5s Battery: is 5 hours of usage really normal?

JerTheGeek

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I have a 5s and I love it. But the battery life bugs me. I imagine I should get at least 6.5 hours or more; I have a pebble watch connected to it but still I would only expect that to take away maybe 1.5 hours. So shouldn't I be able to get 6-6.5 hours of usage, rather than just 5? I have gotten 6 hours or more before, but it doesn't seem to be very consistent. I did a complete restore not too long ago and did a battery calibration the the other day; and nothing.
My question is, is this normal for a 5s? Is it realistic to expect to get 6 or more hours of usage when I have a pebble connected and use web based apps/safari and other typical phone tasks, such as mail, messages, music, radio, etc.? Is the 5 hours that I usually get average, or is there something up with my iPhone?
 

Zaft

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I have a 5s and I love it. But the battery life bugs me. I imagine I should get at least 6.5 hours or more; I have a pebble watch connected to it but still I would only expect that to take away maybe 1.5 hours. So shouldn't I be able to get 6-6.5 hours of usage, rather than just 5? I have gotten 6 hours or more before, but it doesn't seem to be very consistent. I did a complete restore not too long ago and did a battery calibration the the other day; and nothing.
My question is, is this normal for a 5s? Is it realistic to expect to get 6 or more hours of usage when I have a pebble connected and use web based apps/safari and other typical phone tasks, such as mail, messages, music, radio, etc.? Is the 5 hours that I usually get average, or is there something up with my iPhone?
If bluetooth is basically always on I would say 5 hours is about right.
 

KAB2010

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I only average 4 to 4 1/2 on my 5s. Used to get 6-7 on the iPhone 5

zero Bluetooth usage, no background app refresh, no playing games and very little music.

low cell service most of the time though and wifi in and out of connection
 

joeblow7777

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Depends on the usage. I used to get 9-10 hours out of mine, but that was mostly just email, facebook, listening to music, and some light texting.
 

BrettApple

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Sounds about right for a 5s. I can get 5 hours out of my 4s on a three year old battery. My 6 Plus goes around 12 hours screen on time with Bluetooth on all day connected to my Pebble, and mostly LTE use. Easily a couple of days finishing at 60-70% at the end of the day.

I had an iPhone 5c for 6 months and it was around 6 hours, but I didn't have my Pebble yet.

All depends on the apps, brightness, battery condition, reception, etc.

It is only 1560mAh after all.
 

Matheew944

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6 Plus battery is amazing. batttery usually lasts 2-3 days without recharge... I used it for 2 days a lot and the battery still 45%, 8 hours of usage, playing games , watching vídeos, using safari, etc. U dont need a mophie case for Iphone 6 Plus...