Since I rooted my phone and installed CyanogenMod 7 on it, I have noticed the obvious performance gain. My phone became faster, and my battery started to last longer, even when I became lazy with regards to saving some energy.
As the laziness overcame me me, I stopped making any tweaks at all; yet my phone didn’t die, and nether did I.
What I Used to Do
When I bought my first smartphone I had no idea that it devoured battery, and so of course I started to tweak things to some of it. Later on, I bought my first Android, and followed some guides out there (like this one), with some tips on how to save your precious battery.
I am lazy, I admit it, so I never followed all the tweaks; I just did the ones that didn’t affect me at all, like deactivating the data and GPS. But it turns out, that did affect me, as I found myself wanting to use those features frequently – after all, the first thing you want to do with a smart phone is, obviously, use data on the go. And I use GPS a lot: I love to check-in on Foursquare, and I am have a pretty terrible sense of direction, so I’m always using Google Maps for figuring out where I am and how to get to my destination.
I should probably stop using live wallpapers too, but I just couldn’t stop using my wonderful True Blood theme, so that’s one thing I’ve never tweaked.
Do You Really Need to Do This?
The laziness got over me, and I started to undo all those tweaks for the sake of convenience. I set my screen to auto brightness, and let my data and GPS stay turned on all the time.
Of course I did notice a significant loss of battery life – but is this a problem, in the end? Well, follow my thoughts:
Usually, I have access to a computer or an plug point, at work, at home, or even on the train. So, my battery is dying, what do I do? Obviously, I connect it to the computer I have access at the moment, or I just plug it in.
But I Don’t Work in an Office!
Well, if your work requires you to travel a lot, you probably have a company car, right? If so, just use the car charger; at least most of the smart phones these days comes with one, and if yours doesn’t, you can just get one off eBay. It’s not expensive and will be extremely useful.
And if you don’t have a car to charge it, how about buying an extra battery to your phone? Again, you can often find one on eBay for under $5, and it’ll give you practically an extra day’s charge!
Or just don’t worry about it: you won’t die from going a few hours without your phone. In my case, sure, I get lost in the city – but I still have a mouth, so I can ask someone how to get somewhere, as I used to do before I had a smartphone.
I am pretty happy living my life without constantly worrying about my battery. Phones exist to help us stay connected everywhere, and to help us out – not to cause grief and stress.
So, be zen about your smart phone, and stop worrying about something that’s not all that important. You have the solution.