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jacjac2

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I have read several post about docking iPhone at night or charging. I started out doing this but went into an Apple Store and was told you didn't have to dock. It was included as an extra "feature". I do not dock since them, should I be docking.
 

iPhobos

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Search the forums for a thread on battery life. I think youll find plenty of answers there. I used to charge mine up every night because it needed to be charged being that i use the internet a lot. But now when ever it is possible for me to plug this bad boy in i do until it is fully charged. I try and make a habit of not leaving it plugged in once fully charged.
 

jacjac2

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let me clarify

Search the forums for a thread on battery life. I think youll find plenty of answers there. I used to charge mine up every night because it needed to be charged being that i use the internet a lot. But now when ever it is possible for me to plug this bad boy in i do until it is fully charged. I try and make a habit of not leaving it plugged in once fully charged.
I wasn't really asking about charging but using the docking piece. I guess I didn't explain myself clearly.
 

Martlet

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The iPhone battery is speced to last 300-400 full recharge/discharge cycles before degrading to only 80% of original capacity (it doesn't just stop dead in 300-400 cycles, it just lasts slightly less, exactly like every other rechargeable device).

Doing the math, the average 50%/day user will recharge 300-400 times over 1.6 to 2.2 years. But the average user won't care at that point, because even though the battery only holds an 80% charge, this is still more than their 50% usage... the average user was never using the last 20% that eventually disappears. The average user will not need to replace the battery until 3-4 years.

Since the carriers seem to think that a phone only stays relevant for 2 years (hence the "new [phone] every 2" years discounts), the average iPhone user will typically replace their iPhone once or twice before the battery of the first one becomes an issue.



Only if you are a very heavy user do you need to consider the battery. First, because you're using 100% of the battery every day or more you'll reach the 300-400 recharges sooner. Also, you'll notice the battery degradation sooner, because you have always been using the last 20% that is the first to go.

But in this case, you're getting a lot of value out of your iPhone on a daily basis, and the $80 replacement battery after a year or two of hard daily use is going to be a worthwhile investment for all the value you're getting from nearly constant daily use. Assuming such a heavy user hasn't seen a reason to upgrade to the latest generation of iPhone before the battery becomes an issue.
 

iPhobos

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#7
as stated by others the dock is just for standing and for helping music playback at your desk. The little holes on the bottom are so that you can play music through it and have it bounce of your desk.