I have an Iphone 3GS and I hate it. The phone is cool, but it's so limited. Only people that lable the Iphone the best phone are those that havent tried any real phones. Maybe if Apple would stop crippling the Iphone it would be a real contender. I mean it took 3years to get mms built in and some places (here in the US) still cant do mms on the phone, due to the carrier. I'm actually selling mines only had it for almost a month and going back to WinMo. Although it does have it's own issues at least it's not so restrictive. I really miss being able to open more than one app at a time, having real bluetooth capability,flash, and being able to change a dead battery, etc, etc. Looking at the Ominia II or the Acer M900 (the finger print reader is kinda interesting).
How to make your iPhone battery last for days
Away from power? Here's the ultimate guide to saving juice
By Dan GrabhamJuly 17th | Tell us what you think [ 7 comments ]
As the iPhone is so fully featured, there are a myriad of ways to save power
Recently, when standing in a field at Glastonbury, the idea came to us – was it really possible to make your iPhone battery last for several days? Well yes it is, as long as you completely strip down the power-sucking features and follow a few simple tips. Keep an eye on how long your iPhone typically lasts by going to Settings > General > Usage.
And, although this is not completely a power-saving tip, before you leave it's always best to make sure you have the latest software installed: Apple is always working on little fixes to improve your iPhone's power savings.
1. Keep it cool
Seriously. Don't put your phone in the sun. Don't leave it in a hot pocket. Battery life is lowered by heat and you should store your iPhone in temperatures less than 35 degrees centigrade – below 95F. As close to room temperature as possible is best for use.
2. Don't use power-sucking apps you don't need to
Minimise your app use, especially if it's a game, stuff that sucks data (hello, Facebook) or uses GPS. Not only does some of the fun stuff suck power, it can also stop the auto-lock coming on.
3. Turn off 3G
So there we were, in our field, with little data coverage (thanks O2). So what did we do? Turn off data, that's what. If you haven't got it, there's no point in wasting juice looking for it. Settings > General > Network and slide Enable 3G to Off.
4. No to EQ
Who'd have thunk, but equalising your iPod playback can drain your battery pack. Settings > iPod > EQ is where to turn it off.
5. Don't fetch
Set the common apps to only fetch data when you want them to. Set Mail, Contacts and Calendars to only fetch data Manually. BE WARNED - if you have MobileMe, it's dangerous to set the auto-check to Manual, since the much-vaunted Find My iPhone won't work.
6. Don't make long calls
Or don't make any calls. Sounds like the stupid filler tip, but if you do make calls (and you probably do, as that's almost certainly what you're conserving battery for), just keep 'em short.
7. Lock it up
iPhone not in use? Make sure you lock the screen and set the auto-lock to a minute in case you leave it unlocked.
8. Don't use the GPS
Minimise use of it (such as in Maps or turn-by-turn sat-nav) and disable it: Settings > General > Location Services. If you're lost, ignore this advice.
9. Turn it off when you don't need it
Sleeping? With all your mates anyway? Then turn your phone off. Bit pointless if it's for 10 minutes, but if it's hours, it will add up.
10. Disable Wi-Fi
Nowhere near a wireless network? Go to Settings and slide Wi-Fi- to off. However, if you are going to be doing a fair amount of data browsing and you are near a wireless network, it will be better for your battery to use this than the thirsty cellular signal.
11. Turn off Bluetooth
Likewise, make sure Bluetooth is off. And keep it there unless you use accessories: Settings > General > Bluetooth and slide Bluetooth to Off.
12. Push off
Not many apps use push notifications, but in the future this will have more of an effect on your iPhone's battery life as more start to. Settings > Notifications and slide Notifications to Off – only visible if you have relevant apps installed. Apple says this won't stop the apps receiving data when the app is actually open though, so be careful, unless you've disabled data in other ways. Equally you need to turn off push mail (MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange). Go to Settings Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and slide Push to Off.
13. Turn it down
Refrain from employing the speaker for music playback and turn down the volume - louder playback can make a difference, even with the headphones. Set the phone to silent on the side.
