Treo 680 Battery Drain Patch Released
Since its launch many Treo 680 owners have complained about poor battery performance or unusually rapid battery drain – too many in fact for the matter not to be considered an “issue”.
Some were evidently extremely disappointed in their new purchase as they assumed that this was the ‘normal’ performance of their Treo 680 and either returned their smartphones or found themselves periodically recharging it.
I have already written about the Treo 680 battery performance on two separate occasions (see Treo 680 Battery Review and Treo 680 Battery Fix) and my Treonauts comments provided further insight into what solutions people had found to address the issue.
My first post focused principally on providing “battery optimization tips” (changing settings to enhance battery life) while the second addressed a simple “battery meter reset” process to address an issue where a “Low Battery” reading would appear when in fact the battery was not drained.
Yesterday a third fix became available as Palm released a Treo 680 Camera Patch that specifically address the unusually rapid battery drain that some power users had identified as being tied to a glitch in the Camera application:
“Palm has identified that the Treo 680 device can experience reduced battery life when the camera is used. The camera may continue to draw power from the battery when the device is in standby mode. Treo 680 users should install the Treo 680 Camera Update to address this issue.”
The “Treo 680 Camera Update” file that Palm provides is small, extremely simple and quick to install. After downloading the patch from Palm’s support website and performing a HotSync you will find a “Camera Update” icon in your Applications (below left) and after launching it you will simply have to press OK to begin the installation (below right).
Once the installation is complete you will be asked to press OK again to reset your device (below left). Finally, after your Treo 680 has been reset you will be able to verify that the Camera update to version 3.1 has been completed by going to Applications > Menu > Info > Version > CameraLib (below right).
Everyone with a Treo 680 should install this camera update whether they have been experiencing low battery performance or not. Additionally, I also strongly suggest that you use some if not all of the battery optimization tips which Palm Support provides.
Hopefully Palm’s patch combined with the battery optimization tips as well as the battery meter reset process will finally completely put the matter at rest and let all Treonauts truly enjoy all the benefits that the Treo 680 offers.
Treonauts always find solutions…