iOS 11.1 and iOS 11.1.1 – This is an overview of the battery life while using my iPhone X daily on T-Mobile all day, and Wi-Fi when at home in the evening. My days usually consist of Whatsapp, Spotify, Apollo (Reddit), FaceTime, Maps and Safari. I keep location on all the time now, with brightness on auto. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I do not play any games which is probably why it lasts so well for me. Coming from a Pixel 2, this phone holds up just as well or even better.
How do you like the new intro? This is an overview of the battery life while using my Google Pixel 2 daily on T-Mobile LTE all day, and Wi-Fi when at home in the evening. My day consists of Spotify, Reddit, Duo, and Chrome. I keep location on but location history off, with brightness at around 40%. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I do not play any games which is probably why it lasts so well for me. Coming from a Pixel XL, this phone holds up just as well.
The Razer Nabu is an interesting device, but is it any good?
The LG G Watch has arrived and it is time I give Android Wear a test drive:
I have made an in depth video review and I will list the key points under it:
- All Day Battery
- Great Screen
- Great Size
- Very Good Camera at Night (No Noise)
- Surprisingly Good Photos For A Budget Device
- Stereo Speaker Configuration
- Great Call Quality
- Micro SD Card Slot
- Speakers are weak
- Audio Output is weak
- Camera Can’t Focus Close Objects Well
- Display Contrast isn’t Great
- Buttons Feel Cheap
- Feels A Bit Fat Sometimes
No holding back, here they are:
- Typing fast is impossible and even typing slow the keyboard jumps every few words due to touch issues
- The new updates have destroyed the amazing battery life that it originally shipped with (especially standby)
- The touchscreen randomly decides to stop working in most or all areas and doesn’t work until I force a reboot (happens frequently)
- Inconsistent speaker volume between different OPO on the new update
- The new screen color default isn’t my most preferred and isn’t nearly as accurate as it was before
- The audio recording is the worst I have ever heard on a smartphone when used for PTT such as in Whatsapp
- Using Snapchat and flipping from front to back camera more than once per fresh boot freezes the phone and gives a camera error with the only fix being a reboot.
I didn’t mind the touch issues in the beginning, but it is making the phone very unreliable and at times when I need the phone, I am completely unable to use it. I think I would have been better off with a Nexus 5 and a cheap point and shoot camera by its side, this phone is getting on my nerves.
Also, the battery went from 7 hours of screen on time and 40+ hours of standby to 2 hours of screen on time and 16 hours of standby, that is a pretty intense change for what was a battery bug fix in the last update.
Finally, the update has arrived, but not for everyone…including me. So if you go here over at Android Police, you can find the zip file that you can manually install. You can put it on the root of your device and just go to the stock recovery and apply update since it is an official update. I did it this way and it worked fine for me. Overall, the update is great so I will list the nice new things and I will also list the bad new things.
- New Dialer
- Search Feature in Settings
- Clear Image Feature
- Performance Improvements
- App Drawer Grid is Now 6 Rows
- Gestures Won’t Activate While in Pocket
- Camera Features/Settings Tightened Up
- Audio Recording Issues Fixed (Quality Is Still Bad Though)
- Heads Up Notifications (If you like them)
- New Launcher (Transition Settings and more!)
- Update 8/17/2014: Much worse battery life, getting around half the usage compared to before. A fix was promised to come soon though.
- Screen is Now Too Blue (Let us choose the warmth please)
- Back Removed From Settings Top Nav Bar
- Clear Image Requires a Stable Hand/Tripod (Fine with me :D)
Enjoy the video below showing everything I just wrote about:
Update 8/23/2014: Update XNPH33R Incremental
This update is supposed to address the battery life issues and have security fixes. So far I have not noticed any real difference, but I will make a video after testing it for a few days to see how it is after it settles.
Update 9/18/2014: The update did not help much and the battery drain is still present as are the serious touch issues.
Update 10/7/2014: CM 11S 38R Update is out. It is supposed to fix the many things that were wrong. Check here for the changelog.
We are all wondering…which gets better battery and which performs better? Watch the video to find out. I show two usual cases of standby and screen on time for each. Comparing the same usage on them both with several days of use on each after giving them time to settle in first, I have come to a definite conclusion. ART destroys Dalvik on the OnePlus One. Not only are things more responsive but it feels just lighter as if it is having an easier time running Android. This really showed in the battery life tests as I reached up to 7 hours of screen on time! If you have a OnePlus One, switch it to ART and see what I am talking about.
Here is the video review showing some screencasts and screenshots:
I have finally fixed my audio/mic recording issues and I will share how I did that soon.
(Updated Comparison Post: ART vs. Dalvik): https://thelostdigit.com/2014/08/07/art-vs-dalvik-oneplus-one-battery-life-review/
I have done a video showing some of the battery life results I have been getting for the past 2 weeks that give a good estimation of how the device performs while using the ART runtime. I have been fairly please getting 6-7 hours of screen on time consistently even though I have the worst signal in my room. I want to compare it to Dalvik and have switched back now to test it thoroughly to be able to compare. Once the testing is complete I will write a comparison post comparing the performance between the two.