Testing the BlackBerry Storm2 battery life

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UPDATE: The battery fully died at around quarter after 01:00 meaning the total battery life under heavy usage was 14 hours.

UPDATE: It is 21:56, almost 11 hours into the test and the battery is at 15%. In the last 7 hours, I’ve used the device way more than usual. I have been using voice quite a bit which we all know sucks up battery. I’ve also taken a few pictures, used BlackBerry Maps a few times just poking around and I’ve streamed music for about an hour.

UPDATE: As DavidB points out, it’s just over 5 hours into the test and we’re at 85%. This isn’t great considering I haven’t been doing much on the device. I’ve been pretty busy at the office so it’s just taking in data. I checked out App World a few times, downloaded a theme but didn’t install it and listened to music while I went and got a coffee.

When we did the BlackBerry Bold 9700 battery test, we got some really incredible results. The Bold’s battery proved to last 29 hours under some intense usage conditions. With the radio turned off and music playing, it went a whopping 39 hours. Well many of you were interested to see how long the Storm2′s battery would last, so lets check it out.

We’re going to test the BlackBerry Storm2 under similar conditions as the Bold 9700. This means:

The official start time is 11:00AM EST. I’ll update this post every few hours so you know how the test is going. Once we’re done, we can compare with other BlackBerry devices.

RIM’s official specs on the battery:

  • Standby time: GSM: 12.7 days (305 hours), UMTS: 11.7 days (280 hours), CDMA: 11.2 days (270 hours)
  • Talk Time: GSM: 5 hours, UMTS: 6 hours, CDMA: 5.5 hours

A note that might affect the test: this BlackBerry Storm2 is running 3G and roaming on the Bell/TELUS network. Also, the device is running OS 5.0.0.320.

  • coldcc

    not going to last long the battery life sucks. I think its the os .320 thats no good so good luck

  • coldcc

    not going to last long the battery life sucks. I think its the os .320 thats no good so good luck

  • Todd

    How did you get it to roam on Rogers 3G?

  • Todd

    How did you get it to roam on Rogers 3G?

  • Todd

    How did you get it to roam on Rogers 3G?

  • DavidB

    It’s almost 5 hours since start. I can’t believe it’s not dead already…???

  • DavidB

    It’s almost 5 hours since start. I can’t believe it’s not dead already…???

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Todd – I guess Verizon have a deal with Rogers to allow for 3G roaming.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Todd – I guess Verizon have a deal with Rogers to allow for 3G roaming.

  • Todd

    Kyle, The 9550 specs state:
    Single-band: 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
    Rogers are on 850/1900 mhz I thought….

    Todd

  • Todd

    Kyle, The 9550 specs state:
    Single-band: 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
    Rogers are on 850/1900 mhz I thought….

    Todd

  • Todd

    Kyle, The 9550 specs state:
    Single-band: 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
    Rogers are on 850/1900 mhz I thought….

    Todd

  • Hassan

    Battery life on my Storm2 is horrible.I’m interested in what you can get with the test. As is i cant go more then 12 Hours before its dead without heavy use that is.

  • Hassan

    Battery life on my Storm2 is horrible.I’m interested in what you can get with the test. As is i cant go more then 12 Hours before its dead without heavy use that is.

  • loony2nz

    I am on my 2nd storm2. First one had a stick escape key. But both the old and new one have very poor battery life. I really do claim that the OS is to blame. I can’t wait for another update. Having to tote around a charger all day sucks.

  • loony2nz

    I am on my 2nd storm2. First one had a stick escape key. But both the old and new one have very poor battery life. I really do claim that the OS is to blame. I can’t wait for another update. Having to tote around a charger all day sucks.

  • Shankeith

    what about the fact that its a touchscreen/bigger screen then a regular qwerty berry…that obviously effects it

  • Shankeith

    what about the fact that its a touchscreen/bigger screen then a regular qwerty berry…that obviously effects it

  • Shankeith

    what about the fact that its a touchscreen/bigger screen then a regular qwerty berry…that obviously effects it

  • DavidB

    My wife has a Storm2. I hve a Storm. They are both AWFUL on battery life. I can’t get through what I would call a normal work day without charging. My wife had me get her a standalone battery charger and TWO spare D-X1 battery. Luckily they work in my Storm and my Tour.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  • DavidB

    My wife has a Storm2. I hve a Storm. They are both AWFUL on battery life. I can’t get through what I would call a normal work day without charging. My wife had me get her a standalone battery charger and TWO spare D-X1 battery. Luckily they work in my Storm and my Tour.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Todd – You’re right. I must be on Bell/TELUS. I had a Rogers SIM in it but I realized after your comment that it wasn’t registering.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Todd – You’re right. I must be on Bell/TELUS. I had a Rogers SIM in it but I realized after your comment that it wasn’t registering.

  • ed

    It looks like from the picture that WIFI was being used also….if that was true then those times are pretty good…

  • ed

    It looks like from the picture that WIFI was being used also….if that was true then those times are pretty good…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @ed – Yes, WiFi was on the entire time.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @ed – Yes, WiFi was on the entire time.

  • DavidB

    Wow. 14 hours is FAR more than my wife has been able to get on her 9550 on Verizon. You must be in an area with very strong CDMA/EV-DO service!

  • DavidB

    Wow. 14 hours is FAR more than my wife has been able to get on her 9550 on Verizon. You must be in an area with very strong CDMA/EV-DO service!