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A Look at the DROID Bionic’s Battery Life

One of the selling points for the DROID Bionic when it is finally released, is likely going to be that it has an above average battery life as compared to other 4G LTE phones like the Thunderbolt.  We aren’t exactly sure what Moto has done on the inside to hopefully extend the life of the device, but one would guess that they have done more than just slap an extended battery in it, since they have had months and months of extra time for optimization.  Thanks to a DL reader, we have shots of the Bionic’s battery meter at the 60%, 50% and 15% marks to give us some sort of an idea of what we can expect.   

What we have been told, is that up until the 60% mark, the device was essentially just running on 3G with moderate usage, allowing it to cruise through almost 15 hours without dropping much.

After the device hit 60% though, the phone jumped between 3G and 4G LTE for a while before locking onto just 4G LTE for the remainder of its charge.  As you can see in the screenshot below, with what appears to be pretty moderate usage, the device still stood at around 50% after over 19 hours of use.

And finally, we return back to the photo up top which shows that after over a full day (25 hours) of what we are still pretty sure has been moderate usage, the phone has 15% left.

We can gather a few things from looking at these shots.  First, is that this phone already crushes the HTC Thunderbolt in battery even if it has just been sitting idle.  The Thunderbolt, whether it was on 3G or 4G, could not last a day even at moderate usage.  Second thing, is it appears as if this new Blur still heavily favors cell standby time and phone idle in its battery meters just like it does on the DROID3.  Even with pretty heavy use, my D3 almost always has these two as its top battery gobblers, so it’s pretty tough to tell how much usage this phone was getting on this charge.  We did hear from our source that by no means, was this “heavy” usage.

Overall though, this is a pretty good sign for the Bionic, especially with doubters expecting the battery to die in minutes with both LTE and a dual-core processor running.  It’s looking like with all that extra time that Moto put into this device, that they may have actually found some ways to keep it alive longer.

Cheers ___!

  • Christian

    “…especially with doubters expecting the battery to die in minutes with…a dual-core processor running” – shouldn’t that theoretically prolong the battery life? I know in my personal experience (and based on tech specs) dual core phones have had much better battery life than comparable single core ones.

  • Robb

    wait…. on the 15% picture…the cell stand by and phone idle take up 92% of the combined battery usage. wich means the dude didint use the phone at all right? he just proved that batteries last a long time if u dont use them -_-

  • Mattyb1085

    That 4% of Display was probably from when he turned his phone on to see if it was charged, and then he unplugged it and put it on his desk.

  • cystic

    Fake!!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like more bionic hype to me.

  • Mr.Joe

    Who cares?  It’s locked!  I don’t even know why DL is promoting locked phones anyways.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Well what else are they gonna promote? All phones release locked.

      • Mr.Joe

        Promote boycotting the product. 

    • Kierra

      I care :) . Not ever consumer wants to get into the innards. Some just want a good phone.

      • Mr.Joe

        That’s pretty deep.

        Too bad locked phone is crap and no good.  

  • Lakerzz

    Ehhh…my brother is CONSTENTLY complaining about his I*hone 4’s crappy battery life.

  • TRAViESO

    The fact that we need to sacrifice our display screen quality for battery life is just f’ing sad.
    What if the DB had a retina display, would it have a shitty battery life? Please explain.
    Is there something Google can do to the android OS to make better?

  • Anonymous

    Haha…yeah that’s some real world use.

  • Anonymous

    My thunderbolt lasts a day, just barely though. I use it a lot too. (no extended battery)

  • http://www.facebook.com/patfactorx David Pat
    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      But the iphone has almost double the D3’s life.

