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On the Apple.com it says in the tech specs that it only has 5 hours of talk/browse time? Does that mean it will only stay on for 5hours at a time? It did say it had 16 hours of music listening though. I'm just hoping it can make it through a day...
 

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Does that mean it will only stay on for 5hours at a time?
I guess that depends on what you mean by "stay on." Like any phone, when you are actually using it (vs having it in stand-by) it will use a lot more power. I am sure the battery will last more than a day in stand-by mode.

The screen and radios (cell and wifi) consume a significant amount of power. Since listening to music doesn't require the screen to be on (at least most of the time) the battery will last significantly longer than when surfing or talking. Depending on how you use the phone, you may have to plan on charging it during the day (this is true of most smart phones). I think most users will be able to make it through the day though.

This is the main reason I am not upset at the lack of 3G. If the iPhone lives up to the battery specs posted on Apple's site, it will meet my needs with a little to spare. The addition of 3G would have reduced the battery life and probably dropped it below the acceptable range.
 

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The POS that Sprint/nextel gave me says it only has 3.5 hours of talk time. I think 5 hours is pretty good!
For a smart phone, I agree. I just did a quick check and the found the following:

Blackberry Pearl 8100: up to 3.5 hours of talk time.
LG Prada: up to 3 hours of talk time.
Qtek 9100 (my phone): up to 4 hours of talk time.
Nokia N80: up to 3 hours of talk time.

More is always better, but I can live with 5 hours :).
 

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If nothing else, you can do what I plan on doing. Buy one of those emergency chargers! They cost around 1-3 dollars and you hook one of those lil square batteries in it. It's for ipods, but won't the iPhone have the same size usb slot dealie? you can just stow the battery and charger (they're slightly clunky) in your purse, briefcase, backpack whatever, and charge when it's getting real low.

one product was several different ipod chargers in one, including using the square battery, and they said an ipod could run for 18 hours on that type of a battery.
 
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5 hours.... Yeah Rock On Baby!

Five hours is good, a lot better than my current phone which btw is NOT smart! Plus if you need more than five hours, well thats what accessories are for, say hello to the car charger, the office charger or the pocket batter power boost charger thing. Anyway, since it looks like it powers when it docks then I think things will be fine to have a dock at home and perhaps one at the workplace. However, if we are already accustomed to living off of 3 hours of talk time... I think we will all manage very nicely.
 

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5 hours of talk time is great. Figure School/classes take place over roughly 6 hour period of time. So Charge while you sleep and put it on when you get home. Also buy a car charger. Charge it whenever you are driving around.
 

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5 hours of talk time is great. Figure School/classes take place over roughly 6 hour period of time. So Charge while you sleep and put it on when you get home. Also buy a car charger. Charge it whenever you are driving around.
Also, there is Solio which is a solar charger for your iPod. I hope it works for the iPhone. Would be nice to be on the beach charging it huh?
 

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I would NEVER EVER take my iPhone to the beach :) too much sand to scratch and water to destroy and Seaguls to poop on.
 
Mar 7, 2007
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On the Apple.com it says in the tech specs that it only has 5 hours of talk/browse time? Does that mean it will only stay on for 5hours at a time? It did say it had 16 hours of music listening though. I'm just hoping it can make it through a day...
that will be sad if this phone can do all these great thing but no battery to support it, i hope it will last a long time
 

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On the Apple.com it says in the tech specs that it only has 5 hours of talk/browse time? Does that mean it will only stay on for 5hours at a time? It did say it had 16 hours of music listening though. I'm just hoping it can make it through a day...
go look up the definition of talk time
 

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I hate to feed the battery life panic, but I haven't heard or read anything about being able to turn off the bluetooth radio. It'd be nice. I'd certainly not be using it that frequently, and it'd save the juice for other needs.

-K
 
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Not worried

I hate to feed the battery life panic, but I haven't heard or read anything about being able to turn off the bluetooth radio. It'd be nice. I'd certainly not be using it that frequently, and it'd save the juice for other needs.

-K
I wouldn't panic about this at all. According to Macworld:

http://www.macworld.com/2007/01/firstlooks/iPhonefl/index.php
And for travelers, there’s a selection in the iPhone’s settings called Airplane Mode. Activating it turns off all the radios inside the iPhone (cellular, Bluetooth, and WiFi), making it safe to use the iPod and PDA features while in flight.
Seems logical that if I can turn off all wireless, I can turn off some wireless. Thoughts?
 

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Thanks. The MacWorld article you referenced doesn't address the battery life at all, but it did make an interesting read back in January.

Much of the concern about the battery (including being unable to replace it) has evolved since that issue of MacWorld was published. Personally, I'm not panicking at all and I think that the concern will prove to be a bit overblown. We'll see.

Seems logical that if I can turn off all wireless, I can turn off some wireless. Thoughts?
I don't think that quite follows. I can separately turn off BT on my Treo, but that's because there's a Bluetooth application whose interface allows me to. Can't be done without the right UI or the right switch. Since GSM and BT are separate radios, since BT can be independently disabled on other Apple computers, and since Apple & everyone else knows that battery power on a mobile device is precious, I'd hope that they'd make it that way. No evidence either way yet.

btw, weldome to the forums. :)

-K