August 12, 2011 11:31 by Ty
The iPhone is a very powerful smartphone for modern day technology and holds a very high capacity battery internally. The new iPhone 4 comes with an internal 3.7V 1420 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which powers the A4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, interactive touch screen and the rest of the iPhone 4’s hardware. Some rumors have been that the iPhone 4 can last anywhere between 4 hours to two full days off of one full charge. It all depends on how frequently you use your iPhone and how it is configured. Below are a few suggestions on how to optimize your iPhone settings.
- Minimize use of location services – Applications such as Maps and will reduce your battery life each time it connects to the network. To disable location services, go to Settings > General > Location Services or use location services only when needed.
- Turn off push notifications, fetch mail less frequently – Some applications have push notifications, such as Facebook and instant messaging apps. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to Off.
- Fetch new data less frequently – Some applications, such as your Mail will fetch data at a set interval. Fetching Mail at less frequent intervals will increase your iPhone battery life. To fetch new data manually, from the Home screen choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Manually. To decrease the Mail fetch interval, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.
- Turn off push mail - If you have a push mail account such as Yahoo! or Microsoft Exchange, turn off push when you don’t need it. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and set Push to Off.
- Minimize use of third-party applications- Excessive use of gaming, chat, web browsing or applications with location services will drain the iPhone battery faster over time.
- Turn off Wi-Fi – If you are not using Wi-Fi, just turn it off. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and set Wi-Fi to Off. But if you have a Wi-Fi connection, use it because it is more efficient to use a Wi-Fi network versus a cellular data network.
- Turn off Bluetooth – If you are not using Bluetooth, turn it off. Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth and set Bluetooth to Off.
- Use Airplane Mode in low, or no-coverage areas – Simply enable airplane mode on your iPhone if you are not using it, in a meeting, have no coverage or just don’t want to be contacted all the time by those pesky cold callers. To turn on Airplane Mode, go to Settings and set Airplane Mode to On.
- Adjust brightness – Turn down your screen brightness to conserve the iPhone battery power. Go to Settings > Brightness and drag the slider to the left to lower the default screen brightness.
- Turn off EQ - Applying an equalizer setting to song playback on your iPhone can decrease battery life. To turn EQ off, go to Settings > iPod > EQ and tap Off.
- Turn off 3G (GSM model only) – If you’re not browsing the internet or retrieving important email with large file sizes, then turn off your 3G network and just run off of the data network via EDGE or GPRS.
- Close out running apps when you don’t need them – Don’t let apps run in the background as it take up processing speed and battery power to run them. Just simple double click the home button, and hold down on an app that is running in the background to remove it from the processing apps. Just don’t delete the app on accident.
- Turn off Ping - To disable Ping, Go into Settings. > Tap on General, then Restrictions (right underneath Passcode Lock). > You will be prompted to enter a password and confirm it – make sure it’s a code you remember. > Enable restrictions and make sure all apps are “On,” but that Ping is the only one “Off”. This has been known the increase your iPhone’s battery life by several hours by just disabling Ping.
- Keep good charging habits and care for your battery – Try to keep your iPhone in a room temperature environment when charging, idling or when in use. More specifically, keep it between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Apple’s site, the iPhone 4 offers up to 7 hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours of talk time on 2G (GSM model only), 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback, or 40 hours of audio playback on a full charge at original capacity. In addition, iPhone 4 features up to 300 hours of standby time. The iPhone battery life is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 400 full charge and discharge cycles. If your iPhone no longer holds sufficient charge, it may be time to upgrade your iPhone to the next faster and better model. The other alternative is purchasing an external iPhone 4 battery case that fits right over the iPhone 4 and double cell phone run time, while protecting it at the same time.
Source: Apple iPhone Batteries
January 19, 2011 19:07 by Ty
When will the new iPhone 5 be released by Apple? Sooner than you think with iPhone 5 and iPad 2 designs submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this morning. The new iPhone 5 and iPad 2 patents suggest they will be slimmer, more powerful, battery efficient, power saving, and possible touch screen redesign.
