Poll results: Apple iPhone 4S battery-gate: Is it real?

Poll results: Apple iPhone 4S battery-gate: Is it real?
The Apple iPhone 4S is clearly the best selling iPhone so far, but just like last year's iPhone 4 launch, it didn't go without its share of issues. For the iPhone 4, the biggest problem was the antenna-gate scandal. The root of the problem was in the positioning of the antenna in the device, so that it could easily be muted by a user holding the device not the "right way.”

This year, shortly after the iPhone 4S launched we seem to have not one, but two problems. The first one is the fact that on many handsets, the screen comes with an unnatural, yellow tint with the difference in quality visible and even more so when you look at the screen from an angle. 

The second one is what we asked you about in our survey on Monday and it's all about a significantly decreased battery life on the iPhone 4S and also on other devices after the update to iOS 5. Sadly, it seems that the majority of you have experienced the same issue. 480 of you, or 46% of iPhone owners surveyed, said that they experienced the same problem on their iPhone 4S. Another, 223 or 21.5%, voted they had battery troubles on their iPhone 4/3GS after an update to iOS 5.

Overall, that means we have a total of 67.5%, more than two thirds of all iPhone users, reporting this problem. The remaining third of the users didn't experience the same issue. Those results should definitely ring an alarm over at Apple as the issue definitely needs to be addressed.

So far, various users at the Apple Discussions forums have reached different solutions for themselves, but for some the issue remains unresolved. The range of solutions goes from resetting network settings, looking for corrupted music files which might clutter iCloud communication or even restoring to default settings via iTunes. So far these are the suggestions, but we thank you for participating and be sure that we'll keep you posted about a solution as soon as we get more information on this.

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  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Hmmm... so that certain 'member' (mexican food item in name + 50) who said there was no proof for these issues a while back... what's the excuse now? Don't believe in polls? Yellow is the new White?

9. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

based on the number and percentage of anti apple posts on this site, i would not count this poll as incredibly valid (or any on this site). the info is nice to have, but for PROOF of anything i would discount it. it is clear the issue exists, but frequency is still completely up for debate.

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

true many times we have said not to trust polls.. specially done in house such as this...

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

never trust a poll.. but its a nice reference point. if this were the only site that said members had this problem, you could say its a conspiracy. The problem with that is you have apple boards just littered with masses of people with this problem, so the problem is indeed real.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

never said it wasnt real.. just when I said that Android lags too much.. same thing... just so you know.. is a 2 way street...

19. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

android doesnt lag to much sure it lags but only when you actually multitask. is ios a true os no no it is not it is a f*cking app launcher with a i in front of os. android can multitask cause it is actually an os

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

read other android forums.. ok.. it does.. very much,,, but again in denial

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

The statement "Android lags too much." is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. It has little to do with the OS and more the hardware, and the reality is that early Android phones did not have the proper hardware to handle the features provided by the software, resulting in the aforementioned lag as well as force closes. Even as recent as the Thunderbolt, there is still some lag present. It's not huge, but it's there occasionally. BUT the fact that phones like the Galaxy SII are essentially lag free points to what I stated above which is that it is more a hardware limitation than software. Granted there are obviously parts of the software that may or may not be contributing to the "Android lag" but I do believe (and for good reason) that going forward with phones like the Nexus Prime and RAZR it will be a thing of the past. I could be wrong... obviously.

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well since Android is everywhere.. when a phone lags.... guess what.... is mostly an Android phone.... some come with lagging out of the box... is no secret.. dont defend what is not defendable/

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Funny, my Kj2 ROM 2.3.5. Captivate has no lag in it......huh???

37. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Sure, if you strip away the bloatware and skin, any Android should run smoother. Blame the manufacturers and carriers, not the OS. In that respect Apple was smart - they never allowed carrier bloat.

29. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

The person in denial is indeed kshell1, but you were the first to be in denial with the fact that you had to bring up negative aspects on another OS rather than dealing with your own. It does lag, very much? No. Apple forums filled with problems, very much? Yes.

