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bogus battery life


Nov 17, 2006, 12:14 AM
I've had my Drift for just a few days now and the biggest red flag so far is the battery life. It got shipped to me around noon the day I got it. I plugged it in shortly after, fully charged it (took less than an hour), and then proceeded to goof around surfing the web and playing with the GPS. By 10 PM, the battery was nearly dead.

So I charge it up overnight and bring it to work. The second day of my dear Drift's life saw just moderate text messaging, less than 30 minutes of talking, and a few minutes of entering in some of my phone numbers. Due to a busy day, I didn't have much time to do anything else with it and yet again, it was completely dead at the end of the day.

I don't know about you but I'm used to getting a solid two days...
eric Lin

Nov 17, 2006, 12:54 AM
on the first day, i didn't even get a chance to charge mine. it was at about 75% out of the box. that lasted at least two days of heavy use including lots of buddy beacon and google maps. i recharged again and use the drift infrequently. it lasted at least 5 days of sparse use. i've just charged it again and have used it heavily, tons of showing it off, downloads, HOT, etc. and the battery seems to be doing fine. i'm curious as to why your experience is so poor.

Nov 17, 2006, 10:29 AM
Well that's encouraging. I'd really like to believe the battery life should be way better.

I work on the 34th floor of a big office building in downtown Chicago. Reception isn't great up here but it's decent and the guy who sits right next to me has Sprint phone that works okay.

Guess I'll see what happens over the weekend when I'm not at work.

Nov 23, 2006, 12:07 PM
Bad news, still bogus. I got the same battery life in residential areas with full signal strength nearly all the time.

I've seen a few other reviews saying the same thing. At least for me, the battery life is unacceptable. My phone needs to get a solid 24 or it's dead to me.

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