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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • godbout Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 2:08 AM (in response to godbout)

    Got a brand new phone. This one comes with iOS 6.0, not 6.0.1. I can't even update wirelessly because it is the version that comes with a bug and need to connect to iTunes LOL. Anyway that's great because I was able to try the phone with this version of iOS. Unfortunately the results are the same. 3 hours of stand-by, 50 minutes of use, and the phone is around 70%. I've adapted the locations services (which I never did with the iPhone 4) and I've stopped any iCloud/iTunes Match through 3G but it doesn't help. Now, just have to live with it.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    You're assuming that because there is no SIM Card, that the phone is not accessing the network?   I'm pretty sure that's not the case, as you can still make 911 calls.   Just because the phone is not configured with your number and account, you cannot assume it is not doing anything.

    cocktail5555 wrote:

     

    So, after getting my latest replacement as stated above, I realized that the phones are exactly the same and have the same problems. I decided to keep my original phone and just ship back the replacement they sent me.

     

    I put the sim card back into my original phone and let the other phone sit in the box to be shipped.

     

    I never synced anything except for my contacts. There was nothing running, never opened Safari, didnt download any apps, no mail accounts synced, etc. etc. The phone was pretty much stock.

     

    Well, at 1am the phone was at 55%. I let it sit in the box on standby over night. At 11am this morning, the phone was at 39%.

     

    No SIM card so cellular data isnt the issue, no connection to wifi because it won't stay connected to my router, no apps running, no mail checking.......then what happened to the battery?????

     

    You do the math

  • speedr0ck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Charged my phone through wall charger.

    Still so far so good. (75% / 4h18m usage 6h26m standby)

    WiFi is on all day, 2 phone calls 9mins, usage is mostly mail, facebook, messenger services.

     

    The only thing I noticed, sounds strange if it has to do with it... is that I locked portrait orientation 2days ago.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to speedr0ck)

    It's been pretty well documented in here that being on wifi makes the battery drain problem all but disappear.   I too, spend most all of my day on wifi, at homer and the office.   I easily get a full day with 10 hours of usage on my phone.  

    speedr0ck wrote:

     

    Charged my phone through wall charger.

    Still so far so good. (75% / 4h18m usage 6h26m standby)

    WiFi is on all day, 2 phone calls 9mins, usage is mostly mail, facebook, messenger services.

     

    The only thing I noticed, sounds strange if it has to do with it... is that I locked portrait orientation 2days ago.

  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to speedr0ck)

    Agree with Jameson. For most people, the phone being on WiFi is not a problem. Its when you switch to 3G. If you could, go onto 3G for the day and see how it goes.

    Ive gotten 12 hours on WiFi with 2 days standby. The usage was surfing the web, emails and facebook. No music.

    On 3G i will constantly get 3 - 4 hours usage.

  • speedr0ck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Yes agreed, I noticed this too, coverage here is quite bad at the moment.

    Still strange, you should think WiFi uses more power, at least it did on my S2 before.

  • MR_WIN_0880 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to holdrege)

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    Issue is def LTE/3G related.  On wifi this is the usage i get.  Only about 3-4 hours was on LTE/3G mainly listenig to stored music and very light email, facebook, text... Majority usage was on wifi, youtube videos, browsing, text, email and just fiddling with thge phone.  Not sure there will be a fix for something like this since its a kind of a software and hardware issue combined, but its obvious this battery cant seem to handle the wireless data networks of our carriers.   Oh well, i guess we have to just live with it or return the phone. 

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to holdrege)

    ios 6.1 beta 4 .... Battery seems to be even worse with cellular usage perfect signal.. just texting and email.  Sad. Jameson was right   This is how it's gonna be...  I trusted apple products like no other because in my mind they were guaranteed to be great.  That is no longer the case.  Unfortunate. For them.

  • coolkenny13 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Very unfortunate I know but your still going to line up and buy the next iPhone when it releases right ? So what's the point.

     

    Sorry was just playing the devils advocate

  • godbout Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 7:51 PM (in response to MR_WIN_0880)

    For me it feels like a screen consuming issue?

    I use my phone during the night to monitor my sleep. It uses only about 1% per hour!!! Yesterday I've been running for an hour, Nike+ tracking, and listening music through iTunes Match streaming, it uses only 4%. When I check Instagram or play with Safari, I lose about 1% every 2 minutes.

  • fsuman110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 9:13 PM (in response to Jameson!)

    Jameson! wrote:

     

    It's been pretty well documented in here that being on wifi makes the battery drain problem all but disappear.   I too, spend most all of my day on wifi, at homer and the office.   I easily get a full day with 10 hours of usage on my phone. 

     

    Jameson, maybe you can help me out with this question. I am mostly on wifi at work and home, so my battery has been decent lately. But I'm wondering about the Cellular Data switch. If we mostly use wifi, does it matter in the least if Cellular Data is switched on or not? Will switching it off while connected to wifi save even more battery? If you're on wifi with Cellular Data on, will your phone still be searching for cell networks and using data in the background, etc? It seems like the only downside to not having Cellular Data turned on is that I cannot receive MMS messages, but everything else works just fine.

     

    I'm still disappointed with the phone, but I've learned to live with how much I can use it and it's not so bad. I don't like compromising with such an expensive piece of hardware, but what else can I do? I will still probably get the new iPhone in 2 years time, but I won't be early adopting.

  • fsuman110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to godbout)

    godbout wrote:

     

    For me it feels like a screen consuming issue?

    I use my phone during the night to monitor my sleep. It uses only about 1% per hour!!! Yesterday I've been running for an hour, Nike+ tracking, and listening music through iTunes Match streaming, it uses only 4%. When I check Instagram or play with Safari, I lose about 1% every 2 minutes.

     

    Do you run outdoors or on a tread? Are you on wifi when you use Nike+? If I run for an hour with Nike and listen to music I will lose at least 10% on 3G and 20% on LTE without fail. I also lose about 10% overnight if I don't plug it in.

  • godbout Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 9:19 PM (in response to fsuman110)

    Outdoor, on 3G. The most surprising was that I was listening to an album that was not on my device, so full iTunes Match streaming. Weird.

    During the night I'm on airplane mode.

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:04 PM (in response to coolkenny13)

    Actually Kenny... Absolutely not! Why would I buy something else from a company that screwed me? I'm stuck with this phone so I am using this phone until I can decide what's next for me. Don't assume that I'm lining up for anything. Not the case

  • coolkenny13 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Im not assuming anything and just to be clear , apple screwed me over with the iphone 5 too. It's extremly sad that i have such a beauitful device with bad battery life.

     

    I only asked you because both you and i know it , people over here no matter how many times are screwed over are still the same people who are going to go out and buy the 5s  just to satisfy their bruised ego. So i was just checking with you. I for one , have lost trust and faith and definetly looking forward to the new bb 10 device.

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