"In many cases, the size of a portable electronic device can be limited by the size of the operational components used therein..." the application reads. "As such, there can be a desire to make these operational components smaller, thinner, more cost effective, and more power efficient, while maintaining or increasing their functionality to perform operations."
“Apple's proposed invention would have conductive nodes placed on a surface opposite a touch panel or display. The two surfaces would be in close proximity, which would allow conductive electrodes and conductive nodes to sense fingertips on the touchable surface.”
Some other additions could be made with the iPhone 5, including antenna adjustment to alleviate the death grip reception problem, possibly ditching the “Home Button” at the bottom of the screen, glass that is non-smudge and crack resistant, more memory (64GB and up), 4G capabilities, and possible Bluetooth 3.0. We also have the possibility of one chip including multi-band GSM, CDMA, and LTE technology to eliminate Apple making two different phones for Verizon and AT&T and just make one compatible for both cell phone networks.
January 13, 2011 23:56 by Jeremy
Today, BlackBerry has announced it's newest phone during an event in Boston: the BlackBerry Balance. As the name implies, the phone seeks to create a balance between work and personal life. With smartphones becoming ever-so-popular, BlackBerry users have been missing out on a bit of the fun, but hopefully not anymore.
With the Balance, the user and the folks over at IT can create a distinct difference in contact information. IT can also include warnings for emails and calendar events being sent out through personal emails, limit transfers for data from work to personal, and manage your BlackBerry without touching the personal content. Pricing and availability have yet to be released.
On a less "official" note (read: leaks!), we've heard news of the BlackBerry Dakota and the BlackBerry Apollo (the next-gen Curve). While both contain a 5 megapixel camera and a bunch of technical goodies, there's a few differences with them. See the specs below for details (big thanks to BGR for the info!)
Source: All Things Digital - Balance, BGR - Dakota, BGR - Apollo
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS
- 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
- 4GB of build in storage, 768MB or RAM
- 2.8 inch VGA 640/480 capacitive screen
- WiFi b/g/n on 2.4/g GHz
- 3G mobile hotspot
- MicroUSB port
- Proximity sensor
- 10.5mm thin
- BlackBerry OS 6.1
- Qual-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
- Bluetooth 2.1
- WiFi b/g/n
- 512MB of eMMC and 512MB of RAM
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- HVGA 480x360 display
- 1050mAh battery
- Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
- BlackBerry OS 6.1
- 11mm thin
January 11, 2011 23:11 by Jeremy
Verizon customers have wanted the iPhone since 1300 B.C. (at least, that's how long it feels like with how much they ask about it). This morning, it was announced that they'll finally get their long-awaited version of the iPhone 4. Pre-orders start on February 3rd, with the real opening date on February 10th. But what are the differences, you ask?
First off: antennas. The antennas have had to be tweaked slightly, and Verizon's iPhone has even acquired a fourth notch (with one pre-existing notch moving to the side near the volume buttons). However, it's been confirmed that this was only done so that the iPhone would work on Verizon's CDMA network; no real upgrade there.
On the plus side, Verizon iPhone owners can use their iPhone as a WiFi hotspot, tethering up to 5 other devices to it. That's pretty nifty, eh? However, this pro comes with a few cons. Such as the fact that Verizon's CDMA network can't support both voice and data at the same time. Meaning, if you're chatting away and you feel the need to look something up online...well, good luck with that.
With how much Verizon's been talking up their new LTE network though, why didn't they just travel that route instead of keeping the iPhone 4 at 3G? Apple's Tim Cook explains, "The first gen LTW chipsets force design changes we wouldn't make."
And, as a minor downside, because the volume buttons have been moved down just a smidge (thanks to the new antenna notch), this iPhone may require a whole different set of cases. Let's just hope that doesn't get confusing.
Now we play the waiting game, and see if Verizon's network is enough to lure AT&T customers over, or if their non-simultaneous-voice-and-data-network will shy customers away.