Although I’ve been really impressed my battery life in the three weeks I’ve owned the device, there’s still a part of me that wishes my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would last just a little longer. Luckily, Samsung includes a power saving mode that you can access from the notifications tray that will turn off unnecessary, power-sipping features of your phone to save a little extra juice. Wanting to see how long it would extend the battery, I turned it on this morning. But while I turned on power saving mode, my device turned off a lot of its features – including the haptic feedback of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s capacitive buttons.
In fact, before I had realized that power saving mode shuts off so many features of my phone, I thought it was broken. The buttons still worked, but there was no feedback to tell me that my fingers had registered on the device. It was a shock to my muscle memory, if anything; I was watching the phone function perfectly, but there was none of the vibration I had come to know and love.
There are a plethora of other things that power saving mode does in an effort to save power – and for what it’s worth, it’s doing its job. Normally at 3:00 P.M., I would have about 50% battery left; with power saving mode, I was able to squeeze out an extra 10% of life, putting my indicator at 60%. Considering that I went to bed with an 80% battery and have been using the device frequently throughout the day, I’d say that’s an excellent tradeoff for the lack of haptic feedback.
This post is really just a warning for my fellow Note 3 owners. I had quite the freakout today when my phone wasn’t acting normally, but I hadn’t even considered the possibility that power saving mode was just doing its job. Heck, I even forgot I turned it off!
Stay tuned to Pocketables for continuing Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coverage. There will be a lot more of it in the coming weeks!