LG Marquee firmware

Is there any news of a firmware update coming to the Marquee?

Its a nice phone but the battery life is horrible and compared to the Optimus Elite the Marquee is SLOW.

I bought the Marquee to replace my Elite but quickly changed backed after using it for a few days due to these issues.

Theres no reason it should be slower during normal use but it is.

Just wondering if you guys at Ting had an inside source of info on a possible firmware update to fix these issues. Its hard to believe LG updated the Elite but not the Marquee.(Elite is up to 2.3.7/kernel 2.6.35.11-perf while the Marquee is still at 2.3.4/kernel 2.6.35.7)

 

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  • It might just be out of stock for now, a few days ago Samsung Transform Ultra was out too and it's back. 

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  • That is correct, it's currently out of stock.

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  • I also am stuck with the POS refurb Marquee.  I already had it replaced once.  Still came with crappy abttery & doesn't last even a day.  Have to charge it twice a day....  Really disappointed with this purchase.

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  • Jodi

    You can get a genuine LG battery for the Marquee from Amazon for under $5 including shipping. I'm sure I saw other references in these forums to the OEM LG battery making a huge difference. Actual battery life can vary widely depending on installed apps and or active running services. My Epic Touch 4G could be dead after a couple of hours reading from new. I did have a lot running though. I kept it on charge when I was stationary and carried a spare battery in the car and one in my bag. Battery life is always a disappointment compared to the specs.   

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  • Jodi,

    I've said it here once and I'll say it again: get a genuine (OEM) LG battery for this phone and it will work fine.  I've had decent success with the 1900mah battery sold on Ebay as well.  This phone does NOT play nice with the cheap batteries that the refurbisher used.  Its actually quite a nice little phone, especially if you consider the price point, once you get a decent battery.

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  • Thanks Matthew et al!

    We have sold a lot of refurbs, and it seems battery mileage does vary. We are exploring getting new OEM batteries included in the future. 

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  • Looks like buying an OEM battery is my next option. I just hate spending more money on this phone if swapping the battery does not help. The replacement battery I just received does not appear to work any better than the original battery I had.

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  • There are a couple things I have found with this phone.

    One, the included battery is not very good.  An OEM or quality replacement should be a bit better.

    Two, the processor seems to be very inefficient.  I run an app called CPUspy, and if my phone does not go into "Deep Sleep" the battery dies quite quickly.  Typically even if the processor runs at 300mhz, its slowest clock speed, the run time of the phone will be shortened significantly.  Typically it is an app or widget that will prevent the phone from maintaining 'deep sleep' when the screen is off.  A clock widget I installed was especially problematic, as was the Facebook app IIRC.  I strongly recommend the CPUspy app to see if your phone is 'running' when the screen is off.

    Three, the radio is also a battery hog.  Anything below a moderate signal hurts battery life, even if the phone is in deep sleep.

    Four, the included firmware and PRL are outdated and cause extra battery drain.  Going into the system setting and updating the firmware and prl should help.

    Five, the brightness setting can cause significant battery drain.  I have found that automatic brightness, power save is darn near as good as simply setting the brightness to minimum.

    Six, the phone takes some time to 'set in' and initial battery life is significantly shorter than what it will be in a couple days/weeks.

    I struggled with my phone for quite a while but now am entirely happy with it.  Granted I am running a custom ROM, but that didn't seem to make a huge difference.

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  • Great suggestions Kyle.  This is spot on with my experience with the phone.  I couldn't be happier with it really.

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  • One other question for Kyle: do you have to be rooted to use CPUspy?

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  • Based on the info at GooglePlay https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bvalosek.cpuspy&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5idmFsb3Nlay5jcHVzcHkiXQ.. (If I found the right app.) it appears you do not. I'm gonna check it out.

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  • Mathew

    I don't think there is anything that this uses that requires root. It just reads a file from what I remember. If it did require root it just wouldn't be report and you could just uninstall. 

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  • Mathew

    I don't think there is anything that this uses that requires root. It just reads a file from what I remember. If it did require root it just wouldn't be report and you could just uninstall. 

