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DROID X and 2 Dominate Battery Showdown, AMOLEDs Struggle Mightily

The guys over at LaptopMag just released battery test results for every major Android phone on the market and the Droid 2 and Droid X dominated the show.  Their LCD screens appear to be the key to their battery life awesomeness while all phones running AMOLED or Super AMOLED screens seemed to struggle to even keep pace.  As you can see from the chart below, it’s not even a competition…

So does this mean you should avoid buying an Incredible?  Not necessarily.  AMOLED technology produces some amazing colors, just steer clear of anything involving a lot of white.  Or you could buy one of the extended batteries available in our store.  (Shameless plug!)

Check out the rest of the writeup including details on the actual test over at LaptopMag.

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/Toshiba/Toshiba-Tecra-A10-Battery Sharry

    I can’t agree with more

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/Toshiba/Toshiba-PA3107U-1BAS-Battery Alice

    It’s very nice

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/Toshiba/Toshiba-Satllite-U400-Battery Leon

    Maybe I should tell my friends

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/Toshiba/TOSHIBA-Portege-R100-Battery Woody

    Maybe I should care more about my laptop battery now

  • http://www.laptopbatteriesinc.com/Toshiba/Toshiba-PA3356U-3BAS-Battery Sharry

    Nice post,Thank you

  • http://www.lead411.com/Larry_Dirienzo_1595793.html Larry Dirienzo

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information.I love Droid X but the AMOLED screen of the incredible I had before it looked amazing compared to the X screen. Thanks for sharing…

  • http://www.itcanhappen4u2.com itcanhappen4u2.com

    The battery stats above just cement my conviction of the choice for DX over D2. Can't wait til Tuesday to get mine!!!There are certainly many more details to take into consideration, but thanks for sharing this post.

  • Lawilliams007

    I have the Droid X,and I love it.The battery life is too short. The Droid X,really drains the battery down when you are running apps. You would think by 2010 we would have invented better,longer battery life. One to be used on our new Smart Phones.

  • http://twitter.com/GulMiguel Miguel Velez-White

    I've been using Droid 2 and have liked it, but since it's within my first 30 days of purchase, Verizon is allowing me to move “up” to the Droid X. There are trade-offs as you can see. I'm trading off the latest stock ROM and Adobe Flash 10, so that I can have more screen real estate and 24 GB of RAM instead of 16. IMHO, I can eventually get the updated ROM which includes flash, but I won't be able to have more RAM unless I buy it and let's face it 24GB of RAM is nothing to sneeze at. As for the slide-out vs the virtual keyboard, Motorola was able to do what HTC couldn't….make a virtual QWERTY that isn't too small for my fingers. Plus add the interpretitve text and I've actually learned to love virtual. The battery stats above just cement my conviction of the choice for DX over D2. Can't wait til Tuesday to get mine!!!

  • http://twitter.com/GulMiguel Miguel Velez-White

    I've been using Droid 2 and have liked it, but since it's within my first 30 days of purchase, Verizon is allowing me to move “up” to the Droid X. There are trade-offs as you can see. I'm trading off the latest stock ROM and Adobe Flash 10, so that I can have more screen real estate and 24 GB of RAM instead of 16. IMHO, I can eventually get the updated ROM which includes flash, but I won't be able to have more RAM unless I buy it and let's face it 24GB of RAM is nothing to sneeze at. As for the slide-out vs the virtual keyboard, Motorola was able to do what HTC couldn't….make a virtual QWERTY that isn't too small for my fingers. Plus add the interpretitve text and I've actually learned to love virtual. The battery stats above just cement my conviction of the choice for DX over D2. Can't wait til Tuesday to get mine!!!

  • marcus

    I would take an AMOLED screen with lower battery life, over an LCD screen anyday!

