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[Q] Does Cataclysm's Smart Radio actually save battery life?

3rd February 2014, 03:48 PM   |  #1  
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I'm using Cataclysm, ART and Franco, and I'm tempted to try out Cataclysm's Smart Radio feature to extend my battery life. However, I've read a handful of accounts that seem to indicate Smart Radio can actually hurt battery life.

Should I turn it on? What should I know before doing so?
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Originally Posted by woowhee

I'm using Cataclysm, ART and Franco, and I'm tempted to try out Cataclysm's Smart Radio feature to extend my battery life. However, I've read a handful of accounts that seem to indicate Smart Radio can actually hurt battery life.

Should I turn it on? What should I know before doing so?

You aren't going to blow your phone up if you turn it on. There are too many different factors that affect battery life. It's most likely case dependent. My main issue with that feature is when tethering. When the screen would go off, it'd switch to 2G and that's no good. I prefer the Xposed module Intelli3G as it has an option to disable when the Wifi AP is on, as well as more advanced options vs Smart Radio.

Long story short, try it. If it doesn't work well, or affect battery life in a good way, then just disable and reboot. Shouldn't be any lingering issues.
3rd February 2014, 05:26 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by woowhee

I'm using Cataclysm, ART and Franco, and I'm tempted to try out Cataclysm's Smart Radio feature to extend my battery life. However, I've read a handful of accounts that seem to indicate Smart Radio can actually hurt battery life.

Should I turn it on? What should I know before doing so?

I use the smart radio in gravity box. I can tell you that is does save battery life but take this with a grain of salt. It all depends how often you unlock your phone and it switches the network, the usage, and a variety of other factors. Where I think it saves the most battery is when I am not using it and it stays on 2g/3g versus being on LTE all the time (maybe not having a great signal or searching for one etc). I hope you understand what I am trying to say.
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