I feel your pain! I started using the Smart Actions app to turn on wireless and turn off the data connection whenever I was within range of one of my known WLAN's. This has helped tremendously. Make sure screen brightness is on Auto and that no user-installed apps are running amok either.
Best of luck!
I am getting about 16 hours out of mine with moderate usage and connected to wifi all day.. This is very good for an android phone. In a 16 hour day everyone has access to a charger at some point if needed.
I don't know if you are using Smart Actions but you might look into that. Another recommendation is Juice Defender. It has a free version and two paid versions that give you more options. I have found JD to be even better than Smart Actions for me, giving me a long day of moderate use on a battery.
Well, I'm an 'oldster', this is my second DROID and I'm going to keep working at it, but the smart actions app is evidently over my head!! I have some parts of it working, but if you have the wrong 'trigger' or whatever it doesn't work!! I'm still doing trial and error! Is Juice Defender simpler that Smart Actions???
I'm an 'oldster' too, but you can call me Grandma. Yes, imho, Juice Defender is simpler as they have screens you can look at and enable or not certain actions. There's an explanation for them too.
You can read more about it at http://www.juicedefender.com/ including a pretty inclusive Support page. You can start with the free version and see if you like it. If your needs aren't too complicated, you may not even want or need a paid version.
Thank you I will definitely check it out!! Oh and I'm a grandmother also.... you can call me Nonna!! I love all this hi tech stuff, especially when I get it figured out! I can fix all my grandkids laptops when they get viruses, spyware and all that stuff...this phone will not get the best of me! My next venture is an android tablet! Thank you again!!
OK here is my suggestion, and I can go a day easy (incl 2hr on with VZ and screen on) , and gone up to two - but then I don't use it as a game machine or music box - - but I have added most application to the auto-end-list in task manager , this way they shut down - which reduces un-needed web, WIFI , GPS etc usage, and my screen clicks off after two minutes
I watch people every day with their screen on 'full time' (power hog) trying to use it as an MP3 player - BTW how long does a battery go on an Ipod ? -
The smart-app app is useful and is a step in the right direction , but I find it still way short of what it needs to do -- guess what I actually want my family to be able to call me 24/7 - thats why I have a cellphone - but my customers & bar buddies - nope -- similar issues with the rest of the app
I don't know what people expect, but it's not a perpetual energy device & a portable charger (external battery backup) is $39.95 (or so is what I paid - but haven't needed)