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How To Improve Motorola Xoom Battery Life

Motorola Xoom is a tablet introduced on January 5th 2011 at Consumers Electronics Show event, and it’s the world’s first tablet to come pre-loaded with Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. The 3G version of Motorola Xoom went on sale one and a half months later, on February 24th, while the WiFi-only model was released on March 27th.

Motorola Xoom is based on an dual-core 1 GHz  Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 Cortex A9 chipset, has 1 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of internal flash storage which can be increased with up to 32 GB thanks to the microSD card slot. Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video recording support.

Motorola’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb-powered tablet features WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB 2.0 and is powered by a Li-Ion 6,500 mAh battery. When Xoom was introduced, Motorola said that their Xoom tablet is able to face 10h of “hard work,” but reviews showed that battery “dies” after 8h of video games and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, which, in my opinion, is more than enough. But we are sure that Motorola Xoom battery life can be further increased. Here are a few tips that will extend Motorola Xoom battery life.

Motorola Xoom Battery Manager Application

There are lots of battery eaters inside any device, but it seems that there are also some ways of make them drain your device’s battery slower. Things work the same with Motorola Xoom, and Battery Manager app will help you improve the battery life. The Battery Manager app comes as standard with most Motorola devices, and the same thing happens to Motorola Xoom. If you use Battery Mananger you would be able to increase Motorola Xoom battery life. In order to access Motorola Xoom Battery Manager, go to “Main Menu” by pressing the “Menu” button, then go to “Settings” and tap on the “Battery Manger” option. Now, the Battery Manager should open and you will see the three modes of this application: “Performance Mode”, “Smart Mode” and the “Battery Saver Mode.” Let’s have a look and see what each one does:

  • Motorola Xoom Battery Manager Performance Mode – This is the default mode for the Battery Manager, of course if you haven’t customized the settings of the tablet. The Performance mode disables data time out and auto brightness features saving battery life, but the performance of your Motorola Xoom is not affected in any way
  • Motorola Xoom Battery Manager Smart Mode – The Smart mode keeps the data time out and auto brightness functions turned on, allowing you to customize the settings of other battery drainers of Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Xoom Battery Manager Battery Saver Mode – In this mode, the battery eaters are kept to minimum parameters, which makes the battery life increase. It also allows the user to customize the brightness of the Motorola Xoom display

Smart-Use Motorola Xoom Applications

Since Motorola Xoom runs on Android, it features a multi-tasking function, so each application you use will stay opened until you close it. The background applications eat a lot of battery, reducing Motorola Xoom battery life. So, we recommend you to use the Advanced Task Killer application you can download and install for free from the Android Market. Other applications that drain a lot of your Motorola Xoom, like social networking apps and email clients can also be limited. Set the update frequency of those apps lower, or even to manual updates, for best battery performance.

Turn Off Motorola Xoom Big Battery Eaters

The biggest battery drainers of the new devices are the WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and the 3G. Turning them off should increase the battery life of Motorola Xoom. You can disable the big battery eaters like WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G by going to the “Main Menu,” then go to “Settings” and tap “Wireless & Networks.” Here will be able to change the settings of the 3G network function. Try not to go for the Automatic network mode, as the battery is drained faster because of the constant switch between network modes.

Say No To Live Wallpapers:

The Live Wallpapers function of the Android devices also eats a lot of battery. And because Motorola Xoom is an Android-based device, with a 10.1-inch display, optimizing the wallpapers of the tablet will save lots of battery. So, if you want to increase Motorola Xoom battery life, you should use darker wallpapers, and even say no to live wallpapers (I know they look great, but they eat about 19% of the total battery life). Because a brighter wallpaper means more burned pixels, which use battery to glow, a darker wallpaper will increase the battery life of your Motorola Xoom, mostly because it needs to burn less pixels. By using a darker wallpaper for your Motorola Xoom, you should be able to notice an increase in the device’s battery life, as a dark wallpaper makes the total battery power drain to drop at about 7%. As well, we recommend you to stop using the automatic brightness function and set your display brightness manually, let’s say to medium.

The Motorola Xoom Power Control Widget

Anther easy way of increasing Motorola Xoom battery life is to use the Power Control widget, which can be installed on most of the Android devices. The Power Control widget helps you control the 5 biggest battery eaters of Motorola Xoom, which are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and Brightness. Keeping the usage of these battery drainers to a minimum, will help you increase Motorola Xoom battery life. To install Power Control widget, go to your Motorola Xoom home screen, tap and hold your finger on any of your homescreens. After about 1 second a window should appear, now tap “Android Widgets,” then chose the widget named “Power Control” by tapping it. Place it on any of your homescreens.

Use AC Charger Instead Of USB Cable

It’s recommended to use the Motorola Xoom AC charger to recharge your battery, instead of using the USB data cable pluged-in to your PC / Laptop. In fact, this is the method the manufacturer recommends for the device, mostly because the USB charging method damages your battery on the long run.

By following the above mentioned tips, you should be able to increase your Motorola Xoom battery life. Anyway, don’t forget to tell us which of the tips worked best for your device in the comments area below. As well, be good and tell us some tricks you know that might increase Motorola Xoom battery life. Take care!

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