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Posted by: Sean Cullinan 4/3/2011 2:23 PM

In my previous article comparing the Archos 101 to Viewsonic GTablet one of the categories that I analyzed and gave favor to the Archos on was standby battery life.  The Archos could be left unplugged for many days without dying wheras the GTablet seemed to constantly chug through battery even when in standby mode.

I just received a Motorola Xoom to do some work on and and decided I'd compare the standby battery life of it to the GTablet and Archos 101.  The Motorola Xoom is based off of the same Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset as the GTablet so I was curious to see if he battery burn problem was endemic to the chipset.  The good news it, it appears that the battery burn is a Viewsonic GTablet only issue.

My GTablet is running TNT Lite 4.40 with Pershoot's latest Kernel as of 4/1/2011.  My Archos 101 is running the latest stock update.  The Xoom I have is the wifi only one and is running the latest ROM. 

At 8:15am this morning I turned off of the Wifi and Bluetooth on each of these units and pressed the power button to put them into normal "standby" (screen off) mode.  At this time here was the battery level: 
Device Battery Remaining
Xoom 62%
GTablet 45%
Archos 101 43%

At 2:15pm ( 6 hours later) the battery remaining was as follows:

Device Battery Remaining Change
Xoom  61%  -1%
GTablet  38%  -7%
Archos 101  43%  -2%

I'm not sure if you could extrapolate these findings accurately, but if you do you would find that the Xoom goes down 4%/day in standby mode with wifi off.  The Archos would lose about 8%/day and the Gtablet would lose about 28%/day.  This would give you around 25 days of standby on the Xoom, 12.5 days on the Archos 101 and only 3.5 or so days on the Gtablet!

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