Last week, Verizon finally released the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on its 4G LTE network. Yesterday, I gave you five reasons to think about buying the Galaxy Nexus and five reasons to pass on it. One of the reasons I gave for not buying it was the fact that the phone’s battery life is atrocious. Our own K.T. Bradford has touched on the horrendous numbers in the past, and today I wanted to bring it up again and see how the rest of you are faring.
For me, the battery life, by far, is the worst part about this phone. It has honestly got to the point where I am no longer having an enjoyable experience with the Galaxy Nexus.
For the past couple of days, I have been using my Galaxy Nexus as my main phone, doing all of the things I used to do on my iPhone 3GS.
Making a phone call here and there.
Sending a few text messages a day.
Checking sports scores and fantasy teams.
Using Facebook and Twitter.
And playing the occasional game.
If you thought I was a power user, you were wrong. I am simply the average smartphone user putting a phone through, in my opinion, average use. Don’t get me wrong, I knew 4G LTE battery life was bad, but to be perfectly honest, I was not expecting the experience to be this bad.
For four days, I kept a close eye on my Galaxy Nexus’ battery life. Friday and Sunday, I used it without the extended battery and on Saturday and Monday I used it with the extended battery on board.
Without the extended battery on, I was able to pull down somewhere around 10-11 hours of battery life. With the Galaxy Nexus extended battery on, somewhere around 13 hours.
To me, this is unacceptable.
This is a phone I paid over $400 for. That price included the cost of the phone itself, the extended battery and a bunch of tax.
At this point, I should not be paying that kind of money to be a test subject in Verizon’s little 4G LTE rat race. I touched on not wanting to be a lab rat over the summer and I thought that Verizon and the manufacturers would have solved this problem by the end of the year.
I thought that they would have been solved in the two month gap between announcement and release.
The Galaxy Nexus is not the first 4G LTE device to hit shelves. Nope, that accolade belongs to the atrocious HTC ThunderBolt that needs an extended battery the size of a brick just to hold an average charge.
That’s unacceptable too.
Both instances are making Apple look extremely smart for not pushing out an LTE iPhone in 2011.
So, like any normal person, I’ve gone in search of a way to improve battery life, beyond my own knowledge. One trick I saw was to switch the phone to 3G and use it on Verizon’s 3G CDMA network.
Look, if I wanted a 3G phone, I would have bought the Droid 3 or the Droid X2. I forked over and will continue to fork over a ton of cash to Verizon for 4G LTE. I want to use those speeds without them destroying my experience with the phone.
And again, I am an average user.
Now, it’s possible that this is going to be fixed with an update somewhere down the road. There are whispers of a kernel issue that keeps the phone awake, even when the screen is off.
Maybe that’s the case.
But at this point, while the Galaxy Nexus is a home run in the world of Android, it’s more like a double or a triple in the world of smartphones.
I would understand if I were a power user seeing this kind of battery life, you know, using Netflix or playing a game every second of the day, but at the end of the day I’m not.
I’m just someone that would absolutely love to get a full day, maybe even 20 hours, out of his smartphone and at this point the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t give me that.
And to me, that’s unacceptable, especially when this is a device that has a $300 price tag and the Nexus name attached to it.
So I’ve got two words for Google, Samsung and Verizon, two words that have probably crossed the minds of those who just bought the Galaxy Nexus:
How has your battery life been, folks?