  • Jd

    screw the bionic.  after a buggy gingerbread update to my droid x and a bug fixer update which left the phone even more screwed up, i’m never buying another motorola product.  they are absolutely incompetent on the software side of things.  they also don’t acknowledge or apologize for problems which exist.  no matter how tempting the bionic looks we should all use our wallets to tell motorola that this shit is unacceptable

    • Anonymous

      I totally get you, but im thinking that now that moto and google are linked up, things as far as software problems should dissipate. I say lets give the Bionic a chance and pray along with Moto that they got it right this time around. Also, i am starting to think Gingerbread is fucked up all together, regardless of what phone its on, except for Nexus phones that got it vanilla. Remember how epic froyo was and how much better it made everything? GB did not do the same by any means as far as i can tell.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

        i’ve noticed that as well, which is why i’m almost glad my Charge is 2.2. I’ve heard nothing but complaints about GB, regardless of device, so it’s not just a Droid X problem, it’s software pure and simple. Hopefully ICS is a hell of a lot less buggy.

    • Lakerzz

      Like there isn’t any problems with other phones??? Reality check time…

    • Lakerzz

      Like there isn’t any problems with other phones??? Reality check time…

  • Kris Brandt

    What happened to the graph in the 15% one?  Near the end, it has a greatly increased slope.  Can we get the graph breakdown of that somehow?

  • Rp780

    With this battery life and the possibility of rooting I think this is my new phone

  • Diverge

    Those photos are worthless without showing the ‘phone signal, GPS on, WI-FI, Awake, Screen on, and charging’ graph. Then we’d know how much the phone was really used. If someone is going through the trouble to show you how “great” their battery life is, they would have posted that screen. Instead they coincidentally left it out, which shows they are trying to be misleading.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Really? Remember what assuming means

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Cosentino/1546391766 Dan Cosentino

    I had my thunderbolt on 20 hours and 37 minutes without charging with moderate use and still had 53%. Every one blows the thunderbolts battery out of proportion!

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      No they don’t htc ‘s battery life suck its fact

  • Anonymous

    If moto wants to really get great sales unlock the bootloader at launch that would make people forget about everything else. Yeah one can wish.

  • jnt

    So basically, on 3G, with little to no usage (even with Moto’s weird battery readings, you can’t get 93+% between cell standby and phone idle with “moderate” usage), it was down to 50% after 19 hours… then once it grabbed 4G, it dropped another 35% in about 6 hours with little to no usage.

    Don’t get me wrong, it should be better than other 4G phones (and appears to be), if anything because of the battery. But I don’t think this is really that big of a deal and I hope nobody is expecting this to have what would be considered “great” battery life for smartphones in general.

    And since when is the Bolt unable to get 24 hours on 3G only? I could easily get 24 hours on 3G only on mine. Not crazy heavy usage, but definitely not idle. I could go an entire weekend at home on my wifi.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Listen I’m not disputing that the battery might be good might not….but if you read what kellex said

      Second thing, is it appears as if this new Blur still heavily favors cell standby time and phone idle in its battery meters just like it does on the DROID3. Even with pretty heavy use, my D3 almost always has these two as its top battery gobblers, so it’s pretty tough to tell how much usage this phone was getting on this charge.

      So basically who knows…but the tipster also states he used it but it was moderate….I know my thunderbolt wouldn’t make it, I know my og droid would not make, and I know my droid x MB would be the closest to that…so I would think to me at least is good and great for a 4g phone

      • James_Ever

        Good point but he has to quantify what moderate use is because that’s subjective with each person. Not trying to cause a dispute as I own a Droid3 as well, but I believe its a valid point.

  • Nathan Hill

    My understanding was that the dark blue color under the main graph shows up when the display is on. That’s how it works on my Droid 3 anyways… it does appear that the screen was off a good deal of this time.

  • Anonymous

    I am not buying this claim that battery life on the Bionic is so amazing, OR the people claiming that its the PenTile Matrix that saves SOOOOOO much battery. I would honestly like to see these D3 and DX2 users battery usage screenies. These is no way PenTile (or ANY screen tech) uses that little… well, except when its off. The amount of “Phone Idle” and “Cell Standby” usage proves that these pics are of a phone left on someone’s dresser while they go off to work for the day.

    I probably unlock my phone every 30 minute or less to run some sort of app or do something like check email and my “phone idle” and “cell standby” percentages NEVER hit double digits, and thats with both stats active for over 6 hours EACH. For this phone to hit almost 50% in both idle states OBVIOUSLY means it was left alone for…. say it with me now… ALMOST 50% OF THE TOTAL BATTERY LENGTH IN EACH PICTURE. And these idle and standby times don’t include the allowed time Android gives once the screen goes untouched or data traffic stops until the phone enters these idle states. These wait times just add to the time that the screen is left off and detract from the amount the screen is actually used.

