Widgets and battery life

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    Widgets and battery life

    i have been messing around a little bit with adw launcher and
    minimalistic text widget to create some home screens.

    the minimalistic text widget lets you do some pretty cool stuff since you can make the text launch apps when pressed.

    the more layouts of this widget i create started to make me think about battery life. i haven't noticed any significant drops in battery life since starting to use this widget. i figure since it is mostly static, it shouldn't drain the battery to much.

    i checked to see how much ram it was consuming and regardless of how many widgets i setup minimalistic text widget held strong at 29M (according to OS monitor)

    i realize that widgets must consume some battery life and depending on the type of widget it is would probably determine how much battery life it actually consumes. widgets like beautiful widgets i can only guess would consume more battery then minimalistic text widget as beautiful widget might be doing updates in the background or consuming more resources. (correction: after checking my phone beautiful widgets actually consumes less ram than minimalistic text widget)

    i was just curious what you guys thought about widgets and their effects on the overall battery life of your device?
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    I only use the small clock n weather widget from beautiful widget. Of course widgets drains battery

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    yeah...
    i decided to go a different route and just make some icons
    figured this might help to save battery life instead of using a widget for each task

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    good thinking

    cuz bottom line is that widgets are running apps.

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    roger that.
    definitely trying to cut down on whats running.

    battery life seems to be random, sometimes I get really good battery life.
    Other days I'd swear someone else was using my phone... even though it sits on my desk all day at work and does nothing.

    Thanks to tasker it shuts everything off.

    thanks for the feed back
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    no need for tasks managers, you have a built in one and the rom manage the apps ok.
    your tasker takes some of the battery life too Just let it run by itself.

    tasks manager tend to cause more trouble than resolving

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    i don't mind my tasker taking battery... i like it to much to give it up haha.

    yeah i have seen the task manager in gingerbread. its not to shabby.

    i'll fiddle around with everything and see what works best
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