Lowest Power Draw, StormSlider, PatternLock or UltimateLock?
I have tried all 3. For maturity you can't beat StormSlider, for simplicity PatternLock is the winner and, as admitted by the developer, UltimateLock has a ways to go as it is a work in progress.
As we know, battery life on the Storm 2 leaves a lot to be desired and my question then is which of these 3 has the least draw on your battery? Developers, feel free to jump in here with your respective thoughts...........
- 03-14-2010, 10:57 AM #3
battery is unaffected by either SS or UL...no patternlock. if you have problems with the battery it is something specfic with your phone as many dont have any issues at all
- 03-14-2010, 12:57 PM #7
ok, if you want to be technical about then yes they USE battery. DRAIN is not the same as USE though. And my original answer remains the same. Neither app uses more than the other by a marginal amount.
No, I don't think they "drain" either, but they will use some power. Not 5-10% an hour, likely not even 0.5%/hour, but some for sure. Likely more if you have various option, such as weather set?
My original question wasn't that these applications will "kill" you battery, but rather which one is more battery friendly? I know that for the most part they use very little power........
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03-14-2010, 03:45 PM #10
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other than those options there arnt really any combination or any other options that will really drain your battery more than the other.
- 03-14-2010, 05:49 PM #12
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- 03-14-2010, 06:08 PM #13
it varies phone to phone since everyone has several combos of apps. I have google voice, berryweather (1 hour refresh), smrtguard, BBlight, smart wifi, Wallpaper shuffle (15 minutes change), Beejive and Ultimate lock all running in the background and this is what my usage looks like from the last charge
Average discharge is 1.5% hour. I am on the BB for about 5-7 hours a day (according to i love my BB app) with BBM, email, SMS and some internet and phone calls too. You can see the hour i was on the phone for about 1 hour straight, it took 5% of my battery that hour. I have used them with the settings to start after 5 minutes of no activity on the phone
SS results are the same, i have used that since the beginning and have been using UL since it was released.
The point I guess is that i have all those apps and over 110 installed on the phone and dont have 'drain' using either app. If you do have battery drain you need to look at what apps you have installed and other settings on the phone. Are you BES and have extra security that is perhaps fighting the other lock apps. Do you have the BB lock with a passcode and do you have SS or UL to have a password too. There is a good chance something is fighting each other causing the issues.
Last edited by howarmat; 03-14-2010 at 06:11 PM.
Ok this is a similar situation that caused me to start this thread. I removed PatternLock and reinstalled StormSlider yesterday morning. I usually average about -1.7%/hour battery drain. After installing SS yesterday my battery seemed to be going down pretty quick but I didn't think much of it until I checked the drain with Meterberry last night and it showed average discharge of -15%/hour. Yikes, I have never been that high! Now I know it wasn't SS causing this rapid discharge per se, but it was certainly reacting with something to cause it! I remeoved it and reinstalled PatternLock and all is good again.......
So I got to thinking, what seems to cause the lowest draw on phones, and started the thread. Interesting to see the differences from phone to phone that we're seeing in the replies......... The one variable that seems to cause the most grief for people is SS, but as I mentioned, I don't think it is the actual culprit, but rather it's reaction with ??some?? other progam (s.)
- 03-14-2010, 06:49 PM #16
I really only bought a new 1600 mah for the S2 because i though the one i had for my S1 was bad. It wasnt, they just dont really extend the life a great deal like i had hoped.
on a 1400 mah battery the results would change to ~1.8% for those results i posted, so not enough to sit there and argue over.
- 03-14-2010, 06:59 PM #17
I only have like 6 apps on my phone so I'm not sure what would be causing that huge drop like that. Even when the phone sits idle the drop in battery is huge (with SS). Like from my last post to this one, it went down from 90% to 89%. If SS was on, it would of dropped like 5-7% minimum. I've seen drops up towards 13-15% at times; **** I even seen 65.5% at one time! HA! Anyways, for now, SS is just chilling in my app store as I like my not having to recharge my phone around lunch time everyday.05 GSXR 1000
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03-14-2010, 07:05 PM #18
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This is completely anecdotal but Storm Slider causes my phone to go dead very quickly. Take it off, battery drain is normal. Put is on, battery dead in less than one day. Once again I know people who have no problem with this but based on the treads I have read, many people do.I love my Storm 2 so don't try to tell me I don't.
- 03-15-2010, 12:56 PM #20
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- 03-15-2010, 01:42 PM #21
like i said its only 2 maybe 3 hours extra. But i have been able to do that on 428 and 451 both pretty consistent.
like i said there is no need to mess with hybrids, there is nothing 'broken' that the hybrids fix right now. Battery life can be great. I check the difference between 497 and 451. out of the 550ish files only 26 were changed. The rest were identical byte for byte matches or completely irrelevant to the OS function (password keeper or default theme, etc). At one time hybrids were great cause they fixed things. Now they have very little changes that impact the function. they might 'feel' faster and i suppose some people might get better battery life, but i am guessing most doing even run straight 451 for a week anyway so they dont know the difference.
Its $40 for the extended battery, if yo got the money it might be worth a try to see how much longer you get. Otherwise its alot to try and still might not make it thru the day, depending on use.