    I think the Bionic is going to be on par with the DX2 in terms of battery life, considering the DX2 isn’t LTE.

  • Eric Williams

    The time on the clock does not match the time used. 

    Base line start at 12:30 = used 14 hrs 58 mins. Then @ 4:52 = used 19 hrs 17 mins. Okay were are still close just a few minutes off. THEN @ 9:31 = 1 day 1hr 9 min. The issue is from 4:52 till 9:31 it’s 4 hrs and 39 mins but the usage has accounted over 5 hrs 52 mins of time. Why the difference? Staged photos on different days?

  • Anonymous

     That’s the beauty of pentile, which is why all the new phones are and may be going with it. Let’s stop all the hate guys, we are a Droid Community. The Iphone freaks are probably laughing at us….

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    We need real world test with 4G being used, otherwise forget it.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    15% for  25 hours with no calls and nothing but standby and idle? That is horrible!

  • Sam Stern

    Ok guys, you’re all making good points but nobody is thinking.   First of all I want to say that I’m getting this phone, so I’m no bionic hater.   However, you can tell that this person did almost nothing with the phone by one obvious thing:

    There are no apps listed in battery usage!   If he was on the browser, Browser would have shown.   Same with Text Messaging, or any other app he could have used.   I’m still happy to see that LTE won’t kill this phone on standby, but this says nothing about the usage battery life.  

    • Trooper

      Agree with you totally. Based upon that, nothing appears to be all that impressive here.

    • Turner

      Plus, the 4% display stat.  I’ve barely used my phone today and battery stats say 20% display

    • James_Ever

      On my Droid3 I’ve browsed for two hours and it still came out to 4 percent with cell standby still at 48%, this is an issue. I think it can easily be fixed as they’re trying to on the D3 now with the first software fix.

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    This phone was just sitting still all the time. Not even a moderate use. No use at all.
    When I put the phone in airplane mode, it can go for a few days without change. Does it prove anything?
    It would be interesting to see some real life stats, not that.

  • Anonymous

    The display is quite Pentil-icious. Easy to tell if you zoom in. Darn. Now no SGSII for Verizon. I don’t want to wait much longer!

  • Anonymous

    Atleast the screen doesn’t look to bad.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538388009 Josh Neal

    Curious why the usage adds up to 101%. Is each element rounding up, or is bad math involved?

    • Anonymous

      because 101% on a calculator reads ‘lol’ .. as in: “lol this is in standby only”

      Looking forward to some real-world use statistics.

  • Anonymous

    A little extra time and bam this puppy is running good….

  • Anonymous

    *Note – Yes, we understand that the phone has cell standby and phone idle as its top two…we mentioned that.  If any of you have used a DROID3 (which we already mentioned as well), then you would know that there is a good chance it exaggerates those two categories.  As I also said in the post, the D3 (which will run the exact same software) shows these as the top two even with moderate to heavy use.  So no, we can’t tell exactly what this person was doing with this phone, but we also can’t assume that it was just sitting there on a desk doing nothing.

    Welcome to the life of Moto’s Blur.

    • Mctypething

      Or, you could assume that it was sitting on a desk. That is what you would do if you were looking at this objectively and not just through Bionic colored glasses.

      • Anonymous

        Or you could stop being a Grammar Nazi troll and keep an open mind to the fact that Kellex is reporting what can be seen currently and comparing with what we already know. However when this phone DOES come out and everything that he is saying true I seriously doubt you will admit you were wrong in judging a device before its launch…

      • Anonymous

        We’re not saying that this device will have the most incredible battery life on the planet.  Let’s take off the Bionic hate colored glasses. :)

        If we look at this objectively, there isn’t much to take from it other than exactly what we said.  And it says that the phone even at idle, crushes the Thunderbolt, which it does.  And also that our sources said that this phone wasn’t just sitting dead on a desk.  So we’ll try to take their word for it.

