I have been reading articles all over the net about how BlackBerryâ€™s new Facebook application is a battery drainer. First of all I have not seen any extra battery drain and second of all every application that is constantly running takes processor power and thus eats battery life.
The main reason I am confused about the claims is because I discovered something interesting about how the BlackBerry Facebook application works. It essentially just hijacks the Facebook notifications that you normally get in your email and shows them in the Facebook application. I figured this out because I had all of my Facebook emails automatically forwarded to a subfolder in my Exchange account and then the Facebook application no longer worked. The second I removed the rule the application worked again. Since the application is based on email I donâ€™t think it would be such a battery drain unless you were uploading pictures and updating your status all day. Personally I have not seen any significant difference in my battery levels on my BlackBerry 8800. All the other users I have spoken to have also not seen a 10â€“15% battery drain.
Let me know what you think!