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    BB Battery - Not what it use to be

    This is really annoying..., When I first got the BB 8830, I was extremely impressed with the battery life (4 days on a full charge with avg use.) Now I have the Storm 9530. I am on my 3rd replacement battery and I still get 4 hours at best. I got the 2 for 1 deal so my better half has the same phone and the same problem. This has got to be a known issue.
    Am I the only one with 2 bad phones?
    (Verizon Network, .114 H2, Btooth On, Custom Theme)




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    Well it depends what Apps you have and also if you have good signal.

    I know when I have bad signal my battery goes a lot faster, I mean my last me about a day and then I have to charge, but I'm a heavy emailed and texter. And also I have noticed with Bluetooth that can eat some battery as well

    As for the theme I don't think that would be a problem.

    And also are you using the new v2 .114 Hybrid from here?
    Last edited by Kris; 03-24-2009 at 09:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKJay43 View Post
    Hi Everyone!

    I've been reading these forums for two years but just recently started posting. I consider myself an expert with PDA's after using for about 6 years. I've been tinkering with the Storm since the day it came out and I think I've discovered a way to significantly improve performance in most facets on the latest OS (.75 Official or .76 from Bell)

    The main hardware limitation of the device is the lack of File Free Memory on board.(Application Memory). The way to minimize this limitation and speed up your Storm is to reduce the number of icons/applications on your Homescreen/desktop. You want to keep your "most used 8 applications" as icons on your home screen. Everything else (downloaded applications and set up apps) you want to move into folders included in the "8 most used applications".

    I've downloaded multiple applications(Google Maps-Google Mobile-PeakaWho-Viigo-Myspace-Facebook-Storm Wiki- and others)and moved them into my *Applications Folder*. The rest of the "set up" apps(Manage Connections-Clock-Calendar-Power Off-Calculator-Set Up Wizard/Bluetooth-Email Settings-Search-Sounds-Lock-Voice Notes)I've moved into the *Setup Folder*.

    My desktop looks like this from the homescreen in Landscape and Portrait.

    Options-Contacts-BB Messenger-Messages
    Browser-Applications-Setup-Video Camera

    My Convenience keys
    Left-Music......Right-Camera

    One thing I've noticed with this device is as the day goes on no matter how many apps you move in and out of (remembering as so many here have said to close out upon leaving)the Application Memory gets reduced substantially. Once you fall below 20MB and less, your Storm will slow to a crawl in just about every conceivable way.

    After moving to only 8 icons on the home screen and doing a daily mid day to late afternoon battery pull, my Storm has become a totally different machine. This regimen has also improved battery life. I know it sounds hard to believe, but I encourage all of you to give it a try. I'm quite sure you will be amazed at the difference. Typing speed, web browsing, app switching all move much faster and more efficiently as Application Memory returns above 44MBs.

    A couple of other things to keep in mind. Many of the apps "working" for the storm like "PeakaWho-Viigo and many others" are still far from optimized on our device. Running them even though they will work, IMO noticeably decreases overall device performance. Viigo is my favorite BB app and PeakaWho a close second, but I have chosen to remove them and my Storm is running a lot better because of it. I will wait until they are better optimized to run on the Storm.

    Lastly, I wanted to say the Storm's hardware is at least 6 months to a year in front of the OS. I'm not going to blame RIMM or Verizon or anybody for not having an OS ready and optimized to take advantage of this WONDROUS TECHNOLOGICALLY INNOVATIVE-REVOLUTIONARY DEVICE right out of the box. As with all new tech, patience is needed and required for Developers and App writers to build products that utilize the device's unique architecture-touchscreen and UI.

    Obviously we all want our Storms to be perfect yesterday. Instead of writing how it sucks or how flawed it is, we're all best served by continuing to share tweaks, mods and user settings to collectively build and optimize a better Storm.

    Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts.
    Happy Holidays to all!
    And here is another link as well that might help you a little
    http://www.blackberryfaq.com/index.p...m_Battery_Life

    If this doesn't help let me know :-)

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    Great info and well received. I must admit that I am one who wants my Storm perfect yesterday. I will do my best to implement most of these tweaks (as tedious as they may be.) But I can't speak for the better half. I am sure that her daily maintenance will fall on me as well. (More on my Honey-do-list)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spidersweb View Post
    Great info and well received. I must admit that I am one who wants my Storm perfect yesterday. I will do my best to implement most of these tweaks (as tedious as they may be.) But I can't speak for the better half. I am sure that her daily maintenance will fall on me as well. (More on my Honey-do-list)

    Haha i would suggest getting QuickPull as well it's a great app that restarts your phone at a time that fits you, like my is set to restart at 12am

    Here is the link for it, like i said just a suggestion though

    http://store.berryreview.com/product...89&n=QuickPull
    Last edited by Kris; 03-24-2009 at 10:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristopherF View Post
    Well it depends what Apps you have and also if you have good signal.

    I know when I have bad signal my battery goes a lot faster, I mean my last me about a day and then I have to charge, but I'm a heavy emailed and texter.
    That is the BIGGEST key (and no one ever wants to talk about it (LOL)). All of the little "tweaks" to save battery are minor compared to the phone searching for a signal.

    That being said, there isn't a good solution for it (Other than carrying a second battery). If you spend the day in an office with intermittent signal, you are going to drain batteries like mad. Same thing if you spend the day traveling between towers.

    I just throw the backup battery in when needed and avoid all the "well-meaning" suggestions to cripple my phone to save battery life :-P

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    Quick question: Has anyone tried the BatteryBooster software on the EverythingBerry web site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spidersweb View Post
    Quick question: Has anyone tried the BatteryBooster software on the EverythingBerry web site?
    I haven't, bet they don't have a trial period.

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    It makes me wonder if the reviews are true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spidersweb View Post
    It makes me wonder if the reviews are true.
    There is only way to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruznthru View Post
    I haven't, bet they don't have a trial period.
    have a link to this? now its $10. thanks!

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    I don't know if anyone said this or not, but a touch screen phone uses more power then a device that is non touch screen. i guess because the screen is bigger has something to do with it. i am sure there are other reasons that are attributed to this also but i am not sure what they are exactly

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