In the heated comments section of the HTC Evo 4G vs. myTouch 3G Slide game, there’s a bit of debate going on about the Evo’s battery life. It’s true that in our anecdotal tests we found that the Evo ran out of juice by the end of the workday with normal use on 3G. But with a few simple tweaks you can make the Evo 4G or any Android phone last a lot longer and you don’t have to give up usability or the fun parts of the UI. Those people claiming 14 hours of use aren’t crazy.
Blogger Jenn K. Lee of Good and Evo put together 25 battery-saving tips that range from the mostly obvious — #1 Lower screen brightness — to tips that less-intense Android users might not know about — #4 Disable “always on” mobile data — to those that might not occur even to power users but make perfect sense when you think about them — #9 Change auto-sync frequency.
Lee points out that users shouldn’t have to sacrifice user experience to get long battery life: “a device at the lowest screen brightness setting with all wireless radios turned off may as well be a paperweight as far as I’m concerned.” On this we definitely agree.
I only followed 11 of the tips using our Evo 4G unit and found that I could unplug it at 9AM and still have about 50 – 40% battery 12 – 15 hours later. I didn’t shut off any of the UI elements I liked and left Wi-Fi on so that it used my home and work wireless instead of 3G most of the day. That’s a definite improvement over the default settings.
I also like that several of these tips are useful for all Android phones, not just the Evo, so don’t skip it just because you’re rocking the long-lasting Droid X. Click here to read all of the tips.
Evo owners, do you have any other tips for saving battery life?