It’s 3rd month since I bought shiny power packed highly hyped BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. There are many reasons which make me believe that this phone is an absolute crap and one of the most important reason is the BlackBerry Bold 9900 Battery life.
Initially the batter lasted for about a week with little usage then it fell down to 2-3 days and after 3 months it just lasts for 3-5 hours without any usage.
This was a shocking revelation to know that BlackBerry Bold 9900 has problem with battery life. First I thought that the battery might be faulty and I was thinking to demand a replacement from Vodafone, however after reading the forum threads and other website I come to know that BlackBerry Bold 9900 indeed suffers from low battery life.
On the New Year’s eve I updated the Blackberry software to 7.0.0 Bundle 2406 which doesn’t improve the battery performance.
Following are the BlackBerry Bold 9900 Battery Specifications taken from BlackBerry’s website.
Battery: 1230 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium-ion batteryGSM Talk Time: Up to 6.3 hours
GSM Standby Time: Up to 12.8 days
UMTS Talk Time: Up to 5.9 hours
UMTS Standby Time: Up to 12.8 days
Audio Playback Time: Up to 50 hours
Video Playback Time: Up to 7.4 hours
The signal strength is very poor in my locality and it hovers between 3G and EDGE. So if BlackBerry’s official version is correct I should get at least a week’s of battery life with moderate usage.
I’m aware that battery life also depends on mobile phone settings, networks and other stuff. I hardly use any of the advanced features and I’ve already done optimization, but the battery performance doesn’t improve.
I don’t watch any video, no browsing, screen brightness is to lowest – just 10%, GPS is off, no social networking connection no other application run in the background. Yet the batter drains down fast.
When I started writing this post I disconnected charger and after 1 hour the battery is already down to 85%. 15% drained in just 1 hour in standby mode?
I’m still in the process of doing further optimization and will see how it goes.