Will Apple replace 4S with terrible battery life?

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  1. trajen macrumors 6502a

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    I have had a 4S since November 2nd. Terrible battery life with iOS 5.0 and not much better with 5.0.1; I can barely get 2 hours usage out of the damn thing.

    Has anyone had a similar experience? My guess would be yes. Were you able to get a replacement or did Apple tell you to wait for an update?

    I don't want to go to the Apple store if they're just going to tell me to wait. 2 hours of usage is pretty pathetic.
     
  2. jauhari macrumors regular

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    Battery usage is depend on Apps you are running on, how many notifications activated... etc

    The Most easiest why to check your iPhone 4S have battery problem or not is Disable Network Data and Wi-Fi Connections and use your iPhone for SMS and CALL only... And check it does your battery drain quickly too?

    If your iPhone running well... then you need to check on you iPhone setting such us Notification, GPS, MAIL and Apps...
     
  3. SweetLou122 macrumors regular

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    yes, with that kind of life they will replace it. Had this done twice already
     
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    No way. That's too much work. Besides, that's the Genius' job, not mine. Apple products are supposed to "just work".
     
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    Cool, good to know. Sometimes iPhones are just lemons I guess. I bet the replacement will have iOS 5.0.1 pre-installed.
     
  6. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    more than likely you will get one with 5.0.1 pre-installed. Also somewhat likely is that you will have the same problem with a new handset. maybe not though. Good luck!
     
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    *update*
    Went to the Apple store today. After 2 visits a few hours apart they replaced my 4S.

    The replacement model, to my surprise, is running iOS 5.0 and, so far, has EXCELLENT battery life! I am extremely pleased.
     
  8. WarioTBH macrumors newbie

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    How much usage / standby are you getting out of the new device @ how much battery % left?
     
  9. trajen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Fully charged then unplugged for the 1st time last night after getting home. So far:

    4hrs 40 min of usage
    13hrs 51 min standby
    4% left

    *much* better than the previous phone.
     
  10. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    so what kind of things do you use your phone for?

    Your reported battery life is still pretty bad IMO.
     
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    Mostly porn.
     
  12. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    The first three I had were happily replaced by Apple.

    Then recently they decided to stonewall the issue just like with Antennagate. My neighbor took his in this week and they flatly said no, and were not interested in his story. After wasting my time to go in and get three replacements all of which suffered the same short battery life, I've found a great solution.

    I now use my Samsung SGS II as my primary smartphone, relegating the iPhone 4S to a secondary unit just like I did last year. When Antennagate failed to allow my iPhone 4 to make reliable calls, I had no choice but to set it aside.

    The third time is the charm.

    I feel somewhat confident that this next iPhone will not suffer these major issues. After all the first three iPhones I owned from the beggining up to and including the 3GS were all quite good.

    Oh sure they had some small bugs, but that is to be expected. In addition Apple did a very good job of fixing those small issues with updates.

    I'm wondering if Apple is simply in over it's head, with too many products to keep up with.

    The quality decline is obvious and so is the functionality issues. Perhaps they would be wise to spend some of that cash they are sitting on, by investing in the company and growing it to accommodate every pie they've stuck their finger in.
     
  13. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    Oh, well I guess I wouldn't classify your battery drain as hardcore.

    I mean, there are other things that could be sucking your battery dry.

    If there is a problem however, you may need to go a little deeper to figure out what's up.

    I suggest maybe using it nonstop -- you know, really pound the ***** out of it and see how well it holds up.

    If it's about the same, I guess your only option is to stop being so anal about it.
     
  14. trajen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I love you. That post was full of win.
     
  15. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    Ha! Rock on.

    On a serious note, my battery is currently at 4h 20m of use and 20h 21m standby with 55% left

    This includes (failed) attempts to send pics via SMS to my wife. Attempts failed due to bad signal in my lead office building so I know I've had some drain b/c of signal.

    I've gotten over a day and over 8 hours of use before the battery goes to 1%
    (use includes some music listening in all fairness)
     
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    Well, I just woke up and my phone is still on its second charge cycle.

    5 hrs 21 min usage
    17 hrs 0 min standby
    17% battery left

    Seems like it's getting better! I'll left the phone die and then recharge to make sure the battery is calibrated and then report back at 1% on the 3rd cycle.
     
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    Just keep cycling. Newer batteries, like a new pair of shoes, have a breaking in period.
     
  18. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    No crap?

    I'm not calling you out or anything -- legit question but where did you read this? Do you have a link? I've tried doing research about these batteries (for android/iphone/laptop purposes) and don't remember seeing that. If that's true, I'd like to read more.

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    During that standby, are you on wifi a lot or not at all? Also, what's your cell reception like?

    that *is* better and more on-par with what I'd consider closer to normal.

    Being on wifi/having a good signal will GREATLY increase your battery life. You ought to check into your accounts that you're syncing and see if they're on push or fetch (heard it doesn't matter that much but w/e) and you should try turning all of your location services off just as a test.

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    brightness is a battery hog too... try running with it @ 50% and auto brightness on.
     
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    I don't have wifi at home right now and Sprint has 4-5 bars but data is really ******. I can't wait for an unlock and to go back to AT&T. Brightness is at 50% with auto turned on and iCloud settings are defaults. I only have 2 apps installed so far: Dropbox and FreeMusic.
     
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    *update*

    I've been tinkering with settings and yesterday decided to try turning off iMessages. It seemed to do the trick!

    Usage: 5 hrs 20 min
    Standby: 17 hrs 3 minutes
    Battery: 1%

    Yahtzee!
     

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