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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • buco3 Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to halwalid)

    Do not forget before start you need to download IOS 6.0.1 for I 5 in your comp.

  • chrisjustinparr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I just purchased a new iPhone 5 64Gb model and my current network is 3G only. I have done nothing besides add music to it. I turned off bluetooth, turned off location services and turned the brightness to minimum with a 1 minute lock. The battery drains 7% in the first hour that it is unplugged. Don't quote me on it, but according to my math that would mean that the battery will only last 14 hours. I have serious doubts that this is in line with the advertised standard at http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

     

    What's the point of having an iPhone if you have to constantly gimp it by turning off all of the services? This is my first mobile device from Apple and I am NOT HAPPY at all.

  • aronoffdvm Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 2:20 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I have been reading this post for the last month or so.  I have the Iphone 5 on Sprint.  I feel it is a far superior phone than 4s.  My 4s was almost worthless after the upgrade this fall.  I get all day plus out of my battery on the 5 and it takes a lot to kill the battery even when really low. I use LTE,3G,  Wifi etc and have made some adjustments with settings but not much.  Leave location on and have turned off Siri because she does not like my voice so I wasn't using it. I have made an observation on the people with the worst battery problems.  It seems to me if you keep changing phones and replacing them, and still have problems, then maybe it is your reception and or phone company.  It seemed to me that a lot of the people having the worst problems were not in the US.  I bouce back and forth from LTE to 3G and wifi depending where I am.  I have a better signal with the 5 than I ever had with 4s.  I am a veterinarian and am oncall 24/7 and I just plug my phone in every night next to my bed.  Have done that out of habit for as long as I have been a vet.  I have a charger for car and can charge at office if necessary but rarely have to.  It takes a lot to kill the phone.  I do not have a problem with this phone and have the original, I did have a problem with the 4s.

  • aronoffdvm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 2:21 PM (in response to holdrege)

    PS

    I use Blutooth in my car and leave it on all the time

  • rrahimi Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to Jangeles323)

    Yup, I tried restoring not from iCloud but didn't help. I'm fairly certain if I had 6.0.1 but there's no easy way to downgrade. Depending on how long before 6.1 I might just do that though.

  • HwyHawk1976 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I believe the battery is not installed/seated properly in thousands maybe millions of phones.. How else can u explain ppl having great battery life and some have bad battery life?? And y else wld Apple b so quick to give out replacement phones as opposed to swapping out the battery only??? This thread is over 225 pg but only 1 person has mentioned getting their battery replaced..

  • Laurendavies754 Calculating status...

    Same here aswell battery drains without even touching it.

    Worst part is drains even in AIRPLANE MODE.

    It's like your car losing FUEL without even turning it on.

  • cylvar Calculating status...
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:24 PM (in response to holdrege)

    When will Apple do anything about it? Can we get an ETA?

  • Kimwillam78 Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2013 1:51 AM (in response to cylvar)

    Getting bad battery life too only purchased phone less than 12 hour not acceptable for a premium product.

  • iGrindlay Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2013 7:58 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Really? are you sure, my iPhone (5) has 7 hours and 15 minutes of usage, and 13 hours and 45 minutes on standby... in total i have 20:30 minutes of battery... i don't think it's that bad, aslo considering my phone is at 1% and that 1% lasts for about an hour as upposed to ever other % that lasts like 15mins

  • Jangeles323 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to iGrindlay)

    No your incorrect. Usage and Standby or one of the same. They aren't combined at all. You have 13hrs and 45min with 7hr and 15mins. It means that within that 13hrs and 45mins you had used your phone for 7hrs and 15mins. It doesn't mean that your phone lasted for 20hrs, but it may feel like it. With your stats, it  seems rather correct, that you had used your phone non stop. technically, you can get a total of about 8hrs- to close to 9hrs usage before your battery completely drains or close to it.

  • amitkapila2 Calculating status...

    What is the Model No on your Phone ? Is it MD297HN ?

    Just wondering if there is some issue with that model or Serial numbers C36xxxxxxxxxxxWD ?

     

    It may be an issue with the carrier as you mentioned. Because, I did all the downgrade to iOS 6.0.1 etc and it didn't help the battery life.

     

    I didn't have any problem for the first month. Then all of a sudden, when I was roaming, the battery suddenly started to drain rapidly. 3g was off - so I don't think it was any data usage issue.

     

    I haven't been able to go back to Apple just yet - but hope to get a replacement - when I do.

     

    From all the forums - it seems to be a hardware issue with some phones and apple is replacing them.

     

    My Usage is 24 minutes (Standby 2hrs 29min) battery down to 75%.

  • fsuman110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 11:26 PM (in response to amitkapila2)

    Any idea when 6.1 is supposed to hit? I'm not expecting any improvements, but I'm still gonna hold off on exchanging my phone (will be my 4th) until the new iOS update.

  • raviwala Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 11:39 PM (in response to holdrege)

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    After full charge, i got the above result with my iphone 5.

    the 7 hr of usage includes couple of phone calls,texting,whatsapp,facebook app,some surfing,and video playback for around 90min.

     

    Now, I wonder if the result i got is normal or what to expect off my iphone as this is my first iphone???.

     

    Reply awaited.

    thanks

  • fsuman110 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 11:45 PM (in response to raviwala)

    That seems pretty good to me. You were mostly using 3G?

    raviwala wrote:

     

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    After full charge, i got the above result with my iphone 5.

    the 7 hr of usage includes couple of phone calls,texting,whatsapp,facebook app,some surfing,and video playback for around 90min.

     

    Now, I wonder if the result i got is normal or what to expect off my iphone as this is my first iphone???.

     

    Reply awaited.

    thanks

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