Why I returned the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Sitting unused, the Nexus battery inexplicably lost 15% of its charge in less than an hour.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid
For now I've switched back to trusty Moto Droid. I miss ICS, and the speed of Nexus, but am hoping for a better Android Q1 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid
For now I've switched back to trusty Moto Droid (on the right). I miss ICS, and the speed of Nexus, but am hoping for a better Android Q1 2012.

Battery life. The battery life on the brand-spanking new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is atrocious. So much so, that I could not make it through a normal workday without the premium Android smartphone dying on the vine. That’s most unfortunate. Because, aside from that major issue, Nexus is pretty darn sweet- especially thanks to the slick gloss that is Ice Cream Sandwich.

I’m not alone when it comes to lamenting the phone’s inability to give us enough juice.

Others are also reporting that it’s simply unacceptable, or suggest that crappy battery life is the price you pay for owning a Nexus.

Forums are lighting up too. The “official battery life” thread on Android Central has no less than 30 pages of mostly woe and agony.

Googling “battery life nexus” will get you pages worth of two types of articles: (1) those that tell you how to get a full day out of your Nexus (popular suggestions across the web: shut off wi-fi, turn off bluetooth, kill all the background apps, turn off the phone, etc.); and (2) those that are ranting, raving and crying in their beer (like me, as much as I’d prefer not to).

Some are resorting to a multiple battery strategy; one each in the car, office and home.

I realize this irksome weak battery situation is not specific to Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich or even Android in general. It’s a problem with virtually all modern day smartphones.

Recently, after a local concert here in Silicon Valley, a bunch of us stood around after the show to make plans. All of my friend’s iPhones were dead in the water. This was early evening. Fortunately my trusty Moto Droid (not exactly a Lithium Ion champion itself) had just enough juice to hook us up with the rest of our party.

Samsung appears to indirectly acknowledge the issue by offering a $50 extended battery for the Nexus.

There’s a lot to love about Nexus and ICS, but battery life is certainly not one of its finer attributes.

So I returned it.

I explained to the Verizon guy why I was reluctantly returning Nexus and he said, “Yeah, Android runs hot.”

Now I’m back on OG Moto Droid. Always the workhorse, albeit quite slow now. With CES just around the corner I’m hoping for something better. Plus quad-core is coming. Maybe even flexible displays? And by then ICS will have the bugs ironed out (and hopefully I’ll be able to sync Facebook and not just Google+ … !).

Theories abound as to why we’re living in an age when an iPad with a 10-inch display can get over 10 hours of battery, but a smartphone less than half its size can’t even come close. Yes, 4G LTE has something to do with that. Again, almost every 4G handset has underwhelming battery life. Or maybe it’s a software glitch that Google will patch shortly. Or it could be an antenna issue. Or those pesky background processes and apps that drain non-stop.

Regardless, I’m less interested in finding out why, and more interested in getting on with work.

Manufacturers need to figure this out if these fantastic devices–Nexus, HTC Rezound, Droid RAZR, and, yes the iPhone too–are to deliver on their promise as productivity tools (and as social networking playthings).

For now unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t make the cut.

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  • None

    “Theories abound as to why we’re living in an age when an iPad with a
    10-inch display can get over 10 hours of battery, but a smartphone less
    than half its size can’t even come close.”

    Theories aren’t required where fact explains.  6930 mAh for 9.7″.  1850 mAh for 4.65″.  3 and 3/4 times the battery for 2 times the screen.  The reason a device half the size can’t come close is because it IS HALF the size.  Big batteries don’t fit in pockets.  Throw LTE into the equation and it appears iOS is the OS that “runs hot.”

    • None

      It’s incorrect to say a 9.7″ screen is twice the size of a 4.65″ screen.  That’s like saying a 55″ HDTV is twice the size of a 27″ HDTV.  In reality, the larger displays in both examples are roughtly 4 times the size with regard to actual surface area and not just comparing the diagonal measurements.

      • None

        You’re right:  technically, the surface area of the screen is about 4 times larger. However, the screen uses less than 100% of the battery.  The increase in power consumption for the screen is basically covered by the increase in battery capacity, but there’s still a nearly 4-fold increase in battery capacity for all non-screen related consumption.  My original point about size of the device, size of the battery and battery life stands; a device half the size can’t come close because it IS HALF the size.

    • Anonymous

      Just bought this phone. I get 4 hours with moderate use. My iPhone gets 2 days with heavy use. So explain that to me. Android phones have terrible battery life which is the most important fucking thing a phone can have. I mean I got 4 hours on the nexus no phone calls no texts and it’s only using 3G. Lte is turned off. I mean it’s bassicly unusable. 4 hours is unnexaeptable and google and Samsung should be fuckin sued man. 300 dollars for a phone you can’t even use it’s absurd!!!!!! 4 hours my iPhone gets like 2 days. Why did I buy this phone? Because I’m a fuckin moron listening to all the dumb asses say iPhone sucks when in reality there is nothing that compares to an iPhone. With the iPhone you forget there’s a battery it just lasts and lasts. I’m so disappointed. I wanted this nexus so bad and thought it was going to be so good.

  • gynot

    Clint, if you don’t get what you want in your CES stocking, re-consider the Droid Razr; my early experience (about one month now) is that, with help from the smart actions app, I’m routinely getting 1.5 days of above average phone/calendar/email usage & some internet/nav/streaming music usage before needing a charge. That’s plenty for me, and Razr nation should get ICS just as the bugs get worked out. This OG Droid convert and stickler for quality is very pleased thus far.

    • Good suggestion, and a tempting one. Interesting to hear about your success with battery life. Those results would work well for me too.

      I actually much prefer the design of the RAZR, despite the Nexus curved glass. The RAZR is thinner, which I prefer, and overall has better build quality imho. It’s also $100 cheaper. I’m still considering it, and you’re right, ICS should land after the kinks have been resolved. With CES so close, I’m going to see what springs up even though most introductions likely won’t hit the market until Mar/Apr. Being an OG Droid like you, I actually have some (designed in the USA) loyalty to Motorola… err, I mean Google :)

  • Anonymous

    wow this guy is an idiot!!!

  • Dawkinsbrown05

    I’m not sure why so many people have been complaining about the battery life. I’m a somewhat heavy user and my Nexus has been lasting me 30 hours, easy (and that is with either 4G or wifi on at any point during the day). Of course, I did get the extended battery (2100 instead of 1800 maH), but even 1800 maH should be plenty. I also keep my screen brightness at automatic (i.e. usually the lowest setting, but changes throughout the day). Honestly, I don’t see why anyone would keep their Nexus at full brightness because it’s REALLY bright (we’re talking eye-straining bright).

    Clint, what settings did you usually keep your phone on? Also, for anyone who buys the Nexus, I would definitely recommend buying the extended battery. It just makes too much sense (and I believe they’re still on sale for half off at $25).

    • Wow 30 hours! I’d be satisfied with even half that. I’m not sure why my Nexus battery life was so abysmal. Some suggested I need to power cycle the phone/battery a few times. 

      For settings I was on default. I didn’t change the default. 

      The extended battery is a consideration, but I didn’t want to add bulk/weight. 

      Battery life seems to be a hot/cold scenario from what I can tell surfing the forums and web sites. Some think it’s perfectly fine, while many are complaining that it’s horrible and “unacceptable.” Regardless, it’s a very good phone! Clint

      • Computerdad

        You heft and weight comment puzzle me. The OG Droid, which I also came from, feels like a rock in my hand compared to the Nexus. Why would the small weight gain of the extended battery make a difference?

        • True, as much as I appreciate OG Droid, it feels like an anchor (though a well built heavyweight) compared to just about anything on the market, especially Androids like Nexus and RAZR. Which is why I want to take full advantage of advances in design. I want thin, light – without sacrificing power. Yes, spoiled are us. I really don’t like the idea of breaking up the slick lines of Nexus (or RAZR or any Android) with an extended battery if I can avoid it. Though, if that’s what it takes to get 4G LTE, ICS, and all-day use, then I can probably live with that. CES, meanwhile, beckons.

      • Anonymous

        Trust me it’s horrible and a joke. I get 4 hours max doing with moderate use and no phone calls. It’s a joke man.

    • Sales

      I charge or replace my ext battery in my Nexus 3 times a day. I have 4 of theses phones in boxes for Christmas and they are all going back.

  • EJ

    That’s unfortunate that you returned it so soon, Clinton.  You should have given it a little longer. I mean, to wait this long for the release and then so quickly return it? But anyway, I was watching my battery life today and I had 16% battery left at 9 hours of use. Not bad, considering my display is using 48% of the power, which means, I am on it a lot.  I am also using an app called “Juice Defender” to run when my phone is not in use. Seems to help some. Someone else mentioned they noticed a possible correlation between signal strength and battery.  Verizon is working on fixing the reception problem which could also fix the battery problem, if you are having a problem.  I plan to keep mine and actually, I could not return if I wanted. I took the Rezound back to get the Nexus, and I’m out of exchanges.  I still have issues with the Galaxy though like not able to sync Facebook contacts and the pinch zooming on web browsers doesn’t resize the text to fit on the screen like the Rezound. But still, Nexus is the best android phone out right now.

    • EJ, thanks, maybe I need to go into Galaxy Nexus therapy. I’m perfectly willing to admit I over-reacted after only a few days. A knee jerk reaction? My specialty. But the battery was a concern. I didn’t want to have to worry about it for another 2 years. I already experienced that the first time around with Moto Droid (a great phone otherwise). 

      Maybe I’ll revisit Nexus in a few weeks, after I return from Canada for xmas. 

      CES will likely tantalize with quad-core, flexible displays, more ICS devices, etc.

      The game never ends. I agree though that Nexus is the best Android phone currently, neck-and-neck with Droid RAZR. ICS is like Honeycomb for smartphones. 2012 should be a great Android year. Cheers, Clint

  • Bret Lewis

    EXACTLY, how can you compare a battery nearly 4 fold the size on a tablet not connected to an LTE network.  It doesn’t even make sense. 

    I have an Atrix and still think it is one of the longest lasting phones on the market. I can nearly make through a whole day, and I’m a serious power user.
    I have had many Blackberries including the Bold 2, and the Atrix battery life smokes it.  My blackberry was dead by noon everyday with a new battery (that’s a real power user), not to mention I surf the net much more on my Atrix because it’s much less painful. The Atrix with a 4 inch screen and largest battery on the market of any smartphone at 1930mah, probably cannot be beaten by anything with the exceptions of some smaller, low resolution screen devices.

    I think the Atrix is impressive as 10 months later, still near the top as a flagship phone (top 5 for sure, if not top 3) if screen size isn’t a feature but rather a preference as I see it. Granted, I would like to go bigger with a quad core.  I can’t wait until we get a release or two for HTC & Motorola in Feb 2012 (so predictable IMHO).

    • Anonymous

      My iPhone gets 2 days heavy use. Lasts and lasts. Your acting like 9 hours is impressive. Try being a iPhone user who switched to the nexus. The nexus gets 4 hours moderate use. My iPhone would last 2 days.

  • bret

    EXACTLY, how can you compare a battery nearly 4 fold the size on a tablet not connected to an LTE network.  It doesn’t even make sense. 
    I have an Atrix and still think it is one of the longest lasting phones on the market. I can nearly make through a whole day, and I’m a serious power user.
    I have had many Blackberries including the Bold 2, and the Atrix battery life smokes it.  My blackberry was dead by noon everyday with a new battery (that’s a real power user), not to mention I surf the net much more on my Atrix because it’s much less painful. The Atrix with a 4 inch screen and largest battery on the market of any smartphone at 1930mah, probably cannot be beaten by anything with the exceptions of some smaller, low resolution screen devices.

    I think the Atrix is impressive as 10 months later, still near the top as a flagship phone (top 5 for sure, if not top 3) if screen size isn’t a feature but rather a preference as I see it. Granted, I would like to go bigger with a quad core.  I can’t wait until we get a release or two for HTC & Motorola in Feb 2012 (so predictable IMHO).

  • Onemoresold

    I have the extended battery for my Nexus, and while I love the phone, my battery drains fast.  How can some people get 30 hrs and others 8 hours?  Same phone right?  Are they lying maybe?  I dont know but at 1 hr off charger, I am down to 81% battery.  I dont have a lot of apps, I have disabled Google plus, screen brightness is at like 20%, and I have only had the phone on checking emails for a total of 1 1/2 minutes.!  Do I have a dud?  Is this the norm?  I LOVE THE PHONE….. so I will keep it but hope the 4.0.3 update does something to fix the issue.  Prob not…..  My signal is at 1 or 2 bars, so maybe searching for signal is doing it?  4G is 1 mile from my house so I get 3G 99.9% of the time!  Help me Obi Wan, your my only hope!

    • Anonymous

      Turn off backup assistant, or rather, disable it from your apps in settings. that will save you a tremendous amount.

      I can check emails right after unlpugging with about 60% screen brightness, standard battery, and it stays around 95%.

      EDIT: sorry, this is basing it on being a Verizon Nexus.

    • dec1slh

      My battery lasted about 7 hours the first day, that was with heavy usage. The second day it lasted about 11 hour with normal usage a few regular phone calls, a few internet phone calls, a few groove ip phone calls.  I used navigation for about 20 minutes. I also used the phone as a mobile hotspot for about 25 minutes.  The phone was on LTE and/or wireless the entire time.  The third day, today, about 10% battery drained overnight, wifi was on that my be the reason why, by the time I got to work another 10% had drained.  after that all hell broke loose, I could not get a signal to same my life, I could not make any voice call, data worked sporadically, battery drained quickly, I had it plugged into the charger and it drained faster than it could charge.  Needless to say this baby is going back ASAP,  I am really sad because I fell in love with the phone and ICS in 2days, but it is time for a divorce, I mean annulment, I cannot go through this drama for 2 years.  When LTE works the phone is awesome but when it doesn’t service is horrid.  I switched from Sprint to Verizon because sprint was constantly dropping calls, hell at least I could at least make the call…..mobile network not available is NOT HOT.

    • Anonymous

      They are making that up. They are totally full of shit. My nexus gets 4 hours lol. It’s a joke, my iPhone gets 2 days. Knew I shouldn’t have bought into android again.

  • No serious battery issues on mine thus far.  To be fair, It’s only been 48 hours, but I’m a big fan of cycling the battery.  Myths abound on whether cycling is still needed with today’s battery tech, but in my unscientific methods, I find that it helps.  Hands down, this is the best Android option right now in my opinion.  I like the Razr too (especially the choice in hardware materials), but the screen tech and carrier bloat was the deal killer for me.

    • @twitter-9208552:disqus Good to hear from you! Glad to hear battery is working out. As much as I want to stick with Nexus, I’m biting the bullet (it’s really, really testing my patience because I want to replace my OG Droid with the latest kit!) and waiting to see what comes out at CES. Cheers, Clint

  • Apple

    Clint,

    I have to strongly disagree with you.  I’m so happy with my GN.  If you don’t want to recharge your device during the day, I’ll sell you my Motorola StarTac from 1999.  You want 4G, HD screen and a fast processor but you aren’t willing to pay for it.  That is very unrealistic bro.

    • StarTac was epic! I remember losing one at a U2 concert (PopMart) at Skydome. The next morning I found what I was looking for: the petite phone was wrapped up somehow in my sweatshirt.

      • Aaron Westervelt

        Hopefully when the flexible screens emerge we get a StarTac reincarnate!

        Anyway, I’m extremely pleased with my GN and the battery life.  It’s recently been reported that VzW is having trouble with the authentication methods for it’s 4G devices.  This apparently plagues all 4G devices and causes an issue switching towers and ultimately puts the phone into a state where it’s constantly searching for service when it cannot successfully authenticate.  I think this is causing the majority of battery issues.  Disabling 4G seems to greatly remedy this issue.  I know, the irony of having to disable 4G on a 4G device…but the good news is this won’t always be an issue.  It’s more or less a growing pains issue with the network coming from CDMA 3G towers to LTE.  It was a complex issue to handle the authentication, and apparently the best method wasn’t found, but I wholeheartedly believe these issues will be resolved.  I haven’t looked much into the European models of the phone, but I don’t believe they’re plagued with the same battery issues and they actually ship with a slightly smaller battery.  So it seems the device itself is solid…it’s the network in it’s infancy stages that needs to evolve.

        • Interesting information on authentication issues. Could ultimately be a Verizon issue, not a Nexus/ICS issue as you suggest. Thanks for sharing @google-4a9dd1735f2c0c3444dbf556c81da4a7:disqus .

  • Guest

    I will be keeping my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I haven’t done any battery life measurements, yet. It does fine on standby. Arrived at work 3 hours ago. Now connected to WIFI. Battery at 98%. I ordered the extended battery and will be using it when it arrives. For $25 it looked like a good deal.

    • I’m almost regretting not keeping Nexus. Almost. It really is slick, and I love the screen and look/feel of ICS – for me at least, it kicks iPhone to the curb (though I want Flipboard on Android pls).

      But there seems to be 2 extremes out there: those that are perfectly fine with battery (some even indicating they’re getting multi-day use); and those, like me, who regrettably found it abysmal. 

      It makes me wonder if there are some defective units?

      Yes extended battery for $25 makes sense. Should help you get through heavy use days. Cheers! Clint

      • Anonymous

        My phone battery lasts 2 days regular use. Moderate use a day and a night. How can this kick the iPhone? The I have has the most advanced battery I’ve ever seen in a phone. I bought the nexus and so far I am getting 4 hours! The new android is amazing and I love it but it doesn’t come close to an apple device. You can see pixels on the display can’t see one on iPhone, essential things that IOs does android doesn’t. Copy and past in android is still terrible. iOS it’s a breeze. Android has no way of undoing something IOS you can shake the device to undo. Very essential. Android is still flawed and can’t do simple things the way iOS does. You can’t even copy text from the web and past it in the official twitter app. Another big thing is fb not being able to get synced. iOS does email in a way that’s just more clean and faster. Videos can be attached that are over 3 minutes in iPhone when texting. I mean the iPhone is still the better phone. As much as I like the nexus the iPhone does the most simple things so good that you can’t live without them. Undo is major. I’m switching back just for the fact that you can’t undo in android.

  • Raven3k1

    I am not sure about the regular battery, but I got the bundle pack from Verizon and it included the extended battery. Works all day for me. By the way, ICS now works. http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ as of 12/21/2011.

  • Will Sours

    My first few days with the Nexus (over a weekend) I thought the same thing. But now after 4 workdays using it, I’m pretty happy with the battery life actually. Its about on par with my Droid Incredible. Not great, but makes it through the workday with moderate use and ready to be plugged in before bed. I don’t know if the battery just needed a few charge/discharge cycles to hold a full charge, or maybe I was just using it more than I thought those first few days, or what, but the guys sitting next to me with iphone 4’s & 4s’s aren’t doing any better.

  • Anonymous

    Extended battery installed, Moderate use, Just turned off 4G and thats it. After letting the battery die down to 2% from 100% and charging overnight. You need to cycle your battery 3 or 4 times.
    I got 22hrs and 33 min.

  • Anonymous

    Extended battery installed, Moderate use, Just turned off 4G and thats it. After letting the battery die down to 2% from 100% and charging overnight. You need to cycle your battery 3 or 4 times.
    I got 22hrs and 33 min.

  • Cailen

    I’ve been reading all of the comments here and I read your blog article. I bought the Galaxy Nexus and went onto the Verizon network for the first time because of the hype over this phone. I have to say that I should have gone with the Droid Razr but I was lured by the fact that I wouldn’t have to wait for Motorola to send the update, and that Nexus phones always get them first. I got home and the phone right away just feels cheap compared to the Razr and especially to the iPhone 4S. The screen is huge and the resolution is high, but I still found the iPhone 4S to be much more pleasing to the eye. Even the Galaxy S II’s screen is better. The PenTile Matrix on this screen, even being at a 720p HD resolution, leaves you feeling like there are spaces in-between the pixels. I went and looked at the HTC Titan which is a WinPho and even though the resolution was VGA, it felt so much more pleasing to look at. The camera on the GNex is only 5MP and it is really a dull camera. The Kernel seemed to be very buggy, as the Android OS was shown as keeping the CPU awake constantly. I ran Google Navigation to a friend’s house, with it plugged in to my Car Audio USB port. When I plugged it in it was at 66%, when I got there it was now down to 55%. How can this be? It is pulling more power than even the car wants to give it. I noticed this when plugged into both my MacBook Air and my Windows 7 PC as well. I tried turning off 4G and it still seemed to take forever for it to fully charge. I let it run down, took out the battery, then put it back in and charged it. Still the next morning, I woke up to Skype with someone for 20 minutes. Battery was down below 50%. I kept the screen on automatic, but I noticed that my iPhone 4S running 5.1 beta running at 50% brightness did not show this much battery waste even when I kept the GNex turned all the way down to like 20%. I was at work and I did not use the phone at all that day and it was at 33% after 9 hours. The next day it was at 70% after work. Either the Verizon network or the Google kernel or most likely both are extremely buggy. I was told I was in a very dependable 4G coverage area (Orlando) and I rarely had 4G coverage from the launch day until when I returned it today. This phone is buggy and the battery life is horrendous and the build quality is cheap. Google has tarnished its brand by letting Samsung create a cheap subpar Galaxy S II-ish phone with lower specs and a worse screen. And anyways, even with 4GB of data, what would you use LTE for anyways? I’m still lost on that. I noticed absolutely no difference between my ATT iPhone 4S and the VZW Galaxy Nexus in terms of speed. I went back to ATT and bought what I believe to be an extremely well-executed phone with a lot of integration to complement my already stellar iPhone 4S: the HTC Titan Windows Phone 7.5. Sure it is only single core, but it clocks higher and the OS is smooth as silk. Android is still choppy and not very fluid and more apps as I’ve found out does not always mean better apps, especially when the phones they are designed to run on are extremely segmented and the battery life abysmal. That is my thoughts on having the Galaxy Nexus for one week. My only regret is not going with my gut in the first place and getting a nice stable phone that wasn’t rushed to market in the first place. I sure hope for those of you that kept the phone that Google and VZW find a software fix to alleviate these very iOS5-launch-like issues.

    • Anonymous

      You clearly have no idea what you are talkung about

    • Anonymous

      I’m really pist I bought into this phone. I listened to way to many morns reviewing tech not honestly. This phones gives me at the most 4 hours. That’s fucking absurd. It shouldn’t be. My iPhone 4 gets a day and a night. I don’t have to lowers the brightness, I don’t have to do anything it musts lasts all day long into the night with heavy use. I didn’t even make a phone call and the nexus drained that fast. Biggest waste. I’m going to give it a few days to cycle and if that doesn’t help then I’m returning it and getting the 4s because I know and trust apple. Apple are pioneers in battery. Battery is the most important thing!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I bought myself a GNex and my mom a 4S for Christmas, and in side-by-side comparisons, it seems like the two have pretty much the same battery life. I always heard the iPhone was supposed to have such a great battery life, so I was astonished to turn it on after it had been unplugged albeit unused for about 4 hours and to see it was already down to the mid 80s. This is with similar settings (wifi on/data off) between the two phones, except that I’m running an alternate launcher and a bunch of widgets on the GNex, plus it’s Android, so from all the trash I hear from my iFriends, I expected it to be a lot worse by default.

    • Anonymous

      iPhone kills the nexus on battery. My iPhone lasts all day and night regular use. The nexus on regular use is getting 4 hours!

  • Anonymous

    All these people complaining about battery life… have never owned a Thunderbolt.

  • Anonymous

    You said the guy at Verizon said Android runs hot. Are you taking what he said seriously? I’ve yet to meet any carrier where their sales people knew what they were talking about.

  • Tek112

    Calibrate the battery and get a custom ROM. I easily get 10 hours of moderate to heavy use. This includes exchange email, gmail, tapatalk and games. I’m surprised that you would not try these things… After all it is a developer phone not aimed at the regular user.

  • KMT

    I’m glad I ignored this post. First of all, the Nexus gets one of the best battery life spans in existence using 3G only (I went 2.5 DAYs without recharge). If you need 4G, again the Nexus gets one of the best battery life spans there is. I’ve owned one for 2 weeks now, and its fine. In fact its vastly superior to the Droid X when Droid X was new comparing 3G life to 4G life. Clint, if you still like your original Moto Droid then you are in fact not interested in the Nexus, nor are you an early adopter. 

  • D9

    I have had 2 of these galaxy nexus and both have had horrible battery life, I’ve disabled gps, Bluetooth, even turned off LTE and nothing has helped. I even purchase the extended battery (it doesn’t make it bulky) and only get about 6-7 hours out of it. I also have had problems with both phones in dropping calls and in the past week have had 3 times there was no mobile network(“mobile network not available”), which is a huge concern because one if the times was right after someone hit my car and I couldn’t even call 911. Not to mention the volume is horrific. I even got the app volume+ but it only helped a little bit. I’m at my witts end with this phone, I’m returning it today. Trying to figure out which phone I should get. I’m just hugely disappointed with this phone, I wish I could’ve experienced all these great things everyone else has supposedly had.

    • Anonymous

      Dude the volume is so bad. Like in YouTube you can’t even hear the videos! On the iPhone it plays them so loud and crisp. People that reviewed this phone were liars paid by google to say it was a good phone. This is a 4 hour of battery life garbage phone that fuckin rocks otherwise. I love the design and ICS is amazing, but come on its not usable. You can’t even have fun with the thing.

  • Anonymous

    …been reading review, articles and it seems to be slightly leaning towards unfavorable battery life…so am not getting a galaxy nexus, especially if i’ve to pay that much money…

  • Anonymous

    So I just bought this phone yesterday. I can’t even use the thing. The battery drains in 4 hours without even making a phone call. I’m on 3G not 4g. If I was on 4 g I could see the phone getting an hour. The most essential thing in a phone is the battery and these losers at Samsung can’t make technology right. I knew I shouldn’t have got this phone. My iPhone gives me like 2 days heavy use. Why is it that we have to compromise when you use android? Oh set the background to all black, turn this off turn that off, turn the brightness all the way down lol. It’s retarded. You can’t even use the phone at full brightness. My iPhone always stays at full brightness and the battery doesn’t dent all day. 4 hours is despicable and Samsung and google should be sued for selling people a plastic phone that doesn’t work for $300 dollars. Can’t wait to return this heap of shit.

  • Palms

    I get almost 2 full days (40 to 45 hours) of battery life out of my Galaxy Nexus (European version) with moderate to heavy use. The first week I was getting pretty bad battery life as well but after a week of usage it got way better. In addition I set the background wallpaper to black and set cellular data to use 2g only and I have an app that automatically sets the phone to airport mode between midnight and 6am while I am sleeping. I am very happy with the phone .

  • Bai

    Clint, That’s why It’s hard for me to let go of Nokia as a great choice for a smartphone. They have incredible battery life that might last you at least a 1.5 days on a single charge, and even longer on standby.  Blackberry also seems to have some decent battery life.  But the top two — Apple and Samsung, Google, etc. — seem to be miserably missing the point when they make fantastic “mobile” gadgets that keep us constantly searching for a wall-plug.  I mean, how does one make a “smart” phone that’s not power efficient?  

    Now, I’m in Africa, one of Google’s  target markets where reliable electricity will be a major challenge for years to come.  Google has been pushing low-cost Android handsets on the local market in partnership with Chinese manufacturer Huawei and local telcos.  The response remains dysmal, allowing Nokia/Symbian phones to continue to devour marketshare by an incredible margin, even with the disruptive force of ridiculously cheap Chinese knock-offs of the major brands on the market of over a billion mobile users.  In Africa, Nokia phones are the smarter, because they go longer. The fellas at Apple, Google, Samsung, etc. need to be reminded the old biblical saying: “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong; but he that endureth to the end.”  We need SMART phones that will “ENDURE” to the end.  

    • Bai, well said: “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong; but he that endureth to the end.” 

      With Moto Maxx I think we’re starting to see manufacturers acknowledge the fact that these are MOBILE devices, to your point. Hopefully the trend will continue, and we won’t need to scramble for power outlets mid-way through the workday. After all, none of those great features matter if the juice is all gone. Cheers!

  • Bai, well said: “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong; but he that endureth to the end.” 
    With Moto Maxx I think we’re starting to see manufacturers acknowledge the fact that these are MOBILE devices, to your point. Hopefully the trend will continue, and we won’t need to scramble for power outlets mid-way through the workday. After all, none of those great features matter if the juice is all gone. Cheers!

  • I would agree that a standard LTE Nexus has pretty poor battery life but if you are willing to make the jump – and it is a pretty easy jump – to root you will find tools that dramatically alter battery life. Yes it does require some tinkering and yes it does require some research which may or may not be a persons cup of tea but I can easily get two to three days of standard usage on my Nexus. That includes talk, text, and 4g data on. That said I can definitely attest that the moment I hop on pulse news, which is an app that links to multiple news outlets, I can watch the battery life drop, we’re talking 100% to zero in about 3 hours. I refuse to compromise on brightness and that is a big culprit of power drain.

    Realistically though i spend about 30 min total using that app so it really doesn’t effect total battery life. I would be interested to know what kind of mileage a person puts on their phone regularly. In my opinion,watching videos on a phone is not habit forming and games are only good periodically but that is just me and of course everyone is different. 

    I can’t get enough of the Nexus; the screen is gorgeous, ICS is amazing, it’s ridiculously light weight, and LTE is awesome. If it is that difficult for a person to regulate their battery then I guess this is not the phone for you but honestly if anyone is remotely tech savvy and loves the phone for all the other features it has, it is not too difficult to troubleshoot battery drain.

  • Eric

    Psst, Clinton. Dude, I just bought a brand-new Samsung Exhibit II 4G. The battery life is incredible, as in looooong. I had 10 apps going, surfed the ‘net AND had GPS and 4G on wifi and the battery barely discharged. It coulda been worse, your battery could not only have a short life, but at least it isn’t catching on fire! (Think :Apple)