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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • Handsfull Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:41 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Give it some time on LTE/3G and your opinion would change.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:55 AM (in response to Handsfull)

    One last thing.......   As I noted several times in this thread already, when commuting, I have the maps program open, Escort Live running with the phone connected to my Escort Radar Dector via BT, BT to the car handsfree system active.   The maps screen is on the entire time.   ~~1/2 of the trip is 3g and the other half LTE covered.

     

    Clearly, this would kill my battery with most any phone.   Solution????   CAR CHARGER.

     

    I know it's not the perfect situation, but I cannot envision how many users would have no ability to charge their phone over a 3-4 hour period.   Inconvenient?   Certainly.   End of the world?   Hardly............

     

    Please believe me whan I say that I sympathize with those of you struggling to get 4 hours out of your phone, because I do.   It just isn't the life ending situation that some of you make it out to be.   Either dump the phone for something else, or deal with it until APPLE releases a fix.   In reality, those are your only choices in the end.   Those of us who previously had 4s models went through the exact same thing.   IIRC, that thread ended up at over 700 pages long, so this one still has a heck of a long way to go!!!!   ;-)

  • snoop70 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    You're quite right about the fact that we could deal with it. I plug it now anytime I have a chance. But I'm surprised that there are not many news articles mentioning that there IS a battery problem. Many of them actually say the battery life is amazing.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 10:58 AM (in response to snoop70)

    Maybe it's not as widespread a problem as many think?   Yes, this thread is 119 pages and growing, but if you look through it, there are not all than many different people posting.   Considering there are already at least 7 million i5's out there.......................

    snoop70 wrote:

     

    You're quite right about the fact that we could deal with it. I plug it now anytime I have a chance. But I'm surprised that there are not many news articles mentioning that there IS a battery problem. Many of them actually say the battery life is amazing.

  • snoop70 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    So probably there must be some kind of optimization that they must make maybe related to the area where we live or wireless provider settings or who knows what we all have in common. I stopped looking and waiting for the update. If that doesn't fix it, I'll try to exchange it maybe in a month or so. Maybe they'll have new batches by then.

    Jameson! wrote:

     

    Maybe it's not as widespread a problem as many think?   Yes, this thread is 119 pages and growing, but if you look through it, there are not all than many different people posting.   Considering there are already at least 7 million i5's out there.....................

  • iFinest Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to Herbie_K)

    Thank you for the information. It'll definitely be helpful. Gonna record my charge time tonight. :)

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    Oct 18, 2012 1:03 PM (in response to Handsfull)

    Maybe it has more to do with your carrier than the phone.  I'm seeing a lot of AT&T concerns and not AS many Verizon concerns.  Yesterday I took my 5 off the charger at 6:30a and I was in the field for the full day (7a-6p) with limited cell reception (my 4s used to always just show O in the area).  I made it through the full day while listening to 3 different podcasts (40-50min in length), texting, a little web browsing, and a couple short phone calls.  Last night I got home at around 6:45 and had 45% battery life.  I made a 35 minute recruiting call and then just left it alone aside from texting periodically through out the night and streaming a couple Youtube videos since I was too lazy to get off my couch and grab my Macbook.  I kept it off the charger all night just to see what would happen and it didn't die until around 11a today.  At about 2% I checked to see what my phone stats said the usage time was and it said 8 hours, 25 min (I didn't take a pic because I didn't think about it).

     

    Again, this is just my experience.

  • Phil Rogers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 1:26 PM (in response to 66GONZO)

    There is absolutely no way my phone would have given that kind of performance.  A 45 minute podcast would deplete my phone by at least 20%.  One streaming episode of the Office, 22 min in length, took it down 18%.  If I added in a 35 minute call, that would absolutely finish it off.

  • Phil Rogers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to Phil Rogers)

    And I'm Verizon

  • marine8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:30 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Another test today. I am on ATT. I turn on Cellular ONLY not LTE.

