iPhone 3G’s Battery Life is not as good as the original iPhone, but better than other 3G Smart Phones

If you have just upgraded to Apple’s iPhone 3G from the original iPhone, you might have noticed that iPhone 3G’s battery life is not as good as your older iPhone.

But before you start complaining, you might want to see how iPhone 3G performs in comparison to other 3G smart phones.

When you buy the latest version of any product, you expect it to be better than its predecessor in all respects. It might not be the case when it comes to iPhone 3G’s battery life.

The results of the battery life tests carried out by folks at AnandTech on the new iPhone 3G show that the original iPhone had a much better battery life than Apple’s new iPhone 3G. You can see from the chart below that you can keep browsing with iPhone 3G for a little over 3 hours (i.e. 197 minutes) while with the original iPhone over Edge you can surf the web for almost 6 hours (i.e 343 minutes).


iPhone 3G VS Original iPhone battery life

However, comparing the original iPhone with iPhone 3G might not be a fair comparison, especially if you consider the power hungry nature of 3G phones. PC World’s Test Center has just carried out battery life tests of the iPhone 3G along with other 3G handsets from Palm, Motorola, BlackBerry, HTC and Samsung.

They ran the 3G handsets through their standard talk-time battery life test. (Note: This test is different from the test carried out for iPhone to iPhone 3G comparison as they are from different sources.)

The PC World’s Test results shows (chart below) that iPhone 3G’s battery life is better than other 3G handsets. iPhone 3G ran for an average of 5 hours, 38 minutes while other 3G phones fell short of this mark.


iPhone 3G VS Other 3G Handsets battery life

Are you happy with your iPhone 3G’s battery life?

[via AnandTech and PCWorld]

 

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  • Brian

    but some of those allow users to change battery on the go right? I'm pretty dissapointed because my car's ipod interface no longer charges iphone, and I have serious battery problem. I driver a lot, I used to charge and listen to music while driving and it kept the battery full but now it drains battery quickly when doing that…

  • Brian

    but some of those allow users to change battery on the go right? I'm pretty dissapointed because my car's ipod interface no longer charges iphone, and I have serious battery problem. I driver a lot, I used to charge and listen to music while driving and it kept the battery full but now it drains battery quickly when doing that…

  • JFA

    Some cheap aftermarket chargers and iPod/Car integrated solutions used the Firewire cable/pins to charge. It was a cheaper way to go. 3G has eliminated support for this source of power. Wait to make sure there are new releases to this hardware and change.

    My iPhone 3G Battery life is way better than my Moto Q9 Global.

    Tips on improving battery life:
    1. Try to use a Push mail service rather than checking POP every 15 minutes. Push keepalive uses the bare minimum in data transfer.
    2. Switch to EDGE on low coverage areas. Because of the higher frequency used in 3G, the iPhone cell radio will compensate with even more power in low coverage areas.
    3. Keep your WiFi off unless you need it or turn off WiFi network discovery. Those will drain your juice.
    4. Make sure you don't have a rogue background process eating away your battery; particularly check that you don't have some script running on your browser (yiphone.org counter killed my battery…) Once your done with your App, there is no harm in killing its process by holding the home button for about 10 sec.

  • Tep

    Hi All,

    Squeezing the max from a battery is quite a discipline, but definitely worth learning.

    1) Know the "fuelburn" of your different apps settings.(mailfor ex))
    2) Anything Wireless needs power (3G, WiFi, Bluetooth) so torn them off if not absolutely needed.
    3) GPS is the worst drainer.
    4) Poor netork will drain more: emission strenght has to be increased thus more consumption, I would swich to a stronger EDGE if available rather than weak 3G.

    With a good network coverage here in Paris, I can go 2 days with the iPhone classic…(some Browsing, consistent e-mail exchange)

  • Louis

    Quote:
    When you buy the latest version of any product, you expect it to be better than its predecessor in all respects. It might not be the case…….

    The same goes for presidential candidates too. We got Bush wacked with the i`phone too…

    Paying for 3G n not getting it…This of course is AT&T fault and creating a phone with extra battery life that doesn't have the extra life…I was telling myself the same thing. The older iphone has better battery life. We need more i~towers…..

    Even though Edge has been shut off along with wii fi. Something else is eating up the juice behind the scenes in iphone 2.0..If there was an Activity Monitor Widget for the i-phone 2.0, am sure we could all see who's eating all the Cheetos.

    I have the http://www.solio.com/charger/ solar power charger and it works on an old iphone/ipod too/ipod touch and classic ipod.

    When I plug the solar charger into the 3G i~phone it won't work unless the Solio is recharged to the max. So the 3G iphone needs more power than any of the older apple devices just to run basic features.

    Thought it had something to do with disappearance of Solar Flares not creating enough sunlight to charge the solar device but not even the new i-phone will measure up to current technological eco-friendly devices….

    love my i~candy……

  • Dane

    I bought the new iPhone 3g, in hope it would work a little better in Chicago, I'm extremely disappointed how bad the service is in Chicago, its a joke! Cannot wait to jailbreak this new 3g and put in a Tmobile sim card.

  • Louis

    Maybe there is poor 3G service cause the lines are wet… Remember the days of dial up and experiencing super slow internet reaching the point of frustration where you'd call the internet provider to see what's up and they'd say:

    It's because the lines are wet….

    Hummm

    Actually it's all a conspiracy! The 3G i~phone was not for us here in the U.S. 3G was created so the rest of the world can have an i~phone…3G is standard technology abroad…We are still catching up…

    The government doesn't want you to know….

  • JD

    why are they comparing the original iphone's edge & wifi use with 3g…this kind of comparison is pointless. i need a comparison of a 3g using edge and the original using edge.

  • Jackie

    Let's start a rumor:

    The back of the NEXT iPhone should be a solar-panel that charges the battery… in any light.

  • http://www.weekwill.com John

    Hey… I have recently read this post which says that a student manages to increase iphone battery life by 12 times… How is this possible… do read it http://www.weekwill.com/a-student-increases-iphone-battery-life

  • h4xorMC

    Crapple's battery life sux. Compared to any of my Blackberries (to include the Storm and Storm 2). Blackberries have the longest battery lives of any smartphone on the market with same capabilitiers (wifi, 3g, bluetooth, plus they are all 624MHz. I own an iPhone 3G (jailbroken and unlocked on T-Mo) and highly modified (software wise) it is a great device…but stock its just shit!