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or.. your an idiot. amazing that my over a year old galaxyS doesnt lag one bit.. and i keep it underclocked. android lags on crap hardware. you know,, those free phones that you bring up to make a point.. those phones that no one but idiots like you buy? those phones lag. upper end and premium phones that make up the vast vast majority of android sales do not lag. so you dont have a point.. like normal.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Remix, I find it funny how they claim that polls should not be trusted or considered yet if this was a poll about android's battery or lag from an update they would be all over it saying "yep see??! told ya so!!!" Gentlemen please stop being fanboys for a second, you can love your iphone but you can also admit it has it's flaws. Everything has it's flaws, nothing is perfect. reality time my friends.

31. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I just sold my iPhone 4 on Wednesday. It was updated to iOS5 and the battery was noticeably shorter. I did have a Mophie Juice Pack. Before I could go a whole day and not touch my iPhone 4 battery. After iOS5 I would be into the iPhone battery by 5-6PM. So in 12 hours I have drained a 2000MAh juice Pack. I now have the Samsung Galaxy S2. Battery life is less, but that is expected because of a larger screen. I also have push on more accounts than before.

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I guess Apple can't compete without sacrificing something. Something like the battery life. And the yellow hue is a sign of aging, coz it's an old display already they should've come up with a new one. =p

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

sacrificing battery life is almost like sacrificing customers. you sacrifice battery life you cant enjoy your glorified app launcher now can you apple? you also lose customers oh what joy :D

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

oh and apple say hello to the galaxy nexus/droid prime or whatever its called and the kevlar and steel back droid razr :D apple shall burn

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Let's not get hasty here. For the most part iPhone users will buy iPhones (and I respect those fence-sitters here who buy on merit rather than blind devotion). I don't see Android gaining much more from this 'scandal' than they did from "antennagate". If there is consensus that this is a problem, Apple will likely push out an update to address it. They're not going to sacrifice their customer service reputation out of mere pride in iOS 5.

6. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

That just shows that no phone is ''perfect'', not even the almighty iPhone..:p

7. bc510

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

It's amusing to me the amount of hate android users have toward apple. I own an iphone4s and am very happy with my battery life. Yes it's not as good as the ip4 but it sure beats any of the 100 android phones that run for a solid 3 hours before the battery dies.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Android users don't hate Apple so much as they hate the people who blindly follow Apple... I honestly think anyone with a brain has to at least respect Apple for what they have achieved. Whether they got there by success, innovation, deceit, stealing, whatever it was is for another discussion but the reality is Apple is a perfect example of how to run a successful business.

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're wrong. People on PA discredit everything Apple. This is not everyone but there's a big group here that lives to troll Apple.

15. catfacepanda

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

3 hours? I am assuming that is an exaggeration. I have a Droid Incredible and I keep my brightness on 100% all of the time, with regular usage and my battery lasts me between 7-8 hours. You're a bit of a hypocrite to say how people with android phones are always hating on people with iPhones, when you yourself seem to jump at the opportunity to say something negative about Android.

17. bc510

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I merely was being sarcastic. I read ridiculous comments often on iPhones so I figured I'd show how idiotic they look to everyone else. I'm a apple fan for sure. But I also enjoy android a lot. I think they have a lot to offer even more then apple with certain things.

32. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Most of those "ridiculous" comments about the iPhones usually aren't ridiculous and are often true... Most of the users that frequent here have only stated facts about it or questioned it. You need to ignore the people who come and go within before the week is even over.

8. Laucius

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Maybe the yellow tint is a glue related problem , it has happend before & not only to apple... Battery = Life ( at least for the phone :P )

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

happy trolling everyone.. glad you guys did the survey... more power yo you guys... to bad .. it changes nothing.... take care

16. catfacepanda

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

If these issues with the 4S are in fact real, what *new* news is it really? Some people must have pretty short attention spans or selective hearing, since phones have problems all the time. All manufacturers, all carriers. If you worship a phone that much like it is supposed to be absolute perfection, you need to get a life. Things break or malfunction all the time.

18. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

With the phone's needing to be connected to the "cloud" at all times, of course there is going to be increased battery usage. That's many of the various android devices out there suffer as well. The user can choose what they want constantly connected to the net and what they don't the bad thing is, that many users have no idea this is possible on either platform and thus the b*&%#@ing and moaning...

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