Newbie battery question
Hi all, I'm new here and actually this is my first post. I'm a BlackBerry user that is probably going to be switching to iPhone4 next month. Just a quick question about the battery. Assuming it's like other Apple products and it's not user replaceable? If so, what kind of life should I expect from the battery? Typically I get about a year out of my smartphone batteries before they begin to noticeably degrade. What are the battery replacement options for an iPhone when the battery starts to degrade?
- 06-10-2010, 10:41 AM #2
No, it's not user replaceable. I've had my 3GS since shortly after launch and there's no difference in the battery life from the day I got it. There are people with the 3G and 2G that say the same. If the battery fails I believe Apple will replace it, though I'm not sure how long they will do it "for free" vs for a charge. It could be just as long as you have Apple Care, which is typically 1 yr ( or 2 if you extend it ).
- 06-10-2010, 10:42 AM #3
Not user replaceable, but the battery is excellent.
7 hours of 3G talk time, 300 hours standby, 40 hours audio, 10 hours video, 10 hours wifi browsing and 6 hours 3G browser.
As you're a new user, you'll no doubt end up playing with it a lot more than you would 'play' with your Blackberry, so don't expect battery life to be equivalent to what you have now unless you use it sparingly like you would any other phone. You will probably end up charging your iPhone when you go to sleep, I find it's best to buy an extra USB cable and use the AC and USB cable on my night stand so I can also use it as an alarm clock while it charges overnight.
It only takes a few hours to charge via AC however. It charges pretty fast. This might change with the new battery but we'll see.
If the battery degrades noticeably before a year is up (or 2 years if you buy the extended warranty) you can send it to Apple (or bring it in to the store) and get a free replacement.
- 06-10-2010, 10:51 AM #4
Thanks for the info everyone. I'm used to charging my phone each evening with my BlackBerry. And yeah, I tend to use a phone a lot more when it's new and I'm checking out all of its features. Anyway, it's good to know that Apple will stand behind their products.
- 06-10-2010, 11:02 AM #6
2G still hanging on
The battery life is crazy I bought my 1st gen when it launched in 2007 and it has just now started to exhibit signs of a dying battery. So that is almost 3 versions/3 years later. There are third party services on the internet and local to have the battery replaced but I doubt most users will have it in use for that long. My GF is a basic user which is why she has it she hardly even uses apps on the phone itself beyond Facebook and email. So like everyone said in the 1st year or 2 years if you buy Applecare if you have battery problems take it in to an Apple store and they will replace it quick fast.
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And yes to all wondering I am a male.. Though I'd consider it a compliment if you thought my picture looked good enough to be a woman. Hahaha..
Androgyny is pretty popular nowadays amongst youngn's.
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And yes, Apple is always gonna be bashed, and the competitors will be praised. This is part and parcel for hardware and software that is so well designed that everyone expects the darn things to be like Adamantium and run like a perpetual motion engine.
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I used to go to Gizmodo when I owned a BB and all it was was people loving the iPhone. Now that I have an iPhone all it is is Fandroids talking crap about the iPhone on EVERY Apple related post. The site is quite the joke nowadays.
I agree with Jello. People come here which is a blog/forum about iPhones and they talk about how the iPhone and Apple blow and call us fanboys. But then they go on to suckle on the teet of Google and Droids, but yet they aren't fanboys? I cant stand Android because of this and many other reasons.
I currently own a BlackBerry and post at Crackberry.com from time to time. It's the same way over there with the Android crazies. They like to jump into just about any post and make sure everyone knows how ridiculously freaking awesome their Droid whatever is. It's obnoxious. I've said that it's kind of like me walking into a Chevrolet showroom and then start yelling about how awesome my Toyota is.
Anyway, great battery info here. I'm stoked to learn that the iPhone battery seems to last a bit longer than your typical smartphone battery.
- 06-11-2010, 09:10 AM #25
Yes, the battery is really quite amazing considering the abuse it takes. My 19yo college student is using my 1st gen iPhone daily and it's just now starting to show signs of wear. That's pretty incredible considering how MUCH she is on that phone! Thank God for unlimited plans! I'm hanging onto it!
I do find it rather pathetic for all the droid fans to constantly argue about how great their device is. If it's truly that great then you won't have to say a word- the market will show it. All the defensiveness just comes off as "sour grapes" to me.