Just an update about my last thread, I'm currently at 6 hours off battery so far, battery still at 91%, so that's about 1.5% drain per hour. I have used it a tiny bit also, and yes WiFi and the cell radio have been on the whole time. Right now Android OS is sitting at 46% battery life which is reasonable on the current usage, I know that it's not running away with my battery anymore because Android System is right behind it at 24% and then Cell standby at 12% after that. CPU spy timers are 15 min in 200MHz, 5 hours 39 min in deep sleep, and that's out of 6:09:21 total.
If somebody would like me to post the screencap I have of it, just let me know, otherwise I'm going to just be lazy and not upload it.
The reason I am posting all of this info is for the other people out there lurking (I know there are some) who are trying to decide whether or not to make the jump into rooting for the sake of getting their battery life back. It seems scary if you've never done it before, but now that I have, I'm not sure why it ever was. Anyway, very simple steps here.
1. Go to this thread: here.
2. If you're on 2.3.6 (which I'm assuming you are if you received the OTA update that murdered batt. life) Use method 2c (titled: 2c.) How to root by flashing Entropy512's Return/Unbrick to Stock, Kernel + Rooted System Package with Modem using Odin3 One-Click Downloader)
Before doing step 3 I advise that you download Titanium Backup, go into the Backup/restore tab, hit menu button on your phone, click Batch, and select Backup all user apps + system data.
Note: You will have to redo all your widgets and such manually using this method. So I'd suggest taking a few screen shots of what each of your homescreens look like.
3. After you are rooted (all steps on how to use that method are included in that thread) you will most likely not be able to activate your WiFi. Simple solution, go to Settings>Privacy>Factory data reset. You do ****NOT**** need to format USB storage for this to work. So leave that checkbox UNchecked.
4. Boot your phone up and do all the intro steps to get back to your freshly wiped device. Confirm that your WiFi is working. Is it working? Yes? Good. Now go back into the market and redownload Titanium Backup.
!!!!!!!!!!!Do NOT do a full batch restore with TiBu as it will rebreak your WiFi!!!!!!!!!!!
5. Go to the Backup/restore tab in TiBu, go find all the apps that you actually want back, and click "Restore" and it will ask you if you want to restore the app, the data, or both. Do this until you have all your apps back.
Hopefully this will give a few of you that are still on the fence the courage to join the wonderful world of rooting. My next step will be finding out more info on the topic of Kernels and ROMs.