Migrated from Android, anyone else find the iPhone to be data hungry?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Perihelion, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Perihelion macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    I swapped my HTC Hero running Android for my new iPhone 4. Love the phone and all its features but I'm finding that I'm burning through WAY more data than I did on the Hero. I'm not sure yet if the phone itself is just chatty on data behind the scenes checking for new emaisl and such or if I'm consuming more data because the OS and apps are condusive to more data consumption in less time or with less effort. As a comparison, I used about 120mb of data a month on the Hero including email, facebook, light browsing, weather, and stock updates. Same usage pattern on the iPhone but I've burned through 125mb in a week. Your thoughts?
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Other than using the phone a little more than you might otherwise have done (it's a new "toy" after all), the iPhone 4's retina display causes many apps to download larger images and as such more data will be used compared to other phones doing the same thing.
  3. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    5MB isn't a ton of flux. That's maybe a few image heavy pages. Or even 2 songs over Pandora.
  4. MisterDisney macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Not really enough data to matter. Unless you fell for the 200MB plan, you'll be fine. I've had an iPhone 4 since launch and just picked up a Samsung Epic as a back-up phone line (turns out Sprint actually works where I live, now (where AT&T doesn't).. Should be interesting to see how the data usage compares after the first month.
  5. Perihelion thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    Its not just 5mb difference, that's a month compared to a week of usage...point taken about the "new toy" syndrome though.
  6. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Okay, 4 times the data is more of a concern, but there is wifi vs 3G to consider too. If you have used one near a wifi spot more than the other it will greatly influence the billed data use.

    Although in general, it's hard to tell you what you see is normal or not without being fairly invasive and getting a complete picture of your usage, where it happens and what it is.
  7. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    I've noticed my iPhone 4 does seem to use more than my Droid X, yet I don't see that as a fault. It's simply different that's all.
  8. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2007
    Besides 'new toy' syndrome, are you browsing the iPhone's built in iTunes app and/or the App Store much? :D

    And....most of the 3rd party apps (especially those with ads, free or not) do a lot of 'phoning around/home' while you are running them.
  9. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    prob. using internet enabled apps that you didn't have before in android = more data usage. Especially downloading/trying out/removing/keeping new apps to test the apps you want at the end will surely increase more your usage at the beginning of your ownership.
  10. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Use Opera Mini to save data usage.

    It isn't as nice as Safari on iPhone and you have to zoom alot, but it compresses the sites that you can save up to 90% as they claim. So what might be 200MB on Safari would be like 2GB on Opera Mini. I am using it now since I went over my 200MB limit a few times. At home, I use WiFi and Safari. Outside the house, I just use Edge and Opera Mini.
  11. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    An Android device is no less data hungry than the iPhone. As a matter of fact, I can easily see an Android user consuming more data in one month than an iPhone user would.

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