With a bigger battery and more efficient processor than its predecessor, the S4 promises to at least survive a typical day. But, as Jessica Dolcourt mentions, its slightly larger screen and abundance of features demand that added capacity.
Though the S4 (and most other phones) will almost always need a nightly charge, you'll certainly encounter days when you'll do just a little extra streaming, forget your charger at home, or find yourself staring at 15% with a long night ahead.
To get the most out of your battery's life, follow these best practices.
(Credit: Screenshot by Sharon Vaknin/CNET) 1. Disable superfluous features The S4 is packed with extras like Air Gesture and S Voice that always draw energy, even when you're not using them. When the honeymoon with these futuristic features is over, be prudent about disabling the ones you know will go unused.
Luckily the S4 comes with an improvement that lets you quickly enable and disable many of the built-in features. Just expand the notification bar (swipe down from the top), and tap the icon in the upper-right corner. Here, tap to disable any features you're not using, including things like GPS and Sync, if they can be sacrificed. (I just realized Air Gesture was enabled upon wr... [Read more]