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11:27 AM on 11/02/2011
Really useful post!
11:12 AM on 11/02/2011
#11 DONT BUY AN IPHONE
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Steven Travis
Really, do you need one?
12:07 PM on 11/02/2011
Thanks for the advice, but given the alternatives, I'll stick to my iPhone.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
12:40 PM on 11/02/2011
I don't like more features anyway.
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marc-levin
11:05 AM on 11/02/2011
An Apple technician gave me these tips: Whenever possible charge the phone through the USB port of the computer, preferably with an original Apple cable. Avoid car chargers as much as possible, because they can give surges, particularly if they’re unoriginal.

Avoid overcharging, Use a timer, particularly overnight, allowing it to stop the charge after about 3 hours, the usual charge time.

If you charge from an outlet use an Apple charger when possible.

I don’t know if the Apple-only advice is necessary, but I have experienced some cheap unoriginal chargers and cables that seem to be unstable.

Charging the iPhone through the computer makes sense and, he said, if your Apple computer is from before March 2011, it’s a good idea to use a timer on that as well, as they don’t automatically shut down when charged, he said.
11:26 AM on 11/02/2011
The car charger works surprisingly well for me. It's the only time I can talk for an extended period of time while the phone is charging and not have it die on me mid-charge.

Keeping it cool while charging is essential as well, since the iphone will stop charging if it gets too hot to protect the phone.
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marc-levin
12:16 PM on 11/02/2011
I forgot to add that my iPhone 3Gs is getting a little old, and reboots on its own a few times a day. It has a mother board problem and that’s way the slow charge through the computer was the safest, and things like car chargers, when there’s already a mother-board weakness, could make my problem worse.

Sorry I forgot to mention that the first time.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
11:40 AM on 11/02/2011
"preferably with an original Apple cable" rotflmao.
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Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
11:05 AM on 11/02/2011
And Apple STILL hasn't found a way to make a simple battery swap a natural part of a user's daily routine? How about a 20% bigger battery? Would it kill sales to advertize a full day's power for a heavy user?

My Incredible 2 has yet to drop dead before it hits the nightstand. Bigger battery.
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Stilyagi
Making a board with a bigger nail in it.
11:01 AM on 11/02/2011
"But fear not, iPhone owner! You may not be able to have a work battery and a home battery like your Android-toting brethren"

That's SO sad.... I never have battery problems on my HTC. I can have a work battery, a home battery, a special deluxe battery that lasts twice the time of the original.... The batteries are so cheap (a fraction of what it costs to get Apple to replace yours) and readily available (on eBay), that I keep a second battery in the carrying case or the car's glove compartment, as a backup. Did I mention it takes 5 seconds to change the battery on an HTC? In the case of emergencies (ie. lost, car broke down, etc) I ALWAYS have power to my Android phone. I certainly don't have to worry my head off about power saving tips when its so easy to change batteries.

But then.... that's what you get for being iSheep (reg. trade mark - don't even try to copy, Apple has great and powerful lawyers....).
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Funky Discharge
It's only my screen name...
10:59 AM on 11/02/2011
To preserve battery life on any device that uses a lithium ion battery, make sure you allow full charge cycles - run the battery completely down, and don't interrupt the charge cycle until the battery is fully charged. Short-cycling a battery (charging when it's not completely discharged, or not allowing a full charge) will shorten the life.
Lithium ion batteries have less of a "memory" than the old nickel cadmium cells, but they still have memory, despite what manufacturers may tell you.
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Paintio
buzz or howl under the influence of heat
11:21 AM on 11/02/2011
You sound like a George Clinton song.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
11:46 AM on 11/02/2011
Nonsense. By giving charging advice for Ni-Cad batteries to people with Li-on, you are going to destroy their batteries faster. Here is some light reading: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries You should NEVER fully discharge a lithium ion battery.
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cuoi
I wish everyone happiness.
12:08 PM on 11/02/2011
Good site. Thanks.
10:59 AM on 11/02/2011
I have a Samsung Charge and it absolutely SUCKS when it comes to battery life. If I actually use the phone during the day (you know, to do important tasks, such as Words with Friends and Facebook), I have to charge it twice a day. Once overnight, and again around 4 or 5pm. I've done everything I possibly could to minimize battery usage (a lot of similar things to what this articles suggests), and it still sucks. My boyfriend's Bionic has a much better battery life. Anyone else with similar phones have issues like that? Or is this a sign I need to get a new battery?
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Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
10:57 AM on 11/02/2011
Most of these are good tips for any phone. So why does iphone get named in the header? Google hits.
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HonestJohnnis
11:46 AM on 11/02/2011
Because the iPhone 4s gives you 30-45 minutes of talk time from a full charge and is losing like 2% a minute with the screen on. I've never seen that with any other phone.
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CaptainObvvious
Calling me a liberal is a compliment!
11:59 AM on 11/02/2011
Funny, I have never seen that with an iphone 4S... SOME seemingly defective units are having that problem not the iPhone 4S itself.
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WSAY
Res ipsa loquitur
10:57 AM on 11/02/2011
If you are an Android user, consider thus. A recent survey found, once again, that Apple's iPhone is superior to Android. This includes ease of use, a better OS, and a better physical design.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/18/j-d-power-iphone-is-tops-for-5th-time/

You are just another of the people claiming you don't want an iPhone, yet you stalk the "iArticles" and say childish, ignorant, immature things about Apple, Steve Jobs, the iPad, the iPod, and the iPhone.