14. Dim your screen
Turn off auto-brightness and whack the brightness down as low as possible. Especially effective for many of us, as it's the supreme brightness that's one of the things that makes the iPhone screen look terrific, so it's usually very bright as a default.
15. Go airplane
If you've got very little coverage, you can't make calls anyway. If you're going to be in a coverage lowspot for a little while, turn on Airplane Mode. It makes a serious difference, since your handset won't be continuously searching for a network signal. This is one of the biggest drains of battery life on any handset.
basically not to use your phone?
hi guys my sister will buy me this phone but ive heard and read alot of exploding sh!ts on the net, does the battery really blow out on you? i really want this awesome device but im afraid it'll kill me lol..
iphone cannot send text message to a certain group of ppl thats really dissappointing. even though its not a difficult thing to put it. all the other brands support this feature but iphone. if anyone knows any application kindly tell me. an early response will be highly appreciated.
it is true that people who hates iphone are the ones either who cant afford it, or doesnt want to spend that much for a cellphone. in the long run, after frustration of not having one, they will just defend what they got, hating iphone to make them feel good after frustration of its price not falling that much like nokias, samsungs, whose price slice down big after few months.
i tested my few friends and officemates who hates iphone, i told them im selling my 3G half the retail price to get the 3Gs, haha and they all want a piece of my 3G!! hahahahaLOL poor ihaters!!!!LOL
Brenda, 18 Aug 2009Video calls are for cheap people. If I want to see someone, I'll fly first class to see them : )Brenda, my time is so precious I fly people first class to see me. Time is $$$$ and greed is good ;)iPhone is a fine phone and I dominated it, but as far as email BB is better. Functionality is better for iPhone.
Hongdolaxi, 17 Aug 2009The bold in UK (retail) average should be £45 18m contract, 1200mins and 500sms and unlimited ... morethats the whole point i was making its a chepaer phone the cookie with fairly decent specs that is more than enough for most users! the only way to compare apple sales really is with a comparable priced unit like the bold etc that the same type of customer would generally be looking at however the iphone has not been aimed at business users so most likely the bold has sold well in quantities to business users whilst the iphone has sold better to domestic
Anonymous, 16 Aug 2009Excuse me, those 2 phones aren't on the same platform and the same target group as the iPhone,... morei have an iphone if you want to get funny thanks 16gb 3gs and yes u are right but then your backing me up that your revious statement was ill conceived
kelvin..., 18 Aug 2009how to makes video call from iphone 3GSVideo calls are for cheap people. If I want to see someone, I'll fly first class to see them : )
Some are going to love the iphone,others will hate it but there are people out there who really do feel that the iphone could be alot better in terms of specifications compared to other phones.
You'll always get someone saying that if you want to take pictures buy a good camera while others will say buy an ipod for your music but do people really want to be carrying around loads of gadgets when one good one could do the lot.
Totally unforgivable for having a 3 MP camera when even LG's Cookie has a 3 MP camera and for the lack of Bluetooth of files.
People will follow things if its fashionable no matter how impractical it is other will weigh up the pros and cons of devices etc and decide logically.
Take care all
(user of an iphone(work supplied), w810 and nokia 1200)
Anonymous, 18 Aug 2009So from cydia bluetooth transfer will work for 3g only and not a supposedly more advanced 3gs! HmmSorry all, i forgot that there is an app to transfer files for 3GS
>>>go to cydia n download "mover open".
>>>all iPhone need to connect to the same wifi in order to make it work
IphonEpert!!!, 18 Aug 2009Wow, that is very nice.Ok, next toy.
>>>Multitasking for web browers and apps.
>>>you will not believe how simple to set up.
>>> go to YouTube n search for "myDesktop" n "backgrounder"
>>>tell us how you like it. See u all later
Anonymous, 18 Aug 2009What do you think "On the Go" does? Why don't you touch it and see.OMFG! I've never used that during this entire year of owning it! Or Genius xD, you've just made my iPod 100% perfect! Now all I want is a camera on it! Thnx man!
iphonExpert!!!, 18 Aug 2009tethering (cont.)
>>> go to Cydia and download "tethering".
>>> when you install it. it will... moreI'm in Australia with Vodafone and tethering works fine without having to jailbreak.
It's only AT&T which has issues.