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  • Graphics Bong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow! That's right, you do get the intermediate charge message if it's been plugged in again. If this is true then Brian Tong has got a seriously good battery. Mine won't last that long if all I do is keep it on springboard with brightness way down.

    Has anybody contacted Tong or CNET to follow up?



    Wait, I take it back. You can get that kind of usage if all you do is play iPod in the background, I did it on one of my tests and got 24 hours usage. Tong was probably just using the iPod.
  • Maverickster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Graphics Bong wrote:
    Wow! That's right, you do get the intermediate charge message if it's been plugged in again. If this is true then Brian Tong has got a seriously good battery. Mine won't last that long if all I do is keep it on springboard with brightness way down.

    Has anybody contacted Tong or CNET to follow up?



    Wait, I take it back. You can get that kind of usage if all you do is play iPod in the background, I did it on one of my tests and got 24 hours usage. Tong was probably just using the iPod.


    Really?! Keep in mind that he had 83% battery remaining at the time. If you calculate that out, this means that if he continued to use it in the exact same manner for the entire life of the charge (100% to 0%), his usage stats would be as follows (roughly):

    Usage: 1 Day, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes
    Standby: 7 Days, 14 Hours, 24 Minutes

    What is it he could possibly be doing that would yield stats like that? I'm doubtful I would get 7 days of Standby with ZERO usage.

    --Mav
  • RDH Level 4 Level 4 (1,335 points)
    Maybe it's been running from a *Mophie Juice Pack* or some such. Doesn't that use the backup first before the internal battery?

    This in theory doubles life (200%). Therefore it could actually be he's actually used 117% to get to this figure? Difficult the explain. Anyone have experience of using one of these?
  • Graphics Bong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Really?! Keep in mind that he had 83% battery remaining at the time. If you calculate that out, this means that if he continued to use it in the exact same manner for the entire life of the charge (100% to 0%), his usage stats would be as follows (roughly):

    Usage: 1 Day, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes
    Standby: 7 Days, 14 Hours, 24 Minutes

    What is it he could possibly be doing that would yield stats like that? I'm doubtful I would get 7 days of Standby with ZERO usage.

    --Mav


    Hmmm. Didn't bother to extrapolate. You're right, that's some serious up time. Get Tong on the phone!
  • InDashMP3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My 3GS is dead, just put on the charger, otherwise I would look for myself. When charging, what happens once it HITS 100%? Does use while actually ON the charger AFTER hitting 100% count for anything?? I can't even begin to tell you how dissapointed I am with my first Apple purchase. Left the house @ 0415 AM this morning. By 12:45 PM it was dead....All I did was play 45 minutes of A2DP audio thru my B/T audio receiver. NO Calls. A few e-mails, and e-mail reconfiguration, and a little bit on the Facebook APP. I so want to LOVE this thing, but unless something changes, by 30 days is up on July 19th at which time I will likely be returning it (and the other two we purchased for our family plan).
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (30,035 points)
    There's less here than meets the eye. I tried plugging in my 3GS, then removing it before it was fully charged. I didn't get a message, and it didn't reset the usage.
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (30,035 points)
    I would call Apple (900-my-iphon) and describe the issue. It isn't normal.
  • Maverickster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Lawrence Finch wrote:
    There's less here than meets the eye. I tried plugging in my 3GS, then removing it before it was fully charged. I didn't get a message, and it didn't reset the usage.


    Then either you flipped on and off the charger so quickly it didn't have a chance to recognize the switch (in which event it didn't really start charging) or somethings up with your phone. Either way, if you think this is possible, go ahead and give it a shot and post a screen shot. I'd be keenly interested to find out how you do.

    --Mav
  • Graphics Bong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Lawrence Finch wrote:
    There's less here than meets the eye. I tried plugging in my 3GS, then removing it before it was fully charged. I didn't get a message, and it didn't reset the usage.


    I can't reproduce that, are you sure you're going all the way into Usage where it displays standby time as well? Message should appear right below standby time box.
  • Graphics Bong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Really?! Keep in mind that he had 83% battery remaining at the time. If you calculate that out, this means that if he continued to use it in the exact same manner for the entire life of the charge (100% to 0%), his usage stats would be as follows (roughly):

    Usage: 1 Day, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes
    Standby: 7 Days, 14 Hours, 24 Minutes

    What is it he could possibly be doing that would yield stats like that? I'm doubtful I would get 7 days of Standby with ZERO usage.

    --Mav


    Here's a copy of an email I sent Brian Tong thru CNET:

    Brian,

    Maybe a good investigative story here. On your recent iPhone 3G S video tip, "Show your true battery life for the iPhone 3G S", your iPhone showed usage since last full charge as being 7 hours 34 minutes with 83% juice left. If you do the math, you're getting 44 hours of use from that charge. That's some serious battery life, especially when most of us are getting about 5-7 hours TOTAL with normal use. Even if all you're doing is using the iPod in the background you're exceeding Apple's claim of "up to" 30 hours of music playback by 14 hours. I know you didn't do an intermittent charge because the phone would give you a "iPhone has been plugged in since the last full charge" notification just below the usage box if you did.