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  • That's a good question Mathew.  I believe I ran it before I rooted, plus I do not remember it requesting Super User permissions so it should be good to go on a non-rooted phone.

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  • Just to weigh in, my Marquee from Ting came with a refurb battery.  Before activation I was lucky to get 6 hrs with minimal use, but after activation I could easily get 9 or 10 (Ting said activation would, but I was hesitant to activate if the phone was bad).  But 9 or 10 was not enough, so I got an OEM battery on Amazon ($5 at the time), and Ting reimbursed me with a statement credit.  After installing the OEM battery, my phone lasts from early morning until late at night, even with me listening to podcasts for a few hours during the day, and taking an occasional phone call (e.g., normal use).  It is often at 20 or 10% by day's end, but this is completely acceptable to me.

    Under normal use I have Wifi on, GPS on, and automatic brightness (which is very readable in any light as far as I have seen, sometimes it seems even brighter than I would like, e.g., in a darker room).

    I am still running the original 2.3.4 ROM, and it periodically bugs me to upgrade, but I haven't yet (in case I decide to try CTMod, I believe the older rom is easier to root from).

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  • @Steve  do you have a link to the battery you got?  I just got 2 of the Marquees to replace my Optimus S phones since I was having low memory issues (only had maybe 8 apps installed)

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  • I bought this one here:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VKI3G2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    Note that many companies are all selling this product, all re-sellers for Amazon.  The one I bought was from "BTO, Inc." because it was highest rated (and had a lower price than the one featured on the page).  The other sellers might be just as good or better, but I see varying reviews which might mean varying sellers.

    To see the full list, click on the link on the left or go here (under more buying choices, there is usually a "XX used & new" link):

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005VKI3G2/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

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  • Just as another point of reference.  My old Droid Incredible was pretty comparable to the Marquee but had worse battery performance, and it was pushing a lesser screen. For light use (no WiFi, some calling, little to no web browsing, but lots of email, no MMS, little texting) I'd from from full charge at 7am and be charging by 4pm.  I wound up buying a Seidio battery that still fit the standard backing but added about 400mAh over stock to get that bit of extra time to make it through the day.  I wouldn't expect all that much more from the Marquee's standard batter.

    On another note, if the developer community were to develop a stable CM10 ROM for the Marquee, I believe it would have both better battery life AND higher performance - worked for the Nook Color which is an 800Mhz OMAP processor and a two year old platform.  Given that this won't happen, I suggest you try a new launcher to speed up the interface.  ADW seems to work fine and smoothly. 

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  • I would like to add to this to help the other LG Marquee users. I also bought a Marquee in October of 2012 for my wife's use.  The screen is nice and I have no problem with the system performance but the battery will only last for about 6 to 8 hours on a very minimal use. My wife only use it for calls (using ting minutes), texting (using google voice) and occasional facebook use.  I remedy the problem by getting her another charger so that she can charge the phone while at work. This works most of the time especially during work days but is a problem during weekends where re-charging the phone is not always an option. Recently, when her battery goes down to about 50% level, it will quickly drop to zero making her frustrated about her phone. I looked around in amazon.com and debated over the OEM LG battery and Onite 1700mah.  The  3500 mah battery is not an option as I don't want the extra bulk and I wanted to keep the phone in its protective rubber case.  I went with the alternative "Onite 1700 mah" battery and I wish that I have done this sooner.  I received the battery 2 days ago. I let it drain completely and re-charge it overnight as per the suggestion from the seller.  I removed the phone from the charger at 8:am yesterday morning, went through the regular day of use and took some pictures and videos of my kid and posted it on facebook.  The phone have been used more than the regular day use as I constantly check the battery performance. Well when I went to bed last night at around 10pm, it still have 64% juice left and that is after 14 hours of use.  I checked it again this morning at around 6:30 am and it still have 55% left. So, from 10pm-6:30am or around 8 1/2 hours it only used up 9% battery.   Cell radio "ON" and 3G "ON".  Background Sync "ON" for google voice, Data Sync 'OFF" and of course, screen is off since it is not being used during that time.  

    This is only the first whole day. I guess it will only get better in the next few days. I will give update if anything changes.  

    This is the exact battery that I purchase. 

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EIBS42/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

     

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