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Battery Life


Mar 20, 2006, 2:10 AM
Love the phone can not wait for and extended life battery to come out for the phone. I am a heavy end user on voice and data. Does any one know if and when an extended life battery is coming out for this phone?


Mar 20, 2006, 8:34 AM
According to Sprint, due to the size and design of the phone there will not be an extended battery released. In stores the standard replacement battery is the same price as most extended batteries. The best thing to do is to try some of the tips and tricks that myself and others have mentioned in the forum to prolong battery life like leaving bluetooth off if you don't use a headset with it, turning the location off, etc. Also, with each software update battery life seems to have improved. I have been using this phone since the first week it was out and have had no problems with it. The battery lasts me a full day and I talk on it quite a bit as well as use the full range of features. If you are someone who uses the phone as their prim...

Mar 20, 2006, 9:27 PM
I would have to say that you chose this form factor for looks so you will have to live with it's one major downside, battery life.

Leave the display timings at 8 secs, 8 secs, turn brightness down to 1, and turn off Bluetooth to start with.

If you are such a power user, you should have considered the a920 instead (more features and battery life for $50 less) and/or use a car charger.

And yes indeed, there will be NO extended battery for this device. It would completely defeat the purposes of a slim phone.

Mar 21, 2006, 3:44 PM
Each software release addresses a few things that have improved battery life, so if you are having an issue, update your software:
Menu: Settings: Others: Update Phone Software.
(you have to have at least two bars of battery to do this, and can't be connected to a charger.)

If this doesn't help, do the above steps, and also try to turn off service light, put phone on Sprint Only mode, and there is even a power save mode that does most of this in one step.

It's a small phone, you trade size for battery life. Rich or whoever did this review was able to attain a day plus in testing, and most people charge the phone every night.

May 21, 2006, 11:36 AM
I was at a Sprint Store last weekend, and they had an extended battery, with it's own cover. It was about 3X as thick as the standard battery, and made the phone look really ugly.


Jun 5, 2006, 10:56 PM
I bought that, sealed in a package and unable to open it to see how thick it was. I knew it was pretty thick, but man, it is THICK!

1500 mah, but still. I think I'll just get an extra standard battery. It truly is very hideous and uncomfortable to carry with a huge square sticking out the back. Plus, the battery doesn't even seem to be made by Samsung, which I think is sketchy. Works okay though so far, but I think that I'm going to take it back.

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