        Pretty objective look at the information we were given, I’d say.

        • JLHS

          Does this phone have NFC built-in?

          My guess is no; primarily because VZW is launching their own proprietary payment software and they don’t want to et any of those profits go to Google (which is also why they probably don’t want the SGSII –which has NFC–  before they are able to launch their own).

          • Anonymous

            Unless they surprise us, no, it does not.

        • Anonymous

          Well said Kellex, 

        • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

          my OG droid at 1ghz loses 10% every 30-45min at idle…if I watch a movie, it’s gone before vader tells luke he’s his father…ohh shit, *spoiler*

          • Anonymous

            WTF do you have running?  I get a full day out of mine with heavy use, unless I use it for GPS.  Heavy use includes constant corporate email(push sync), constant gmail, facebook every 10-15 minutes(I have issues, I sometimes check it even when sitting at a computer), and music. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538388009 Josh Neal

            I’ve got the original MotoDroid also….same thing. Don’t have to be actively running anything. Sitting idle it’s dead in less than 8 hours. Which is why I almost always have it charging at work/home/in car. Kinda sucks.

          • Anonymous

            You guys need to recalibrate your batteries or something, cuz thats flat out dumb. 

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            never did it before LOL

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            Full brightness, OC’d to 1ghz min-maxed, twitter, G+ and FB every 5-10 min? GPS always on for 4square and places. sometimes I run G-music or Pandora, but haven’t in a while. I don’t have any games….:(

            BT tethering sucks as well, battery gone maybe couple hours?

          • Anonymous

            Try setting CPU-Z to underclock to the minimum(or a step up from min if it’s laggy when you turn the screen on) when the screen is off.  GPS always on I imagine hurts you as well.  Do you have your screen off timer set real long?  I suppose its possible you trained the battery badly when you first got it.

            Note: I just checked, and I’m on 6 hours and 44 minutes uptime on battery, and I’m at 60%.

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            min is 1ghz, max is 1ghz LOL, I just wnat it smooth all the time, I had problems with incoming calls, not being able to unlock, or getting auto speaker phone, just odd stuff. Switched form LGB to PEv5, works better after going down to 3 screens instead of 5, easier on the home redraws. still laggy a bit, so that’s why I need an upgrade LOL. 

            Screen timer is about 15 seconds, but I check it all the time. so the 15 seconds doesn’t even matter anymore. If I’m busy or on the road, of course it’ll last longer, but not by much.

            Also, I never turned off my phone since the day I got it, only for reboots and flashes. maybe that wore out the battery, I leave it charging overnight and such. never conditioned it.

          • Anonymous

            Mayhaps that is the case!  I’d try 500/600 with screen off, it’ll help a lot.  I’d check out some different ROMs too…10% every 30-45 minutes at idle is just terrible.  Check your battery status…you must have some runaway app or something draining it…I dunno….you were right, time for an upgrade!

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            ATM has autokill at “crazy” and screen off frequency. 14 days left, I’ll deal!

          • Anonymous

            Well theirs your problem! Get rid of the task manager, that could be the sole reason your loosing so much battery. Your task manager kills the apps, android restarts them, it kills the apps, android restarts them, battery disappears. Task managers are very bad for android. Also, you don’t (as far as I know) need to train these batterys, they use a different technology then the older batterys, charging over night is fine as the battery stops getting charged when it hits 100% so you can never go over. and try setting the Cpu to run at 1 ghz max 600 mhz min with the bumblebee, or interactive governor, not sure if youll have those as it depends on the kernal.

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            I used to use smartass/smartmod, lagged a lil bit, so I just kept it constant 1k, I might try 700-1000, planning on switching roms too

          • Anonymous

            Cyanogenmod 7 bro

          • Poopsalot

            No Video Recording = lame.

          • Anonymous

            The bionic doesnt have video recording?!?!

            wtf

          • Poopsalot

            No Video Recording = lame.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506505267 Kelvin Tso

            tried CM 7, felt bloated….not sure why.