  • http://twitter.com/goatman93 colin mahns

    As much as shameless plugs keep this site running, everyone should know what you are getting into with extended batteries from third party manufacturers. BatteryBoss has some staggering data about how much of a (potential) rip-off these can be. Here is the link if anyone is interested. http://batteryboss.org/

  • lemming

    my iphone runs on baby seal blood

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

    It woulda had the best outta all the phones. I kinda guessed when it first came out that looking at the rated talk time for the Droid 2.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

    Good question…..lol

  • Firemanrob102

    I just got my x yesterday and gave it a full charge. Downloaded a few apps and what not, now today i took it off charge and after 2 hours its down to 70% battery life. Any help?

  • lemming

    my iphone runs on baby seal blood

  • Firemanrob102

    I just got my x yesterday and gave it a full charge. Downloaded a few apps and what not, now today i took it off charge and after 2 hours its down to 70% battery life. Any help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chengguanhao Cheng Guan Hao 曾冠豪

    Duh, Of course Motorola Dominate (:

  • http://twitter.com/tydy_ ty lip

    soo…no original droid?
    >just released battery test results for every major Android phone on the market
    > for every major Android phone on the market
    >on the market
    oh.
    now i understand.
    good one Droid Life.
    loopholes. very tricky.

  • kg

    where do u get that battery screen on the droid x?? when i go into settings there is a battery manager sub setting and i can't find a screen that looks like that.

    • lakerzz

      Thats 2.2 froyo on the droid x…once you get the update, you'll have it too.

  • TheRPN

    I'm stumped as to why HTC settled for a 1300mah battery for the Incredible!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

      Good question…..lol

  • http://ThePortlander.com/ Jmartens

    Interesting that they turned off hardware such as GPS, wifi and bluetooth. Would be interesting to see how those items change the results.

  • Chomsky1

    Well, I think you have to file this story under “duh”. Look at the mAh ratings…DInc 1300 is lowest, ergo lowest battery life. Not really a fair comparison.

    • http://twitter.com/CarlTres Carl Brown

      Ergo. Sounds like “The Architect” from the Matrix :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    DINC running SkyRaider, King kernel, SetCPU profiles, moderate usage = 71% battery left after 7 1/2 hours

    EDIT: this was supposed to be a reply to a previous comment

  • kansasorpat

    I would like to see a little more thorough test. This test is mainly a web browsing and screen test. I don't know about you but web-browsing isn't what kills my battery the most. I would like to see it retested under wifi too and with auto-britteness turned on. Then a test that uses GPS would also be nice. My phone isn't just a screen and a web-browser.

    Also I love my Droid X but the AMOLED screen of the incredible I had before it looked amazing compared to the X screen. Too bad it's not as big and the battery life did suck but the battery status said it was the Call Standby and Phone idle that used the battery while the Display only used 6%. It would also be interesting to see the battery status at the end of this test to see if it was the Display that used more.

  • Portre15

    I'm an IT person and use my X alot. The only thing I've noticed is that the GPS really kills the battery and even on the road plugged into the car charger it doesn't seem to charge much at all if the GPS is still enabled. Only use GPS when you really need it and the battery lasts me all day even using BT and WIFI.

  • Jay468

    I picked up a 1750 mAh battery for my DI (its lithium polymer as opposed to ion), and its the exact same size, gets no hotter, and keeps pace with my SO's Droid2. They make better batteries than what comes stock, if you're in love with your phone, treat it to an upgrade. Its branded by Platinum.. search sku 1170034 on Bestbuy.com. This is the one for all HTC phones.

  • eddieonofre

    what they dont include my beloved Original Droid on the competition??????
    Come on I know is not in the market anymore but that those mean it should be excluded from competetions

  • http://twitter.com/mrabdi Alex

    This how much more life the D2 would have had with a 1500mah battery like the Droid X.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

      It woulda had the best outta all the phones. I kinda guessed when it first came out that looking at the rated talk time for the Droid 2.

  • http://twitter.com/tomabrad Tom

    I am glad that I have the Droid X, Motorola really put a lot of development into it to make it an outstanding device.

  • Akhodjiba

    My Dinc and a new 1750 mAh batter lasts about 6.5 hours.

