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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • Tim Pentreath Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Jameson! wrote:

     

    3% battery drop after 46minutes with anything running is still very good performance.   That's ~~1% every 15min which would yield you 25 hours!   What am I missing here?

    I'm not saying that I have a problem with battery life, in fact I'm happy with it (13:52 usage, 1day 9hr standby is my best with cellular data off when on wifi at home and in office). It was just an observation that might help somebody. And if you're out and about and don't need to have Skype running then kill it because doing so WILL save you a lot of battery.

     

    Tim

     

    PS. I have given feedback to Skype regarding this.

  • Echo Station Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:01 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Some hype, yes. Companies Re going to paint the best picture for there product. We have remember that these are radios and are subject to long list of variables from tower height and strength to building materials, plus more. These all are going to be different for each of us

  • R.storms Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:09 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    I believe everybody needs to voice our concearns. Pick up the phone and call apple support. They will prob do their test and tell you that  the battery is fine and that it is an issue with your carrier like they did with me. I work in retail and know that when people get good customer service they are less likely to tell many people of it as appossed to getting bad service, where they tell everybody and their sister about it. I have taken to  Facebook and posted my daily dealings with Apple reps and how they are handling my sittuation. Forwarning all my friends and family of the issues of the Iphone 5 that i am dealing with. It's a good place to vent , and im sure your friends will appreciate it too!. I suggest that everyone does the same. Apple needs to do osmething about the battery issue are come out and say ....it is whaat it is, instead of moving on and leaving customers in the dark. Very fustrating Appple!

  • A420TuRbO Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Jameson! wrote:

     

    Pure Marketing Hype.   I have never owned a cell phone that lived up to the manufacturer's battery life claims.

    raison123 wrote:

     

    If that's the case why do apple in the info say it has a longer life then

    But 5 posts above that you stated "That being said, with reasonable usage and a significant amount of time on wifi, I easily am getting 8+ hours of usage from a charge, each and every day."

     

    Therefore you are getting advertised battery claims no? Am I missing something lol

     

    My point is I was getting advertised usage for the 4/4S on my 4/4S and now not only am I not getting the 5 advertised usage but I'm getting less than I was with the 4/4S.

     

    Why go from being fairly honest to completely dishonest and deceitful. Now as I've stated before if they claimed the same usage times 4S=5 then I dont think this would of been such a fiasco as most people would chalk it up to the bigger screen faster processor faster network speeds ect... but don't go out and proclaim to the world battery life has improved when it clearly hasn't

     

    Oh yea and thanks Handfull for the added input comparing 4S to 5 I thought you gave up on us lol (I can't blame ya!)

  • Phil Rogers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to A420TuRbO)

    I am not coming even close to getting "advertised battery claims".  I am absolutely afraid to use the phone.  This morning, two Siri checks, two phone calls, a couple of emails (and I mean a couple).  My battery is at 86% now.  Every time I use the phone for any reason, the battery drops by at least one percent.

     

    I have determined that the phone is just fine, battery-wise, AS LONG AS YOU DON'T USE IT.

     

    If this thing was a toaster, it would be advertised as the world's most innovative kitchen appliance, as long as you don't try to make toast with it.

     

    Please

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:55 AM (in response to Handsfull)

    handsfull - does that mean that its something that an update can fix or it's just a wash? i didn't buy an iPHONE for it to just work well with wifi.  That's absurd.  I have perfect cell reception in midtown manhattan.  I know you aren't saying that it's acceptable but i'm wondering what you think of that.  Is that fixable or is that just the way it is? I feel like the people getting the amazing usage times are using it in wifi most of the time.  I personally need to use it in 4G(or is it really 3g but says 4g i get confused) most of the time and 3 hours/4 hours usage is not cool with me. Thanks buddy.  Appreciate your input, always.

  • Echo Station Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to A420TuRbO)

    A420TuRbO wrote:

     

     

    But 5 posts above that you stated "That being said, with reasonable usage and a significant amount of time on wifi, I easily am getting 8+ hours of usage from a charge, each and every day."

