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i got a incredible and i just cant put it down. im constantly texting, messaging, playing with apps, all that stuff, and my battery dosent really last all that long with all of that activity.

ive alreday turned off GPS and what have you, so are there any other tips?
 
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wifi sucks the battery out of anything. I keep it off unless i have a spotty 3g signal. Also, I turn my phone to 2G mode during school hours since I don't get 3g in my school anyway
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Get juice defender beta, granted it won't help much while you are using the phone but it saves lots of battery while it's in standby and idle.
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Turn down your screen brightness, you'll be surprised as to how much battery your screen actually uses.
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Turn down your screen brightness, you'll be surprised as to how much battery your screen actually uses.
when its plugged in, its all the way up. when its unplugged, its a little bit past half. too much?
 
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Turn down your screen brightness, you'll be surprised as to how much battery your screen actually uses.
The screen on my desire used to use ~90% of the power, switched kernels and it dropped to 60%. A hell of an improvement, and playing around with the automatic brightness helps as well. You only ever need full brightness when the screen is in direct sunlight.

Otherwise, root, change kernels/roms and downclock when the screen is off/(on). I can get away with everything on 800mhz, not as snappy but doable.
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wifi sucks the battery out of anything. I keep it off unless i have a spotty 3g signal. Also, I turn my phone to 2G mode during school hours since I don't get 3g in my school anyway
Better to have Wifi on if you're in a wifi area and turn 3G off than the other way around. Faster speeds to do whatever you need to do and its both data anyway so..

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Get juice defender beta, granted it won't help much while you are using the phone but it saves lots of battery while it's in standby and idle.
If he's doing it all manually no need for juice defender. It's doing exactly what we're telling him to do..only worse.

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Turn down your screen brightness, you'll be surprised as to how much battery your screen actually uses.
Helps a bit.

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The screen on my desire used to use ~90% of the power, switched kernels and it dropped to 60%. A hell of an improvement, and playing around with the automatic brightness helps as well. You only ever need full brightness when the screen is in direct sunlight.

Otherwise, root, change kernels/roms and downclock when the screen is off/(on). I can get away with everything on 800mhz, not as snappy but doable.
Kernels are ultimately how you're going to save a lot of your phone power which is an excellent reason to root your phone.

When you can underclock your phone to like 256mhz when the screen is off and have it jump back up to 1ghz when it's on saves a lot of battery life.

Only reason to ever use full brightness is in direct sunlight as Jackey said.

Here's what you can do on stock to make your battery last.
1) Turn off 3G, Wifi, GPS, Accelerometer, bluetooth and all those other toggle features when they're not in use unless you absolutely need to be updated by your facebook or email. Then just leave 3G on.

2) Dim screen to 30-50%

3) Avoid Live Wallpapers

4) Choose not to be updated by weather apps or email apps every minute. Instead change update time to every 3 hours or so.

The rest of your battery saving and the majority of it probably will come from rooting your phone and downclocking when screen is off or simply underclocking the phone completely to w/e is beneficial for you.
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i turned down the brightness today and turned off wifi and gps. yesterday the phone lost battery life down to like 30%. today, after 8 hours of texting/games/teh interwebz, 50%.
 
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i turned down the brightness today and turned off wifi and gps. yesterday the phone lost battery life down to like 30%. today, after 8 hours of texting/games/teh interwebz, 50%.
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Also look for Advanced task killer in the market. You can set it to kill whatever app you want and set it to kill them at certain times (3 hours, 1 hour, 30 mins or when the screen dims) Me and the wife just got Optimus s' and the battery life on them was horrid (having to charge them almost 2x a day wasn't pleasant). With the ATK its more like every other day or so they will need a full charge.
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