04-11-2011 3:09 AM - edited 04-11-2011 3:22 AM
The htc inspire is a big disappointment. One of the biggest problems is the disappointing battery. I can only get 3 hours of use on one battery. I hold htc, at&t accountable for providing such a mediocre oem battery. I will not cut these multi billion dollar corporations any slack for selling an electronic device with sooo many features and not having the GUMPTION to BACK it up. I equate this to bait and switch. Please give me a break. At least offer to SELL yes SELL a battery with double the amount of power to support your equipment. After all it is useless to have an unlimited data plan with all the other added costs of having such a device if you can not use it. You guys have to be ashamed of your selves.
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04-11-2011 5:26 AM
04-11-2011 7:41 AM
I don't think you understand what bait and switch is, as this does not qualify in any way. If you are unhappy with the battery life, its okay to just say so.
There are tons of ways to extend battery life on Android phones. The screen is the biggest hog of battery life on smartphones, and even more so with the Inspire's large screen. The first step is to turn off the auto screen brightness, then reduce brightness to the lowest that you find tolerable for your most common lighting conditions. The auto setting usually makes the screen far brighter than necessary for indoor conditions. I have mine turned down to 35%, but its obviously a matter of personal preference to a large degree. And if you spend a lot of time outside, you will unfortunately need the screen much brighter to make it visible in direct sunlight.
Other useful tips, is to turn off WiFi and GPS when not using them. But use WiFi instead of the cell data when WiFi is present, as this also helps battery life.
Of course, there is always the possibility that you have a defective battery, or other hardware/software defect leading to excessive battery drain. Try some of the previously mentioned power saving tips, and see how it goes. If you have no luck, exchange the phone and see if that helps. If not, then you are probably right, and the battery life of this phone is just very subpar.
04-11-2011 6:02 PM
04-11-2011 7:12 PM
Just adding on to the battery-saving list, live wallpapers use quite a bit of your battery level, also. When they are enabled, your phone must use extra power to make them move/animate, therefore using more of your battery level. I love having live wallpapers on my phone and as my background, despite that it uses more of my battery than I would prefer it to...
If you have a live wallpaper as your background, switching to a regular picture would also save your battery and add more usage to what you can get out of it. It's the little things like that that can go a long way.
Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010
04-12-2011 8:19 AM
I recently read a post on androidcentral.com that pointed out two pieces of AT&T bloatware that were causing a great deal of battery drain and they start by default. I stopped the following two apps and it made a large difference in my battery usage:
AT&T Hot Spots
The bad part is you have to stop them each time you restart your handset.
04-12-2011 9:11 AM
04-12-2011 8:14 PM
04-13-2011 8:38 AM
I will do that. I have been having some other issues with the Inspire and am considering exchanging it for either the Atrix or Captivate. However, I am partial to HTC Sense and that has me hesitant.
04-13-2011 1:38 PM
Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010
04-14-2011 7:49 PM
04-15-2011 12:28 PM
04-16-2011 8:13 AM
For both battery and signal issues I posted in another forum here but I'll post it here too.
From phone type in *#*#4636#*#* click phone information scroll all the way to the bottom to set preferred network type make sure it set to GSM only. Mine was set to WCDMA preferred and it was constantly searching for a signal I had both crappy signal and crappy battery life because it was constantly searching for a signal. I changed it to GSM only and I get much much better signal and battery life...
This is only helpful if one knows they are not in a 3G area and want to prevent the phone from searching for one.
WCDMA preferred - The GSM phone is capable of using both 2G and 3G data communication and when signal strength is low 3G is favored more.
GSM only - The GSM phone is capable of using only 2G data communication. When the 2G signal is too low you get nothing at all.
WCDMA only - The GSM phone is capable of using only 3G data communication. When the 3G signal is too low you get nothing at all.
GSM auto (PRL) - The GSM phone is capable of using both 2G and 3G data communication and when signal strength is low 2G is favored more.
CDMA auto (PRL) - The CDMA phone is capable of using both 2G and 3G data communication and when signal strength is low 2G is favored more.
CDMA only - The CDMA phone is capable of using only 2G data communication. When the 2G signal is too low you get nothing at all.
EvDo only - The CDMA phone is capable of using only 3G data communication. When the 3G signal is too low you get nothing at all.
GSM/CDMA auto (PRL) - Some phones are equipped with both GSM and CDMA capabilities. This setting appears to just have the phone attempt to stay connected to the data communication type that works the best.
Unknown - If none of the above fit or the phone is acting weird as far as connecting to the carrier, you will see your preferred network type is set to this
04-17-2011 12:24 PM
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