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  1. AlexBC's Avatar
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    Default Battery problems? GET 7.1.0746 via auto-update... HUGE IMPROVEMENT

    Last week, weirdly, I got this note on my phone that I got a software upgrade (BB 9900 on Rogers Wireless in Canada)... it was a new icon that just appeared on its own.

    So, after a few days of not doing anything, I clicked on the upgrade and it began to backup and to upgrade the OS on-device (no computer needed). A few points:

    - The upgrade process is broken! It hung half way through, had to pull battery
    - First time it got stuck at 11% , one battery pull didn't do it, second time, went through more and got stuck again, THIRD time it worked and backed up
    - Then it reloaded the new OS, it finished, but got stuck again at restoring Apps
    - Another battery pull... phone wouldn't start
    - Another pull, and this time it came back up
    - Went into OS, mails were missing... it then took a few minutes and they appeared. Not sure if files were being restored or got it from server
    - At the end, it restored everything to original state, Apps, emails, text, BBM, all restored, BUT on some you had to login/signin again and some lost data (Whatsaspp)
    - THIS TOOK HOURS, like 2hrs one night before sleep, then 1-1.5hrs the next day, so DO NOT ATTEMPT mid-day or when you need your phone
    - If you could, do PC backup/upgrade instead... the auto-update on device is glitchy although it works after a few attempts

    Firmware 7.1.0746 Review:
    - BEST Version so far by 10,000 miles! I've done multiple versions before all hit/miss issues
    - BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT, at least 50% more battery life, and I am not joking. I literally had to charge at 3pm everyday, and could never use 3G/HSPA speeds for long periods before losing battery quickly. This version is just magic, I got the battery drain curves via BatteryWatch and it went from straight line down, to an almost horizonal line...
    - I think this version has improved in two areas: (1) It monitors and closes Apps that are taking batter life, it literally shuts down most Apps I run on the BG that are taking battery life, which might have been the culprit, (2) I am sure some improvements were made to how device communicates in 3G/H speeds... it's significantly less draining.

    Overall, this upgrade is MUST-HAVE specially if you got battery issues... I haven't noticed any glithces, everything works fine, and it even fixed an issue I had with text messages (wouldn't link text from same users before). The only downside is the auto-update on-device which scared me a quite a few times thinking it may brick the phone but luckily went through at the end... so I'd do the PC upgrade option instead.
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    Nice input. On ATT here, still on .523 shrunk with BBSAK (think asian carrier??) without HotSpot active, haven't upgraded to ATT latest official (.694)

    Probably do an OS update over Thanksgiving holidays.
    It was recently pointed out to me that SugarSync was still in my signature, and no longer available for free. It was a nice (free) ride, SugarSync, but I'm seeing Box and Dropbox now, via BB10 integration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocDRM View Post
    Nice input. On ATT here, still on .523 shrunk with BBSAK (think asian carrier??) without HotSpot active, haven't upgraded to ATT latest official (.694)

    Probably do an OS update over Thanksgiving holidays.
    I had a .5xx something before (can't remember the exact version)... but I did have Hotspot, which is awesome.

    This version is seriously amazing on how it manages the battery life!
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    I've been using this load for a while now and I'm pretty happy with it. Subjectively, battery consumption isn't quite as good as .714, but the difference isn't enough to convince me to downgrade. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to upgrade to NOT use OTA. Download the OS from RIM and install it using DM (or loader). If you're not on Rogers, then remove the vendor files either manually or with one of the many tools. (I use BBHTools and I shrink the OS at the same time.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmerdriver View Post
    I've been using this load for a while now and I'm pretty happy with it. Subjectively, battery consumption isn't quite as good as .714, but the difference isn't enough to convince me to downgrade. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to upgrade to NOT use OTA. Download the OS from RIM and install it using DM (or loader). If you're not on Rogers, then remove the vendor files either manually or with one of the many tools. (I use BBHTools and I shrink the OS at the same time.)
    How was .714 different? +1 to not do this OTA... I was scared if it bricked my phone!

    One possible bug... it looks like the proximity sensor is not working anymore. Like when I am talking on the phone, when I pull the phone away from my face, it asks me to "create contact", as it thought I pressed on the screen while talking (to add to contacts).

    Have you seen the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexBC View Post
    How was .714 different? +1 to not do this OTA... I was scared if it bricked my phone!

    One possible bug... it looks like the proximity sensor is not working anymore. Like when I am talking on the phone, when I pull the phone away from my face, it asks me to "create contact", as it thought I pressed on the screen while talking (to add to contacts).

    Have you seen the same?
    I was running .714 small sfi, which runs a bit cooler (according to meterberry) and "seems" to have slightly lower ADR. I stress "seems" because I did not do any objective / quantitative testing, nor has anyone else to my knowledge. Some people prefer .714 large sfi, which I never tried because I was happy with the performance of .714 small sfi. Some new features were introduced in .746 which are described elsewhere. I have not noticed the proximity sensor issue.
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    +1 on not using OTA download. This OS is solid, battery life has been stellar, very snappy. Definitely the best OS I've used so far on BB7 device.
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    I'll second that. I have noticed a huge improvement on battery life on 746 than on all the previous versions / leaks I had ever used. And the most recent leak (before 746) was only about a month old.

    Very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cevag View Post
    +1 on not using OTA download. This OS is solid, battery life has been stellar, very snappy. Definitely the best OS I've used so far on BB7 device.
    +1 on snappiness too... VERY responsive now.
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    Default Battery problems? GET 7.1.0746 via auto-update... HUGE IMPROVEMENT

    Never OTA update!! I don't even know why RIM makes this an option.
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    I just bought a 9900 ("only used a week" said the eBay add, and it looks like it) a week ago and it came with a 7.0 OS. So, before using it, I upgraded to the most recent official .746, 7.1, release. The battery life has been nearly as good as the 9780 I upgraded from. I couldn't understand all the complaints about battery life! Now I understand I'm fortunate to start with .746.
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    Default Battery problems? GET 7.1.0746 via auto-update... HUGE IMPROVEMENT

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndHalfCor View Post
    I just bought a 9900 ("only used a week" said the eBay add, and it looks like it) a week ago and it came with a 7.0 OS. So, before using it, I upgraded to the most recent official .746, 7.1, release. The battery life has been nearly as good as the 9780 I upgraded from. I couldn't understand all the complaints about battery life! Now I understand I'm fortunate to start with .746.
    I think everybody just has different experiences and uses their phone differently.

    I've had good battery life since I bought my 9930 in October 2011. It doesn't last for 2-3 days like my old Curve, but I can always go through a full workday, and then some without recharging.

    The OS 7.1 updates have just made the phone last even longer. Like I've been able to leave my bluetooth on all day with no problems (I leave it on to connect to my car when I drive). Since the original OS 7 I've always had at least 12hrs with my wifi on all day.

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