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Old 09-21-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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Folks,

Trust all is well.

To give you some background - had an 8700c, but picked up a Q for reliable voice coverage. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the BB.

As it is now released for VZW, one note is the change in battery life (8703 vs. 8700x) - CDMA being the culprit here.

Even with the GSM unit - the real life battery settings were on average a solid 2 days (~150 emails/day - 1.5 hrs talk - adequate use of browsing - holdem on the subway.)

I'm trying to get a gauge of how the 8703e battery life is fairing as some of you have had it for a couple of days now.

InPocket stated somewhere that his battery life was quite erratic going up and down - other then that, haven't seen/heard too much in regards to battery life.

Please share your insight.

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Old 09-21-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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Mine, is solid as far as usage goes. I have noticed a little flucuation as well but nothing problematic. I took mine off the charger at about 7:00am and talked all the way to my office (35 minutes) recieved about 50-60 emails and maybe another hour or so of talk time, battery has not maved a bar yet...
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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Folks,

Trust all is well.

To give you some background - had an 8700c, but picked up a Q for reliable voice coverage. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the BB.

As it is now released for VZW, one note is the change in battery life (8703 vs. 8700x) - CDMA being the culprit here.

Even with the GSM unit - the real life battery settings were on average a solid 2 days (~150 emails/day - 1.5 hrs talk - adequate use of browsing - holdem on the subway.)

I'm trying to get a gauge of how the 8703e battery life is fairing as some of you have had it for a couple of days now.

InPocket stated somewhere that his battery life was quite erratic going up and down - other then that, haven't seen/heard too much in regards to battery life.

Please share your insight.

Regards,
dolo
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:19 PM   #4
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Allen,

I went back and forth on Ramble, Yak & IM+

Junior - keep us in the loop with what the battery meter is showing when you get home.

So far it looks encouraging.

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Old 09-21-2006, 02:21 PM   #5
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Will do...
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I don't know how long the battery lasts yet, but I will tell you that it is taking forever to charge...
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Over the past two full days of use...

Taking it off of the charger at 9am... with about 1.5hrs of talk... ~40 emails... around 30min total of web browsing... ~10 text messages... by midnight or 1am... it's still got 4 out of the 5 battery bars. Going to Options/status shows battery no lower than 70%.

I'd say that's fantastic for a CDMA device. Blows my Q away.
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Over the past two full days of use...

Taking it off of the charger at 9am... with about 1.5hrs of talk... ~40 emails... around 30min total of web browsing... ~10 text messages... by midnight or 1am... it's still got 4 out of the 5 battery bars. Going to Options/status shows battery no lower than 70%.

I'd say that's fantastic for a CDMA device. Blows my Q away.

a matchbook and some kindling would blow away the Q in the energy department..and every other department..
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:11 PM   #9
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a matchbook and some kindling would blow away the Q in the energy department..and every other department..
I won't argue with you there.
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:43 PM   #10
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Over the past two full days of use...

Taking it off of the charger at 9am... with about 1.5hrs of talk... ~40 emails... around 30min total of web browsing... ~10 text messages... by midnight or 1am... it's still got 4 out of the 5 battery bars. Going to Options/status shows battery no lower than 70%.

I'd say that's fantastic for a CDMA device. Blows my Q away.
BLOWS my Q away too.

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:26 AM   #11
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just got the 8703 for VZW and the first full day of using it decimated the battery with maybe 1.5 hours of talk time, 15 emails and a half hour of browsing. I did have brightness set at 100% for the first 4 hours so not sure how that affected it. Now it's at 50%.

I am a first time BB user so are there any "no duh' programs/settings that are sapping battery power that I can turn off or disable?

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:34 AM   #12
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just got the 8703 for VZW and the first full day of using it decimated the battery with maybe 1.5 hours of talk time, 15 emails and a half hour of browsing. I did have brightness set at 100% for the first 4 hours so not sure how that affected it. Now it's at 50%.

I am a first time BB user so are there any "no duh' programs/settings that are sapping battery power that I can turn off or disable?

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:37 AM   #13
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my battery is excellent, i have my screen set to %90, several hours talking, at least 75 emails, bunch of sms messages and a bunce of bb messanger, also downloaded some things and did some web browsing. From yesterday at 7:00am until this morning at around 9:00am i still had one bar of battery left. damn good if you ask me...
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:09 AM   #14
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Ok, from what I am seeing after about 18 hours now, with average use, about 1 hour of calls about 10 emails and about 1 hour of browsing, I am now at 80%
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got it on tuesday, 100% brightness no auto, couple hundred emails, 50 or so texts, average30-40 calls aday totallyin 90 mins or so, didt have to charge till about 8 last night
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I think the key question here should be BIS or BES. I wonder if that makes the difference. My battery life is very poor. Much better then the Q but poor for a Blackberry. I need the extended battery door!
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got it on tuesday, 100% brightness no auto, couple hundred emails, 50 or so texts, average30-40 calls aday totallyin 90 mins or so, didt have to charge till about 8 last night
Wow - that's frankly...way above what I was even hoping for.

18 hours on heavy use IMO is fantastic...especially for CDMA.

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Old 02-19-2007, 05:56 PM   #18
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Anyone having problems with the 8703 Battery Meter? it is at 80% in the status menu but shows full on the home screen...Any advice? Just got it 3 days ago-
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Anyone having problems with the 8703 Battery Meter? it is at 80% in the status menu but shows full on the home screen...Any advice? Just got it 3 days ago-

Are you still haveing a problem?

I notice on mine that the bar goes from full directly to 3 bars never stopping at 4.

Anyone else?

Battery life in general is great.
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