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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



51. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Jobs was a visionary , he also told Obamama that he was a one term president.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Old android phones with very slow processors and low memory being upgraded to 2.2/2.3 are going to lag because obviously the device can't handle it. Your old XP computer can run perfectly fine on XP but if you "upgraded" it to Vista, guess what? LAG LAG LAG. Every time someone says android lags, they have never used a new powerful android phone like the SGS2 which doesnt lag or freeze at all. They are always referring to some old phone even if they don't want to admit it. Then again sometimes they are just talking out of their asses and making crap up.

46. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Im get sick of the android lag thing ..face it its old news the hardware is better now lag is the thing of the past.I have no lag on my photon at all

45. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

It really puzzles me. Android lag this, android lag that...

34. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Yes, the iPhone is fast. But at the same time, I have never experienced any "Android lags" with all of the Android devices I've played with and am currently playing with. A friend of mine still has the Galaxy S on Froyo- he's a heavy user of the phone and he doesn't have any complaints. My cousin's old Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 runs Gingerbread perfectly. I played around with the GS2 for about a week last month. I'd run very memory-hungry apps, even 20 at a time without any glitches. So what exactly is this "Android lag"??

36. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

This "Android lag" often only applies to early Android adopters. They'll finally visit the forums seeking answers only to realize they've bloated their phone to oblivion. Then they go on about how the iPhone's lag isn't there. Which usually responded with the same old "Well the iPhone isn't doing the same thing you're doing right now on your Android, is it?"

39. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

But it is it just does it better

40. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

No... it's actually not. lol I don't know why people even believe that. When your app needs to pause/kill just in order to jump another one, it's not exactly the same. You might as well stop the program you're using right now in order to open another browser page. Go ahead and try it on your computer right now. Pause/close everything you do before opening another program and you'll see how dumb that looks. Everybody I know that is able to even brag about their iPhone battery usually cuts off most of these: 3G, e-mail, wifi when not available, bluetooth, weather, GPS, and 3rd party app syncs.

43. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

When I leave an app and come back to it it's exactly where I left it. How's that any different than androids "real multitasking"?

30. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Battery life at just 10hrs of moderate use is nonsense. Thats what I get on my s2. But I'd prefer my s2 to any other phone out there. Lag-free,freeze-free,wow-screen, sexy-build,etc

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

A poll on PA to see if an Apple product has an issue is worthless. Just look at every Apple article jammed by trolls.

33. superguy

Posts: 480; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

But hey, one bashing Android is the real deal right? :rolleyes:

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, I get 1% battery drain/hour on my phone when not in use, so I get around 30-36 hours of normal use on my captivate....I feel bad for those iphone users :-(

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Wow sounds like you're lying.

35. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

My Evo 4G could last way longer when data is disabled. I only lost 20% for the 4 days I was in Canada. Wouldn't be surprised if he limits his data usage. I unfortunately don't limit any data usage while in the states and will die in 15 hours while not in use.

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What's the point of having a smartphone with data turned off? Anyway he's obviously lying or leaving something out like extended battery or limiting usage or both.

41. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

That's easy, the same point as people telling others they can just use wi-fi because it's miraculously "everywhere". lol He doesn't have to be lying. He can just have his gmail synced with nothing else besides the basic phone functionality. That can surely last for a few days.

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No it can't man. If he does nothing but email and text an android phone still won't last that long. Maybe if you do one email and two text a day.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You cant even replace the iPhone battery if it gets damage ir doesnt charge. You have to take it too a Apple store.

22. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

I have the 4S. I haven't noticed any significant battery drain. If not, it's lasts a while longer than my 4. Probably because I wore out the capacity in it lol. However, last night I wanted to do a full charge cycle on my phone and it was stuck on 1% for at least 10mins! And I was using it the whole time...interesting.

21. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if the battery life on the iphone 4s is as bad as these reports say its no wonder it didnt ship with LTE. some users are reporting a 20+% drain per hour on the iphone 4s. imagine if it was syncing to the cloud constantly via LTE

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...

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.

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

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 )

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.

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