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Old December 28th, 2013 (02:04 PM).
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I live in an area served by a rather large radio market so I have plenty to listen to on the radio.. in fact the one station I usually listen to provides commercial-free music all the time, so I'm satisfied with that.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (05:00 PM).
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I live in an area served by a rather large radio market so I have plenty to listen to on the radio.. in fact the one station I usually listen to provides commercial-free music all the time, so I'm satisfied with that.
How the heck do they afford that? That sounds like heaven.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (05:35 PM).
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How the heck do they afford that? That sounds like heaven.
It really is, to be honest xD though it's not a really strong signal either so some days I can't pick it up clearly. I believe it's just a simulcast of an HD radio station in my area on an FM frequency and doesn't have that strong of a transmission power.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (06:16 PM).
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I don't get a very strong signal on sunny days where I work on one of the radio stations I listen to. I get interference from Richmond :/ on cloudy/rainy days though no interference, lol.
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I've been able to get AM stations from as far as Seattle from where I live. During the winter, at least.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (06:34 PM).
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I've picked up FM transmissions at night sometimes as far away as Ocala, Gainesville and even Jacksonville, which are between 100-200 miles away from me. I bet if I listened in on AM frequencies, I could make it to Georgia Alabama or maybe even South Carolina.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (06:45 PM).
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When I went to buy a dedicated radio just to get better reception for FM radio of my favourite stations, it was slightly surprising to see they still sell tape decks and the kind of radio where it's as large as a closed laptop, has wooden panelling, and needs to be powered.

Being a mobile person, I decided to pay quite a lot more and just got something that was just small enough - something that fits in my shirt pocket, but still comes with its own telescoping antenna (this is the important part) and speakers.
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Old December 28th, 2013 (06:54 PM).
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That reminds me.. I saw a portable HD radio the other day at Kmart for $49.99.. not really going to buy it though because what would be the point in it being portable when I would want to listen to it at home?
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Quote originally posted by Twiggy:
When I went to buy a dedicated radio just to get better reception for FM radio of my favourite stations, it was slightly surprising to see they still sell tape decks and the kind of radio where it's as large as a closed laptop, has wooden panelling, and needs to be powered.

Being a mobile person, I decided to pay quite a lot more and just got something that was just small enough - something that fits in my shirt pocket, but still comes with its own telescoping antenna (this is the important part) and speakers.
I have a boombox that has CD, aux imput, AM/FM, and cassette playback/recording. I love it so much. It's this beautiful beast. Paid like, $180 for it or something like that.
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I think it's more important that the Sony AM/FM radio I got has a headphones jack. This comes in very handy since I prefer keeping my listening private, even at home. It's also less likely to disturb other people, especially in the middle of the night.

That said, I think I really should get a dedicated media player that handles everything. Perhaps even something like an Android Walkman or an iPod Touch to dip my toes in the other app ecosystems.
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Old December 29th, 2013 (07:07 AM).
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Hmm, maybe I just went crazy yesterday or something, unless my phone is playing games.. because it didn't drain anywhere near as much battery overnight this morning that it did yesterday...
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Well, what was different from yesterday? Cause that's likely what changed it.
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Nothing really to be honest, except maybe that I charged it yesterday morning.
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Well that wouldn't really change batter consumption now, would it?
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Hmm, maybe I just went crazy yesterday or something, unless my phone is playing games.. because it didn't drain anywhere near as much battery overnight this morning that it did yesterday...
Hmm...

I have an idea.

Now that you've figured out how to use the phone, you might as well as try to use it to 50%. Then charge it, and leave it plugged in. Then unplug it just before you go to sleep and do nothing else.

See how much charge is lost over your sleeping period.

(By the way, did you charge the phone before turning it on for the first time? If yes, did you unplug it as soon as it reached 100%, or did you wait for a few more hours before doing so?)
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Old December 29th, 2013 (07:26 AM).
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I really don't remember haha

I think I did its first charge on the computer though after a few hours of playing around with it, and left it plugged in all night.
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If you suspect the device's battery meter is wonky, charge the device completely after normal use (the battery should be at about 50% or lower - no topping the battery up) and let it stay that way for a few hours, then unplug it, and use it normally until the device automatically shuts itself down.

Do not charge as soon as possible - let the device cool itself for a few hours, then charge it using AC power. Let it charge until it's full (don't worry if the device turns itself on), and don't unplug it until it's fully charged for a few hours. That should get the battery meter "right". (You may use the device normally while charging, but don't unplug it.)

Do not do this too often. Usually, you should only need to do it once about every three months. Doing this too often can shorten the battery life of modern Li-On battery cells.
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Old December 29th, 2013 (07:37 AM).
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Oh I try my best not to let devices stay plugged in all the time, because I know it ruins the battery over time if I do so.. I think my old Compaq laptop's battery got shot because of the fact I always used it plugged in, but I learned my lesson after that.
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Oh I try my best not to let devices stay plugged in all the time, because I know it ruins the battery over time if I do so.. I think my old Compaq laptop's battery got shot because of the fact I always used it plugged in, but I learned my lesson after that.
Modern devices bypass the battery if plugged in at >95%. Even if they do charge to 100%, they'll eventually drain the battery a little bit after a while. Usually, when you unplug the battery, although the meter is showing 100%, it's going to be actually somewhere between 90 to 97%.
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My phone died running ONE APP when the battery was at around 40%. In about 2 hours. And the app doesn't drain the phone normally. Well then.
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Ouch. I think your phone is pretty much crap, TF.
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I can empty my phone's battery in about 4 hours browsing web pages over a 3G data connection. Toasty, too.

And yet, I find myself doing that pretty often. Perhaps I should look for a phone with better 3G web browsing battery life. Looks like I might want to give up on AMOLED displays...
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Old December 29th, 2013 (08:18 AM).
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My tablet's battery seems to drain faster if it's lower, which is strange.. it also seems to get more hot as well when the battery is lower as well, so that's why I typically keep that plugged in.

Lowest I've ever gotten my tablet battery down to was maybe 20%.
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I get around four hours screen time in a charge, which is better than the three hours I got before. I changed kernels to devil and it's been amazing. Also using aosp browser over Firefox saves battery too.
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I'm interested in how some phones can pull over 8 hours in a single go browsing the web on a mobile data connection, though.
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