          • Tony Allen

            GPS only gets used when an application activates it, even being ‘on’ doesn’t mean its actually trying to catch signals from location satellites. Common misconception, GPS always on isn’t like having Wifi or Bluetooth always on.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506505267 Kelvin Tso

            I use it for car nav maybe 3 times a day, mostly for traffic feature

          • Anonymous

            My OG has been retired for a while now, but it only got battery life that shitty when i was beta testing roms that SUCKED. I used to get well over 2 days out of it if it was just idling and pulling gmail and texts. Id say with heavy usage (not including tethering or full length movies) it would get about a day and 8 hours, which is like 2 full days since it idles when i sleep. Oh yea, i was ALWAYS overclocked to 1.0-1.2, but my minimum was 245 or 3**, whichever was stable with w.e rom i was running. If my friend hadnt shattered my OGs screen, id have never gotten a new phone. I also had gps always on, auto brightness, and music playing a lot. I remember falling asleep on a full charge with pandora on and it being at 80% the next morning.

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            but the screen goes off with pandora, doesn’t use that much I think.

          • Anonymous

            lol you said u lose 10% every 30-45 minutes at idle. streaming music for 8 hours with the screen off and only losing ~20% is much better than that. 

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            in your case, it’s good I meant

          • Anonymous

            you should download battery calibration from market and try it out. follow the instructions in the app.

          • Tony Allen

            Pandora is a battery hog, screen on or not, that’s constant data. Even just having my phone plugged in in my car, with Pandora playing on my Incredible, screen off. The phone gets hot, and barely struggles to maintain battery level, doesn’t ever climb up.

        • http://www.kevinkuramura.com KevK

          I think the backlash you’re seeing is partially due to the fact that you are comparing it to the freaking Thunderbolt. I’d rather see it compared to a dual core 3G phone than a several months old 4G phone that is notorious for terrible battery life.

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            but with no 4G, which is a big factor in battery life with the TB and the Charge, you can’t “really” compare it with the likes of a DX2 or a D3. 

            The TB was especially bad, with 4G and only a single core, same with the Charge, the Amoled+ didn’t help it’s cause as well.

          • http://www.kevinkuramura.com KevK

            I thought the Charge had a really good battery life. Was it only good by 4G standards?

          • http://twitter.com/Underscore_Hero Kelvin Tso

            it was better than the TB, but by about 3-4 hours? not 100% sure

        • Anonymous

          Crushes the Thunderbolt?  Hardly.  I get close to 2 days on my Thunderbolt with stock battery when I just let it sit there and do nothing.  I average 18 hours with moderate usage.

          • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

            The Thunderbolt battery is schitzo.  Ive had 3 Thunderolts and I have 4 different batteries.  Depending on how the phones feel, it can last from 6 hours to 18 hours.  With any significant usage, the time is drastically reduced.

          • Jboogie1289

            That’s what I was gonna mention. I know this is a new item and all but wow, lets compare it to the TBolt for crying out loud!!! If you’re comparing every new phone to the TBolt, then it’s like comparing it to the iPhail. Maybe the TBolt is the iPhail killer,now take that!!! I to can get 29 hours out of a single battery charge and this is with moderate use. Learned how to tweek and running stock!!

             Next…………

          • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey
        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          No you took a subjective look when you took the sources input that they weren’t just letting sit around all day. That’s his subjective view. The objective view is what we can all infer from the battery usage screen, wich shows no usage of anything other than Google maps for a brief time. Hell he didn’t even have his screen on hardly at all either. 

          So while we are thankful for the info, I objectively would conclude from these shots that the Bionic probably has pretty standard/poor battery life, and nothing to write home about. 

          • Anonymous

            Well said!

          • Anonymous

            How the hell did you conclude that the Bionic has poor battery life? Are you an idiot?

        • Teevo0108

          Hey kellex have u heard anything on the laptop dock pricing? How much? This is one of the main reason I want this phone.

        • faber

          Or you could take off the hype bionic glasses

        • Rizzidy

          You aren’t being objective though.  That’s the whole problem.  An objective analysis would assume NOTHING either way.  You are assuming that this phone was used moderately without a shred of supporting evidence.  In fact, the only evidence that you proffer is completely contradictory to your conclusion.

