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How does power usage for data over WiFi compare to data over 3G? (Ignore LTE for now)

If you have unlimited data over 3G so that cost is no option, which is more power efficient? Using the WiFi or 3G connection for data usage? Extending battery life being the goal
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My phone keeps slowing down and burning battery. How can I debug performance and cpu consumption? (DHD 2.2)

I know there are already a lot of threads about suggestions on how to improve performance and, strongly related, save battery life on your android. I also have tried most of the tools to diagnose ...
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1answer
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Why does my EVO Android phone screen keep turning on?

I have an HTC EVO and I can be sitting around doing nothing, when all of a sudden the screen comes on and stays on. I try to turn it off, but it keeps turning back on - sometimes after a second, ...
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Do bright wallpapers spend more battery than dark ones?

I started wondering about this when I realized most websites I visit have white backgrounds, and I know that the screen is usually responsible for most of the battery usage. Since I can't change the ...
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Locale powersave plugin & Power Control widget

I use Locale app with powersave plugin. 3G is usually switched off except during scheduled syncing to save power. There are occassional situations when I would like to use 3G and I would like switch ...
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Power draw from GPS - Does granularity affect amount of power drawn?

We all know that GPS draws a considerable amount of battery power. Does anyone know of any studies that test the "granularity" of a GPS signal with how much battery is consumed? I'm not talking ...
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How to optimize energy consumption during GPS tracking?

Very often I use my phone and the app MyTracks or GPSTrackerLite to track my hiking/biking tours. This really works great and I'm thrilledy by the lot of possibilities in combination with google ...
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Battery Life on Desire HD

Why does the battery for android phones perform much better after 2 or 3 weeks of usage? Is there any logical reason?
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Android Antivirus Software (solution and battery life relevance)

Is there a security solution for Android that's vastly regarded as "the best" one at the moment or is it like in the PC world where there's 3-4 which are "the best"? Also, what should I expect to ...
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Can I leave it plugged in for charge all the time? -Samsung Galaxy 3 I5801

In short my question is - What is the battery level at which it starts charging again Samsung Galaxy 3 I5801 device when kept plugged in for charge all the time? If you want to know background and ...
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When should I start charging my Lithium battery?

The comments in this question say that I shouldn't wait until low battery charge level before I charge, because that reduces battery life (this is contrary to my understanding before that the faster ...
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Is there a black list of applications that drain battery fast?

Many people complain about some applications draining batteries fast because of bugs or misconfiguration. Is there a black list of such applications that are not energy-friendly?
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Do I have to charge my phone before I use it the first time?

When I got my last phone, a SE k850i, I was recommended to charge it fully once before I even turned it on. Does this apply today as well, for my coming HTC Desire HD? Why was I recommended to do so ...
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Which method of wireless tether uses the least amount of power? Bluetooth or Wifi?

If I'm going to wireless tehter to my Android phone what method drains the battery the least? Wifi or Bluetooth?
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How can I prevent my Desire HDs battery from draining overnight?

I've recently got the new HTC Desire HD, which has a poor battery to start with (1230 mAh), but in the last two weeks I've had several nights waking up with a dead battery. The first few nights, I ...
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Will constantly having Bluetooth on drain my battery too fast?

I'm thinking about making an app which will require Bluetooth to be available at all times. However, if this reduces battery charge life significantly, then that's kind of a show stopper. Can anyone ...
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Can anyone reccomend a 2g / 3g switching widget?

I've just got my new HTC Desire HD and I want to switch 3G on and off as required. I used to do this on my old HTC magic and got quite good battery life compared to some friends with the same phone. ...
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Battery Statistics Viewer crashes every time

I have a DroidX with Android 2.2 I went into the Battery Usage settings Settings > Battery Manager See a fual cell looking battery image that says Touch for usage statistics, so I was like awesome ...
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Easiest way to reduce power consumption to phone only

Sometimes I'm in a situation where I can't charge and want to have phone service as long as possible. I won't care if nothing else is enabled. What's the easiest way eliminate as much other power ...
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What can I do to increase battery life on my Android tablet?

Tablets have different usage profiles than phones. So many of the "Phone" suggestions don't apply. So, what can I do to get better battery life on my Android Tablet. (TechPad 7" Tablet from ...
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charging from power outlet or computer? to save battery lifetime

I realized that charging my HTC Desire (Android 2.1) takes longer if connected to computer compare to power outlet. Does it matter which method I use to charge in terms of battery life time?
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What effect does tasker/locale have on battery life?

Locale and tasker look pretty cool. How much effect will they have on battery life?
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Is there an app that will drain my battery?

Are there any apps that will specifically help to drain a battery down quickly? The scenario I would want to have this is if I want to quickly drain the battery so I can charge it fully again. Some ...
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Battery conservation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to increase battery life on my Android phone? What are some general ways to improve the battery life of my phone?
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Ways to improve battery life on Droid Incredible?

Out of the box, I noticed my Incredible has a lot of stuff running/turned on by default. Besides the basics of turning off WiFi, GPS, and BlueTooth when I'm not using them, are there more steps I can ...
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power consumption by application?

Since cellphone application software requires extra power for processing. Is there any application software that indicate power consumption by particular application?
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Which uses more power/drains more battery: HTC Evo 3G or 4G?

I've read mixed reports online about which radio uses more power -- 3G or 4G. Has anyone done any semi-scientific tests that would answer this question? When constantly downloading data over the ...
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HTC Evo - Can Wi-Fi Radio Sleep?

I've noticed that when actively downloading a lot of data, the Wi-Fi radio uses much less power than the 3G radio. However, when the phone is not being used much, the 3G radio will sleep but the ...
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Improve Android battery life by lowering CPU freq

I would like to know if it could be possible to use adb (Android Debug Bridge) to tell the phone to lower its CPU max freq. I'd like to use less battery if possible, and in my use case I don't mind ...
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Turn off cellphone (SIM) radio

How do I turn the cellphone (SIM) radio on an Android phone? The radio consumes a lot of power (30-70%), especially when the phone is idle. Sometimes I only need to use other functions (e.g., clock, ...
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Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone?

I usually disconnect my cellphone from the charger some time after it's fully charged because I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time if I don't. However, I believe modern electronics ...
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How can I improve the battery life on my device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device? My Desire is absolutely great, but with my usage the battery life is really a big problem. I have a few ...
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How to break in a new cell phone battery?

Whats the best way to break in a new cell phone battery? I just got a replacement battery for my Motorola Droid and so far through 2 cycles it is barely lasting a few hours.
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What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device?

What can I do to get better battery life on my Droid? Battery life seems awful. Less than 15 hours or so on normal usage.