    I'm sure you're aware of the overheating and less than advertised battery life discussions going on, but you might check out the 3G S forums and maybe follow up with Apple. Was your phone a pre-production model that was juiced up somehow to get better results? Or is this your personal iPhone? I enjoy your thing on CNET, please look into it if you can.

    Best,

    Drained in 5

    If you want to send Brian an email, go to: http://www.cnet.com/profile/Brian.Tong/
    If he gets a bunch of mail about it he may follow up.
  • tbharber Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I will also add my name to the list of those with poor battery life. I came from an original iPhone to the 3GS. Even after owning it for 2 years my original iPhone would get me though two full days of power without a charge. With my 3GS using it the same amount of time I dont even make it though one day.

    Now I know that the 3GS has 3G and that is a big part of it but I am basically getting less than half the life than before. This has been my only problem/complaint about the new phone. Other than the battery it has been perfect. I really hope there is a software fix that can be done or Apple does a battery swap for us.
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (30,035 points)
    I'll give it a try, but I don't have a battery life problem on my new 3GS regardless; it's better than the original iPhone that it replaces. Today I had 1:43 usage and before I just put it on to charge it was at 67%. A couple of days ago I barely used it at all, just checked email when it beeped, and it was at 95% 12 hours after I removed it from the charger. That's with Bluetooth, 3G, Push, and WiFi all on. I got 30 pushed messages in that timespan.
  • MarvyG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm from Toronto, Canada. Our Cell phone provider here is called Rogers.
    I have a 3G 8GB (Model: MC145C) and just upgraded to the 3GS 32GB and did a restore so mirrored the same applications as my 3G with the same settings and my battery power only lasts for 12 hours from a full charge. I have tried resetting all settings, disabling almost everything on the phone including doing a restire and setting up as a new iPhone in iTunes and still lasts the same 12 hours. I then called Rogers and told them my problem and they are shipping me out a brand new iPhone express courier and I'll send them back my current phone.

    I didn't even ask them for it. I asked them if this is a problem with the 3GS and he said not that he was aware but I think they're hiding something and they arent alowed to say anything. Why would he ship me a brand new phone. That's just a bit strange to me.

    I'll keep you updated on the new phone when I get it on Monday.
  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4 (1,385 points)
    Graphics Bong wrote:
    Really?! Keep in mind that he had 83% battery remaining at the time. If you calculate that out, this means that if he continued to use it in the exact same manner for the entire life of the charge (100% to 0%), his usage stats would be as follows (roughly):

    Usage: 1 Day, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes
    Standby: 7 Days, 14 Hours, 24 Minutes

    What is it he could possibly be doing that would yield stats like that? I'm doubtful I would get 7 days of Standby with ZERO usage.

    --Mav


    Here's a copy of an email I sent Brian Tong thru CNET:

    Brian,

    Maybe a good investigative story here. On your recent iPhone 3G S video tip, "Show your true battery life for the iPhone 3G S", your iPhone showed usage since last full charge as being 7 hours 34 minutes with 83% juice left. If you do the math, you're getting 44 hours of use from that charge. That's some serious battery life, especially when most of us are getting about 5-7 hours TOTAL with normal use. Even if all you're doing is using the iPod in the background you're exceeding Apple's claim of "up to" 30 hours of music playback by 14 hours. I know you didn't do an intermittent charge because the phone would give you a "iPhone has been plugged in since the last full charge" notification just below the usage box if you did.

    I'm sure you're aware of the overheating and less than advertised battery life discussions going on, but you might check out the 3G S forums and maybe follow up with Apple. Was your phone a pre-production model that was juiced up somehow to get better results? Or is this your personal iPhone? I enjoy your thing on CNET, please look into it if you can.

    Best,

    Drained in 5

    If you want to send Brian an email, go to: http://www.cnet.com/profile/Brian.Tong/
    If he gets a bunch of mail about it he may follow up.


    Yes, but did you notice he was on the Edge network. I have gotten 6.5 hours of usage and 24 hours of standby on the 3G network. But my battery was 3-4% not 83%.
  • PwnStar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've noticed the same problem as well. I upgraded to the 32gb 3G S as well.. It's nothing compared to the 3G. The battery life is shorter with the same EXACT settings as my 16gb 3G thats 1 year old already..
    I'm so upset with the phone that I'll be returning it. I took it to the "genius bar" because it wasn't RECEIVING all the calls that were made to it. They blamed AT&T.. and AT&T blamed apple... what a joke. The "genius" said that the phones been tested for 3 years.. Just read this thread.. tons of people are experiencing the same issue.
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