        • Mctypething

          This evidence does nothing to tell me the Bionic has a great battery, and you’re simply speculating. You could definitely be right that the Idle and Standy states are exagerrated in these screens, but you have no evidence to the contrary. All these screen shots show is a phone that may have been sitting idle all day, and maybe not, so it doesn’t tell us anything. Wait until you get the phone in your hands before you comment on battery life. Stop the smoke and mirrors hype for this phone.

      • Anonymous

        Hey, take it eeaassssyy. 

      • Anonymous

        Based on what kellex just posted…why even make that comment?  Didnt kellex give explanations as to why those 2 could be high %’s?

      • Anonymous

        Yes you can since the only app the person used was maps…

    • Anonymous

      Interesting, I’m curious if that’s just a mistake in the battery stats or if Blur just causes those to use a lot of battery. If it’s the latter, That should mean ~2-3x the battery life, at least, could be achieved just by installing CM on this thing.

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully now that the D3 has been rooted we can get CM7 or other ROM on there and see what we’re looking at for battery without blur installed on these phones.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Exaggerated or not, they didn’t use the phone.

    • Anonymous

      The only program the person used was maps and made no calls…stop hyping this up so people will not be disappointed with real world use. No one lets their phone sit there for a day while doing nothing with it. It is clear that they did not run any apps but one.

    • Anonymous

      We know he wasn’t using the browser OR making calls. They aren’t listed. And even with “moderate” usage, and a pentile screen, the display would not be at a mere 4%. That would only be possible with a SAMOLED screen using almost all black backgrounds. He was definitely doing next to NOTHING with his phone.

    • Caprich96

      The new blur its nice :)

    • Rizzidy

      Why the hell can’t you assume that it was just sitting there on a desk?  Because you don’t want to?  Your pro-bionic bias is oozing out of my monitor.

  • LivingFree

    Good to hear that is for sure as the tBolt battery life is pretty bad. However on my Charge with moderate use I can get well over 30hrs out of it on a full charge.

    And no I’m not running the stock software on my Charge. It runs an unleaked version of GB and that is what seems to have made the major increase in battery life. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m on leaked gb for my TB and get great increase in battery life easily make it through a day on 4g.

      • Anonymous

        When I went to bed last night (after midnight) I still had like 65% left and I did a lot of web surfing on 4G at supper (probably about 25 minutes).

    • Anonymous

      My Tbolt is running CL3ANTH3ORY 1.1 and the latest Radio, 802 I believe, and I am now getting some AWESOME battery life. Yeah I know it is rommed and tinkered with but still I haven’t gotten the horrible numbers that many people have with their Tbolts.

      Right now I am sitting at 82% and my phone has been off charge for 8h 58m 52s. 
      Voice calls 32%
      Dialer 17%
      Display 16%
      Cell Standby 15%
      Phone idle 14%
      Maps 2%
      Wi-Fi 2%
      Android OS 2%

      Yeah it hasn’t been used much but it isn’t too bad.

  • http://twitter.com/shimamasu Masatomo Noborikawa

    I am going to get Bionic as soon as the pre-order starts!!! Cannot wait!

  • Anonymous

    wow alot of haters just dont want this phone to be good at all…its called the Droid Bionic not the i*hone 5

    • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

      I am getting this phone. I want this phone to be the best phone ever. That’s why I am so critical of it. When you want something to be good you don’t let it skate by with obvious flaws…

      • Anonymous

        I agree however, until the device is out and your hands how do we really know if those “flaws” matter

  • Dash Speeds

    To all of the people commenting on the 4% display use: THIS IS THE ADVANTAGE OF PENTILE!! 

    The screens that Moto uses consume much less power, this is very typical of a modern Moto phone with moderate usage. 

    • Anonymous

      Kind of like taking a V6 engine out of a car and putting in a 4 cylinder for the MPG and screaming “This is the power of the moped!!!!”  as you overlook your reduced acceleration.
      I’m not anit-Bionic, just think it’s still a trade off, not an advantage.

