Ever since the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 were released earlier this month, early adopters have flooded the web with complaints about reduced battery life and overheating handsets. But now a few solutions have emerged from multiple sources – but not from Apple, unfortunately. "So... is this going to be considered 'Battery-gate' or ' …
On second thoughts...
YOU'RE USING THE BATTERY THE WRONG WAY
Still FAIL though
No problem with 4S battery. Probably because I'm not using iCloud, and watch the data usage like a hawk.
It you're a techie in a tech shop, have you not noticed your shift key doesn't work or was the bile being spewed forth at Apple fans so vehement, that it's stuck under the shift key?
Take a "chill pill" and calm down!
Have you heard of capital letters and punctuation? Thought not.
Expect a message...
Cool - like The Lawnmower Man? Let's get these old Virtuality headsets dusted off!
...and the battery is the most moaned about aspect of smartphones. Something nokia did do very well. I'd pay for a Symbian Nokia rather then get a free iPhone.
I would agree right up the the N95. Although it eventually turned out to be a reliable phone, the initial few issues of firmware were buggy as hell, and the GPS was best not even used unless you had 5 minutes to stand still for it to lock.
That should have been a warning that things were heading the wrong way... But it took me to buy an N97 to realise Nokia had been caught with their pants down, raped and left traumatised and shaking when they should have been designing (and supporting) new phones. A phone that was released at least 12 months before it was ready, and abandoned before I'd got halfway through the 24 month contract I'd stupidly signed into. Prompting me to outright buy a replacement phone, just so I didn't need to use the N97 any more. The N97 ended its days with a Hegazy firmware on it, which is a little better, but it still suffers from serious hardware issues - GPS again for starters. It's now used simless as my MP3 player, thanks to its 32gig of storage MicroSD and Nokia headphones with the built in remote buttons.
Symbian was/is a fine mobile OS. Very lightweight and seriously battery friendly. It could have been a contender, but not when it was managed and owned by a company that had all the manoeuvrability of an oil tanker.
One of the handsets I've tried in the last year or so (having a professional interest) was the Nokia N8. The GPS was possibly a little slow but the battery life was excellent and I don't recall having a problem with any of the other hardware features. So I essentially disagree with you on the suggestion that Nokia's rudderless drifting had led to a general deterioration in hardware quality. But then again I never used an N97.
The N8 may indeed be a fine phone, and for those that have bought them, I hope it is, but it was too late to retain me as a customer.
Come to think of it, after the N97, I don't think anything would have retained me as a customer. The whole experience just revealed what can only be described as utter contempt for the end user. Abandoning support for a phone with outstanding bugs that many users are still paying for on excessively long contracts is just disgusting.
Never mind the boll^H^H^Hattery
What's the alarm going to do on the 31st of October?
Thank goodness it's not a Monday. Missing the Archers/Pub opening is ok.
Symbian is dead and buried
I just changed my workday alarm on my N8. It responded with a notification that said that 'Alarm goes off at 07:30am after daylight saving transition'.
You see, with functionality like that, it's obvious why the plug is being pulled on it and everyone's moving to brand new shiny mobile operating systems like iOS which have problems deciding what the time is (if the battery hasn't run out).
It's the spirit of Steve Jobs harnessing all the energy he can so he can return to Earth!!!! Quickly!!! Shut off you iDevices before you unleash the reborn Jobs!!! He'll have lasers from his eyes and be ill-tempered!! (More than before)!!!
... holding it...
... the wrong way?
Hmm, without the genius of the jobs reality distortion field, they'll just have to admit "it's a bug"
There's an app for that- and it just works!
Bloody rubbish iOS - can't even crash properly. Where's the proper BSOD, huh?
Not a problem.
Just carry a spare battery and swap it when the other one gets too low.
Ooops sorry I forgot you aren't allowed to.
May I tank you for the word "copacetic"?
I had to look it up - brilliant. Or copacetic..
@ Rik Myslewski & Fred Flintstone
I second that, let's buy Rik a pint!
Would the adverb be acceptable I wonder? If not, let's make it acceptable through usage.
Q. How's it going?
A. Copacetically thanks!
"you should probably know what to expect by now-gate"?
A shiny iphone4 is a shiny fashion accessory, even with a dead battery. Move along now..
Sounds like Apple are just starting to experience the same problems that other OSs have had for a while. The more complex and capable they become the more problems they will have. I've had my Android phone about a year and 3, maybe 4 times over that year I've put it down nearly fully charged and a couple of hours later it has pinged to say the battery is low. When I've picked it up it has been warm to touch. A quick reboot sorts it out. Plenty of other Android users have reported similar problems and it used to happen all the time on Windows Mobile.
With maturity and complexity come problems. Apple tried to avoid this by keeping the iPhone simple but the market has pushed it towards greater complexity so random problems will occur. And, because of the vast numbers sold and the huge hype, every little problem will be magnified a thousand times.
He who lives by the hyperbole.....
You have to pay for a system activity monitor? Is this some sort of joke?
"crash report, dataaccessed, contacts, location and cloud syncing."
Why do I have the sneaking suspicions the iPhone4 is trying to pass on data a bit enthusiastically and is falling over it's own security?
I would be most bemused if it turned out the batteries were being sucked dry by phones spying on their owners.
No big deal
You're just using it wrong
iFan status: TOLD.
Just get a new phone
not a big deal....
Imagine the outcry if Android phones had poor battery life
... oh wait a minute.
Speak for yourself
I have a Xperia Arc, and it sure eats his battery.
I have on permanent sync 4 email accounts. 3G is always on, sometimes 802.11 too.
