Google Nexus 4 battery life issues helped slightly

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 19, 2012

Most Google Nexus 4 purchasers understand that the handset doesn’t offer the best battery life when it comes to smartphones, although talking the price and overall specs into account, this is one of the best handsets currently available that delivers a lot for the money and of course Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right away. Google claim the 2100mAh battery will deliver around 15 hours of talk time, although real world tests haven’t produced anywhere near these claims.

Nexus 4 price vs. battery – when you look at most of the other Android smartphones with a lot better battery life and similar specs you will also find a higher price, so as a few of PR readers clearly point out, “finding another phone with these specs at such a good price will be difficult“, so what can you do if you want a little more juice from the Google Nexus 4 by LG? We’ve taken a look at a few tips suggested by users and also ones that we’ve tried ourselves, although it’s worth pointing out any changes to settings are at your own risk and don’t mean you’d also benefit.

Some ideas that might deliver a little more Nexus 4 juice – you might want to make sure you’re using short ringtones without vibrating alerts unless you really need them, as these are known to drain more power if extra long. Your Nexus 4 battery could drain fast if you use Live Wallpapers, if navigation and map apps are running that use GPS resources, and also if you have long sleep time-outs or a bright screen.

One of the most important changes you can make to increase your Nexus 4 battery life is to turn off extra functions, and while most of us know that GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi are battery hungry, it seems most of us leave them running when not in use.

How will you help your Nexus 4 battery life last a little longer? We’d love to know what slight changes you’ll make to increase the life of your Nexus 4, or another Android smartphone running Jelly Bean, so let us know in the comments if you’ve found a few things that work. If you want to see the LG Nexus 4 from the inside then you should see this review, which details a teardown to give you some insight into how easy the Nexus 4 is to repair if you ever need to in the future. Also let us know if you run into any problems with your Nexus 4 once it arrives, or if you’ve ordered already has your device been delivered yet?

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