  • Legacystar

    These tests look like almost pure standby time. If you look at the very tiny graph details you can see the screen was almost never on. Why does nobody expand the graph and show real stats. Most people will post a day of battery life and claim “heavy use” when infraction, if you look at the graph details, their screen was off almost the whole time.

  • Grillrd

    How do you consider moderate usage with the screen only using 4%? This person did not touch the phone during the “testing”

  • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

    Sorry but this is not helpful…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Carey/567445212 Cameron Carey

    I’m not believing it. Moderate usage doesn’t mean sending a single text message every other hour. I’ll wait a day or two to see if the batter actually lasts more than a few minutes after downloading apps and playing games. 

  • Mctypething

    Do you guys ever not have typos in your posts? “We did hear from our source that by no means, what this “heavy” usage.”

    Actually that has a typo and a punctuation error. Take some classes on how to write.

    • Adolf

      Thanks grammar Nazi!

    • Lakerzz

      I do believe you need a comma after “Actually” , and after “typo” in you’re comment. Just sayin’

  • http://twitter.com/chaoslimits Yaw

    4% display use? Yeah, awesome battery life.

    • Anonymous

      It means that how much of the battery the Display took up. That’s the beauty of pentile, which is why all the new phones are and may be going with it. Let’s stop all the hate guys, we are a Droid Community. The Iphone freaks are probably laughing at us….

  • Anonymous

    lol, 4% display usage?

  • Anonymous

    Some of the Pics say 3G. Spotty coverage?

  • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

    No. If Cell Standby is THAT much higher than Display this phone was not in the moderate range. This was LIGHT usage and that means these battery stats are not much better than OG Droid.

  • ChrisD

    I don’t care what all the naysayers on the android blogs and message boards are saying.  I think this phone is going to be huge

    • Anonymous

      Yeah so huge you need special pants just to fit it in your pocket:p

  • Jasper

    Wow, so without using the display and nothing running this thing has great battery life!! Thats awesome news!!! If i dont use the phone at all and just leave it in my pocket it will stay charged for 25 hours….

    • Dmbatcofc

      Love the comment…. Hate not using my device to conserve battery.

    • Dash Speeds

      Wrong.

      That’s the advantage of the pentile display Moto uses, its uses much less power than traditional screens. It’s the same with both the D3 and X2.

      • Anonymous

        Hey look, someone knows how these phones work. :P

        • Anonymous

          Amazing!

        • Roberto Taylor

          Look at what’s taking up the majority of the battery use. Cell Standby and Phone Idle. That tells me that this guy wasn’t really using the phone at all.

          • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

            Sounds like roberto knows how phones work to me.

          • Anonymous

            That’s what I was thinking.  If he was actually using it like most people do, the display usage should be higher.  My display is always the top usage.

          • Ethan Bond

            Your screen is on more than it’s off? Do you have interactions outside of your phone? Not meaning to be insulting, but even sitting in school using my phone throughout the day, display is only 18% of my usage.

          • Anonymous

            I really don’t use it that much. Maybe something is wrong with my phone? I check the time a lot so that turns the screen on. But besides texting, I don’t think I spend that much time with the screen on.

          • Anonymous

            You don’t need a screen to be on more than it’s off to be the top item in the usage list.  An hour or two of a combination of gaming, messaging, browsing, etc. and it will make it up there easily.  Screen use is much more battery draining than cell standby and phone idle per unit of time.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. Look at the blue line under the battery graph (or lack thereof) and you can see the device was off most of the time.

          • Anonymous

            Though the Pentile screen on my D3 does use significantly less power than a traditional RGB LCD. So you have to factor that into the equation.

