iPhone 5s battery and 5c put to test against five previous iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad generations. With no where to hide this time lapse battery test is a real-world alternative to official lab battery life for different iOS devices.
The gap between reported and real world battery life is a little like manufacturer’s fuel economy figures, a best case “in the lab” performance. Of course life isn’t like the lab, and how we use cars and technology certainly differs from those ideal scenarios.
With the new iPhone 5c and 5s touting strong battery life, in spite of new power hungry features and functions this week I set about investigating what sort of performance we experience in our actual family use.
I gathered together an array of different generations of iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. Between friends and family we had the bases covered. It took a little persuasion to borrow these pieces of technology so deeply are they embedded in our lives, but I think the result is worth it. Here’s our motley crew of candidates for longest lasting iOS hardware.
- iPhone Touch 1st Generation
- iPod Touch 2nd Generation
- iPhone 3G
- iPad 3
- iPhone 4S
- iPad Mini
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
This was to be a real stress test, with everything turned up to max. After charging each of them fully, I turned each and every feature on that might drain battery: WiFi, Bluetooth, Cell Phone, set the brightness to maximum and turned off the auto-lock. Running on each device was Fruit Ninja (a game that worked across all systems).
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