Does Your iPhone 5 Battery Suck This Hard?

I bought an iPhone 5 about a month ago. I like the form factor, I like the weight. What I don’t like (actually hate) is the poor battery life.

On my iPhone 4, I could use my phone all day without worrying about charging it. Regular use for my was a mix of WiFi, Cellular data and text messaging. I rarely used the phone for calls.

Now, with my iPhone 5, I woke up this morning at 6:30am with a fully charged battery. I unplugged the phone, sent about 6 text messages and then went for a run.

I ran 3 miles, listened to a locally cached Spotify playlist (didn’t stream over LTE) and used Runkeeper to track my run. Upon returning, I looked at my batter an noticed that I’m down to about 60% of a charge. It’s 9:53am.

iPhone battery after three hours normal usage
iPhone battery after three hours normal usage

Is this normal or do I have a defective battery?

If it is normal then Apple has really released a crappy phone. Better speed and larger screen isn’t worth a damn if you can’t use the phone because of a dead battery.

Apparently I’m not the only one with these problems either.

I’m wishing I went with an iPhone 4S

Published by Joe

Joe’s first professional job involved playing video games for 9 hours a day. After experiencing early signs of brain rot, he decided to teach himself how to write software. His entire career is characterized by this “why not?” attitude. Joe is formerly the founder of Sharey, a lead-generation tool that adds a personalized call to action to curated social media content. Prior to founding Sharey, Joe worked with a range of companies—from pre-investment startups to large corporations—to bring high-tech consumer products to life.