I fully appreciate the battery problem with the iPhone has been talked to death on the internet but I wanted to take a few moments to share my own experiences, for what it is worth.

I have always been of the opinion that smart phones need more juice so I am resigned to the fact that I don't get days of battery life and if I use the phone heavily I might not even get much more than a day.  It's a trade off -- if you want something that is thin and does everything you need, there is a price to pay.  Some years ago I was a Blackberry user and could easily get a whole week out of my battery, however even todays Blackberry's need power more regularly

I have been a huge iPhone fan (and user) since launch in July 2007 and followed through on all the updates!  Battery life has become worse with each iteration but the screen has got better, as has the signal and services.  Until two weeks ago I was an iPhone 4 user but I finally gave into temptation, parted with 500 notes, and bought an iPhone 4S -- fully aware that battery life could be bad.

Apple are aware of the issues and have already delivered an update to iOS in an attempt to address the battery drain issue -- version 5.0.1; not just for the 4s but for all devices.  Apple are clearly thinking the problem is software related.

I can confirm, as with the masses, that the battery is really bad; not just bad, but seriously bad.  I fully charged my iPhone prior to a journey yesterday so I was 100% charged at around 3pm, give or take a few minutes.  Later that evening I felt the battery life had deteriorated quite significantly and by the time I decided to sleep it was just below 20%.  I had not used the phone excessively during the day; maybe 20 emails, similar number of texts, some surfing, no phone calls!  Therefore in around nine hours I had lost 80%.

As is my routine each evening, I put my phone into "Airplane Mode" as I nod off to sleep.  Next morning I awoke, turned off Airplane mode, read a few emails and text then noticed the battery.  10%!!  Seriously?

And here are three screen shots of how long the 10% lasted.....

From 8:13am I did nothing with the phone.  Never touched, or used it.  At 9.01 I checked and it was 5%.  At 9:46 it hit 1% and at 10:12am it collapsed into a useless heap and died.

Where's the logic in this?  I never once used my phone in that two hour period (apart from grabbing three screen shots).  Apple do not allow most apps to run in the background on iOS so exactly what was it doing?!

Apple claim the 4S offers...

  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM)
  • Standby time: Up to 200 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi

I always take these figures with a pinch of salt, and the "up to" phrase is also important, but come on....  Based on my last 10% of doing nothing on the phone I would get 20 hours stand by, not 200 !

I never blog on rumour, but in this case I make a small exception and really hope it is true....Apple are apparently about to launch an iOS 5.0.2 in the next few days and insiders say it will have a significant impact.

However, it does make me wonder -- when Apple tested their battery performance who did they use? Untold thousands of people say battery life is appalling so do the public all do something different from the testers?

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