Those of us who have chosen the Android operating system to power our smartphones or tablets have a vested interest in obtaining the best possible battery performance that we can. This is not always an easy adventure, since the road to battery savings is full of potholes. The folks at XDA Developers have put their backs into a recent study in which they have compiled some very interesting information, suggestions, and tips about Android phones and the applications they use.
One could conclude that to obtain the best possible battery life, one only needs to use fewer applications. While this theory holds some truth, the smartphone you buy could also be a power-draining device with little or no solution. In other words, your phone could be a power sapping, battery-eating device, no matter how few applications you choose to run.
Here is a list of the top 15 battery-sapping smartphones that use the least amount of juice:
Here is a list of the 15 power-hungry smartphones that will suck the life out of a battery:
Though these reports are extremely handy for those who might be considering purchasing one of these phones, what about an Android device that you already own? Are you running any battery-draining applications that are sucking the life out of your phone behind your back?
The good people at Root Uninstaller came to the rescue with a recommendation for an application that can be extremely useful for us Android fanboys. Did I mentioned that I am an Android user, owning two Android smartphones and a Nexus 7? I tried the recommended application called Battery Stats Plus on all of my Android devices.
I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical as to how well this application would work or not work. My fears were not justified and I learned a lot about my phones, the Nexus 7, and the applications that I have been using. First let me share some specifications of how Battery Stats Plus works:
Usage attributes include CPU, CPU foreground, network, GPS, sensor, wake lock, and battery information. Statistic data is optionally uploaded on our cloud and shared with other users.
Cloud-based service to compare your battery lifetime and battery usage between your device and other devices:
- Analyze battery stats per app
- Statistics on CPU, CPU foreground, data usage, GPS usage, sensor usage
- Auto-detect and notify battery-draining apps (PRO)
- Estimate and monitor battery lifetime
- Cloud-based service to compare device’s battery performance
- Cloud-based service to compare battery usage per app of your device and average usage (reported by other users)
After using the application for a few days as recommended by the developer of the application, I was unable to determine which were draining the battery power of my devices. I was especially impressed with the high battery usage application results that Battery Stats Plus found on my personal Samsung Android-powered phone.
I also tried another application that was recommended by Root Uninstaller called Smart RAM Booster. The developers claim the following:
Smart RAM Booster is designed to overcome these issues by selectively killing less important apps that are running in the background but consumes considerable device memory.
RAM Booster comes with auto-boost in four levels: aggressive, strong, medium, and gentle.
- Aggressive: kill most low priority apps
- Strong: Kill apps that are low priority as well as consume lightly below an “average”
- Medium: kill apps that consume memory above an “average”
- Gentle: kill only apps that use considerable memory
I must admit that I have been impressed with RAM Booster. I have opted to use the automatic boost setting, setting the minimum RAM boost option of my choosing. So far the program has performed flawlessly and I would recommend that you give the application a try.
Both applications are free. You can’t beat the price.
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