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Some Galaxy Nexus users reporting odd battery readings
The rumors we had heard about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus having very solid battery life do seem to be true, many users are reporting a couple days of use without charging, but there are also reports of odd readings with the battery monitor.

There have been various reports that the battery monitor on the Nexus won't see much of a dip, but then will drop fairly quickly once it's past the first 20% of battery use. Additionally, the last 20% can often last a very long time. There have also been reports in the MoDaCo forums about large dips on the battery monitor overnight, as if the phone isn't going into sleep mode properly. 

Of course, these are all unofficial reports, and don't even come from official Google support boards, but it does seem there is something wonky with the battery meter on the Nexus, or possibly the radio not sleeping properly. It will likely be fixed in an update, and it shouldn't stop you from getting a full day's use out of the Nexus even if the reading drops quickly. 

source: MoDaCo via pocketnow

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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:06 5

1. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


how i wish i had that problem.......

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:09 4

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


sounds pretty good right? \"My battery reading dropped 20% while I was sleeping, but I can still use my phone for 2 days without charging...\" I know I can\'t wait to stop having to carry around an extra battery with me.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:16 7

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol very true. who cares what the reader says. if its getting 2 days on average with decent use, that reader can say whatever it wants. :) :)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:05 5

23. robinrisk (unregistered)


Actually, on cracked.com they had an article called \"5 Gadgets that lie to you everyday\" and it explained that battery meters have this issue:

Batteries can not stay charged at 100% becuase it dmages the battery, so when they get to 100%, they let the battery discharge until 90%, 95% and then recharge again. They just dont let the user know so he does not freak out.

So the first 10% of the battery usually discharges pretty quickly since it is not a \"real\" reading.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 03:32

77. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


Very true...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:08 8

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So the Galaxy Nexus, at worst, can only *pretend* to have battery issues like the 4S. ;)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:16 3

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Let's be realistic this phone will have terrible battery life just like every other android. I'll believe it when it shows good battery life in real world use.

iPhone 4s for a small number of users has poor battery life for an iPhone. Still better than android.


Best buy bwahahahaha

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:17 11

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so, when they say " 2 days of real world use"... thats a lie? lol. taco, you are in another planet sometimes. the SGS2 is still king of the battery life for all smartphones it seems.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:22 2

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Read the article. It wasn't real world. It was tested in a room.


Gs 2 has best battery life. Hahaha maybe for an android. Quit drinking the kool aid fanboy.


Why did you get fired from VZW?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:30 7

57. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


just to shut you up, taco
I wasnt fired from VZW, I was let go during the Alltell buyout like 5000 other VZW employees since Alltell employees got paid a lot less. Many employees from the top and bottom of the spectrum got cut to save money. When 2 companies merge together, areas of over lap have high layoff rates to correct the over lap. They get rid of under performers and over performers during these times to save money and correct issues. I had never been written up, and in fact was just accommodated by Pam Tope at one of our regional meetings for having area leading metrics. I was let go because I made more than 80% of the other reps in my area, a long with many other reps like me.

Since you like to scroll back through the years of my posts, you will find that this question was answered multiple times... and its not the first time you have asked me. The story hasnt changed because its true.
Quit trolling, acting like an ass, and trying to make personal attacks. Its seriously beyond out of control right now and you really need to be moderated.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:23 5

10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Let's be realistic, you have no idea what you're talking about.

I'll leave it at that.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:46

17. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


http://www.pcworld.com/article/243242/iphone_4s_battery_life_how_does_it_compare_to_other_smartphones.html

At least, under these circumstances the GsII had a better battery life.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:46 19

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Yes, Android devices will never have good battery life because Google hasn\'t done anything to improve resource management, CPUs and screens haven\'t gotten any more efficient, and batteries are still just as small as ever.

Come on, Taco. Technology gets better, nothing stays a problem forever. Speaking in generalities about Android battery life is like saying the iPhone will never have data speeds as fast as LTE, because no iPhone has done it yet.

Don\'t be a troll. Don\'t start none, won\'t have none.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:57 1

21. SleepingOz (unregistered)


hahaha that\'s so right!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:46 3

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow Michael... great analogy... but Taco speaks the truth. and until...Android proves other than a lab experiment.. he is not trolling just bursting some facts.. and they are not pretty but are not lies... I want to see this attitute of you when you write a Apple article and it gets infested with trolls.. BTW great article... good job

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:53 8

31. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Speaking in disparaging generalities is not the truth, it is a half-truth at best. Yes, Android devices have had battery issues before, but it doesn't cover EVERY Android device in existence.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:28 3

42. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


PA's own real world day to day use of the SGS2 had well into 2 days between charges and something like 60 hrs on light use. I cant remember the exacts right now, but it was far and away better than every other set on the market, iphone included.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 21:10 1

70. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


No its not the truth when in the real world...Moto and Samsung usually have better battery life than other Android phones. Taco said ALL Android phones.