    • Lmuguy222

      That's all? Mine lasts the full day easily, and I don't have to temper using it at all. If I'm using GPS or downloading stuff, or playing games with vibrate+sound+all sorts of other crap, it definitely dies faster.

      The most important thing is to make sure that nothing is running in the background all the time that's eating your juice. I had this problem with one of the twitter apps that wasn't closing when I'd put my phone to sleep. It, in effect, kept my phone “awake” even though it was asleep. Battery would die in like 4 hours. And you don't need a task killer for this, just look at running services to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is sapping your juice.

      Incredible is the best phone ever!

    • Mrpicolas

      They replaced my wife's ally with a dinc and gave me the 2150 Maj battery

  • EC8CH

    Question for rooted Dinc users:

    Have you seen any improvements in battery life since rooting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      No improvements until I installed SkyRaider 2.5.2 then more so when I installed Kingx kernel #3

  • EC8CH

    I thought it would have taken a lot of power to keep that bootloader locked up :-P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWFE6C3OCZ7USDKOMEVNBTALQ4 radsaq

    AMOLED technology produces some amazing, highly-oversaturated colors. See http://www.displaymate.com/Nexus_Droid_ShootOut

    (And if you look at that and think “but the Nexus One can display a wider color gamut!” then you're thinking about it wrong; the test is about displaying an sRGB image. The display should only be producing colors within the sRGB color gamut for this image.)

    My Droid 1 is definitely the closest match I have ever seen for the colors on my calibrated computer display.

  • mhoe

    I'm fed up with my droid 1 battery life ever since froyo.

    • snafu009

      Are you rooted? If so, you might want to try a p3droid kernel. I can't explain why, but I am getting almost twice the battery life (14+ hours with medium..heavy usage) I was with my previous setup. FWIW, I use setCPU and while I run it at 1(+) Ghz with the screen on, I have it underclocked when the screen is shuts off.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z54VGB6WBQGXMGZZ73SD567DDM mark mata

      I have the same issue. (Not rooted)

  • qmartman711

    considering Samsung's baby is the AMOLED..they are really bad at power usage with it. If anything, the Incredible does better than the two 3g samsung phones. I imagine that the Fascinate will fall with the same stats as well when it comes out. The Droid 2 definitely does awesome given its small battery. Impressive! PS. Does anyone know if samsung fascinate will fall under droid status? Or will it be the first high end android with no droid branding?

  • http://twitter.com/CarlTres Carl Brown

    Maybe it also has something to do with the Incredible coming with a 1300mAh battery, and the other ones all having better ones. (Although the Droid 2 is close)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the Incredible switched from the AMOLED to an LCD screen? I just purchased the DX for myself and the Incredible for my wife.

    • http://twitter.com/CarlTres Carl Brown

      They did, but only within the last few weeks, which means only now are the new phones shipping with the LCD. Most of the phones that have already been purchased are AMOLED.

  • Sammy

    This is my only gripe about the Incredible. The battery is the smallest out of all of these droids.

  • Stephen D

    You can really see a difference between the DX and Incredible black levels in that picture. Wonder how the Droid would do on this?

    • BestGuess

      I agree. The Incredible definitely has the superior screen.

      • Stephen D

        Superior blacks, not a superior screen. I've seen many AMOLEDs that struggle with whites and every other color is over-saturated. I can't stand that look ever since getting my TV calibrated. The Droid's colors are extremely accurate. Motorola did a good job on the screen calibration.

    • EC8CH

      That is one Inky Dincy!

  • Crazydog

    Heh. Stick a 1750 mAh battery in the incredible, and you're up to 8-10 hours. Pop on some undervolted kernels, 10-12.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    Incredible is still the best.

  • JT

    Can anyone tell me how to see what % of the battery each application uses on the DX? I often hear people say that “i checked my battery use and so-and-so app is killing it”. The only options I ever see are display, cell standby, voice calls, and phone idle. I never see anything that names an app or process. I know you can go to the dialer and type *#*#4636#*#* and look at the battery history to see the CPU and network usage, but that doesn't sound like what most people are doing. Any suggestions?

