Anyone jump ship after owning iPhone 5 due to battery?

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  1. ZZ Bottom, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    I've grown quite tired of running out of phone battery at the most inconvenient times. Coming from an iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 battery has left me frustrated too often. I am not tied to the ecosystem enough to force me to stay iOS, especially since I have a dedicated iPod and iPad.

    I know this has been discussed to no end, but I'm curious if there are any lurkers that sold their iPhone 5 for this reason? What did you jump ship to?

    EDIT: wanted to reiterate that LTE is always disabled. There is no LTE with AT&T in my region.
  2. macrumors member


    Dec 12, 2012
    What iOS are you running? If you updated, did you do a DFU Restore? This typically improves the battery life. If you haven't done an update yet, I recommend doing one.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jan 6, 2005
    If you are having battery life issues, you have something wrong. Time to do a full factory restore and set things up fresh again. Battery life for my 5 is excellent, basically the same as my 4 which is to say 5-7+ hours of usage and 2-5 days of standby no problem.
  4. macrumors 68020

    May 6, 2008
    ^ This

    Or schedule an appointment at your local Apple store with a Genius to have them take a look at it. I've had my iPhone 5 for over two months now, and I get very similiar battery life on my i5 as I did on my 4S.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    No, I havent noticed any difference in the battery after the latest update.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hey all,

    Appreciate the constructive comments. I have done all the usual, and have also held off from upgrading to 6.0.2 due to many reports of worse battery performance.

    I don't have specific numbers, but under the exact same usage patterns my iPhone 4 would easily go twice as long before needing a charge. For most people charging daily isn't a big deal, but I feel that perhaps I was expecting to maintain similar habits as I had with the 4.

    For the record I did not restore from a backup after upgrading. I only used iCloud to transfer contacts. I keep LTE disabled, bluetooth off, stripped out almost all apps from notification center, have limit ad tracking turned on, have iCloud backups disabled, have setting time zone, traffic, and location based iAds disabled in System Services. Long story short, I run it as minimalist as possible to extend battery life.

    It's worth noting that I live in an area of spotty coverage (AT&T). I generally get 2-3 bars at home. However, this was the exact same for the iPhone 4 which faired much better. I use a Microcell at home, but have been told it likely makes no improvement on battery life vs. the poor tower reception; so basically I'm just insuring I don't get gurgled or dropped calls at home.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    My iPhone 5 gets much longer battery life than my 4 or 4s did. I'm loving mine.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    I'm convinced that the cell radio used in the 5 just performs much worse under poor reception conditions. It's quite amusing how often I have to recharge compared to my wife's iPhone 4 (which she's had since 2010). I even tried convincing her to take the 5 so I could use her available upgrade for something else, but she wants nothing to do with it. Guess she's heard me complain one too many times. I am of course going to use the upgrade if I decide to switch, but she'd prefer I just sell the iPhone 5.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
  10. macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2009
    Århus, Denmark

    I am massively impressed with the batterylife of the iPhone 5. It is a lot better than my previous iPhones and a hell of a lot better than my last phone, the Galaxy S3
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    What's your brightness set at? I keep mine at about 33%. If you have set at over 50% then battery will drain very quickly. Ive heard that disabling LTE could cause battery problems as well since it will finish a task much faster than 3g.


    My wife has to take a charger to work because of her s3.
  12. macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2009
    Århus, Denmark
    Yeah... I have no issue with having LTE activated, nor with screen brightness at about 60%. Battery lasts more than long enough.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    I have both the S3 and iP5 and it's just the nature of the beast with LTE these days.

    I carry around a charger when I decide to use my S3. My iphone 5? It will last me a day
  14. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    My iPhone 5 lasts the longest out of all my friends with various Android devices, iPhones (except those with 5), Windows Phones, BlackBerries, etc. What's more interesting is that I use my phone more frequently than all of them and it still lasts longer.
  15. macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2012
    Sycamore, IL
    same here....i always have plenty of juice at the end of the day...
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    The only time my i5 has battery issues is when I'm playing a new game. Else, it lasts at least 1.5 days on regular use. This includes:

    Email updates every 15 minutes
    LTE and Bluetooth on
    WiFi on
    Screen brightness at 40%

    If your battery isn't lasting a day on regular use, you may want to head to the local Apple store and ask for a new one.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    I have to admit that the new Ravensword game chews up some serious battery life. I totally drained my battery last night because of it.
  18. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Ditto here. I keep finding myself in a quandry about timing. I was used to a certain schedule with my 4, daily charging (I use it a lot). The 5 is often at 40% instead of 25% by midafternoon. So, do I charge now or later? Driving me crazy!!

    not really
  19. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
    I'm really impressed with the battery. 4:20 usage today, where 100% was music, and maybe 30-40min of screen on while surfing, and battery is at 78%

    Bluetooth is off, and I manually fetch mail. I guess that helps.
  20. macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2012
    Orchard Park, NY
    I feel that I have excellent battery life.

    The ONLY time my battery life sucks is when I use the TuneIn Radio Pro app and I steam a radio station. At 100% I would probably barely make it through 4 hours of continuous streaming. Outside of using that app, my i5 easily last all day and then standby at night. Granted, I don't use it a TON, but I use it enough for what I do and it's great.
  21. macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2012
    I use Pandora almost all day, facebook and twitter as well. I consistently have my phone unplugged for about 12-14 hours and it's never below 30%. I'd say the data usage during the day is half-half between LTE and WiFi. Restore your phone or get it replaced because it's not a fault on every phone.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
    My battery life is much better on the 5 than my 4S
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    On Wifi at my house all day I can easily get 10hrs usage and over a day standby, on 4g/LTE its about half that.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
  25. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    I've had the exact opposite experience with the iPhone 5. The battery life is incredible. I can go almost two days with average use.

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