Where’s my charger?

If you own an Android phone, particularly the HTC Hero, you’ve probably dealt with less than stellar battery life.  Initially mine was so short it was almost a deal breaker.  So instead of griping at Sprint or HTC, I went to the net and “googled” it.  Turns out I wasnt alone LOL  After perusing several different solutions, this is what I did:

  1. replaced the stock sms app with a 3rd party app. I chose Handcent SMS but I’m told ChompSMS is just as good.
  2. disable notifications in the stock sms app.

Appaprently the problem is that the stock SMS app isnt allowing the phone to “sleep” causing excessive battery drain.  I did the fix, and so far my battery life has increased drastically.  Still not up to where it should be IMO, but much better than it was out of the box.  The rumor is that the 2.1 update will address the issue.

If you have further questions, check out this thread http://androidforums.com/sprint-htc-hero/11699-spint-hero-battery-issues-known-fix-fix-charges-faster-lasts-longer.html at androidforums.com.