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Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life

by Adhame15 / September 17, 2012 6:20 AM PDT

Hi everybody. I've just bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 about a week ago and I've found that the battery life was pretty lame, it's so much lower than what Samsung claims in their commercials. For exemple when I pull it from the charger with 100 of battery percentage, I'm able to get 4 to 5 hours of screen time (screen at max brightness connected to wifi). I use it for browsing the web, watching videos and playing games. Is it normal or do I have a problem with my device and/or battery? I would really apreciate your help.

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Battery life....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 17, 2012 6:26 AM PDT

A wifi connection will eat your battery very fast. Turn off wifi, bluetooth, GPS whenever not in use to help conserve power. Turning down display brightness will help as you already mentioned that you did already. Also keep in mind that if the phone is constantly switching from 4G to 3G (and vice versa) or constantly for the network, it also drains faster. Too many possible factors to nail down just one cause.

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Battery life
by Adhame15 / September 17, 2012 6:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Battery life....

Well I'm not using 3g nor 4g and I have bluetooth turned off all the time as well as GPS. I just want to know if 4 hours of screen time with my usage is normal or not. And thank you fir the prompt reply.

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I'm going with yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2012 6:48 AM PDT
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Almost every phone I've used will get about half a day of "use." The reason is pretty simple. When the phone comes out, it is designed for occasional use through a day. If someone actually tried to use it for hours, it never makes it through the day.

My HTC can go a few days but I added a big battery. If I just turn it all off except the phone, it goes for over a week.
Bob

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Not bad, for you useage
by rrmram / September 22, 2012 4:47 AM PDT
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If you are not using 3G, 4G, nor bluetooth but are searching the net, watching movies, & playing games for hours on end, all at max screen brightness, over WiFi, I'd say you're getting as long a life between charges as you can expect. That's a lot of data and screen light energy your burning.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life
by OkPhoner / September 18, 2012 1:49 PM PDT

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