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WP7 Mango to include Battery Saver setting

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WP7 Mango to include Battery Saver setting
Anyone with a touchscreen smartphone knows that battery life is something you have to constantly keep an eye on. Regardless of the model of phone, or OS you may be running, chances are that at some point or another you've looked into ways to make your battery last longer, even if it's just a matter of carrying a charging cable with you at all times. As smartphones get more powerful, and users can do more, battery life will keep taking more hits. Microsoft sees this, and has built Batter Saver settings into Windows Phone 7 Mango. 

WP7 Mango to include Battery Saver setting
If you're an Android user, you know that there are dozens if not hundreds of apps dedicated to squeezing more juice out of your battery. Most include turning off certain features like background data, GPS, and mobile syncing, though some go so far as to throttle your core CPU speed in order to save power. A new screenshot from the beta of Windows Phone 7 Mango shows that Microsoft has built in a Battery Saver setting into the OS. The setting says it will turn off services like e-mail and apps running in the background in order to conserve battery life, though the phone will still be able to send and receive texts and phone calls. The feature can be set to turn on automatically when the battery is low, or turned on manually any time. 

The report from HTC Source claims an increase in battery life up to around 30% even with heavy usage of e-mail, web, and SMS. That would be pretty impressive if it holds true for other users. Here's to hoping this becomes a ubiquitous setting for all smartphone OSes!

source: HTC Source

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posted on 06 Jul 2011, 15:32 1

1. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

The Droid X1 already has something similar called Battery and Data manager. You can even set it to do specific things at specific times too. It can also dim the display when the battery is low.

I think all Motorola phones since the Droid X1 has this, not sure.

Not trying to start a whose copying who thing, just addressing the last sentence in the article.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 16:26

2. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Can't wait. Idk of its just the focus or wp7 in general but I get horrible battery life. I thought having an samoled screen saved battery power. But it doesn't even make a difference here. I've never once lasted a full day or even a full work day on a full charge. granted in a heavy user but that wasn't a problem when I had an iPhone 4.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 16:30

3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I also hope that mango had better power management system wide in addition to these settings.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 19:53 2

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I have promised myself I would not whine about battery life. Getting a device that does all the things that they do these days, with all the great, large screens, and then complaining about the battery life is like grabbing a high class, blow your socks off sports car and then whining about the gas milage. There are options that do less, and get better battery life. I just do not want them. Now, if W7 wants to help, I will send thank you cards. Pure bonus.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 22:04

5. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Or buy an Android, root it, custom CPU profiles and kernels. ;)

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 10:08 1

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I've done all that with my Nexus One and I still can't make it through a day without swapping in my second battery. All the customizations in the world won't make me use my phone less, which is the real drain on the battery.

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 16:22

11. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I agree, the Windows phones seem to last much longer, even with GPS, Sync, and Data/Wifi. Sooooooo determined to get a Windows phone now after looking into the new updates. :)

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 01:25 1

7. Wyn6 (unregistered)

Actually, amoled screens use more battery than LCDs. But, that being said, I have a Dell Venue Pro and I easily get 10-13 hours outta the thing depending on usage.

As far as getting an Android and rooting it, why should I have to root my phone for it to get good battery life? Shouldn't it do that outta the box? Most people I know ith WP7 get better batt life than those I know with Android. Now this isn't saying all WP7 devices are better than all android devices, especially since there are way more android devices anyway. But. I know the DVP, Arrive, and Trophy definitely get better batt life than the Evo, Evo 3d, Atrix, Thunderbolt, and Mytouch 4g.

If this function gives me even more batt life than I get currently, I'll be ecstatic.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 11:37

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I have seriously considered the Dell V-Pro as a choice, love the vert-slider form factor. I cannot get my hands on one to try it. Most revues are good, but some owners talk a lot about how buggy, laggy, and unstable it is. Some owners LOVE it. Got any problems with yours? Got the copy/paste upgrade yet?

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 15:38 1

10. Wyn6 (unregistered)

Yes. I've had copy/paste aka NoDo since March or April. The main issue with the phone is freezing while using wifi. This has to do with how info is written to the SD card while using wifi. There was also a cell radio issue. I've had these issues off and on with mine, but nothing too major and not nearly as bad as some. But, Dell is finally releasing a firmware update next week (7/13 or 7/14) which fixes these issues and a few others.

Beta testers have reported that the phone works like a charm. If this holds true, then with its form factor, amoled screen, and build quality, it's probably the best WP7 device out there. Could've been a flagship for initial launch, in my opinion.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:52

12. AMP (unregistered)

I have a HTC HD7. I think its one of the best. But, its battery life is really bad. Granted, im using it alot. The Samsung Focus is a lot like the HD7. It just has an amoled screen and probably better battery life. Then the phone I would drop my HD7 for in a heart beat is the Dell Venue Pro. Its a really sleek phone. Its got an amoled screen, Pretty good battery life, and it has a slideout keyboard (if you like that). Then its a piece of cake to remove the SD card and get a larger capacity card. but its pretty expensive. I got my HD7 for 30 bucks on amazon with a 2 year contract.

I would have to say those are the best. But, I like phones with large screens. The HD7 and Focus have 4.3 inch screen and the Venue Pro has a 4.1.
Hope I helped

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