Android user looking to switch

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  1. miedinger, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014

    miedinger macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2014
    Hello all!

    I'm an android user, currently I own a Samsung Galaxy s3 which has been awesome for all my smartphone needs, but I'm I petite woman, and after 2 years of using it I still find it uncomfortable to hold and too big to fit on my pockets.

    I was looking to get a smaller phone and since I already own other apple products (Macbook pro and iMac) I'm thinking about getting an iPhone. (the 5s). However I have some concerns, mainly battery life and I was hoping to get some insight from someone who already owns an iPhone (all of my friends are android users)

    I use my phone to listen to music while commuting, not-so-intensive use of social network, managing my calendars, taking notes, the ocassional call and text messages via whatsapp and maps. My day starts at 8am and I get home at 11pm. Will the iPhone 5s last me throught the day?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    8am to 11pm is a normal day. I unplug my phone at about 3:45 am and plug it back in a 8-9pm and still have 40-50% of my battey remaining. Much depends on how much you use it. No way to determine your power consumption.

    I think you will be OK but if not be sure to return it within the return period.:apple:
  3. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    8 am to 11pm is a normal day, but I have a mophie juice pack air and charge it through out the day so I get home with a 97% charge. I stream news networks and listen to streaming apps all day long.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I had an iPhone 5 not a 5s, but I typically got a full day charge. My wife's iPhone is worse off tough, she barely gets through the day. I think her location (her office doesn't get much of a signal) and her usage habits means her phone is all but drained by 5:00pm
  5. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Battery life is a tricky thing. You'll see lots of users say they get much less than a full day out of their iPhone. Some easily get a day, even more.

    If you are a student, or not in the full-time work force, you generally have more time to spend on your phone, therefore, your battery drains much faster. If you work 8+ hours per day, where you have limited/no use of your phone, you can easily get more than a day out of your battery.

    All depends on your situation. For me, I work 8+ hours per day. I unplug my phone around 6AM, and don't plug it in again until about 10PM, and I'll usually have between 10-30% left.
  6. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have an iPhone 5. It gets unplugged at around 6:40 am until 4 pm.

    If I don't use the charger at my desk I usually have around 60% left at 4 pm. So I guess add several more hours and your looking at 30% left.
  7. miedinger thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2014
    Thank you very much for your input guys, its been helpful!

    I went to a phone store today and got my iphone.
    So far so good.

    It is the perfect size for my hands. I'm missing the back button of the galaxy S3... and I'm starting to hate the auto-correct text with a passion haha. but it is way faster than my galaxy s3 and the screen looks much better too, the battery life, is too early to tell, but I think I wont have any problems with it.
  8. bkends35 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2013
    Coming from a S3 too, I can say the non-tensive things drain the battery far less on the 5s than the S3. Like streaming video would drain about 1% every two minutes on my S3 and its about 1% every 3-4 min on my 5s. Texting and browsing the web would drain me about 1% every 3 min on the S3, sometimes 2 minutes and on my 5s its usually around 6 minutes, assuming the brightness isn't all the way up. Standby time is also a lot better on the 5s for me. I don't think you'll have a problem. Yesterday I unplugged my 5s at 7am and plugged it back in at 1am so thats 18 hours and I had just over 7 hours of usage with 8% left. My S3 would usually die around 10pm with similar usage.
  9. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    If you don't like the battery life, just take it back, it's not worth keeping it if you can't properly enjoy it
  10. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Battery life is something you can learn to except if you love everything else about the phone. I'm surprised she never said anything about Android vs iOS. Usually, that's the biggest complaint.


    You can turn off auto-correct in keyboard settings. (If you don't know how to get there just ask Sirir to go to keyboard settings)

    You can swipe from left edge to right to back in apps like Mail, Messages, Safari (you can even go forward in Safari) and Settings. It's pretty quick when you get used to it.
  11. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Actually, autocorrect works very well most of the time, but you have to learn to trust it. In other words, when you type something incorrectly, don't go to tap on the suggested word. Just keep on typing and autocorrect will - wait for it - automatically correct the typo. I find it incredibly accurate and is a big reason I can type as fast as I can on an iPhone.
  12. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    I enjoy it too. I just gave her an option if she didnt like it.

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