Linked by Alexey Eromenko on Fri 1st Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Many people think that all Androids are equal and it's a race to the bottom where the cheapest vendor wins. This could not be farther from the truth. For me, it all began half-a-year ago, when I bought the Samsung Galaxy S III and was absolutely stunned by it, then exploring and comparing it with other Androids. Now that Google has fired a shot across the bow with its low pricing for the unlocked Nexus 4, where does that leave Samsung and its flagship handset?
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RE[3]: WTF
by Alexey Technologov on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: WTF"
Alexey Technologov
Member since:
2007-03-16

BTW, can someone explain how leaving the screen ON (Smart Stay?) save battery power?


This is simple, Watson.
On Google Android, to have comfortable reading you *HAVE* to put screen timeout to 5 min, while on Samsung 1 min does the trick. It auto-refreshes as long as you look at it.

If you put on Google 1 min screen timeout, you will get nowhere, because it will just power off in the middle of reading.

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RE[4]: WTF
by bentoo on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:57 in reply to "RE[3]: WTF"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

"BTW, can someone explain how leaving the screen ON (Smart Stay?) save battery power?


This is simple, Watson.
On Google Android, to have comfortable reading you *HAVE* to put screen timeout to 5 min, while on Samsung 1 min does the trick. It auto-refreshes as long as you look at it.

If you put on Google 1 min screen timeout, you will get nowhere, because it will just power off in the middle of reading.
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Thanks. That makes some sense. How you worded it in your article didn't.

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RE[4]: WTF
by leos on Tue 5th Feb 2013 05:35 in reply to "RE[3]: WTF"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21


This is simple, Watson.
On Google Android, to have comfortable reading you *HAVE* to put screen timeout to 5 min, while on Samsung 1 min does the trick. It auto-refreshes as long as you look at it.


I seriously doubt this saves battery. Having the camera on all the time, and constantly doing some DSP on the image to detect a face just to save a minute the odd time when someone leaves their phone lying around but doesn't turn off the screen? No way in hell that gives you a net power saving.

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RE[4]: WTF
by Savior on Tue 5th Feb 2013 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: WTF"
Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

"BTW, can someone explain how leaving the screen ON (Smart Stay?) save battery power?


This is simple, Watson.
On Google Android, to have comfortable reading you *HAVE* to put screen timeout to 5 min, while on Samsung 1 min does the trick. It auto-refreshes as long as you look at it.

If you put on Google 1 min screen timeout, you will get nowhere, because it will just power off in the middle of reading.
"

I find this explanation a bit of a stretch. Unless you are reading very, very slowly, one minute should be more than enough to read a pageful of text. And when you scroll down to see the rest of the text, the timer is reset.

Also, there is a permission in Android called "prevent phone from sleeping". If an app, e.g. the one you use for reading has that, the screen won't turn off. Finally, there's always the power button. I set my screen timeout to 30 seconds, but usually don't wait that long, just turn off the screen manually.

And I agree with one of the replies to your comment in that I can hardly believe that having a camera and a face recognition program turned on constantly (or on-off once every few seconds) saves any power.

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RE[5]: WTF
by cdude on Tue 5th Feb 2013 13:47 in reply to "RE[4]: WTF"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Look at the battery-stats. Display is something like 90% of all. A camera-shot and app doing some progressing every now and then can help getting that down and so it can pay out. Same for ambient dimming.

Edited 2013-02-05 13:48 UTC

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RE[4]: WTF
by pashar on Tue 5th Feb 2013 08:54 in reply to "RE[3]: WTF"
pashar Member since:
2006-07-12

On my Galaxy S1 with CM 10.1 I set screen timeout to 30 seconds and still manage to read just fine. In most cases I read a screenful of text in less than 30 seconds, or I just touch a screen periodically. Samsung's feature is nice to have, but definitely not must.

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