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Old 07-20-2007, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This might be a stupid question, but with the 8800 if you use the end call button, it takes you directly to the home screen. If you do that 3 or 4 times from different applications and don't go back and close the program you were in, does it run the battery down having those applications open?

After a few days of owning my 8800, I noticed that when I entered Alt+Esc to switch applications, some programs were showing open that I hadn't used in hours. Now I've been trying to make sure I go to the programs Close option rather than using the back key or end call button to exit.
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Always use the close option or you will drain your battery and could run low on memory resulting in lost data...
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! I had a feeling that was the case, but wanted to confirm. I went from a 7290 and a Samsung T719 (their BB enabled phone) to the 8800, so there are some things I'm getting used to. I think the 7290 closed programs after i was done using them.
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the esc key should be the same as using menu > close
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The escape key does not close all of the programs for me. In some programs I have to actually select close from the menu or it remains open.
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Having apps open in the background only drains the battery if they are actively using the internet connection. Otherwise they're sitting static in memory and consuming very few CPU cycles and negligible power. Most apps that do automatically update can be configured to do so at certain intervals. If you set it to, say 30 minutes or more the battery drain will be too small to make a difference.

The only app that I've seen cause a very slight drain is BBtoday.
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I am not sure i am closing it. i never use it. i nit i press menu - close. but when i do alt escape it still shows it running. am i doing something wrong?
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I have the same problem of having certain apps that need to be closed via the popup menu; BlackBerry Maps, address book, messages, media player, just to name a few that come to mind.

A-NNOYINGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would much prefer that the escape key close down all apps, as the word "close" suggests.

Anyone know of something I'm NOT doing that would end this annoyance?
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Several apps cannot be "closed" or ended or quitted:

Home Screen
Phone
Browser
Messages
BB Messenger

Other apps I have that can't be closed:
BeamBerry
BBAlerts
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Since we can with a desktop, we should have the ability to shut down our browser and messenger programs. My third party program, Jive Talk can be shut down at least. I guess there is a good reason why we do not have that flexibility.
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They stay active because they can be called up by another program.
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The browser and message apps are deeply integrated into the OS. The message app has to stay active for carrier provisioning.

I guess these apps are effectively at the kernel level - which would also be why the device is so secure.

No computer device can shut down core parts of its OS... with a couple rare, exotic exceptions.
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if you have apps like GPS based or feeds they will drain battery more. I think worst battery bug is how many UNOPENED emails you have on your bb
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Good point about the GPS apps. Any app that's active a lot.

How would unopened emails drain battery?
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