HTC Flyer is the Android based tablet version. HTC Flyer comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS instead of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS but, we will see Android 3.0 based Tablets from HTC as soon as HTC Sense gets well with the Honeycomb version of Android OS. The 4000 mAh capacity battery is very good and will compliment your work style. The 1.5 GHz processor is fast and helps you perform multiple tasks at a given time, the jittery performance is not observed in the normal usage. Thus, on the performance scale HTC Flyer is definitely a scorer. HTC Flyer is incorporated with 1 GB of RAM and this again helps you perform operations effectively and in no time. Memory and Processor work hand in hand to provide multi – tasking features. Consider following points in order to save up on the battery life with ease.
- Display Brightness.
- Display Time out Time.
- Automatic Screen Rotation.
- Animations, Wallpapers and Widgets.
II Connectivity Options.
- Wi – Fi Connectivity.
- Bluetooth Connectivity.
- Background Data.
- Audible Tones.
- Haptic Feedback
V Multimedia Settings.
VI Application Settings.
- Running Applications.
- SYNC Settings.
- Update Check.
- Use of Applications.
VII Battery Charging Habits and Methods:
Display on HTC Flyer is a 7 inches screen with 600 x 1024 pixel resolution. The display is enough bright and LOW display brightness allows you to read text comfortably in an area which is lit by a 40 watts Mercury vapour lamp. Try using LOW to MODERATE levels for display brightness. This can be done by clicking ‘MENU’ key then select Settings > Display > Brightness, uncheck the ‘Automatic brightness’ option in order to change the brightness according to our preferences.
Display time out time must be set to 15 seconds or 20 seconds. Here, when we speak of tablets, 20 seconds is observed to be comfortable for viewing and editing purpose but, for reading purpose 25 seconds to 30 seconds is appropriate.
Automatic rotation of screen allows you to view your HTC Flyer according to your preferred orientation but it uses certain amount of resources and it is advised to keep the feature OFF. Auto rotation feature can be turned OFF by reaching Settings > Display and unchecking ‘Auto Rotate Screen’ option.
To increase the performance of the HTC Flyer, all the animations must be turned OFF. To turn OFF all the animation and switching effects reach Settings > Display > Animation and then opt for ‘NO Animations’. If you have any dark coloured image with you then simply set that particular image as your background or wallpaper, this will help you reduce most of the battery usage.
Never populate your Home screen with widgets. Remove all the widgets even the clock widget as you can still view time on the status bar at right hand side corner.
Various Connectivity options are available on HTC Flyer. There are two versions of HTC Flyer and they are HTC Flyer Wi – Fi and HTC Flyer 3G thus it is necessary to understand that granting internet access to applications in the background will silently use up most of the battery and thus we must avoid ‘Background Data’ access. Background data can be allowed or disallowed from Settings > Accounts & sync and then check or uncheck the option for ‘Accounts & sync’ respectively.
Wi – Fi connectivity must be turned OFF after its usage. Wi – Fi is sometimes left turned ON to get connected to any available networks but this habit is not recommended as it tends to drain the battery much quickly. Make sure you always connect to an encrypted Wi – Fi network, this will avoid any privacy threats and battery also. Whenever we get connected with an open network, many people try to get connected and this reduces the bandwidth available for usage. Thus, as bandwidth reduces the more power will be utilized in order to access that particular Wi – Fi network.
Use of Wi – Fi Hotspot technology must be avoided. The Wi – Fi Hotspot uses a lot amount of battery power for transmission, this results in quick reduction of battery power in less amount of time. Instead of Wi – Fi Hotspot one should use USB tethering.
Turn OFF data connection when not required, this can be done by going to Settings > Wireless & networks and uncheck the box for ‘Mobile network’. Turning OFF data connection will also stop Wi – Fi from accessing internet and even for USB Tethering.
Bluetooth connectivity option is one option which allows us to transfer files between two devices with Bluetooth technology. Turn OFF Bluetooth connectivity after its usage. Avoid hidden mode in Bluetooth as this will still use battery power.
Audible touch tones must not be used. Using Audible touch tones will use certain amount of battery power and so it must not be used. Similarly the Haptic Feedback settings vibrates the phone when certain touch selection is done, again this must be avoided.
The GPS feature on the HTC Flyer is good enough to track location much accurately but the only drawback is that it utilizes a lot of power in the process. The actual reason for this is the operation of GPS, the GPS requires line of sight with the GPS satellites and this is why for better results GPS must be used only when you are outdoors. Instead of using GPS we can make use of wireless network for tracking our location. The accuracy of tracking will be less if we use wireless networks for location tracking but they are quite reliable and use lesser power as compared to GPS.
Multimedia features like audio and video playback are great; watching movies with the enhanced Dolby sound output increases the cinematic enjoyment. The most important thing one should observe here is to save certain amount of battery while using multimedia features. To effectively save up on the battery life following points must be followed.
Camera on HTC Flyer is a 5 Mega Pixels resolution autofocus camera which can capture videos of resolution up to 720p HD. The Geo tagging feature which allows you to tag captured photos with the location must be used occasionally. In order to capture high resolution videos, a lot of memory is used up to save the file and significant amount of processor is used which certainly is one reason to reduce battery power. As this will not stop us from clicking magnificent pictures and capture awesome videos there are other aspects that can be controlled.
Wide variety of video formats are supported on HTC Flyer like DivX, Xvid, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, etc and thus watching movies has become very easy. If the brightness and playback volume is set to LOW while playing the movies then we will be able to save more on the battery usage.
Using internet radio is simply enjoyable but make sure you are not always hooked on to internet radio. Internet radio services use streaming protocols and this becomes major cause for battery reduction. Not all radio services use the real time streaming protocol but as this service use HTTP also result in reduction of battery with same magnitude.
Running Applications are always responsible to reduce certain amount of battery in a given period of time and it is thus very important to control these applications from accessing resources. These running applications run in the background and they tend reduce performance of other applications. To keep control over these applications make use of ‘Task Manager’ which can be accessed from the Notifications panel found if you pull down the Status bar.
Sync settings enable you to synchronize your HTC Flyer mail client with the mail server and other applications to exchange data with the server in order to keep the recent data present on both the places. Enable SYNC settings only when you wish to synchronize your HTC Flyer with the application servers. When you enable the SYNC, this will not immediately start the synchronization process but it will perform it as per the settings entered for any particular application.
Certain applications continuously check for application updates and this probably is not a preferred setting as this use up most of our data bandwidth at a given point of time. Never let any application to check for updates, this will save more battery for you.
Using applications is enjoyable on the HTC Flyer but make sure that these applications are properly exited after the use. If you feel that the applications are still running then make use of task manager to end the applications. Make use of certain applications that will help you conserve more on the battery. Applications like Juice Defender can be used to increase battery life.
Make use of Communication widgets, Quick settings and Task Manager as shown in the pictures below.
Battery Charging Habits and Methods:
We all sometimes happen to charge battery in situations like while browsing the internet, while watching movies, while Wi – Fi tether is ON, etc. These charging habits are not recommended as these tend to damage battery life. Avoid charging your HTC Flyer using your computer USB charging method.
It is recommended that battery must be charged completely only once in a day.