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Source of Apple iPhone 4S battery drain may have been found

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Oct 2011, 19:50

A feature on iOS 5 that automatically sets the time on the Apple iPhone, even when the user has changed time zones, could be the source of the battery drain that users of the new iteration of the smartphone have been complaining about...

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posted on 30 Oct 2011, 00:16 2

19. richk (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)

hmmmm join andriod to get hacked by chineese government and their free apps lol

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 01:41 2

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Well, if that fixes the issue, fantastic. However, why is it that when you write this article about this issue is all "this is SO not a big deal, and it's such an EASY fix, nothing to worry about."


posted on 30 Oct 2011, 01:50 4

22. ca2l3vin (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)

God you fandroids and iSh*ep irritate the hell outta me. Sometimes I wonder Why do I bother even reading these comments. I work in the phone industry and can tell you that EVERY PHONE HAS SOME SORT OF PROBLEM!!!! sometimes its a simple fix. Sometimes its a slightly bigger issue but the only things us consumers should do is report it to the maker of our phones then expect them to fix it.

Just irritating seeing people looking for iPhone articles to first say how bias phonearena is then the fandroids bash the iphone and the iSh*ep defend with whats wrong with android blah blah blah....its a PHONE. Buy what you want and talk about why you like or dislike but dont go downing people for what they spend their hard earned money on.

So says the guy that owned both but not uses a WP7 :P

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 04:17 3

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And then there's the guy who bitches about everyone else arguing. Admit it, without us there wouldn't even be a need for a comments section. :)

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 23:12

58. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Agree. . . ;-p

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 03:00 1

26. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Seriously, don't you all know the real problem? You're not holding it correctly!!!!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 03:55

30. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)

I don't have those options on my Iphone 4s (UK Model)

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 09:06

35. richk (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)

you must do you just cant find it lol ive got it on my iphone 4

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 08:43 2

34. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

apple has just to read the source code of android OS to get the solution

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 09:43 2

38. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)

It's because siri won't stfu! Having a woman babble on insistently can be quite draining.
Lol. I kiid, I kiid. :D

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 10:19

40. richk (Posts: 32; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)

i wish phone world would stop increasing the speed and improve the batterys instead.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 11:47

42. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

I hope an iPhone 4s user can help me and answer my questions....

This is my first iPhone and ive been reading news about this all over... Now, I want to know if my phone is normal or suffering the battery problem as well.

Stand by- in 6 hrs on stand by I lost 5% ( I thought you're not supposed to lose nothing at all on stand by... I made sure I closed any running apps).

Web browsing- every 2 minutes 1% drops. I literally see it too.

Talking on the phone- every 2 -3 minutes 1% drops. Is this normal?????

Android user(s),
How is the battery life on the Epic Touch 4g (GS2)?????


posted on 30 Oct 2011, 12:43

43. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Savior, think of your phone as a computerized radio, because that's what it actually is. When you're web browsing or talking on the phone it is constantly broadcasting out a signal, picking up a response signal, and translating that signal into what you hear on the speaker or see on your screen. So apart from the screen itself, your radio is definitely going to chew up your battery the fastest. I don't know about a percent every two to three minutes, I'm too lazy to do the math right now, but your phone will die faster when you browse or call.

Also, most Android phones with mixed usage will last you from morning to night at least. It all depends on how much you use your phone, and for what.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 14:25

44. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

Thanks for the reply Sniggly.

But this is what I copied from apple:

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
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
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

I did the math... If I was to talk for an hour, I'd lose 30%.
60 mins.= 30%
3 hrs= 90%.

This from losing 1% every 2 minutes... Which has been happening to me. So, I'm getting 3 hrs plus 20 minutes of talk time on 3G.... Far from what Apple states. Yes, I'm still one of those who uses a phone for phone calls.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 15:37 1

47. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yeah, the percentage did seem high to me. Based on that math, your battery does seem to be draining really fast. I know my Atrix lasts a lot longer, and I'm getting good reports on the SGS 2 battery life.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 18:01

50. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

That's sweet, man. I think I'm gonna put this up on CL and trade for a Nexus S plus $200 cash. I know someone will do it.

If not, just trade it for a E4GT straight across. Nothing against the iPhone, but I need something that will last me hrs without using it. Thanks again, Sniggly.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 18:56

53. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

best phone/battery u can get right now is going to be the SGS2. PA's test had it lasting 2 days with regular use.
We will see how the nexus actually performs when it is officially launched

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:36

61. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)



posted on 31 Oct 2011, 19:06

63. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

And the point of that post was...?

If you read those threads beyond the first post instead of just copypasting the first links that searching "galaxy S2 bad battery life" gives you, it's not like there's a single post echoing the OP's sentiments.

Please troll elsewhere, thanks.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 19:33

55. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Hey lower your brightness and turn off location settings. The iphone's battery life is better then most other smartphones so if you arent satsified with its battery there is not going to be a grest solution. What i would suggest is getting an extended battety pack on a android phone or getting a case for iphone with a extended battery.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 17:20

49. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

Despite the big screens, all of the versions of the GSII (except for the T-Mo version) have markedly good battery life. Obviously you're not going to get a week out of it if you are talking on the phone 24/7, but it is pretty near the top of the pile for an Android phone. The E4GTouch is especially good because of it's super sized battery. The T-Mo version, because of the higher clock speed, gets much worse battery life, but that's a bit irrelevant.

And yeah, putting your phone on standby still drains battery because of the radio. You would have a problem if your battery discharged while the phone was off ;) Those percentages seem high, but make sure Wi-Fi is off when you're not using the Internet, and that your brightness is set to Auto or minimum if you're not outside.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 18:04

51. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

Yeah bro. Wifi, bluetooth, and some notifications are off. Screen is at default. I even restarted this crap and nothing. I think the Nexus S or E4GT will do better since I haven't been hearing any major problems. E4GT looks nice, but you could never go wrong with a pure stock Android (nexus s). Thanks for your help.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 18:57

62. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

No prob :D That battery life seems horrendous. The only other thing outside of defect that I can think of is that you're browsing in an area where the phone is fighting for 3G signal, making it constantly switch in between 2G and 3G. That affects battery life as well. If that's not the case, I would look into replacing it if possible.

If you're looking for stock Android, don't get the Nexus S seen as the Galaxy Nexus is just around the corner :) No word on when Sprint will get it, but hopefully it is soon.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 14:28

45. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

As for web use. I'd be getting the same... Instead of the 6hrs Apple states. I may have to sell this and just buy a Nokia N9.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 15:32

46. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! probably irrelevant

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 18:07

52. _SavioR_ (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)

I saw the Nexus S running ICS and I am impressed.

posted on 30 Oct 2011, 17:13

48. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

Has anyone actually tested this to see if this is really the issue?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:29

59. skymitch89 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I don't think that the "Setting Time Zone" function is the only problem with battery drainage. I think the face that the phone has a dual-core processor and is almost constantly connected to data (iCloud) are also part of the problem.

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