Battery Life on the HTC Touch Pro2

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Back in May, I published my review of the N900’s battery life.

While an awesome device, the N900 has been somewhat crippled by the smaller capacity battery (1320 mAh) that Nokia fitted it with. It is passable, but somewhere along the line, it will get to you.

In my extreme test, the N900 shut down after two hours.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see how well the HTC Touch Pro2 with its 1500 mAh would do. I left home at 6.45a.m. with a 95% battery charge, and kept a Bluetooth headset connection active all the way on a 2-hour journey to Ilaro. The Bluetooth connection was also active on the return journey of another 2 hours.

tp2 mine

Meanwhile, the TP2 was connecting to my email server every 5 minutes. I managed three calls and a handful of SMSs. At Ilaro, I also took 18 pictures.

On return to Lagos, I headed straight to church and then to my sister’s place. I didn’t get home till after 5p.m., and I had 30% battery power left. Running the N900 with 5-minute email connections alone would have killed the battery hours before this time. To get through the day, I had to make do with setting the N900 to connect every at intervals of 15, 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the circumstances.

This morning, I gave the TP2 an extreme test – with 5-minute email connections over a 3G network, 10 SMSes, two calls running into 10 minutes, plus watching a 1 hour 37 minute movie, Unthinkable, on the TP2.

Well, after all that, I still had 40% power left. Thereafter I had to dash out. Certainly, the TP2 battery life is looking very good compared to the N900’s. Not bad for a device with a 3.6-inch display and very loud speakers.

8 comments

  1. talking about battery power, i would give up plenty of other features for indefatigable battery power.

    an outstanding battery power is an absolute must if one is on the road a lot. it is simply convenient.

    on my nokia 5800, although its battery life is noteworthy, i still use an application called Ravensoft Battery Extender to squeeze out even more juice.

    Depending on different battery levels, the application allows you define a profile specifying what open applications to shut down, the brightness level, etc _for each battery level (7 in all).

    Solar power may just be the next port of call for mobile devices. i understand Apple already has plans in this direction.

    good thinking, if you ask me…

  2. EyeBeeKay,

    RavenSoft sounds like a very useful app. When are manufacturers going to build this kind of intelligent power management into their devices? You know – a phone is so smart that it does all that adjustment of profiles, sounds, display brightness and connections all by itself to help the user conserve power?

    I’d pay a fortune to have that on the N900.

  3. try checking the alternate app market for windows based phones called omarket mostly free apps but bunch of good ones there. unthinkable is a awesome movie, messenger is another good one.

  4. some sound advice on conserving battery life here m.lifehacker.com/5375325/an-exhaustive-guide-to-saving-your-smartphones-battery

  5. Today was one of the most hectic days that I have experienced in a while. I barely had 10 minutes to myself today, hopping from one meeting to another.

    As such, the Touch Pro2 had the opportunity to serve as my full-time mobile PC today. Mails, web browsing, SMS, Bluetooth connections and voice calls were the order of the day on the TP2.

    Heading home at about 7.00 p.m., I checked the battery metre – and it was nice to see that I still had 50% power left on the device.

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