One of the best features of the Galaxy Nexus is the phone’s big 4.65-inch display. It’s what makes Android 4.0 feel less crowded than it might on a smaller screen, but it’s also one of the big reasons why the battery life on it is disappointing.
This is not entirely surprising given that it’s also a 4G LTE device. Verizon Wireless customers often have to trade great battery life for speedy mobile Internet. The Galaxy Nexus is not, apparently, an exception.
However, when we looked at what’s been using the battery the display is definitely the biggest culprit, responsible for up to 60% of the battery drain.
Chris switched his Nexus to auto brightness and found that battery life improved afterwards. I have the screen permanently set below 25% percent, and I’m still not seeing great longevity. Earlier today I checked and the phone was down to 38% after 6 and a half hours of medium usage. My Thunderbolt is only just now down to that much after 10 hours, and that was with heavy usage.
Laptop Magazine found that the Verizon version of the Nexus fared worse than the Thunderbolt on their battery test, which involves constant web surfing over 4G with the screen on constantly at 40% brightness. Under those extreme conditions the Nexus lasted 3:40, the Thunderbolt 3:56, the Droid Charge 6:42, and the Droid RAZR 4:48.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Nexus running on T-Mobile’s network lasted for 5 hours on this test, which means the network is a big part of the problem, too.
Josh discovered that leaving the Wi-Fi radio on is a major drain as well.
This weekend I’m going to try some different tweaks and tips for other large screen phones to see if I can’t figure out ways to cut down on the battery drain.
What kind of battery life are other Galaxy Nexus users seeing? What’s draining your battery most?