     

    Therefore you are getting advertised battery claims no? Am I missing something lol

     

     

    Yes 8 hours is within in the advertised spec.  You have to take into account combining different types of usage will skew the numbers.  Plus Apple allows for a degree of varience by including the phrase "up to"  they know that in the real world there will be discrepancies

     

     

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

     

    Power and Battery4


    • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
    • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
    • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
    • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
    • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
    • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
  • Handsfull Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    If your in WIFI, your golden....no worries...this is why:

     

    I was thinking that my former 4s never showed 'usage' after sitting overnight, thinking that my iPhone 5 was doing something my 4s didn't do. I was wrong.  My 4s acts EXACTLY like the 5 does while in a wifi environment WITH the 5 having cellular data shut off (I wanted to compare apples to apples, as my 4s didn't have a sim in it yet).

     

    So we KNOW that all things are equal (meaning their is no battery 'flaw' causing this)

     

    So the only variable I see, is the fact that iPhone 5 has LTE.  I believe the engineers wrote code for the LTE processing that also is being used for the 3-4G antenna connections also. That means that instead of sending medium power/

    Strength signals to the cell tower for transmitting data, they are pumping out high output strength just like they do with LTE.  This will chew up battery rapidly.  That's my thoughts....I'm either on something or onto something. Lol.

  • Echo Station Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    AlwaysLookin4Answers wrote:

     

    handsfull - does that mean that its something that an update can fix or it's just a wash? i didn't buy an iPHONE for it to just work well with wifi.  That's absurd.  I have perfect cell reception in midtown manhattan.  I know you aren't saying that it's acceptable but i'm wondering what you think of that.  Is that fixable or is that just the way it is? I feel like the people getting the amazing usage times are using it in wifi most of the time.  I personally need to use it in 4G(or is it really 3g but says 4g i get confused) most of the time and 3 hours/4 hours usage is not cool with me. Thanks buddy.  Appreciate your input, always.

    That was the case with the 4S, the update came about a month later.  To me it makes sense that the software can't be fully optimized for performace without having enough data to test against.  Apple was limited to a small number of handset's I'm sure and in not very many locations.  Give the engineers time, they'll work it out

  • Echo Station Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:10 AM (in response to Handsfull)

    Handsfull, I'm glad you came around to my way of seeing this issue.  Hoping the update is released on the 23rd

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:16 AM (in response to Handsfull)

    LOL! "I'm either on something or onto something. Lol."

     

    family is important but....we need you....so don't leave lol!

  • Handsfull Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Echo:

     

    Lol...'glad you came around to my way'....love it.

     

    I don't recall your post making that claim, sorry if I missed it.... which page is it on?

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:36 AM (in response to A420TuRbO)

    With a high percentage of time on wifi, yes I am.   I really don't kn ow how well my phone would do if the majority of my time were on 3G or LTE.   Right now, I'm only away from wifi while commuting.   Even at lunch today, I was on Startbucks wifi for most of the time.

    A420TuRbO wrote:

     

    But 5 posts above that you stated "That being said, with reasonable usage and a significant amount of time on wifi, I easily am getting 8+ hours of usage from a charge, each and every day."

     

    Therefore you are getting advertised battery claims no? Am I missing something lol

     

     

  • Handsfull Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Jameson:

     

     

    I can REASSURE you.....your smile would turn to a serious frown if you spent one day in the field with your 5.

     

    I literally JUST left an AT&T store where a business woman was complaining about her battery life....asked her where she spends the majority of her time....she says shes in her car 80% of the day. Bingo.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:40 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    BTW, at someone's request in here a few days back (I forget who now), I did turn off wifi for a bit while here in the office.   With a medium strength LTE signal, I dropped 3% over 90min, with minimal usage.   Not a significant sample size maybe, but I didn't get too worked up over that performance, even though it was better than I was expecting.......

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