    • Mliebman1011

      go to settings and about phone then click battery and it should be there

      • JT

        is that for the Droid X? I don't seem to have a “battery” option in “about phone” :(

  • Anthon11189

    2D 5H 17M right now on my droid x at 50% with normal use. a 20 texts, 35 min in voice calls, checked facebook and twitter a few times a day. i love this phone

  • Craig

    I wonder where the D1 would have fallen on this chart….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      I don't know about the standard D1 battery but on the 2800 MAH battery I got from seidio I could go over 40 hours of continuous use.

      • Raidertre

        Bill. Does the battery stick out? I'm considering purchasing one but am worried my case won't cover it anymore.

        • tonytbone7883

          Get a spare battery and charger for about 29.00 at http://www.cellphoneshop.com and no worries. You can even get a charger for work for about 3.00 dollars

        • http://www.facebook.com/VonSwoopington Intesar Zaman

          ive seen the picture on the DL store and it has a replacement battery that totally ruins the look of the phone

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

          It does stick out unfortunately, it sticks out a great deal. They have have a smaller 1750 mah that doesn’t stick out, or maybe it’s 1850 I’m not entirely sure.

  • ABerry5

    I reset my X back to default settings and started fresh installing my standard apps one day at a time… I found that espn scorecenter app when using the widget DESTROYS your battery life. I can get easily from 7am-11pm with 30% to spare and heavy usage with my X now… extremely satisfied so i confirm these results… my battery life improved prolly 10% with the froyo update on my X as well

    • Hoopstarrr

      Thanks for the ESPN scorecenter tip. I’ve seen a serious improvement since removing tha widget. Droid X!

  • YourMom

    Must be my battery because I have to charge my DX twice a day…AT LEAST. Worst battery life of any phone I've ever had…

    • WhereIsTony

      I would say a possible setting thing. AIM and Facebook are usually pretty big culprits.

      • YourMom

        Yeah, but I don't use either. And to top it off I'm using Task Killer about 5-6 times per day

        • WhereIsTony

          Well Taskkiller is a pretty big drain as well. I would uninstall it.

        • JimmyD

          Task killers are unnecessary! You are using MORE battery life by killing tasks that the Android OS is storing in memory and just holding (so it can load apps faster when used).

          I had a detailed answer posted earlier today, but it appears that Droid-Life deleted it (presumably because I linked to a couple other forums for reference?)

          I dunno… that’s really weak if that’s the reason my post was deleted, because I was just attempting to help out the Droid users out there. I wasn’t trying to “promote” any other site over this one. I really hope that’s not the reason my reply was deleted?!

          It would be a shame if a “big brother” attitude has been uncovered here on Droid-Life which favors web-ego over information for the readers.

          Anyways, back on topic; do some Google searches and you’ll find that the topic of task killers in Froyo has been covered quite a bit out there.

    • Sfhock

      Try this: power down the phone completely (hold down the power button and select “Power Off” from the menu) and see what happens the next day. I've noticed that sometimes my battery usage is MUCH higher on a given day than others.. then Powering off resolves the problem. I'm thinking that some process was fired up by some program and it's running hot and killing off battery life. I am also using a task killer but my suspicion is that this is some sub process that task killer doesn't kill. I've been able to consistently prove this works. If I see my battery start to drain quickly I power down back up and it's back to normal.

    • JT

      make sure your widgets aren't updating constantly. I had the weather channel widget on my home screen, and found out it used a TON of battery, so I just uninstalled it and went with the stock weather widget (now using BW, will see if it's any better/worse)

    • J-Dawg

      If you're within your 30 days, go to Verizon and tell them about it, they replaced mine on the spot and haven't had any problems since.

  • planetes42

    i want one so bad

  • WhereIsTony

    While a longer battery would rock, I get by ok.