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So Im thinking of getting an iPhone.. but one major thing (battery life content)

12-19-2009, 08:19 AM
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So Im thinking of getting an iPhone.. but one major thing (battery life content)

Id like to get an iPhone, mainly for the calender syncing for my laptop. I have a iTouch 2nd gen that I got for free with my computer, which I can use but I hate lugging around two devices.

How is the battery life after like an hour of N.O.V.A over wi-fi, or off of it (or like Inotia 2 for offline).. and how are multiple sessions, say maybe two or three times on some days.

I will be using the phone on most weekdays from ~10 AM to ~6-8 PM with:
-Music (and not just one long playlist while it is in 'in-your-pocket' mode, i will be switching songs frequently
-Gaming (wifi/and not) 1hr-3hr~
-Occasional text
-Leftover talk time in the evening, even extra emergency talk/text time

I'd really like to hear your thoughts, because this will let me know where to proceed.

I'm also looking for something that could last through the night, that means like ~10:00 AM to ~4:00 AM with even MORE of everything listed above

Last edited by acidshaman; 12-19-2009 at 08:42 AM.
12-19-2009, 09:01 AM
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Might be best to get another phone like the HTC Hero or something from their company, they might be well suited for you.

I still have my iPod Touch 2G and it's working pretty well like new after a year later

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12-19-2009, 09:45 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion, but its way too chunky for me, and it doesnt even have a keyboard?? Seems like an awful design. (if it does I didnt stick around to see it)

I really dont need anything with a chunky keyboard..

The more I think about it, the more having two seperate devices seems better for me... I just dont like thinking that someone will snag my itouch since its not my phone/wont be on me all the time
12-19-2009, 10:12 AM
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the iphone will need pretty frequent charging sessions (more than once per day) using it as you described. games like NOVA drain the battery life very quickly as it is, and of course playing online over wifi will chew up significant chunks if you play it for any extended period of time. it's simply unrealistic to expect it to last a day doing everything - texting, online gaming, music, etc and still expecting to have battery left to talk on the phone whenever you want. the iphone is an incredible device but battery life is a major achilles heal.

however, there's a wide variety of battery cases/external battery packs that you can buy. that's the route i've taken. I pretty much just carry an external battery pack with me wherever i go. it's a hassle but it's better than carrying two devices around IMO.

Last edited by hamstarz; 12-19-2009 at 10:15 AM.
12-19-2009, 10:20 AM
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@hamstarz thanks for your input.. pretty much seems like how its going to go down.. not that I wanted to hear that .. do you have any recc's for external packs? and perhaps cases that fit with both? Im trying to mantain some of the amazing slimness of the iphone (maybe they should just put a liiitle more battery in there haha, its too good now)

unfortunately that is carrying to devices (imo)... bah.. where is battery technology.. where is nuclear power?!

Last edited by acidshaman; 12-19-2009 at 10:28 AM.
12-19-2009, 10:45 AM
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i use the "just mobile gum pro" - do a quick search for reviews, it's solid and pretty well-regarded. can give about 2-3 full charges to your iphone. I chose not to get a battery case, so I don't really have any recommendations there. My reasoning was because 1)i didn't like the added thickness, and 2) their capacities are usually smaller than external battery packs.
12-19-2009, 11:18 AM
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@hamstarz thanks for your input.. pretty much seems like how its going to go down.. not that I wanted to hear that .. do you have any recc's for external packs? and perhaps cases that fit with both? Im trying to mantain some of the amazing slimness of the iphone (maybe they should just put a liiitle more battery in there haha, its too good now)

unfortunately that is carrying to devices (imo)... bah.. where is battery technology.. where is nuclear power?!
I have a Mophie and I love it. Doubles your battery life, and it will remain charged for a long time till you need it. It does add a bit of weight and thickness, but I found that I got used to it pretty quickly. As an added bonus, it makes it easier for me to hold the device horizontally while gaming.
12-19-2009, 11:19 AM
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i agree... its a hard decision.. I think I may just stick with Verizon.. since my mom learned how to use her cell-phone she might be using alot of mintues now...

this really helps my decision making though, thanks... either way I get stuck lugging around two things
12-19-2009, 11:20 AM
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i agree... its a hard decision.. I think I may just stick with Verizon.. since my mom learned how to use her cell-phone she might be using alot of mintues now...

this really helps my decision making though, thanks... either way I get stuck lugging around two things
Not with the Mophie, but that may not be enough power to meet your needs.
12-19-2009, 11:24 AM
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my main thing is late night battery life... I know I will be playing alot of music, and browsing alot of it too (i know thats what eats your battery)... with any gaming 3g ontop im just not sure if it could handle my regular night out...