I’m now in my fourth day of using the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8 in lieu of the iPhone 5 in our Living With Lumia challenge.
So why is this post/video delayed? I’m glad you asked! Yesterday, we had a Google+ Hangout (sorry about the technical problems) and I answered some questions and talked with the community about the process of switching phones.
Originally, that hangout was going to be my Day 3 entry and video, but when I left to go to a series of events in the afternoon, a more pressing issue reared its head: Battery life.
In short, I’m having issues with it on my Lumia 920. On my first day with the 920, I noticed that the battery life wasn’t great and that the phone was hot to the touch. I didn’t dwell on this because I was doing a lot with the phone — setting it up, downloading apps, etc. After a full battery cycle, the problem seemed to disappear.
In fact, on day two with the phone, I really didn’t have any noticeable issues with the phone. So far, so good!
Yesterday, that changed. I left my office around 4:15 to go to an event — the phone was at 100%. By the time I got to the event’s location — maybe 20 minutes later, I’d probably lost 10 or 15% of my battery. Moreover, the phone was very hot to the touch.
At the event, I sent a few tweets, took a few photos and browsed some websites. I noticed the phone was getting increasingly warm and that the battery life was dropping quickly. I made sure my background tasks were off (only weather could still run in the background), NFC was turned off, and I didn’t have geotagging on the camera.
By 6 p.m., my phone was down to 55%, dropping at least 40% in just 90 minutes.
I sent the following tweet with a screenshot of my battery at 6:24 p.m.
While I was able to make it to my other events, I was afraid to use the phone. Even without being used — the phone was almost dead (4% battery) by 10:30 p.m.
Trying to Find Solutions
Perusing the Internet, I found I’m not the only one with battery issues. A quick poll of my Twitter followers showed about 50% of fellow 920 users have had issues, 50% haven’t.
On WPCentral, a forum titled “lumia 920 Battery Issues” has nearly 400 replies with various users offering advice and anecdotal feedback.
Nokia responded to my concerns on Twitter and via email and directed me to an area on its support forums.
I had already implemented the changes it suggested last night and still had issues with my phone’s battery.
As of right now, I’m having better luck today and will monitor the situation as the day continues. If I run into another period of rapid battery drain, I may take the drastic step of resetting my phone (which some users say has worked), though I’d like to avoid that if possible.
Battery life is a fundamental feature in using a smartphone so I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the future.
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BONUS: A Tour of the Nokia Lumia 920