Getting the most out of your phone battery

imageWe are fast becoming a nation of cell phone addicts. I can’t imagine leaving the house with out my fone that doubles as so many tools for me including camera, GPS, calendar, etc. But the biggest problem most of us have is with the battery and specifically the short life of batteries. I know people who carry two batteries. So this Pogue’s Post in the New York Times, Four Ways to Make Your Battery Last Longer struck me as very timely and a must read.

The first suggestion is huge:

“Push e-mail. This, I believe, was the big one. My friend has seven e-mail accounts, and her phone was checking each of them every 15 minutes. If you turn off the “Push” feature, and set it to Manually instead (in Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendars->Fetch New Data), then your iPhone checks for e-mail only when you actually open the e-mail app. Your battery goes a lot farther.”

That said I have to admit that since I moved to the Win7 phone, I have not had to buy an extended battery. I don’t know how they did it, but my battery lasts a full and very busy day.

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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