I have been a closet Apple fan for quite a while but recently came out of the closet and embraced who I was. All I need is an explanation as to why iPhones spot the worst batteries on the planet earth. Too wide an assumption? Ask any iPhone user. If they will be truthful, they will have a story about how their iPhone battery life is whack.
Design and Usability
Apple Inc. aces this mark every time. The design of their devices always showcases the cutting edge innovation that other brands shamelessly try to imitate all year round. The same goes for usability. Simple, easy to use processes have made the iDevices quite popular. Plus the effizzy..
MacBook Battery Life
The Macbook line of products has been famous for their long lasting batteries. 10 hours from a single charge and decent web browsing usage. That is a recipe for stressless day in our country. If you happen to be someone like me who hops from one training venue to the other or goes from 0 to 360 in 5 secs, battery power is very important to me. My MacBook delivers on that front. We thank the Lord. Praise Him, somebody!
iPhone Battery Life
But when it comes to the iPhone’s battery, it is a totally different story. I purchased an iPhone sometime last year, with the mindset that the huge catalogue of apps available in the iStore would help boost my productivity. It turned out to be the beginning of the downfall of this very internet-connected girl. I was on a long thing. My first day of using it left me wondering why the device was ever produced.
In a country like Nigeria where power only comes on between 12am and 5am in most places, this means my mobile phone battery is already at 70% by the break of dawn. Another hour of morning mails and calls will leave me with a 30% battery. That is before I leave my home! Simply put, battery performance of the iPhone has been nothing short of disappointing.
After some weeks of things going on this way and the attendant frustrations of dealing with an empty battery on a daily basis, I finally devised a means to get more juice out of my iPhone battery. What I did was:
- Crank down the brightness to the barest minimum
- Turn off Bluetooth
- Turn off WiFi
- Delete or stop running background apps, and
- Turn off cellular data
In effect, in order to be able to use my iPhone all day, I have to turn the damn phone to a feature phone. That is the only way I have been able to get more juice out of my iPhone battery. E dakun (Yoruba phrase for “please”), if I have to turn off my cellular data to squeeze more life out of my iPhone battery, isn’t that quite an expensive feature phone?
But what are my options? So, I now use my beloved iPhone for calls and SMS, while all my internet-dependent tasks happen on an Android smartphone with a very solid battery life. Sometimes, I You can’t blame a gal. I have a busy work schedule and not even my love of the iPhone will make me put my productivity on the line for it.