And going by a battery life chart by Anandtech the iPhone 4 had 2 hours....overall......better battery life than the Droid X1. 2 hours.

One thing Moto phones have good battery life in is calls.

And another thing.....this isnt 2008, 2009 anymore. Its almost 2012. The battery life, and overall OS experience has gotten better since 2008-2009.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:35 3

59. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


"Don\'t be a troll. Don\'t start none, won\'t have none."

Not condoning Taco's trolling but did he really start it?
Sniggly
"So the Galaxy Nexus, at worst, can only *pretend* to have battery issues like the 4S. ;)"

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:08 4

62. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


There\'s a difference between trolling and simply cracking a joke. I would expect iPhone users to have the sense of humor of a normal, breathing human being. Is that really asking too much? Or should I start treating you guys like zombies and start coming in armed with a shotgun?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:57 3

63. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


So its ok to troll... if it's in the form of a joke?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:02 4

65. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Quit labeling what I said as trolling. Jesus, you\'re sounding like Taco. According to you assholes, these are all trolling comments:

\"I don\'t like the iPhone.\"

\"My iPhone has an issue.\"

\"I\'m satisfied with my Android phone\'s battery life.\"

\"The iPhone is fragile.\"

\"I like what Android has to offer compared to the iPhone.\"

\"*any random joke about the iPhone*\"

I said what I did to elicit chuckles out of a few people. That\'s a joke. Taco made a snippy remark about my workplace, as if being a Best Buy employee is deserving of derision all by itself. He said it to get me upset (he didn\'t succeed). That was trolling.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:41 2

68. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


YES he did. Taco starts his trolling 95% of the time, unprevoked.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:59 9

22. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Sniggly, quit flame-baiting Taco. Taco, quit eating the bait.

And for the record, battery issues aren\'t plaguing just a small number of 4S owners. This is an iOS 5 issue plaguing the previously well-behaved iPhone 4 too. I\'ve seen it myself.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:55 2

60. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I cant easy get two days of battery life with my 4 on ios 5. Friends with the 4S arent affected by this problem either. Everyone i know with a iphone(which is alot) 4s included havent had any issues with battery. Not saying it doesnt exist but maybe some people should play with settings ie brightness and they might realize its them not the phone. I think the acctuallty of people having this issue is pretty small.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:18 5

56. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um. Taco. People are already using the phone and reporting pretty good battery life.

And what does my place of employment have to do with anything, Taco? Where do you work?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 22:57

74. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


is the 4s still having battery issues. the nexus is weird and this blog entry is accurate i see the same things on my nexus.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:09 1

3. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Me too... oh wait I cant because the phone isn't in my f**king hands! I don't see news about pre-orders!
I guess that was another bulls**t story yesterday!
Keep up the good work your mission of eveybody hating verizon is coming true!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:22 2

9. Lionheartcahc (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


LMAO!! yep,no "hey that was yet another bulls**t story to get you excited only to crush your dreams quickly!" retraction.and Verizon doesn't care because they don't have too!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:25

11. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


your right they don't! Thats why I hate giving them my money!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:30 2

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow they tested the untested nexus in a room and the battery last 2 days... lets look at Android phones... and we all know the Android eat up your battery specially if they are LTE.. 2 days??.. now thats brainwashing... at its best...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:33 5

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Really? Because my THUNDERBOLT (known for bad battery life) gets anywhere from 10-15 hours with LTE turned on.

Granted, it was about 8-12 until I got Gingerbread but still. That's not that bad...

Brainwashing is YOU believing that "the Android eat up your battery".

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:42 2

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the T-Bolt??? dude you should be ashamed to even talk about battery life when you had the T-Bolt.. so enjoy your 3G T-Bolt... that last you a day.. just looking at it...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:43 6

15. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


I also get the same amount of battery I get out of my tbolt. I get a full days worth with a good amount of use. Just plug it in every night when I go to bed.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:37 1

25. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I will believe it only because you either rooted or did something to it... but it doesnt come like that out of the box... all of the 150 owners of the T-Bolt maybe you two geeks mees with the phone.. the other 148 owners are left with a and extra holster to carry their charger...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:38 4

27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


It\'s not rooted. Completely stock. You just have no clue what you\'re talking about.

