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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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iPhone 5 picked up at midday today in UK.
Have set the phone up with email accounts etc and charged to 100%.
However now after 2 hrs of near constant use on safari, FB, twitter and emails I'm at 55%.
Does that sound about right? The battery is draining fast.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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Probably going harder at it than usual.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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I'd give it a few charge cycles first. I'm gonna use mine and drain it everyday for a few days then see how it fares
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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I went thru 80% of my battery life in less than 3hrs
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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I've had mine 12 hours now, was at 77% when i first turned it on, haven't stopped using it all day and its only at 23%. Thats 54% drop in 12 hours compared to my 4s which fully drained at 7 hours use today
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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Mine seems much improved!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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Mine was delivered with 78% (at 8.30am), after 2 hours re downloading everything through iCloud I went straight to the gym to use it to listen to music for 90mins, tried out navigation on the way home, continuously used it for calls, messaging, facebook, games, email, until 7pm when it finally switched off.

That's better than my old 4S for time and use from 100%. It's nearly charged to 100% now after 2 hours. I'll be interested to see the drop in battery over night on standby. The 4S was dropping 20-30%.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:45 PM   #8
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Thanks all. Looks like I will drain it and full recharge several times before fully assessing.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Thanks all. Looks like I will drain it and full recharge several times before fully assessing.
Usually takes a few cycles for the software to properly meter the battery. Plus you will probably use it a little more lightly.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:51 PM   #10
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For what it's worth, I went from full charge to shutdown in about 4 hours. But I'm in a very bad reception area in my office and I figure the battery needs to calibrate a few times. Will be interesting to see if it's worse than my iPhone 4.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:03 PM   #11
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Thanks all. Looks like I will drain it and full recharge several times before fully assessing.
Same here. My 4S seemed to gradually gain stamina after the first 3-5 cycles.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:06 PM   #12
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100% isn't always fully charged

If it is at 100 and still showing the little charging symbol then it still has a little to go. ..when it shows the plug..it's done.

The batts should also improve a little once they cycle a couple times
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Want more comments on this.

Still very early but I'm a bit concerned. My battery has dropped (on light usage) crazy fast.

Hoping a couple cycles and all-night charges will change that.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:52 PM   #14
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Hi all,
iPhone 5 picked up at midday today in UK.
Have set the phone up with email accounts etc and charged to 100%.
However now after 2 hrs of near constant use on safari, FB, twitter and emails I'm at 55%.
Does that sound about right? The battery is draining fast.
No apple said 8hrs screen on time with LTE browsing the whole time?
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:17 PM   #15
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Will be interesting to see if it's worse than my iPhone 4.
The iPhone 4 was truly a beast when it came to battery life.

That's what I'm upgrading from & so far the battery drain is worrying. But I agree with the advice to let it cycle a few times before assessing.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:36 PM   #16
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I have _never_ made battery life a priority.
Not for smartphones, or laptops, and I am highly mobile.

For years the weak link has been battery life.
I use mine so heavily it just doesn't matter.

Everywhere I go there are A/C outlets.
I buy based on the products that fit my needs best.

Batteries are never a dealbreaker.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 01:05 PM   #17
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I have _never_ made battery life a priority.
Not for smartphones, or laptops, and I am highly mobile.

For years the weak link has been battery life.
I use mine so heavily it just doesn't matter.

Everywhere I go there are A/C outlets.
I buy based on the products that fit my needs best.

Batteries are never a dealbreaker.
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For people who want their mobile phones to be mobile, battery life is important. There are outlets most everywhere I go also.... That doesn't mean I want to be plugged into one consistently.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 02:18 PM   #18
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Ok I just looked at my old iPhone 4. It still has 26% left from before the iPhone Launch. Get this:

USAGE: 15 hours, 45 min
STANDBY: 1 Day, 16 Hours

WTF!!! My iPhone 5 just died with about 4 hours usage and 8 hours standby. What is wrong with the 5???
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 02:33 PM   #19
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Ok I just looked at my old iPhone 4. It still has 26% left from before the iPhone Launch. Get this:

USAGE: 15 hours, 45 min
STANDBY: 1 Day, 16 Hours

WTF!!! My iPhone 5 just died with about 4 hours usage and 8 hours standby. What is wrong with the 5???
Yeah same here. I went from the 4 to 5 so this drastic. Not happy w battery since they claimed its better battery life.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 06:57 AM   #20
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Two major complaints with the 4/4S was the battery life and low light/indoor camera performance. So the problem I have with the 5 is that they came up with brilliant solutions with a smaller processor and shrunk down camera components. But instead of actually using that reclaimed space to give us a bigger battery or larger lens/sensor for the camera then they chopped it out by making it unnecessarily thinner.


I think the new iPhone is the best one yet but I dont like that going thinner is affecting the overall performance because, to me, USING the phone means a lot more than admiring its profile.

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Two major complaints with the 4/4S was the battery life and low light/indoor camera performance. So the problem I have with the 5 is that they came up with brilliant solutions with a smaller processor and shrunk down camera components. But instead of actually using that reclaimed space to give us a bigger battery or larger lens/sensor for the camera then they chopped it out by making it unnecessarily thinner.


I think the new iPhone is the best one yet but I dont like that going thinner is affecting the overall performance because, to me, USING the phone means a lot more than admiring its profile.
Correctamundo, iP5 should have had at least a 2000 maH battery to compensate for higher peak drain of the A6 proc, too bad Apple places more emphasis on form than function.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 11:40 AM   #22
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This has to be iOS related. Too odd that some people are experiencing a better and some others a worse battery life than with their 4 or 4S. Also configuration in iOS.

I restored my 4S to iOS6 and applied the same configuration I had in iOS5 and my battery life doesn't seem to have changed much.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:41 PM   #23
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Yeah my battery is lasting decently. It had 90% charge when it came in at like 11:15, and at 7:30 now it's at 5%. I've been using it HARDCORE though, and I'm sure it'll improve some with a couple cycles.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:47 PM   #24
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Glad to see a thread on this.

Sadly, I've been a bit concerned today. It's draining faster than my 2 year old iPhone 4 with the exact same settings.

It's only day 1 though and I haven't charged overnight.

Going to remain optimistic.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:52 PM   #25
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glad im not the only one. my friend reminded me to turn off wifi bluetooth and location so i did that haven't seen much of a difference butttt I'm hoping tomorrow after a good charge tonight it will be good. she charged hers today and we talked on the phone for 25 mins she played videos and texted and finally after 2 hours it went down to 99% so I'm hoping tomorrow will be different. . do you think people will return it if battery life doesn't show any increase?
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