- 01-08-2012, 03:04 PM #651
- 01-08-2012, 03:37 PM #652iPhone Nanite
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Better to keep WiFi on or off to preserve battery life?
So what is the consensus? For the sake of preserving battery life, If you are not in a WiFi area, is it better to keep WiFi on or off?
I have heard one opinion that keeping WiFi on uses more battery resources because the iPhone keeps searching for WiFi. Then, on the other side, some people say that (if I understand their argument correctly) searching for WiFi uses less resources than searching for a cellular signal, and that therefore it is better to direct the phone to search for WiFi.
Please, what do people think? I really like my new iPhone 4s, but the battery performance is a weakness.
- 01-08-2012, 04:38 PM #653
- 01-08-2012, 04:49 PM #654
- 01-09-2012, 02:40 AM #655
I work overnights and use my phone all night when I'm not busy and end up with about 5 or sometimes a little over 5 hours of usage with little to no standby.
It's awesome for standby but I might get one of those portable charger things just in case I need to get a few more hours of juice. Coming from a Motorola Triumph Android phone though, this thing has great battery. It would die within 7 hours (four-ish hours of straight use plus 2 hours of standby and it would dead).
- 01-09-2012, 05:30 AM #656
- 01-09-2012, 07:25 AM #657
- 01-09-2012, 07:46 AM #658
- 01-09-2012, 08:26 AM #659
- 01-10-2012, 12:28 AM #660
- 01-11-2012, 02:13 PM #661
- 01-12-2012, 01:03 PM #662
As a person who posted here before I got my 4s, and now posting as someone who's had the phone all week - the battery complaints have been a complete non-issue!
Seriously, I had a BlackBerry 9700 overloaded with apps and I'm pretty sure the battery life of this new phone is BETTER than my venerable RIM device. Could that battery life degrade over time as the battery ages and I put more and more on the device? Sure.
But if you take the proper care to turn off garbage notifications, shut off radios you aren't using, turn off Ping, etc., I think the battery life is pretty good. And just as important, it charges quickly, especially with the iPad 10W adapter.
If you're on the fence about getting a 4s, don't let the battery stories be a deciding factor. Particularly when the alternatives are something like the Motorola Razr, which has battery problems of its own (yes, due to 4G).
- 01-13-2012, 03:28 PM #663
I have been using the iPhone 4s for a week now and I have to say that I haven't had much of an issue with the battery life. I usually unplug my iPhone around 9:00am and use it all day for texting, emailing, surfing the web and app usage and can pretty much go from 9am to 9pm without charging it and if I do its during my 20 minute car ride to work. I have my bluetooth turned off, screen brightness turned down, WiFi is on but I am usually around a WiFi network most of the day and I have my email accounts set to manually be checked. I also have a BlackBerry that I can make last for a day and a half so I am pretty good with keeping my devices battery life in good shape.
- 01-14-2012, 06:32 PM #664
- 01-14-2012, 06:33 PM #665
- 01-16-2012, 09:09 AM #666
- 01-18-2012, 10:08 PM #667
- 01-18-2012, 10:55 PM #668
- 01-18-2012, 11:25 PM #669
Made one 5 minute phone call.
I have a brand new 4S (2 days old)
I have disabled the time-zone in the location services, I use wifi when I need it only, Im anal about closing apps in the app-tray, i turn off a large majority of push options for my apps and 2/3 of my email accounts, I don't allow apps to follow my location unless absolutely necessary and thats rare.
I don't want to restore it, but from what I'm reading I'm wondering if those restores ACTUALLY help, or if people are being subjected to the placebo effect of sorts.
Whats the numbers on those who have restored their devices?
- 01-18-2012, 11:32 PM #670
- 01-19-2012, 11:04 AM #671
- 01-19-2012, 11:37 AM #672
- 01-20-2012, 10:08 AM #673
Umm... that is not far off from what Apple has rated the phone at...
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM)
Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi
(src: https://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html )
So your good.
- 01-24-2012, 02:36 AM #674
I have some new usage numbers that are bugging me.
Im getting way longer battery life on wifi than I am on 3G. Isn't that backwards?
Here is wifi:
Here is 3G:
Also, I'm noticing that if you have a really low signal, the phone battery life just drops drastically. Is finding a signal really THAT taxing on the phone?
Last edited by NegroNapoleon; 01-24-2012 at 03:03 AM.
- 01-24-2012, 05:37 AM #675