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dhandy850
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11/13/2011 | 6:28:22 AM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
I used several Android phones from about the time the very first one was introduced. My first was the Motorola Droid 1. I've replaced every Droid i've owned under warranty. I've fought the same battery battles. One thing I can say for Android, it gives you a very nice widget to put on your home screen to turn the various radios (wiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc) on/off with the flick of a finger. That makes it easier to make your battery last longer. Having now owned an iPhone 4 for a while, and incidentally I'm still using my first one instead of being on my second or third like with my android based hardware, I find the over all user experience superior. Android is catching up, in in a few ways better (i.e. google maps/navigation. Overall the iPhone is a better platform. Why? Simple: everything works consistently and together. In the year or so I've had my iPhone 4, I think I've had one app quit unexpectedly. On android apps quit or force-closed multiple times a day. Not just 'cheap' apps, but built in apps like e-mail or calendar. I liked my android devices. I like my iPhone. I'm VERY glad we have both. With both Android and iPhone, they will force each other to get better...
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11/13/2011 | 12:56:06 AM
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Grim
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11/13/2011 | 12:46:17 AM
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But,, you always have to look to see who the Droid users compare their phone to,,, the iPhone. I know several who have Droids and have battery problems as well. I purchased my iPhone 4S about a week ago. No problems here at all.
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11/12/2011 | 11:06:41 PM
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rcossebo-- I think iPhone people are brainwashed.

I guess you haven't seen the Samsung Galaxy SII. It's very competitive if not better than an iPhone 4S. I hear the Nexus will be better. The screen brightness auto-adjusts by monitoring the light entering the front camera. I have set my non-critical email accounts to update 1-2x/day, and my work email to check once/hr during the workday and then every 4hr or so thereafter. There's an app call Tasker to allow customization of the phone setup in almost any situation that one could want - -by currently active app, the phone's physical orientation, time of day, etc. I have the radio controls set up on the homescreen so that I can easily turn them on or off without digging down through a menu.

And the Galaxy is much more physically rugged than the iPhone, e.g. it has a Gorilla Glass screen. Go look here: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/...
rcossebo
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11/12/2011 | 8:22:25 PM
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I was wondering...this seems like a little bashing of Apple and iPhone 4S/5.0.1 to me; so I was wondering, how do Android phones handle the same things that most "non" FanBoys are saying is wrong with the product to begin with. I'm thinking they are merely jealous because they don't have the display, apps, or style; they only have HUGE BRICKS they like to think are cool! I have a friend who has a Droid product that he's had to have replaced 3 times in 1 1/2 years and is always saying it isn't posting his emails or txts in a timely fashion. He's checked his plan, the carrier and everything else he can to. Even has removed the battery overnight to see if he can reboot the thing; no luck, still a brick!
geoh
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11/12/2011 | 6:51:52 PM
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AND, all well and good here. HOWEVER, do you think Apple support people and engineers will read these posts and other forums? I SINCERELY DOUBT IT!

Because, I am less than 90 days and I purchased Apple Care, I decided to call Apple Support to register my issues with 4S battery life. I said similar to other issues we all are having. He did suggest another option is to do a restore. I did that last night, and now I seem to have better battery life! I should not have to do that with such a new device! I am about to call again with my case number, I have a friend who actually is on his fourth 4S, and says it's now fine.

He did say we should use apple.com/feedback, which is read by important people, AND continue to call Apple Care people. Forum comments like this do nothing except provide ideas from other users, and a place to vent frustrations!
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11/12/2011 | 4:43:19 PM
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Here's another way to save power....completely turn off the phone and never use it.

This is another one of those ridiculous posts which would have you turn off every major feature of the phone just to give yourself another 30 minutes of battery life.

Hey guess what guys? The iPhone has a cool new notification feature...but don't use it since this will drain your battery. So turn it off so you can give yourself another 15 minutes a day of battery.

How about the retina display? Nice isn't it? Okay, now that you like it, dim it down so it is worthless....that will give you another 15 minutes of battery life. You won't have any eyesight left, but you will save some of the precious as gold battery life.

Isn't it great to have your contacts, calendar and email sync over the cloud? Yeah, I like it too. But turn it off for goodness sakes! It will use your battery, and you know we can't have that.

Although the post didn't mention turning off Siri, you might as well turn that off as well since it definitely uses up your battery.

I guess one silly alternative is to get yourself another charging cord and have it at your office so you can plug it in when you aren't using it. Or, you can turn off every reason you just upgraded to the 4S and use it like an original iPhone. But I guess if you were to take the recommended action in this post, there would have been no reason to upgrade.....hmmmm.......

tanya67
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11/12/2011 | 4:33:35 PM
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I purchased my 1st ever iPhone more than 10 days ago. Right out of the box the battery drained quickly. I found tips to turn off certain notifications or push features that I wouldn't need daily. Those tops worked but I still had major drain-age. I downloaded the 'fix' Thursday evening and I had immediate power improvement. However everyone that I know with an iPhone is just like me.... It's a relationship that requires constant maintenance. We will always need our power cords because we depend on our phones to do everything. I suspect those who still have battery issues need to take a hard look at turning off certain features and adjusting screen brightness to a dimmer level. Good luck.
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11/12/2011 | 4:28:35 PM
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Another thing is not turning off apps. I bought an app called TomTom, and it really needs a car charger or the TomTom Car Kit, which is worth it because then you can place your iPhone on your windshield, and the car kit keeps it charged. The car kit is a small investment, but worth it for this app.

TomTom is a GPS program, that leaves the screen on, and also downloads map updates like real-time traffic reports, and user-submitted updates of areas under construction. It's extremely useful!

However, if you don't turn the TomTom app off when you exit your car, you'll only a few hours battery life because it downloads updates, leaves the GPS enabled, and will also talks to you when you need to make a turn on a street corner. It even says the name of the street you should turn onto. I once left the app running while in a meeting, and during the conference call, with TomTom in my pocket, it told me to take a turn onto Sunset Blvd. Whoops!

The app is reasonable too- I think it was around $50.00, it's much easier and useful than a stand-alone GPS, and with the always-updating maps and traffic, it's extremely easy to use.

That said, new owners of iPhones should also learn how to turn apps off because the iPhone Multitasks, and apps will stay running.

Here's how to accomplish this:
Press the menu key (the only button on the iPhone) twice (like your double-clicking a mouse) and then touch (and hold) an app's icon for about 3 seconds. Once the icons start jiggling, touch the red circle in the top left corner. This will kill the app, instead of your battery.
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