          • Anonymous

            I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
            Here is the website we use to get it all from :
            BidsBit.com

        • Caprich96

          You are the best Kellex

        • Ravnos CC

          evil pentile, every time I look at the dx2 screen in motion it makes me sick to my stomach

        • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

          Look at the blue bar under the battery graph, the Pentile matrix display wasnt on dude. Stop being so apologetic of all things DROID…

        • Stephen D

          Look at the blue below the gray with the time. That’s when the phone was used. Yes, the PenTile screen uses less power, but it doesn’t make THAT big of a difference. The person simply didn’t use the phone. My D3 can go 3-4 days with hardly any use. When I actually use it, it’s more like a day and a half to two days. It’s battery life seems like it’s just gonna be pretty average… 

      • Glen E Ston

        Really? I thought that AMOLED screens used the least amount of power. I suppose screen quality is an acceptable price to pay for power consumption.

        • http://www.facebook.com/patfactorx David Pat

          AMOLED gets the worst battery life out of all available options right now actually

          • Anonymous

            That depends on the screen content. If you’re doing a lot of browsing, you’re likely looking at white backgrounds, and that will drain the battery. Use mostly black or dark backgrounds though, and it will definitely last longer than traditional LCD.

          • Tony Allen

            Exactly, since blacks are portrayed as unlit anything on the screen, instead of a grey illuminated area. 

      • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

        The best way to tell is show the actually “on time” for the display.  Yes it could have been not used with it just at 4% use, but to be sure is “on time”.  If you show that, and it says 14 min, then yes it did nothing but sit, but if it shows 3 hours, then that’s not bad.  SHOWS US DISPLAY ON TIME!!!!

        • Jam120992

           exactly   my droid dies after the display has been on for two hrs lol

        • http://profiles.google.com/toddlower Todd Lower

          Wish this comment was at the top

      • jnt

        The increase in battery life by using pentile is way overstated.  Statistically this is a true statement, but in practice it doesn’t help THAT much – especially given the level of brightness the screen can reach.  Not saying it doesn’t help, it just doesn’t help that much. 

      • Poopsalot

        It doesn’t use 80% less power, not possible.,

    • Anonymous

      I was just about to say that. 

    • Mctypething

      Hilarious. And exactly, wait, you mean the battery goes a long way in idle mode? Fantastic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/billyNOTnice Billy Gladfelter

      Dude you stole the words right out of my mouth… show me something legitimate streaming slacker radio, that sent out over 50 text messages and made 5-10 phone calls, then i’ll be interested in the results.

    • Anonymous

      ί got an iPad 2-(32GB)  for $ 23.87 and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/b0FH</em

    • Radbradno743

      My stock Tbolt can do that.  

  • DAN

    This is great, say what you want about this phone, but I am tired of waiting for the next big thing.

  • Scott H

    Clearly it wasn’t used if the screen only used 4%. If I leave my Charge on a table all day, and never turn the screen on, it would probably last that long too.

    • Dash Speeds

      Pentile uses waaaaay less power, this is typical of a new Moto phone.

      • Stelv81

        We really need to see how long the screen has actually been on. The person that took the photo should have clicked on display to see this info.

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      The Pentile Matrix screen tech, while looking grainier, is proven to require significantly less power to operate than any other screen on the market.  That is why you will see it as being that low.  My D3 is the same way.  If you actually click on the screen part in the battery stats, it will show how long it’s been on.  In my case usually 2-3 hours or so per charge, but will still never reach double digits in terms of battery use percentage.  So for all the Pentile complainers, there is THIS one, very significant win.

      • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

        Wow, that is absolutely awesome.  Just having my thunderbolt on for 10 minutes will put Display at the top of the battery usage for an entire cycle.  For all the hatred on the Pentile display, this significant battery life savings seems HUGE.  Ill gladly trade a little detail for a screen that sips power like that.

      • Scott H

        Pentile or not, theres no way the phone was used for anything during that span. I’m willing to bet this phone will have very similar battery life as the Charge when actually used on LTE.

      • Anonymous

        I personally dont think the tradeoff of a grainier screen is worth the slightly less power consumption. I have the X2 and cant stand the graininess, and the screens inability to scroll clearly when the background is black. Sure the colors look good and the pixels are not noticeable unless you are looking for them but scrolling is pretty much a nightmare. Also my battery stats as of right now are at 49% with exactly 1 hour of the screen being on and 5 hours of total use. I think the X2 more comparable to the bionic because its the same size screen.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing