How to Increase the Huawei Honor U8860’s Battery Life

December 15, 2011
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Battery power is always precious when it comes to our gadgets. Of course, no one likes to be stuck near a wall outlet because his/her battery would just run out of juice too quickly. We always want our gadgets to be free of wires. That’s actually the main reason why we call them mobile devices–because we can bring them anywhere.

Most Android smartphones are very powerful; they can do so many things for you. The powerful nature of Android devices can, most of the time, be accompanied by battery issues, though.

Today we are going to check out the Huawei Honor U8860 and we are going to see how we can optimize the battery life of this Android smartphone.

The good thing about the Huawei Honor U8860 is that its hardware specs are already battery-friendly. Say, for example its processor. This smartphone is built with 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor. It is not a power hungry dual-core processor that would easily drain your batteries.

And, speaking of batteries, this thing is packed with a huge 1,930-mAh battery under the hood. Let’s also add the small 4.0-inch screen to contribute in the battery conservation. If you compare this to a Samsung Galaxy S II with its 4.3-inch screen, 1,650 mAh battery, and dual-core processor, it will be obvious that the Honor U8860 will have longer battery life.

Yet, even if the Huawei Honor U8860 already packs battery-friendly hardware, there are several tricks that you can try to help lengthen its battery life further. Read on to know more about them.

Brightness

The brightness of the display screen is a factor when it comes to battery conservation. It is understandable that there are times that you really need to turn up the brightness settings especially when you’re outdoors. In an indoor setting though, it will be best to turn down the brightness of the screen. You can easily do this by setting up a widget or shortcut on your home screen so you need not go through the hassle of accessing the Settings screen.

Wi-Fi

It is not really necessary to turn on the Wi-Fi radio all the time. Having it always on will contribute to the battery consumption of the smartphone. If you are not browsing the web, or if you’re not using any app that needs an Internet connection, do take time to turn off the Wi-Fi radio. And, of course, know when to turn on your Wi-Fi. In places where there’s clearly no Wi-Fi hotspot, don’t bother to turn on your Wi-Fi. It’s best to turn the Wi-Fi on when you’re at home or at the office, if both places have Wi-Fi hotspots.

Bluetooth

The Huawei Honor U8860 is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP profile which means that you can connect a Bluetooth headset to this device. This is another contributor to the battery consumption of the device. If possible, it will be best to use Bluetooth headsets only when driving, or when circumstances call for a Bluetooth connection. And, while no Bluetooth accessories are connected, turn off the Bluetooth radio.

Transferring files via Bluetooth is very possible on the Honor U8860. Just like for Wi-Fi, do take time to turn off Bluetooth after using it for file transfers.

App Management

It is typical for us to install as many apps as we can into our Android devices. That’s one of the main reasons why we went with Android, right?

There are apps that may stay running in the background even if you’re not using them anymore. These apps will still need processing power from the processor which would in turn contribute to battery drain.

To better manage apps in your Android device, you can research about task killers or app killers. If you do this, you will be presented with some Android apps that can help you manage running apps on your Android device.

Widgets

It would be best to minimize the number of widgets you have on your home screens. Widgets are mostly interactive (e.g., weather widgets). They usually constantly update you with the latest information such as the current weather, the current time, or probably the latest news. Most of these widgets are constantly running and constantly checking for updates over the web, which means they consume battery too.

Wallpaper

It would be best to use static wallpaper rather than live wallpapers. The animations that you see on live wallpapers will consume more battery than those static ones. If you want your battery to last longer, keep it simple.

That would pretty much cover everything. If you piously follow these little tricks, you will enjoy more of your Huawei Honor U8860 without getting stuck near a wall outlet.

What other power-saving tricks do you employ on your Huawei Honor?

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