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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • ramone12781 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Who is your carrier?

  • JustAboutAverage Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2012 3:49 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Quick update from my daylong test:

    63% with 3:31 usage and 10:10 standby. Not bad! But (and its a big but) I didn't use my phone on LTE today except for two YouTube vids, and didn't do any power use -- just reviewed/deleted messages.


    So I'm mixing it up -- wi-fi off rest of the night, LTE only. For the record, 5 bars of service on AT&T here in DC. Annnnnd by the end of this message, I'm down 3%. So it appears nothing has changed...

  • iphone5rocks Calculating status...

    Yes changing my Verizon SIM card seemed to help overall and it brought the phone to near the 225 hr standby spec, but I still only get about 4-5 hours of usage on 3G & LTE.

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    Nov 2, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to holdrege)

    6.0.1 for me even worst than 6 on wifi

    The wifi goes from 1 dot to the 3 dots up and down constantly.

    The % drop on wifi is 1 per 5 minute of browing as Apple calls it. On 6 it was 1% drop about every 10 minutes. What a joke this is.

  • iphone5rocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to Jameson!)



    Just as I suspected, you too have problems. Join the club!


    If you sleep for 8hrs, thats 1% per hour or 24% per 24 hours. If your phone is like mine the battery loss wasn't linear. The loss accelerated as it drained. I lost about 8% in 8 hours and then I lost 30% over 24 hours. So since we can assume that your phone is acting like mine that means that your phone could be dead in about 3 days when the specs say it should last about 9 days.

  • iphone5rocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is a weird tip for everyone. This is a long shot and most of you probably don't have this problem. Yesterday, I needed to set my alarm and I noticed that my stop watch was running. It had been running since I purchased the phone. It doesn't matter if you close the clock app. That stop wartch still runs 24/7. I turned off the stop watch and cleared the time. It may be my imagination but my phone life seems slightly better.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Oh for crying out loud!   I haven't had a phone last 9 days since my Startac flip phone!   You are losing it my friend.  


    As I said, I want my phone to last all day, then I'll charge it while I'm sleeping.   I get that and more.   If you are looking for a week plus, you might want to strap your phone to a car battery.....

  • Xtreme087 Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2012 4:23 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Not sure if this was tried before, but I ran an icloud backup 2 days ago, and turned it back off right away. After I did this, my battery drainage has gotten fairly normal. I am at 50% and about 5 hours of LTE/wifi browsing, some talk. Anyway, my battery drainage was pretty poor before that, about 6 hours total at best. I realized that when I did my last icloud backup, it was unsuccessful since I lost wifi in the middle of the back up and it was interrupted. Could this unfinished backup have been trying to complete even though I had automatic icloud backup turned off? Anyway, I'm really liking my battery life right now. Also, standby drainage has gone down dramatically.

  • iphone5rocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to Jameson!)

    @ Jameson


    Well the four iphone 5s that I have tested loose less than 10% in 24 hours and would last about 9 days or more. So that is my experience. Sorry you got problems. But maybe it doesn't matter to you if you can charge your phone every day.

  • JustAboutAverage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Quick question for you guys: when you shake your phone, do you hear a quiet rattle? I've owned iPhones since the very beginning and never heard anything rattle before... Perhaps there's a correlation: loose parts lead to battery drain?

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    We are having trouble communicating my friend.   I have never tried to make my phone last 9 days, by letting it sit on standby and not touch it.   This is not a contest to see who can get the longest time out of a charge.   I have one goal in mind, as I've stated several times already.....


    1. Turn on and leave on the features I want to use.

    2. Use the phone all day long, as much as I wish to use it.

    3. Charge it while I sleep.

    4. Repeat steps 1 thru 3 tomorrow, and the next day, etc.....


    Now I cannot envision a 24hr period where I would have no access to charge the phone.   I guess if I were lost in the woods for two days, I might worry, but.....  I just don't see the need to fret over that.


    For me, the features the phone has, along with the ability to sync and seamlessly integrate with other APPLE products, trumps the fact that the design of the phone includes what is clearly a marginal battery.  Regardless of apples claims, more required power frommthensame size battery, results in less battery life.   If this is a deal breaker for you, go get a Razr Maxx.   You'll have the best battery life out there, but what most reviewers consider to be a 2nd class phone.  


    Just set you expectations with a realistic mindset.   Forget what APPLE said to expect.   It's pure marketing hype.

  • Xtreme087 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a very little rattle when I tap the area around the camera lens. I think it's part of the flash or the lens itself. My Iphone 4 had the same thing, pretty sure thats normal.

  • Xtreme087 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 5:45 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Curious, how is the Galaxy S III battery life? Looks like a solid phone, might be switching over. Just wish it wasn't so **** big.

  • Keja3600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to holdrege)

    i starting to wonder if people that are pleased ever owned any previous iphones ??

    and if ur happy why even be on this thread since it says battery is worse...

  • JustAboutAverage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to Xtreme087)

    Interesting.... I checked my own iPhone 4 and didn't have that. Though you are right, it does seem to be localized near the camera on the iPhone 5. Anybody else notice this? I'm also curious about the GSIII -- not planning to switch, but it's the logical competitor to the iPhone, would be nice to have some in depth and real world stats on performance.


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