How’s your iPhone 5′s data connection where you live? Did you know that if your signal is poor, and your handset is always struggling to get a decent data connection, it could mean that your battery life won’t last as long between charges?
That’s according to iLounge’s review of the iPhone 5, which looks at the handset’s battery life performance. Although they found that battery life is almost always fairly good on Apple’s latest smartphone, more power is consumed when you make calls or transfer cellular data over a weak signal.
if you’re using your iPhone 5 in places a with a very strong (4- to 5-bar) LTE or 3G signal, your cellular battery life may approach that number [8 hours], but if not, the cellular antenna will struggle to maintain a signal, and fall well short. Because LTE and 3G/4G towers are in a state of build-out flux right now, our tests suggest that many LTE users won’t come close to Apple’s promised numbers.
Of course, battery life is always a relative subject, because so many different factors can have an impact on it — including the brightness of the display, whether or not Bluetooth is switched on, and of course the general health of the battery itself.
What’s more, this type of thing isn’t new to the iPhone 5 — or indeed just the iPhone; it’s common among all mobile devices. Think about it: having a weak signal means your iPhone has to work harder to maintain a good connection, and it’s always searching for something better. In addition to this, everything you download or upload takes longer, which is directly impacting your battery life.
Personally, I get a full (five-bar) GRPS connection where I live, and I’m always connected to my home Wi-Fi network. Under those conditions, my iPhone 5′s battery life has been incredible. I’m charging it every other day now, whereas my iPhone 4S had to be plugged in every single evening at around 9 p.m.