I’ve been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab for around a month now and I must say that Samsung have done a very decent job of their very first tablet device. I’ll be sharing my experience with the device in the next couple of days but in short, if the Samsung Galaxy Tab had a dual core processor and was slightly thinner, I’d be using that instead of my iPhone 4 today.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Battery Empties in Two Days
You’d be right in thinking that a device with a 7″ screen will have extra demands on its battery. The design team at Samsung realised this and have tried to accommodate the extra juice drain by installing a whopping 4000mAh Lithium Ion battery. This is around three times the capacity of the iPhone 4 battery! Interestingly, out of the box and with consistent use throughout the day, the Samsung Galaxy Tab battery only last me for two full days. I experienced the same problem with the HTC Desire I road-tested last year. In response, I fiddled with the settings of the Galaxy Tab to bring you some tips on how you can drastically improve battery time.
Before showing this list, here’s a snapshot of my battery usage on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
You can navigate to this screen by going to Settings > About phone > Battery use.
I was intrigued to see that the application that caused the biggest drain on the Samsung Galaxy Tab battery was in fact the Gallery app! What made this more interesting was that I hardly even used it and was in fact spending a lot more time burning rubber with the game “Need for Speed Shift” than anything else! You can force stop any of these apps by holding down your selection and then choosing to terminate.
Below is the list of 14 battery saving tips for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I hope you Samsung Galaxy Tab users find it useful!
14 Battery Saving Tips for the Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Turn off WiFi : Settings > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi Settings > Untick
- Turn off Mobile AP : Settings > Wireless and network > Mobile AP > Untick
- Turn off Bluetooth : Settings > Wireless and network > Bluetooth Settings > Untick
- Stop Synchronisation : Settings > Wireless and network > Synchronise > Remove accounts
- Stop Packet Data and Data Roaming : Settings > Wireless and newtork > Mobile networks > Untick
- Stop Haptic Feedback : Settings > Sound Settings > Untick Haptic feedback
- Stop Audible touch tones : Settings > Sound Settings > Untick Audible touch tones
- Reduce Screen Brightness : Settings > Display Settings > Brightness > Slide brightness control down to a minimal level
- Stop window animations : Settings > Display Settings > Animation > Select No Animation
- Activate Power Saving Mode : Settings > Display Settings > Tick Power Savind mode
- Reduce time for Screen timeout : Settings > Display Settings > Screen Timeout > Select 15 seconds as screen timeout
- Turn of GPS : Settings > Location and security > Untick Use GPS Satellites
- Stop Unnecessary Running Services : Settings > Applications > Running Services > Select and Stop Service
- Stop Automatic Background Data Sync : Settings > Accounts and sync > Untick Background data and Auto-sync
One of the cool features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android interface is that you can access and toggle on and off some of the major power drainers by simply dragging down the top section of the screen:
There you have it! Again please comment below if you have any other additions to help others.