     

    at 8am at 60% turn on the Cellular

    at 1 pm at 53% battery after 25 minutes talk

    at 2:30 pm battery 51%  some texting maybe 10 to 15 messages or so between 2:30 pm and 5:25 pm

    at 5:25 pm battery 48%

     

    What do you guys think, with Cellular ONLY on and no use except the phone call and texting is this ok ?

  • wolfemsw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 3:35 PM (in response to snoop70)

    I'm also quite disappointed with my iPhone 5 battery life (black, 32GB).  I went the the Apple store on 5th Avenue this past weekend with my complaints, as I have posted on this forum before.  My new battery does not perform as well as my 4S did, not even close.  I'm still losing 1-3% of my battery with every 1-2 minutes of use, even when I'm underground on the train in Airplane mode listening to music.  Well, the "genius" on 5th Avenue said,

     

    "You can't expect the iPhone 5 battery and iOS 6 to perform as well as the 4S battery on iOS 5.  It's just not going to happen!  They are 2 different phones with 2 different operating systems.  The iPhone 5 battery is bigger than the 4S, but not SIGNIFICANTLY! The iPhone 5 has a bigger screen and requires more energy; likewise, iOS 6 is a much more robust operating system with over 200 new features that also requires more energy."

     

    He then told me to turn Siri off.  He claims that Siri is a "real battery hog."  It hasn't made a difference on my phone.  I'm waiting for a software patch.

  • wolfemsw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:13 PM (in response to wolfemsw)

    This is in addition to my previous post from 3:35 PM.

     

    I forgot to add that the "genious" on 5th Avenue also said that,

     

    "iOS 6 represents a turning point on the iPhone where users have to decide which features of the operating system that they really want to use; and, that they will have to turn "off" the ones that they don't use.  The battery cannot and will not function efficiently to run all features of iOS 6, all the time."

     

    He then said that simply replacing the hardware will not solve the problem, and he thought that my battery was performing as it should, according to my Usage meter (which I think is sigificantly flawed-  I really don't understand what those numbers mean.  I just know how my phone is REALLY performing).  Anyways, he then advised me to "not be afraid to charge my phone."  He said that I should plug it in every chance that I get.

     

    Believe it, or not, this is how Apple 5th Avenue has intructed their geniuses to deal with the problem. This is coming from the "mothership" of all Apple stores.  I don't agree with him.  I'm still hoping for a software patch. 

  • iphone5rocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:14 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Good news for a change. My extreme battery drain problem on standby is probably over. After deactivating having skype operate in the background, making a skpe call to set the change and then logging out of skype just to be sure, battery drain seems more normal.

     

    Using, Skype almost caused me to make another appointment with the genius bar to figure out what was going on.

     

     

    Thank you Tim Pentreath. You saved me a lot of trouble.

  • iphone5rocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 6:00 PM (in response to wolfemsw)

    wolfemsw,

     

    That is really some story. I think if that happened to me I would report it to someone higher up in the company.

     

    I am still hopefull that Apple will deal with this and make some improvements. I am willing to give them some time because it's a good phone for me other than the battery issues.

  • Drewtime Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2012 6:12 PM (in response to Handsfull)

    So are we under the impression that NOT being on WIFI will drain the battery now? I have always had my WIFI off considering similar to BT it will constantly look for WIFI connections and hence drain the battery faster.

     

    I am currently at 9hr 59min standby and 3hr 8mins of usage time which included about 20 mins connected to my BT car device playing music. Other times walking too and from classes playing music through head phones. Text messages throughout the day and other time playing around within setting and whatnot, a couple short phone calls.. I have LTE enabled, fetch on for 3 e-mail accounts with push every 30mins, location services only on for maps, compass and other essential apps like my banking app that requires it.. I currently have 58% battery life. Does this sound like a device that has an issue. Iv read so many posts I am not really sure that to call a " problem" battery since some are saying they get 18 hours of usage and others are getting 3 hours.

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