How to maximise battery life of the Huawei IDEOS U8150-D

Many people, including me, have bought the Huawei IDEOS U8150-D smart phone.

Battery life has proved to be a huge concern for me, and I found out that this is actually the case with most android phones.

The most basic solution, I guess, is to turn the phone off when you do not need it. But that will not work for me. I like to have my phone on even when I’m asleep, or in a meeting.

I have considered getting a second battery for my phone, but before I do that, I want to try out the ideas I got from this you tube video from MyIdeos.com .

This video shows you how to do the following:

Press the on/off button
When not using your phone, press the on/off button at the top of the phone. This will lock the screen. The phone consumes battery life when the screen is unlocked and so locking it when not in use will buy you some more battery time.

Set the screen timeout to the smallest value
Setting the screen time out to the smallest value will allow your phone to enter sleep mode quicker but this also means that your phone may keep shifting to sleep mode while you are using it.

Set the screen brightness to a lower degree
You can control the brightness of your screen. The brighter the screen, the more battery it requires.

Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Leaving your bluetooth on to accept data at all time eats up a lot of battery. Similarly, keeping WiFi turned on at all times in hopes that an open hotspot will appear is a sure way to drain your battery life.

Disable background data synchronization
This means that the phone will only check your email, facebook and twitter when you direct it to and not all the time

Disable data service
This means that you will not be able to browse on your phone and your mail will not come through in real time. You can still check your mail manually by connecting just long enough to check your inbox. Don’t worry, you can make and receive calls even when your data service is disabled.

Disable GPS
Disabling GPS will only improve your battery life when you are using apps that use your location like maps, navigation and so on. You will know when location is on when you see the little satellite dish with green lines on your screen.

Use only 2G networks
Using 3G requires more battery life to get the quicker speeds. It can be irritating to go slower, but if you need more battery, you will have to turn off 3G and just use EDGE. Your battery will last longer.

Try these tips out and let me know if you notice any difference in your battery life.

Comments

  1. says

    Oh yes, I am also new to Android and soon realized that I couldn’t do what I’d been used to from Symbian and a jailbroken iPhone: killing running processes in the background, closing apps via a multitasking switch. Also, most of these task manager tools for Android aren’t an improvement because Android usually does this on its own and in one of those early Android videos released by Google some time ago, the task managing process was explained and it became evident that Android is already smart enough on this.

    To save additional battery life on my Motorola Defy, I am using an app called “JuiceDefender” which imo became popular with the HTC Desire (which is a battery drainer phone). What I also like about this app is that it activates my wifi connection when I am near home. This is done via base station IDs. So you won’t have to manually switch it on and off (ppl tend to forget about it).

    Another recommendation I am having is the use of an external app market such as appbrain.com which is slightly better than the default one by Google. A list of my installed apps is visible here: http://www.appbrain.com/user/jke/jke-mb525

    Hope this helps!

  2. says

    I am not so sure about the 2G vs. 3G battery saving though as 3G (WCDMA) uses 0.25W max while GSM / 2G is max. 2W. Android says it will save energy, but sijui if this applies to a) standby mode or b) while talking. I’ve activated 3G on mine and would leave it there but it would be interesting to test this on the Ideos.
    Also, 3G is more “secure” because traditional GSM lines can be decoded with available tools.

    Oh, and another point: batteries hate heat, so any cold place for your phone is appreciated by the phone’s battery (ati, Nairobi climate na kadhalika).

    The best recommendation imo still is the one with the on/off button. Put the phone into standby mode when not in use. Display and data connections are battery drainers.

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