I recently switched to an iPhone, and am sad. I’m sad i didn’t get one sooner, but also a bit sad at innocence lost. Every giant leap in technology is a little like loosing a piece of innocence and the iPhone has simply changed how much I can be connected and in touch with family, friends and business.
Once you get a quality internet enabled cellphone, you can’t go back. This is a win for ATT and other wireless carriers.
One problem with the iPhone is battery life. The phone sucks batteries like the IRS sucks on your bank account. It goes down fast.
The general solution is to turn off as many services as possible. If you ask why you should disable so many cool features, the answer is this is just a part of the process. Smartphones are still early stage products, and batteries just aren’t small enough yet.
Holding the iPhone home button for 7 seconds will tell an application to Force Quit which can dramatically save battery life by stopping programs such as Mail and Safari from running in the background. Pressing the home button will kill some apps, but some remain active in the background, unknowingly killing your battery life.
Preserve iPhone Battery Life
- Disable WiFi
- Disable 3G – will help also reduce dropped calls
- Disable data push
- Disable location services (i have a hard time with this one)
- Fetch new data no more than once an hour
Also, for some reason Apple products have historically low battery life, my power macs and macbooks get lousy uptime when not plugged in. I got a lot of the The Art of iPhone Battery Life from Guy kawasaki. I don’t have 9000 contacts like he does, but I manage contacts through the Gmail contacts and Apple Mail address book.