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Battery life on iPhone 5

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  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to Aviramyosef)

    Quick update.

     

    I got second phone over the weekend and been watching battery closely. Did full 0% to 100% battery cycle today.  It appears when in wifi, this phone is getting listed 10 hours usage. It's been exceptional on Wi-Fi.

     

    I'll repost Monday how it performs on cellular.

     

    PS: My screen was making a  'clicking sound' when pressed on this new one. Happend when battery was low. That went away when phone cooled. That's another topic all together. 

     

    http://youtu.be/rzvQ64j7JO0

  • JohnnieOil Calculating status...
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:27 AM (in response to Noicc)

    mine is OK at home on wi fi with all function on but when on cell, LTE is just dies with with most icloud service off and limited use. One would think when they come out with a new IO and phone that offers much more data faster they would do something so the battery works as it should

  • Dynamic Webb Calculating status...
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to JohnnieOil)

    Good old Apple always releasing their phone with 2 main flaws:

     

    (1) Releasing Major iOS Updates that are unfinished, clitchy & missing important efficiencies.

     

    (2) Opting to make phones even thinner & lighter when what they really need is a phone with a proper all day battery (I.e. At least 12hrs Video, Phone call & Facebook/Blog usage).

  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to Dynamic Webb)

    I believe the iPhone 5 DOES have great battery just not ours.

     

    Blog reviews on the battery have been great. Twitter/mainstream press would be blowing up if this wasnt an isolated problem. (Search for iphone 5 battery on twitter) We have been just the unlucky ones... I have faith in Apple here.

  • topdog417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:55 AM (in response to Dynamic Webb)

    Last Sunday I exchanged my phone. My battery problems disappeared. With original phone starting with 100% battery charge at 6:30am by end of work shift (around 4pm with hardly any use, apprx 5-10 text's 5-10 emails read/sent and a couple of phone calls) I would have about 35% battery charge left and it would die by about 7:30pm. For the last week with replacement phone I have left home with 100% charge. By the end of work shift I have about 75% battery left and then while at home using it A LOT by the time I go to bed (around 12am) it still has about 30-35% left. My suggestion is exchange your phone for a new one if you can. I tried all the suggestions before exchanging phone and none worked. Letting it drain, setting up as new phone instead of restoring, etc... BTW my new phone was restored and not set up as new phone. My wife's phone was also restored and has great battery life. My beliefs is that there is a good amount of phones out there with faulty batteries.

  • topdog417 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:59 AM (in response to topdog417)

    PS: Nephew's phone has terrible battery life as well as a friends. This problem is not isolated to just a few users. The Apple and ATT boards have hundreds of posts on poor battery life.

  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to topdog417)

    When I mean isolated I mean like 1% of the 5 million made. That's still thousands of faulty phones though.  Manufacturing electronics is a delicate job and they're always the percentage that don't quite work. Though... I could be wrong.  Twitter would be out of control if this didn't effect just a small percentage.

  • caryrae Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to Dynamic Webb)

    Dynamic Webb wrote:

     

    Good old Apple always releasing their phone with 2 main flaws:

     

    (1) Releasing Major iOS Updates that are unfinished, clitchy & missing important efficiencies.

     

    (2) Opting to make phones even thinner & lighter when what they really need is a phone with a proper all day battery (I.e. At least 12hrs Video, Phone call & Facebook/Blog usage).

     

    I totally agree with number 2. What is this obsession with making phones thinner every year (not just Apple), phones are already thin enough, why not like you said use a bigger battery?

  • Griswaldo4g Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to The-budster)

    There are a lot of different factors that can be causing this for different people. I went through this personally with the iPhone 4s launch and the best thing to do is to turn off the things you don't use and leave on only the things you are. (Afterall, we wouldn't buy the phone if we didn't want to be able to use some of its great features.)

     

    I have updated my guide from the 4s launch to be applicable for the iPhone 5 and it can be found here. I have attempted to make a pragmatic guide that is realistic about the changes you can make to improve battery life on the iPhone 5. While this guide isn't guaranteed to work for everybody (not everybody's situation is exactly the same), it has worked very well for me with my own iPhone 5.

  • brentonfromhighton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 4:29 PM (in response to The-budster)

    I have also noticed that wifi performance is great. It's as soon as I leave wifi range that the battery gets bad. Got 6hours usage and a day an a half standby with 35% still left on the weekend and now I'm at work 30 minutes and 3.5 hours and am on 93. Hopefully they fi it soon. Battery is lasting me the day but not at performance promised

  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to brentonfromhighton)

    Battery on my second AT&T iPhone 5 is draining at same pace. Phone has been used for 2 hrs and I'm down almost 50%.  Phone lost 8% in standby mode while driving to work for 45 mins. Getting new phone today.

  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Noicc)

    Used 3G data with LTE disabled too.

  • Noicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to Noicc)

    What carrier is everybody on? I wonder if this is an AT&T issue from limited lte. Might switch to Verizon.

  • LordSinclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to Noicc)

    Hi all,

     

    I am with T-Mobile in Germany and read a lot of your comments. In Frankfurt T-Mobile provides LTE coverage which is super-fast but drains the battery like crazy. Within 4 hours I had lost 40% of the battery. That day I switched LTE off following the advice of some of you and the next day I only lost 10% during the same amount of time and similar (low) usage.

     

    It is pretty obvious that LTE kills my iPhone's battery rather quickly. I wonder if it has to be like that and how this could have possibly escaped Apple's engineers while they were testing their latest product. It's like Toyota would sell a Yaris (don't know if this - well, let's call it a car - is sold over there in the US but you can find it on Google) consuming 6 gallons per 100 mls (I really had to think about this one, metric system over here!).

     

    Today the phone has been off the charger for more than 10 hrs. As I was in a lot of meetings I didn't really use it except for reading mails (fetching) and messages and a few short phonecalls. I am still at 70%, that's a satisfying result. Of course, neither BT nor LTE activated, while WiFi was on all day. 

     

    Best regards from Germany!

  • JohnnieOil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to LordSinclair)

    I am with  TELUS in Canada, same with me on LTE is super fast but huge battery drain and this surely is a global issue with the battery. What get s me is they should know LTE and new function of the phone will cause more battery drain so why not have the battery. iOS etc engineered so it can handle it otherwise what is theorist of having this? Apple needs to correct this ASAP

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