iPhone 5 battery life?

slayerz96

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 27, 2012
67
5
Singapore
I am interested in getting an iPhone 5. However the battery issue sorta bugs me. Many people on the web are complaining about horrendous battery life. Plus iLounge tested the battery and it was much lower than Apple's claims.

For those of you who already have an iPhone 5, is the battery life really that bad? Is it as good/better than iPhone 4S?

Thanks

Using an iP4S now btw. Battery life isn't that bad, drops about 10% for 1h of wifi browsing. 3G saps a lot of juice though.
 

ECUpirate44

macrumors 603
Mar 22, 2010
5,735
8
NC
Idk what everyone's problem is. Currently at 12%. 25 hours standby and 8 hours of usage for me.
 

jpcapili

macrumors newbie
Sep 20, 2012
15
0
I'm dropping 3% every 5 minutes of use.. and that's just be fixing the settings.. not even using the internet.

If I take this to Apple store, can I use the battery as an excuse to have it replaced?
 

johnothy

macrumors regular
Mar 10, 2012
189
43
Midwest
My battery seems to go down faster than with my iPhone 4 which I never considered to have battery issues unless I forgot to charge it overnight.

This phone drains quicker. I turn LTE off on Verizon and it often goes into 2G mode (showing the circle) and not 3G most of the time. I'm not sure why, but it seems I don't get as good of 3G reception with the phone as my iPhone 4.

My phone was 100% this morning at 6am. I did the usual email checking and some texts and read a few websites all on 3G. When I left the house around 9 I think it was on 85% and now at 11:45 it is on 69% with moderate use during the past 2 hours. Location services is off and screen brightness is turned down.
 

Steven.

macrumors regular
Aug 16, 2009
131
29
London
I left the house with 100% battery this morning, by about 14:00 with very little usage (texting/downloading newspaper/Facebook) I was at 30%, by the time I arrived home at 16:00 I was at 9%.

I can be on Facebook and visibly see the percentage go down by 3-4% every few minutes. Also, a few days ago I went to bed with about 35% and woke up to find the iPhone completely dead.
 

cperchard

macrumors 6502a
Jun 15, 2010
795
7
Mine's quite weird.....it drains reasonably quickly, but when it gets to 1% it seems to last ages.....maybe about 20 mins, even playing games.......i re-calibrated it......waited till death and fully charged....but same thing happened again......seems very strange! I just want a realistic % displayed!
 

slayerz96

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 27, 2012
67
5
Singapore
Is there a noticeable difference in battery life between LTE and 3G? Apple claimed 8h for both, but I'm quite skeptical.
 

bzavala

macrumors member
Jun 14, 2012
61
6
I set up my iphone 5 as new, and my battery is consistent with 8+ hours of use, both WIFI and LTE. Way better than my 4S. It also helped that I calibrated the battery for 2 days.

My phone's been unplugged for a about 2.5 hrs and it is at 98%.
 

schizbomb

macrumors 6502
May 14, 2011
312
0
Texas
I was at 8-9 hours usage, and 25 standby with 24% battery left last night

I don't disable location services, LTE or notifications. I have 1 push email, 4 hourly fetch, wifi at the house, 90% brightness.

If it matters, I restored from backup
 

isprocket

macrumors newbie
Jul 11, 2007
24
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New Haven,CT.
I have a difficult time understanding why Apple made the 5 thinner. Instead of thinner they could have stuffed in more battery. Has anyone ever complained the 4-4s was too thick? Have we ever heard of battery issues before? A truly bigger battery would be a welcomed update and then maybe this post would be irrelevant. Thoughts?
 

slayerz96

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 27, 2012
67
5
Singapore
I have a difficult time understanding why Apple made the 5 thinner. Instead of thinner they could have stuffed in more battery. Has anyone ever complained the 4-4s was too thick? Have we ever heard of battery issues before? A truly bigger battery would be a welcomed update and then maybe this post would be irrelevant. Thoughts?
I know some fandroids love bitching about how thick and heavy the iPhone 4/S is compared to the competition.

I don't really bother about the thickness, but I do care about the weight. I've tried the 5, and the weight is very nice. Much lighter.

So far the battery seems very good, even on LTE. Now I wonder how iLounge got those figures.
 

JamesM

macrumors regular
Jan 27, 2007
248
4
Mine seems a lot better than my 4S

BT, 3 push email accounts, 3G, 45% brightness

Battery 1%
Usage 7 hours
Standby 1 day 3 hours
 

Nikhil72

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Oct 21, 2005
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Is there a noticeable difference in battery life between LTE and 3G? Apple claimed 8h for both, but I'm quite skeptical.
I tested this yesterday by turning off LTE and for my purposes, it didn't make a difference. I'm in a strong LTE area both at work and at home, but I also have WiFi at both locations, so I wondered if turning off LTE would help extend my WiFi time. Didn't make a difference at all. And I noticed roughly the same cellular drain whether on LTE or 4G (i.e. on a per % basis)
 

bryann9182

macrumors regular
May 18, 2011
142
0
Yesterday at school I got 6.5 hours usage and 14 hours total off the charger and I was down to 7% when I plugged back in

This is lower than one should expect because I often have very poor service in several of the buildings that I am in during the day, and reception generally isn't that good on my campus. It lasted me a full day with pretty poor service for most of my morning/afternoon so I'm happy
 

Ryan.Tanner

macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2008
131
0
McKinney, TX
24% here on 6:09 usage and 29hrs of standby. The battery is a beast for me. It is noon here (central) and the last time my phone was plugged in was 6am yesterday.
 

gouda272

macrumors regular
Feb 20, 2010
129
2
i'm almost getting to 6hrs usage time with 14 hrs standby time before i get to 1%. i'm some M-Cell when i'm home, LTE on the road with some wifi at certain places.
 

dksram

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Oct 6, 2011
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Go to Location Services>System Services and turn off diagnostic & usage ,genius for apps, location based iAds and setting time zone. You won't use that unless you travel and if you do just manually turn it on.
Big increase in battery life