Facebook, Tweeter, WhatsApp and Viber are always on too. And it is used as MP3 player - with bluetooth.
I set the apps to syncronyze at anytime. Usually my battery goes until night. 15% at about 21:00.
If I turn most of it off, his battery life grows to something like 60 hours.
Not a lot, but I do hammer it pretty hard. And I have a friend whoose IPhone lives on the charger...
Just stick an Nuclear military battery in it
Common enough software problem
Common enough software problem - when the dev (or a later code editor) doesn't think very hard about handling errors and preventing a cascading error loop. i.e. an error in the error handler causes an error that triggers another error in the error handler.
Still better than the battery life on every Android phone
Isn’t it horrible when a company designs a device that allows its users to think of poor battery life as a fault rather than an inevitability?
Worst case scenario my Galaxy S2 gives me a day and a half, usually more like 2 and a half, far better than any iPhone I've seen to date
My iPhone lasts two days minimum with heavy use. Android reality distortion field at work?
Just out of curiosity, are you running the device stock or have you rooted it?
If you have to root it, they've failed, end of story.
Or maybe not. Maybe it's okay. This diversity should be encouraged, even if it results in sloppy devices. It's all part of being 'open', after all. Sort of.
There really IS an Android reality distortion field
As it turns out, according to AnandTech, the S2 has great battery life compared to an iPhone. That is, provided you're only using it to make phone calls and create Wi-fi hotspots. Amazing, why did I ever doubt you?
Good luck with your software updates, too. And I mean that with no sarcasm at all. I am actually wishing you luck, because yesterday I saw this:
Android battery life
I've got a SE Experia Play. Today is day 3 on the battery since I last plugged it in. I'm in a basement here, so the signal's pretty weak - poor wee phone has to work to keep it up. Yesterday I had to use it as a torch whilst fixing a phone system in a room with blown lights. I regularly use it as a web browser and email client (have my gmail synced).
Right now the battery is sitting on 26%. This is Tuesday, and it was unplugged from the mains on Sunday morning.
Sucks to have such a shitty battery. If only it could last until Christmas...
I'm happy for you
It's so touching to see a phone with a single-core processor and last-year's quaint graphics hardware, a phone that's both bigger and heavier than the 4S, get such great battery life.
Now here's a link I hope will put a stop to all the stupid:
Decided to upgdade from iphone 3gs to a Galaxy S2 instead of a 4S. Cant believe the difference in quality and speed. Battery lasts for at least 2 days with heavy usage. GPS doesnt destroy my battery. Plus I can buy a new one for about £8 and change it myself- I actually feel stupid for not changing to Samsung earlier. Dont get me wrong I love my Imac but the Iphone is all about status and shiny shiny with no substance.
You can't believe how much faster the S2 is compared to a 2+ year old phone?
I can't believe...
...How much faster the S2 is compared to a 2+ WEEK old phone
Acutally I tried both in the shop, the S2 nailed the 4S to the wall.
"Cant believe the difference in quality and speed"
Do you mean you can talk much faster ?
Pardon me but...
"The Reg has contacted Apple for clarification, comments, or help, but has not heard back from them."
I've never seen an article where you did hear back from them.
Maybe it's time to stop trying?
No, in the sake of fairness you always give them the chance to respond. It lets you take the high ground.
Wow, a few bugs... in the first release of a new version of an operating system? SURELY NOT?!
I found issues in the notification centre in IOS 5 where it was showing MS exchange notifications that were old but kept trying to display, which was eating 20%+ an hour of battery. removing the exchange accounts and reloading fixed the issue. Might help someone...
There's a fix coming...
There's a fix coming, and its called the iPhone 5.
They see me trolling, they hating.
Fanbois of another colour
Amazing how the hatred and bile fills up with some people.
Okay, the last 4 phones I've owned, current one at the top with reasons for changing:
Currently using an iPhone4. Phone calls? Check. Texts? Check. Browser? Check. Email? Check. Decent camera? Check. Music? Check. Reliable? Check. Ticks all the boxes I require and also has angry birds on it for when I'm bored.
Previous phone, SE Xperia X10i. Phone calls? Check. Texts? Check. Browser? Check. Email? Check. Decent camera? Check. Music? Check. Reliable? Heck no. Constant freezing, issue with charging (now has to be charged using an external battery charger), and lasts about half a day with full charge.
iPhone 3G. Phone calls? Check. Texts? Check. Browser? Check. Email? Check. Decent camera? Nope, worst camera of all the phones I've had. Music? Check. Reliable? Check. Actually upgraded to the Xperia because of the camera.
SE K800i. Phone calls? Check. Texts? Check. Browser? Nope. Email? Nope. Decent camera? Check. Music? Limited. Reliable? Check. Actually of all the phones I've owned this is the one I miss most. Couldn't browse the internet or check my work email on it but the camera has to be one of the best cameras on any phone I've ever owned. Even better than the higher res camera on the Xperia.
Might try Samsung next, but to be brutally honest the iPhone 4S pretty much has everything I require already covered. And I've never had an issue with running the iPhone, whereas I've had lots of issues with Android on the Xperia (even having the phone brick itself while trying to accept a call once, had to remove the battery to reset it)
At the end of the day, I don't care who makes it, I just want my phone to work and to have at least a semblance of build quality (seriously SE, plugging in the charger should NOT break the phone. It's a known fault, so make the bloody socket more robust instead of blaming the user)
k 800i browser
It certainly did have a browser, although it was a bit rubbish! I used opera mini for the life of that phone, worked well, as did the email - not as Nicely as my x10 though (but at least the battery would last a day!)
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