When my LG Nexus 4 finally got here earlier this week, I was quite excited to begin testing Google’s latest smartphone. So far, everything has been going quite well, but I have noticed one thing that is a bit concerning: As far as I can tell in a subjective manner, the battery life of the device isn’t too good.
The past couple of days, I’ve been using the Nexus 4 in much the same way as I used to use my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. With the Galaxy Nexus, I usually had at least 50% battery life left by the time I got home. With the Nexus 4, that figure so far has been about 30%. I don’t even use the Nexus 4 too much during the day, and only made one short call, watched 20 minutes of Netflix, and browsed the internet for perhaps an hour total. The Galaxy Nexus wasn’t known for having great battery life, but from my use I feel like it would have fared better than this.
This could be chalked up to the fact that with a new device, I unconsciously use a bit more battery than usual checking out new features. However, I do have screen brightness set to automatic, screen timeout to 15 seconds, and Bluetooth and WiFi off most of the time, so there shouldn’t be any drastic battery drain.
I do have some hope that the battery life will get better as I use it, as I have heard some users talk of a “break in period” and most people don’t seem to have a problem with the Nexus 4′s battery life, but my current experience still has me at least a little bit concerned.