Thursday, March 1, 2012
Living Without 3G Data
Overall I was happy with the improvement of battery life, going from only about one full day worth of battery to somewhere in the 1-2.5 day range. Not having to listen to the tone in low coverage areas when the 3G dropped out was an added bonus as well. So it sounds like a great improvement right?
Only problem with shutting off 3G is none of your apps have access to the internet. This doesn't seem like a problem if the phone is in your pocket right? Thing is, when 3G is turned back on they all have a heyday. So you go to check the weather, your email, or an address quick and you have to fight the apps for data and processing power. Something as simple as checking a price online I found could take up to 10min waiting for the phone to catch up. The worst of them all was actually Gmail, as far as I can tell any time Gmail looses data connection it must sync everything back up, all of your emails, contacts, calendar, etc. This process was the main reason for the slow response anytime you wanted to check something quick.
Overall the battery life improved dramatically, but the problems didn't make it worth it for me, so it's back to running with 3G. If you're in a bind and need to stretch that battery a while or are in a poor coverage area I highly recommend it, but it's just not practical on a daily basis.