The Next Web has a piece up about how horrid the battery life is on the iPhone, and by extension, all smartphones. While I’m sure this is a very real problem for some, it isn’t for me. Why? Because as Clint Eastwood once (almost) said, “A man’s got to know his (phone’s) limitations.”
Turns out, the iPhone 5 has amazing battery life if you know how to use it properly. I almost never see my iPhone 5 drop below 50%. But I plug it in to external power when I’m listening to Pandora or using navigation while I drive. I keep the screen brightness just high enough to be comfortably readable (25-50%), not retina-searing full brightness just because I can.
I’m fortunate to have really good LTE signal throughout most of Denver on Verizon, so the radio uses less juice than is probably average. I also keep it on WiFi at home, work and my best friend’s house, the three places I spend most of my time.
In my experience, Bluetooth uses almost no power when not in use, so I generally kept it on (I stopped doing this only recently when I realized I’m really not going to be using the BT keyboard).
I am careful about location services. Any app that keeps active GPS on constantly just because gets deleted. Geofencing and occasional location pings don’t bother me at all.
Lastly, I should mention that this is on, by far, my primary computing device. I use my iPhone for everything, and I’ve been nothing but impressed with the iPhone 5 battery life.
Your mileage may vary.
I posted on various social networks around New Years that I was going to try to avoid buying any new apps or gadgets this year, instead resolving to make do with what I have.
So useful, in fact, that now I’ve decided I really need to buy an iPad mini, and the sooner the better (if I wait until it ships with the as yet unreleased iOS 6.13, I might not be able to jailbreak it as well).
I have an iPad 4, but that doesn’t cut it. My big boy iPad is supplied by work, so I can’t jailbreak it. And some of these tweaks are too good to live without. So I need my own. And there’s no point in having two large iPads, so the mini seems like the logical choice.
I only need the WiFi version, and 16GB will do since most of my stuff is cloud based. So as soon as I cobble together about $350 (insert Chef’s dad’s bit about the Loch Ness Monster on South Park here), I’ll have a new gadget to welcome into Chez Kirvin.