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Battery LifE


Aug 6, 2007, 12:09 PM
I have read a handful of reviews from various sites and several people say that the battery life is not as good as it has been reported by some to be. Is the battery life great or is it dismal? I had the Moto v325 and although the reception was fanominal the battery life sucks...even with the extended battery. Any comments would be great as I am very seriously considering the W385 for great reception and reported great battery life.

Aug 6, 2007, 12:18 PM
I've gotten pretty good life. My initial charge after activation yielded approximately 2 days of use. Not too heavy on talking time but I would say I sent a couple hundred text messages and played around on the menu a long time (hour combined?). I also played a game around 30 min. It never died, I just ended up charging it after I got the flashing icon.

Aug 13, 2007, 5:25 AM
I don't know where everybody is going on on Hofo about the poor battery life, unless they don't really have one and are just making it up to piss on Moto... Its not like that hasn't happened before.

Now if you ask myself, Yeahright or Theatremax... 3 people who actually HAVE and USE the phone, we will all tell you battery life is excellent. I use my W385 alot, with BT always on and I get about 2-3 days of usuage between charges. Thats with about 1/2 to an hour of talk time per day.

Aug 13, 2007, 11:38 AM
I charged mine and left for a weekend trip.

Unplugged, fully charged @ 8 pm Friday.

Talked approx. 45 min (Blue-tooth)

Text approx. 100 sent / 100 received

Games approx. 30 min

General menu browsing 15 min

Today, Monday @ 11:35 am battery signal is blinking. It hasn't died yet!

Does anyone know how to access the service screen on this phone? It's my first Motorola.

Aug 14, 2007, 10:03 PM
Battery life on my new W385 has been excellent thus far, but I've noticed that battery life is significantly shorter if I unplug the phone from the wall charger as soon as the battery meter indicates that it's charged. If I leave it on the charger for a few hours after the phone says it's fully charged, battery life could almost be described as phenomenal. I guess the battery meter could stand to be calibrated better. 🙂

Nov 22, 2007, 11:34 PM
It's kinda like putting gas in your car until just it says full or filling it up....

Best battery life of any phone I've owned!

Dec 3, 2007, 5:37 AM
I find battery life excellent.

Nov 2, 2007, 2:43 PM
I've had this phone for almost 3 months. I give it a full charge every night. By mid-day the next day I'm already down 1 bar and I have not even used it.
Also when looking at the "suppose-ed" charge it may show a full charge or down 1 bar, but when you plug the charger in all of a sudden it shows only 1 bar.
Maybe I have a defective battery and I will be contacting Verizon to try to get a new one. Will post on the results.
I also have a Blackberry 8100 (work provided) and it will stay charged for 3-4 days. I use it everyday but only for email. No problems with the battery as far as I'm concerned on that device.


Nov 2, 2007, 3:40 PM
My battery after 2 months of used crapped out too. I took it to the Verizon corporate store today and they tested the battery and it was bad. The tech there said do not charge it on a car charger for more than 15 mins or it will blow out your battery....he said a car charger is meant for a quick fix until you get to a home charger...the battery gets overcharged by a car charger? I dont know that is news to me. He also said when you put it on the charger at home let is charge for like 2 hours to a complete charge then take it off the charger...I will see how it works. YOu have a 3 month warranty on the battery so get in there quick if you are almost to 3 months.

Feb 9, 2008, 3:04 PM
I'm thinking about buying this phone. I went to the VZ store and talked to tech support to find out if there were any known issues with the battery on this and he said 'no'. Unfortunately this phone isn't one you can set and forget on the recharger. I have a Nokia now that has a phenomenal battery, but the buttons are wearing out, hence needing to be replaced. But, I digress, you gotta read the manual and get the scoop on different phones these days. I think it's really stupid that in 2008 I can't leave a phone on a charger and the phone or the charger doesn't have the logic/intelligence to stop charging- how much extra could it cost? When/if I buy this phone that's one annoyance I'll have to get used to.

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Nov 24, 2007, 5:25 PM
When I'm in a fringe area where it searches for a signal allot it'll eat up the battery about twice as fast as any other phone I've owned, but when the signal is good it's better than any phone I've owned.

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