Beyond that, the Centro is the only other Palm OS based CDMA device, and it doesn't go by a numeric identifier. The G1 being on T-Mobile is not CDMA, thus your recommendations won't work.
        Aragorn_z
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

    Having done hard development/testing on the G1 phone for the past weekend, we can say that it is not hard to have the G1 last more than a day.

    For me, I was hitting alot of G3 web browse, and sync, from thru out the city. I never managed to actually kill the battery (I wore out first), but, got close.

    My SideKick trained me to plug it in every night, so, it was no problem doing the same with the G1.

    On the G1, I did have WiFi and GPS turned off, since, I didn't need them.

    I still like my SK better due to the slightly better keyboard, faster AIM/instand messaging, copy/paste between apps, but... that G1 is a really nice first generation.

    G1 does have a great / fast browser. I am expecting some OTA (firmware over the air) to optimize performance and polish up the apps abit.
    longyhoo
  • Battery not as big a problem as I thought at first.

    I thought the battery was going to be an issue at first but for some reason I have been very hard on previous cell phone batteries. So with the USB charging ability and my car charger it really doesn't pose much of a problem that I'm not used to. When I'm at my desk or in the car and getting low I just plug it in. I think the USB charge is what saved it for me. I'd like to see a stronger batter offered however.
    storm14k
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

    This is EXTREMELY funny to me as in my conversations with TMobile this past weekend, and continuing into this week, they INSIST that there are no battery issues whatsoever!!!!

    Steve
    NYC Tech Support Services, Inc.
    http://www.nyctechsupport.com
    nyctechsupport
  • Your last solution was the best

    I'm still most impressed with the Treo and the Palm OS, love my 700P, and can't wait for the new OS to come out. There's a lot of flak out there about this company but it's maturity and slow evolution is a good thing, not a bad one. It has a hard keyboard, replaceable battery and storage, and stereo Bluetooth. It plays music, movies and games. I just want Flash, Java and GPS support added, and I'm sold.
    geedavey@...
  • Cold Fusion

    No way - you use power when you use your device? Who knew - I thought they had near limitless power devices inside them like Nuclear power, Cold Fusion, or the thing that was in Iron Man's chest.
    tBuggR
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

    The battery doesn't seem that big of an issue. The first few days when I was doing demos of my phone to people it burned through battery juice. But now that I'm not having to do that I find my phone runs on the battery (with GPS off, but G3 on) for up to 10 hours or more with having to charge it. Although I will say it's great that it takes about an hour or two to charge it to 100%. I left my phone on all weekend and even when I did charge it Sunday night it was at 30% power. That's still plenty if you need to make a call.
    duchovny
  • Extra Batteries Should Be Cheap ebay! :D Hydrogen cell?

    Yes and it won't be long before after market batteries
    hit for it. Plus like I said "Hydrogen Cell"
    technology is available now. At least in Asia! ;)

    http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/21/hydrogen-powered-
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    http://www.physorg.com/news119544735.html
    i2fun@...
    • WOW

      That's insane, anyone have more info on this? The links are broken on that page.

      /WANT
      vinsai
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

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    you get iphone charger and also mini usb charger.

    you can charge t-mobile g1, sidekick, blackberry, iphone, ipod.

    it has 500% more power than t-mobile g1 battery. it took me about 1 hr to charge it from almost dead battery. usually my battery runs out in 3-4 hrs but this battery will give you about 30hrs of internet or games etc.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330286676519&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

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    just4u08859
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 battery life solution; turn off everything!

    I just complained to T-Mobile about the paper weight they sent me that I can only use if it is tethered to a PC or the wall. What a joke. I wish I had listened to my friends and switched to AT&T and iPhone.
    sparaxis@...