"Battery Life more than a minor problem"2.0 starson by iWhat
Pros: I love the iPhone. All this stuff in a phone? Amazing. I love my iPod so I love the iPhone. Web browsing is fast. Integration with Exchange and ActiveSync makes email push super easy to set up and use. Great apps.
Cons: 5 hours STANDBY with 3G on. Not "talk time." My new 3GS 32 battery is dead by 3:00 pm, without any use. 12 hours STANDBY with 3G off.
This is not useful as a phone. What geek at Apple thought this could possibly be useful other than as a novelty?
Summary: I needed a phone that would also do email. I need to be able to view and edit attachments.
I looked at Blackberry, but I have no Blackberry server so a Blackberry will not do push email for me. I looked at Windows CE devices. Too many lockups and general Microsoft garbage. Other than iPhone, other immediately available OSs (to my knowledge) don't have apps that support editing Word docs.
Then I looked at iPhone. It is beautiful. The interface, though not perfect, is much, much better and intuitive than anything else I looked at. I realized that all the other touch phones are trying to be an iPhone. And it has a huge lead in applications. So I switched carriers and bought an iPhone 1.5 weeks ago.
But I noticed that the battery kept going dead. I thought I must be playing with it too much. So then I just kept it in my pocket. I had maybe one or two short phone calls. The battery was dead by 3:00 pm. Fluke? I tried again and again with the same result. The battery goes dead long before my day is done.
I took it to the Apple store. The tech said I can expect "up to" 5 hours STANDBY on a full charge with 3G on. She suggested I turn 3G off, because then I can expect up to 12 hours STANDBY. 12 hours?!? And Apple will not even consider the phone defective if it gets 12.01 hours of standby time.
Think about it. A basic requirement for a cell phone should be that you can unplug it in the morning, carry it around all day, and put it back on its charger before going to bed. In fact (gasp) you probably should be able to make a short call or two during that time, without the phone going dead before you are ready to go to bed. My old LG flip phone with an ancient battery would last from Friday morning til Sunday night, including a few calls during that time.
I strongly recommend against the iPhone for anybody who wants to carry a phone and have it work as a phone all day long.
I recommend you not even try the iPhone because if you do, you might like it so much that you will have a hard time taking the darn thing back to the store where it belongs.
That's where I am. I hate the battery life. A pox on Apple. This thing doesn't come close to working for me as a phone. Yet...I want just one more fix, er, day before I take it back.
So do yourself a favor. Don't try the iPhone because it is like a drug. But it is a long way from being acceptable as a phone.
You don't want to end up like me, a poster child for the addictiveness of iPhone and unable to take calls after 3:00 pm.