HTC One X: Heat and Battery Life

, posted: 8-May-2012 08:36

Judging from several threads over at XDA the two most persitant and widespread issues unconvered so far by HTC One X owners would be related to heat and battery life.

While me and the rest of the bloggers here have been told to give HTC a chance to remedy problems and such, I have decided to go ahead with this post. Mainly to inform people of what I have personally experienced so far.

Starting with heat, many users have been complaining about excess and uncomfortable heat around the camera lens. When I play any type of 3D games the upper third of the phone’s back becomes uncomfortably warm over time. One time the rim of the camera lens almost hurt to touch. It does vary from time to time.

Some of this heat then seems to disipitate through the front of the display, I’m not a display genius but it probably isn’t a good thing if half of it is warm while the other half is cool when the phone is actually in use.

When I first got my One X and I was just flicking through the menus and some bundled applications the display was warm to touch and I have no idea as to why. Hopefully this won’t be a persistant issue, although at this stage I won't be surprised.

Now for battery life, as of just 30 mins ago it got noticeably better. The reason? Who knows. In the past week I have almost been able to watch the battery trickle downwards. Just this morning a 15 minute or so session of Reckless Racing HD dropped the battery 10%. This afternoon it’s more like 4%.

The difference? The only modifications I made to the setting were a change of skins and a few tweaks to auto-sync, nothing that I would imagine that would massively increase battery life.

Typically in the last week I’d be down to 35% or less by the time I slept and this only included about 30 to 60 mins of screen time, with the usual auto-sync and auto-brightness settings.

Thinking my battery life was completely buggered I ran HTC's battery test (accessed by dialing *#*#3424#*#*) and by the end of it I was done to 78%, an expected result is around 80% so all seems well here.

Obviously battery life is taking a hit either from Wi-Fi or 3G problems, or my various auto-sync settings. Whatever it might be, the 1.28 update that is currently rolling out to users (and hopefully to Telecom units very soon) should improve battery life.

About the author

I’ll be honest: there was once a day when I got bored and sick of seeing all the smartphone related news in my RSS feeds. This day was literally no more than nine months ago. Well here I stand today; known as Blair the college student in the real world, ArchSerpo in this one. Whilst not even considered an adult by the Government I have established myself as a Android and mobile technology news reporter and in depth reviewer for KitGuru, Android Mobile New Zealand, and now (hopefully) the TelecomTech blog. While bias towards the green team may appear given, I have had experience with all the major mobile operating systems except BlackBerry and MeeGo in the last six months and always keep an open mind.

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