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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • DVDckard Calculating status...
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Only two days but 6.1 is definitely an improvement for me... At the end of the day i have aprox 20% more battery for the same use/standby time (my data traffic is 80% wifi - 20% 3G). However, lets see how if still works in the coming days...

  • Ca1eb Calculating status...
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to DVDckard)

    Yep definetly improve for me

    Last tim using GPS took 48% for 1:15 min,now it takes 55% in 1:30min.

    Oh wait,its pretty much the same

    Hopes are gone and all im gonna say is "hellooooo samsung"

    My new galaxy phone will fit perfectly with my 8 series LED TV

    The **** with this

    5 hours of usage and im on 2%

  • Nathan Goldshlag Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Ca1eb)

    Caleb,

     

    Good luck on getting better than this with Google Maps on the Samsung.  Screen on, GPS, map data flowing - that is why Google tells you to plug in.

  • Nathan Goldshlag Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    With 6.1 I am at 79% with 3 hours 3 minutes usage, 7 hours 47 minutes standby.  I have an iPhone 5 on Verizon, location services on, wifi on, bluetooth on, ask to join networks off (under wifi).  I did a hard reset after the update - hold both buttons down until the apple appears.  So I do not believe there is a battery drain problem with 6.1.

  • lostjournal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Nothing much has changed. I still get good battery life on Wi-Fi and EDGE. The problem was and still is - 3G.

    I got less than 5 hours with 3G on. That's nowhere near to their claim. While I was using Safari - for the engadget coverage of BB 10 launch today, the battery was draining by 1% every two minutes.

     

    Very disappointing.

     

    PS: Guys it would be really cool if you can come up with your usage on 3G/LTE. ( No WIFI)

  • iLoveiPhone85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to Jameson!)

    Jamison, Don't be silly. I value your input and was completely kidding with you.    I definitely agree.  Time will tell exactly what is or is not completely fixed.

  • Echo Station Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to Ca1eb)

    Ca1eb wrote:

     

    Yep definetly improve for me

    Last tim using GPS took 48% for 1:15 min,now it takes 55% in 1:30min.

    Oh wait,its pretty much the same

    Hopes are gone and all im gonna say is "hellooooo samsung"

    My new galaxy phone will fit perfectly with my 8 series LED TV

    The **** with this

    5 hours of usage and im on 2%

    Ca1eb

     

    GPS is well known to be a battery drain, That said, the phone has to meet your needs so if iPhone isnt' I hope whichever you change to does.  Post an update if you do switch there are many here who might be interested

     

    good luck!

  • iLoveiPhone85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I'm sorry, I know this is a different issue (it ties together though) - Did anyone ever find a successful way for their wifi signal to be good? I have to be in the room where the router is for it to work, and it still goes down a bar every few minutes.  Is there a way to fix this, via the router settings or another way? Thanks

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    It seems most folks who still have this issue after updating to iOS 6.1 are only getting it resolved with a replacement device. Apparently there are plenty of iP5's with hardware issues in the wifi area.  Other than the changing your wifi channel (if in an area saturated with other wifi routers) or making sure using N router and WPA2/AES. Unfortunately I suspect you will need to swap it from all I have read of recent. Sorry

  • amitkapila2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 12:30 AM (in response to sbailey4)

    My battery performance was good on iOS 6.0.2. But first day on iOS 6.1 I had almost 5 hours usage and 18 hours standby with over 30% battery life still left over. I am happy. 

  • Nathan Goldshlag Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 3:34 AM (in response to amitkapila2)

    Overnight with a Verizon iPhone 5 on a Wifi network: 20 minutes usage, 7 hours 20 minutes standby, phone at 95%

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Last night, I unplugged @ 10pm fully charged.

    This morning, 7 1/2 hours total - 29min usage -- 98% remaining.

     

    iPhone 5 64gb

    AT&T

    3g service area - Connected to home wifi all night

    Pretty much everything turned on

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Did you actually use it 29min? Or was that some background process running overnight? Just curious.

    Jameson! wrote:

     

    Last night, I unplugged @ 10pm fully charged.

    This morning, 7 1/2 hours total - 29min usage -- 98% remaining.

     

    iPhone 5 64gb

    AT&T

    3g service area - Connected to home wifi all night

    Pretty much everything turned on

  • cocktail5555 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 6:41 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I'm still getting battery drain on standby. Not as bad as before the update but still happening. I'm going to charge fully tonight before bed and leave off the charger all night and see what it's at in the morning.

  • reptarrr Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to Aznluder)

    I just upgraded from the 4 to the 5 and the battery drain followed.  When I was using the 4, I just assumed it was the software working too fast for the phone, so I just carried a charger with me or used one of the 500 I have in random places.
    Last night the drain was at a trickle (yay) but I didn't let the phone drain completely before charging it.  This morning, on standby the battery was fine, but by the time I got to work after using a radio app and reading the news, my battery was at 67% and dropped 1% every minute while using the phone (no background apps running). Someone suggested that I take my phone back and replace it, but I'm convinved it's a software problem and not a hardware issue.  I also don't want to spend 45 minutes waiting to get another phone that could potentially have the same problem. 

    I plan on letting it drain completely and re-charging it to full power but I'm not so sure that will fix it 100%.  Any suggestions as far as changing settings or disabling certain features that aren't frequently used?

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