I don't like Rap music. Consequently, I don't have an interest in Rap music, I don't read Rap music articles, and I don't praise or criticize Rap music. It is off my radar. That is the way it works when you are truly uninterested and unimpressed by a subject. (No offense intended to Rap lovers.)

If I felt the same way about Apple or their products, I'd treat them the same. However, people who are constantly stalking these iArticles and whining about Apple and alike are clearly interested. They have taken their their stand, (Apple is overpriced, etc.) and now they feel some great desire to stalk the iArticles. Why would that be?

Jealousy, immaturity, fear they bought the wrong product, envy, realization that they are being left it the dust, you name it. However, this constant stalking that takes place by people feigning disdain for all things Apple is not what it appears. Face it - you are insecure, and rightly so.
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Roshi98
Age quod agis
11:27 AM on 11/02/2011
Had iPhones since 2007, switched to the Atrix in May, and couldn't be happier. Not a single dropped call, more freedom with apps, Flash support, expandable memory, folder/file control, MS Office compatibility, the list goes on.

Insecure? Not hardly. Just a savvy consumer sick of the subpar performance of multiple generations of iPhones. Go stick your assuming self somewhere the sun don't shine.
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WSAY
Res ipsa loquitur
11:32 AM on 11/02/2011
Sure thing. I guess that explains why you haunt iPhone articles. You sound worried that you made a mistake. Surveys repeatedly demonstrate that you did. As I say, you sound insecure (and immature).
04:17 PM on 11/02/2011
I'm glad the Atrix works for you. The iPhone works for me- why do you feel the need to criticize my choice?
Maarten Wentink
99%er, 53%er & Job Creator
10:48 AM on 11/02/2011
Let the phone brand wars begin...............
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Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
11:05 AM on 11/02/2011
....continue.
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Aramaki
10:46 AM on 11/02/2011
Wow.

I love the fact at HP is not even bothering to pretend anymore.
It's like they don't care that you know they are an Apple/IPhone/IPad/Mac support site (and I mean "support" in both the literal "genius bar" sense as well as the metaphorical "fanboy" sense) anymore.

Away with the pretense and false product and brand neutrality.
"We are an Apple online marketing and support site, and we don't care that you know it".

Front Page news???

Amazing.

Pretty soon they'll have an IPhone/IPAd support phone-in line and a virtual version of the "genius bar".
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WSAY
Res ipsa loquitur
10:55 AM on 11/02/2011
And you don't pretend to not be jealous. WOW!
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Moarku
100 times more modest than you'll ever be.
11:23 AM on 11/02/2011
It's posted in the Tech section. The Huffpost front page is made up of the top stories from various sections around the site. That doesn't make it "front page news" in the way traditional newspapers think of it.

Also, I hate to tell you this, but the iPhone battery issue has been a pretty big deal on the various tech sites, so it is timely. Also, if Huffpost were the true fanboys you are accusing them of, wouldn't they be downplaying the issue rather than talking about how you can make it slightly better and specifically pointing out that Android phones come with a replaceable battery?
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alisonv
10:46 AM on 11/02/2011
This is a really helpful article. I just made several of the changes suggested above. They make sense.
11:00 AM on 11/02/2011
You need all the help you can muster.
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slocomgp
Reality has a liberal bias........
11:22 AM on 11/02/2011
Or maybe you do?
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ljm123
God is NOT a Republician
10:42 AM on 11/02/2011
#11: TURN THE DAMN THING OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WSAY
Res ipsa loquitur
10:55 AM on 11/02/2011
Spoken like a true Android user.
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peegan
My mermaid returned to the sea.
11:24 AM on 11/02/2011
You seem to be heavily and emotionally invested in the IPhone. Care to spill? I am a good listener.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
11:54 AM on 11/02/2011
Anyone with even a hint of common sense can tell this person hates people who use their phones all the time. It has nothing to do with Android or Apple. You clearly do not have any.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
10:43 AM on 11/02/2011
No, no, no, no... Every time there is an article about conserving battery life on an Android device, there are apple fanboi's coming out of the wood works to brag how THEY don't have to tweak their phone because it JUST WORKS and the battery life is AMAZING. So there is no way any of this needs to be done because if it did, Apple would have done it already.
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RattleCat
10:44 AM on 11/02/2011
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MWA1111
I'll let you set the tone for our conversation
10:52 AM on 11/02/2011
You can't dispute the post so this is all you got?
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WSAY
Res ipsa loquitur
10:55 AM on 11/02/2011
You sound immature.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
11:17 AM on 11/02/2011
Nice rebuttal.
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babybecks
"because I am involved in Mankind;"
10:41 AM on 11/02/2011
My iphone 4 has stayed charged for 2 full days even with almost constant use, except during the night.

Some of these are OK suggestions.

But I like to keep my gps on, because of the app that tracks my route, miles and speed while running.

There are also other things that rely on the gps, so think about your needs before switching it off.