Anyone go from a 3Gs to an iPhone 5? Battery related

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Woodcrest64, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Woodcrest64

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    Just wondering for those who went from an iPhone 3Gs to an iPhone 5 are finding the battery life with their new phone. I bought my wife the iPhone 5 for Christmas and was wondering if there is an improvement in this area compared to the 3Gs.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    More than likely if only for the sole reason that your 3GS battery is worn.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Battery is much better on the 5. Having retina display is great also.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Well a new 3gs will have a better standby life, but it depends on your usage. Still in the end, a new iPhone 5 is a lot better in the long run.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    I went from a 3GS to a 5 and have been very happy with the battery life. No matter what, I would have to charge my old phone at least once through the day. With my 5, I've gone about a day and a half before really needing to charge it. Of course that is with light use. Heavy use, I can make it through the day easy.

    As someone else pointed out, the display can't even compare and was worth changing for that alone.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Just got the 5 a few days ago. Did a battery cycle and here are the results. 3G first.
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    5:
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    mikeydeezy

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    Bluetooth being on could make a difference as well.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I was using a borrowed 3GS for a few months while I was waiting for the iPhone 5 after I sold my galaxy nexus.

    The battery had been absolutely hammered and only lasted around four hours of usage meaning I would have to charge the phone once at night and top it up/charge it once throughout the day.

    My iPhone 5 is almost fully drained by the end of my day but consistently gives me a very solid 8 hours of usage which I'm very pleased with.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    My bluetooth was was usually on towards the end and I got about the same life out of the 3gs. I really don't want to turn it off.....gonna go through charging it fully a few times and maybe restore as new...not sure on that part yet.

    My sleep awake button is loose and bluetooth is weird in my car too...probably the car although it is a 2013. If battery doesn't get better I might swap the phone out.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Restored phone as new, and have had bluetooth off. No push. No location. Already did a power cycle.

    Called apple care and they said the usage seemed low and did a diagnostic and everything came back fine. Going to give it over the weekend to see if things improve but overall the battery actually seems worse. I don't have any icloud features on either.

    I don't have facebook or really play games on my phone. Internet browsing is usually on wifi.
     

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