Sorry.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:49 1

30. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you are the one with no clue... do you thinks some one believes your crappy T-Bolt has good battery life... didnt know you were into comedy...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:04 3

35. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd424/iamcc88/20111129_145701.jpg

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd424/iamcc88/20111129_145653.jpg

What were you saying again?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:22 1

39. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Dude your are using 3G... of course... the T-Bolt is a 4G phone .. unleash the beast... and show me your home pics.. ok.. run on 4G and come back..

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:23 5

41. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


You can nit pick all you want, I have LTE turned on and i\'m in an LTE area 80% of the time. I don\'t pick up the signal in my office though.

If you want I can walk outside and take another picture for you?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 21:17 2

71. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Actually....if you are not getting a strong connection to 4G at the time, or just not in a 4G area....it will drop back to 3G....to keep the data connection connected.

In my apt its a virtual dead zone...and I will be lucky to see 4G at all. Its either 3G, 1X or no signal unless I'm near a window. Go outside and 4G lights up.

So that screen shot of him being on 3G doesnt really tell anything. Just that at the time of the pic it was on 3G.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:29 4

43. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i get 2 days of regular (which is heavy to most peeps) use out of my SGS2. all this brainwashing is crazy!!!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:15 1

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ohh good remix.. you have the hercules.. i thought you were not going to get it.. as the hercules doesnt have Exynos..

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:44 3

54. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bahaha.. sorry, that was a typo, no, I still have my regular old 3g SGS1 vibrant. :)

And NO, i have no intention of breaking down and putting a crapdragon in my pocket.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:35 2

58. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thats one thing I like about you.. maybe the only thing... you like your Exynos and do not settle for anything less..

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:42 2

69. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


still mad that i kept beating you at wordfeud huh? :) j/k


why settle? if your going to pay that kind of money, get what you want and nothing less.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 22:58

75. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


where did you learn how to speak english? i want to know because its one place i will certainly avoid when i have some kids

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:46 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Cc unless you use zero data you\'re not getting that kind of battery life. I\'m very familiar with that phone. In needs to be recharged 2-3 times per day with average use.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:52 8

20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


What the f**k?! So I OWN the phone and use it EVERY day and you are very familiar?

Taco, go f**k yourself dude. You clearly have no interest in the truth. I have posted pictures of my battery life for you before.

I understand that you REALLY want to believe that all Android phones get terrible battery life, but i\'m sorry kiddo it\'s just not the truth.

Santa isn\'t real either. Sorry.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:10 5

50. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wait... wait....... wait....... wait....

santa isnt real??? crap!! who has been giving me all this coal all this time!?!?! :) j/k

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:00

61. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I had thunderbolt unless brigtness was down to zero i had 4 hours at the least and 1 day with pretty much no usage.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 21:20 2

72. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


What some ppl dont realize is that after a few updates under its belt...the T Bolt turned out to be a decent phone. When it launched, yea it had issues.

It launched almost a year ago...those updates in that time helped it.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:48 6

19. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


it may not end up with 2 days in real world use, but it should comfortably last a day, and that\'s all that really matters.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:37 1

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


sorry Michael.. but it \'should\' last a day of usage.. it \'should\' also has been relased.. it \'should\' also comes in a 16Gb and 32GB.. the point... is all of this are assumptions.. and you are only msileading the fandroids that will expect to leave their house every morning without their charger because they were told that it will last them all day.. and didnt read the fine print....

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 13:43 9

28. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I am working from assumptions based on testing and evidence presented to me. You are working from assumptions based on bias and the performance of unrelated devices. This is the first device running ICS, we don't know what Google has done to improve battery life in the software, so you using Gingerbread phones as reference is far more misleading than me using actual testing, even if it was done in a lab.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:06 1

36. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


gingerbread phones...?? Michael what other phones are out there.. that I can compare?.. so Michael. asside form the test presented to you.. not as an editor. as you honest opinion..... do you believe google did address the battery life in the nexus?.. that what you stated ( battery last up to 2 days) is true?...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:18 1

38. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


And btw... I used Android history to make my assumption.... not based no lab test... ICS Jelly bean.. or whatever android version... is up to the phone manufacturers.. not ICS... it will help but not go from 8 hours of normal usage to 2 days.. I will believe it when I see it... outside a lab...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:22 6

40. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


You used an Android history that you made up.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:46 5

48. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see here is a pathetic iTroll, in denial, making fool of himself trying to catch up his previous trolling failure.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:29 7

44. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Here's a crazy idea: don't try to compare, don't generalize.

From everything that I've heard, the Nexus has great battery life. I've heard a number of real world reports of users getting around 20 hours of heavy use and still having about 10% battery left. Do a Twitter search if you want real world accounts. Given everything that I've heard, I wouldn't be surprised if moderate use got you two days on the Nexus.

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