A Brief Look at the Nokia N95 US 3G, PT. 2- Battery Life Comparison
There's a huge difference between the N95 and the N95-3 and users are excited that the battery has been improved. I had to test this out to see how much of a difference there is according to everyday life. Let me start by saying that while I'm home, I usually leave my N95 on a charger.
Being a 10+ year Nokia user I'm still stuck on the old instructions that tell you to charge your device overnight before using. Lol force of habit. So I charged both devices overnight.
Before unplugging the devices at 8 AM I switched them both to GSM mode only. Since I don't have 3G in my area there was no need to have it turned on. I'm both a T-Mobile and AT&T customer so I was able to use the devices in exact methods. I also made sure that I had bluetooth turned on. Since bluetooth is a battery drainer I felt it necessary for this test, although others might not use it.
At 9:30 AM I logged onto the web in order to leave the internet connection open, which also drains the battery. Now I'm not completely certain if this is the case with GSM phones, but with CDMA if you are roaming that's a bit of a battery drainer, so since there is only native AT&T coverage here I chose to put that sim in my pink N95 and use the T-Mobile sim card in the N95-3... I figured if roaming is a battery drainer it would be best to roam with the stronger battery.
During the day I made and received calls and text messages from both devices. I transferred my whole music collection that's on the pink n95 to the n95-3 and after messing around with timing (pressing the play button so that both songs started at the same time) I listened to songs on both devices. Lol, not quite stereo but it did sound a bit cool. I have a playlist that has 27 songs on it and listened to the whole playlist.
I kept the WLAN search off all day because at this point I don't have a reason to use it.
Around 1 PM I had some running around to do, so I shut off the internet connection on both devices. I decided to leave my Pink N95 home and travel with the N95-3. This gave me the opportunity to get Nokia Maps working on it since I hadn't run that app yet. I also downloaded some applications and browsed through MOSH.
Like watching a fight and waiting for that round when the contender finally decides to give up, around 9PM my pink N95 had to bow down. Even with breaks during the day it still didn't stand the test. About 5 minutes prior to these screenshots I had installed Jaiku for S603rd and had inquired about something that installed. So I would say that was around 8:20ish... feel free to check my Jaiku presence for the exact post if you want verify the time. But even around that time my Pink N95 was beeping to let me know that I had a low battery. The N95-3 was still at full bars, and at 12:47am as I'm typing this post I'M STILL AT FULL BARS!!
Now the next request would be to make a similar battery for existing N95 users.
If there is anything that I might have left out that you would be interested in my testing, just drop a comment.