iPhone 4S battery problem = hardware?

mark28

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Seems the battery problems with the iPhone 4S is not a software issue. So it's best to skip this phone and get a Samsung Galaxy S3 or "the new iPhone" when they ship?
 

jjk454ss

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Seems the battery problems with the iPhone 4S is not a software issue. So it's best to skip this phone and get a Samsung Galaxy S3 or "the new iPhone" when they ship?
Ive had 2 4S's, and know plenty of others with a 4S, and nobody really has any battery issues. They are al much better than most/any of the large screen android phones.
 

zachlegomaniac

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As battery life has undeniably had a lot of buzz around it with the 4s it would be pretty awesome if they made the battery in the new phone great. I don't know much about battery technology, however, so don't know how realistic it is. I'm sure if they could stick a battery in the phone that lasted twenty years before a charge they would.
 

w00t951

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It's not a hardware issue. I've gotten spectacular usage out of it, and battery issues are plaguing not just iPhone 4S users but also 4 and (to a lesser extent) 3GS users. I've turned off location specific iAds and something else in Location settings, and I've restored to a clean phone. I've also calibrated by running the phone off battery until it shuts down. Now, I get about 8 hours of normal usage and 9 hours of standby time. Granted, it shouldn't take so much user effort to make the phone run well, but it's proof that the problem is not hardware based.
 

taedouni

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Lol at the suggestion for getting an android phone over the iPhone. I switched from the iPhone 4S to the Nexus then to the rezound and let me tell you how crappy the battery life was. After 2 weeks I switched back to the iPhone .
 

lordofthereef

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The problem with the 4S is that it's a smartphone. Yes, you read that right. SGS2 has comparable battery life IME, though I have done some heavy tweaks to both devices at this point.
 

JForestZ34

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What I find funny about the battery drainage issue is some days I get great battery life, both usage and standby, and other days I get poor usage and standby.

Same apps same usage times. Not really sure whats going on.


James