How much screen on time does the iPhone get?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Sensamic, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Thinking of going back to the iPhone just for the battery. I remember my iPhone 4 having an extraordinary battery life. Would last me 2 days with normal usage.

    How good is the battery on the newer iPhones? I'm interested in screen on time (how many hours can you get from your iPhone turned on from 100% to 0%).

    I'm also thinking of waiting till the iPhone 6 for the bigger screen and 2GB RAM (probably due to the 64 bit CPU).

  2. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    You really can't go by screen on time. What kind of work/play etc do you get done on your phone? Playing a movie will obviously use up more battery than reading a text document.

    That being said working two jobs with one involving me pretty much constantly being on the phone, I get about until 6PM, before needing charging, I wake up at 6:45AM.

    I'm also
    -VPN access for RDClient
    -LMI Ignition
    -Calendaring using Exchange a lot.

    Second job is Walmart, but even then my battery is already drained from my first job.
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    It's pretty difficult to answer that question.

    I get 5-7 hours of USAGE. I'm going to assume 1-2 hours of that is screen off time usage. Like phone calls, email fetching, etc. And included in that 1-2 hours is inadvertent screen on time like when you get a text.

    I could never get an entire day out of an iPhone with my usage patterns.
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Battery life appears worse on iOS 7.

    They seem to waver between having great to mediocre battery lives. It was great on the original iPhone, pretty bad on the 3G (mostly due to 3G and GSP eating up the battery despite Apple's claim that it has modestly better battery life), back to being great on the 3GS and so on. Nevertheless, I've been able to go through the entire day without recharging on all of them.
  5. Sensamic thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Yeah, I've read that on recent iPhones battery hasn't been that great.

    I don't play games on my phone. My usage is internet browsing, using apps for RSS and such, some videos, etc. Biggest thing I do on a phone is record 1080P videos.

    So I guess something like the Note 3 or LG G2 are better battery wise?
  6. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Define great.

    Also, cell signal strength is another huge battery drain- so, if your carrier doesn't have decent coverage where you are, it doesn't matter how long the screen is on or off for.
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've done some tweaks to make the battery last longer on iOS 7.

    -Turning off Background App Refresh, Honestly I haven't noticed ANY difference at all by having it on, the apps seem to refresh on startup anyway, such as Facebook. But I DID notice a battery difference having it off.

    -Turning off Location Services for random things like iAds, and turning off recent location tracking.

    -Turning off the fancy parallax effects.

    -Turning off Ask to Join networks on Wi-Fi (off by default, but check to make sure you don't have it on)…I leave Wi-Fi on though, just to simplify things when I need to print using AirPrint etc.

    -Turning off Bluetooth, while also turning off AirDrop & iBeacons. I turn it on when I think a store is using iBeacons just to see it work.

    By doing these alone, I finally got a days worth out of my battery. Too bad now I feel like I gimped all of the nifty features of iOS 7. But its either that or an ugly Mophie.
  8. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    In excess of 6 hours with 1 day 4 hours since charge. Have had a little better but it doesn't differ too much from that.

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