iPhone Life magazine

Battery

Battery Cheat Sheet

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There are dozens of articles on how to extend the battery of your iPhone. 

Here is the cheat sheet version:

  • ·      Update the Software (via iTunes) often.
  • ·      Don’t let it get hot.
  • ·      Turn 3G off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn of Location Services, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn Wi-Fi off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn BlueTooth off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn of unnecessary alerts (Facebook, etc.)
  • ·      Lower brightness.
  • ·      Turn on battery percentage meter (3GS).
  • ·      Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute.
  • ·      Hit the off button (you will still get texts and calls).
  • ·      Turn off Push Notifications.
  • ·      Fetch Data less.
  • ·      Turn off EQ in iPod.
  • ·      Watch App use –
o   Games - Vibrating games (turn off vibrate).
o   Games – 3D games.
o   Social – Constantly updating your location
o   Directory or Locating – GPS based
  • ·      Set to Airplane Mode – you can’t get text or calls
  • ·      Fully charge battery at least once a month.
  • ·      Don’t buy Apps or songs – do it on your computer.
Bottom Line: Batteries drain and die, it’s a fact of life. Car batteries, pacemaker batteries and rechargeable batteries die. Until something better is invented, we just have to make the best with what we have.
 
Here are links to some in-depth articles on batteries:
 
http://gizmodo.com/5025150/how-to-maximize-your-iphone-3gs-questionably-adequate-battery-life

 



Touch And Go…

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In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.



CES: Dexim P-Flip... SOLAR Power to the People!

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Shakespeare's Richard III cried "A horse!  A horse!  My kingdom for a horse!"  At CES, the commodity most in demand was power, followed closely by Wi-Fi, 3G, and SD cards!  Journalists and attendees "jacked in" like The Matrix, wherever possible, and many people came up to the iPhone Life booth asking if they could charge their iPhones!

NOTE TO EDITOR: Bring extra chargers to MacWorld and let visitors charge their phones at our booth!

We love the iPhone, but the lack of a removable battery means you need something external that doesn't add too much bulk.



CES: iPhone Trend - Wireless Charging


For several years, various vendors have used CES to demonstrate wireless charging prototypes. This past year, however, was the year these technologies started to become commercially available. BestBuy even has several examples for sale, for phones and video game controllers. Palm has been promoting the Pre's induction charging as a competitive advantage.


With wireless charging, you just place your gadget on a pad and it starts charging! It's a great concept but in practice, there have been drawbacks. For starters, you have a limited set of devices and compatible cases to choose from.



P-Flip 7-1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock

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I just recieved the P-Flip™ 7 in 1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock for review.  I'm putting it to the test as I type.  I will update the results as I go......

Dexim.com - (retails for $74.90 @ SkyMall.com)


Claims:
P-Flip™ Foldable Power Dock is world's first foldable, portable, multi-functional and rechargeable power dock. This is a desktop holder with charging & sync, and is also a rechargeable back-up battery pack for Video/Game.

Charge your iPhone/iPod Touch on the go. Extends up to 8 hours Talk time,15 hours Video/Game or 60 hours Music.

Results:
Day 1: Very quick recharge of my iPhone. Held the iPhone stable when I watched video.

Day 3: The P-Flip charged up a 1st Gen iPhone from empty to half-full in 12 minutes.  Impressive!!! 
 

 



MoGo Talk Review - A Bluetooth Headset with a Disappearing Trick

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LG makes a phone called the Envy, but the LG phone that I've always envied is the Decoy.  The LG Decoy has a snap-on Bluetooth earpiece that always goes with the phone.  It's a novel concept that we iPhone users couldn't take advantage of.  Now, there's a headset for that!

 



RichardSolo 1800 backup battery

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The biggest problem I've had with my iPod Touch is that I don't use it very often, so I don't realize the battery has run out until I want to use it, and then it's usually inconvenient to plug into an outlet or computer -- I want to use it right away!  Fortunately, there's a gadget for just this situation: a backup battery.  The one I have is a RichardSolo 1800, pictured at right.  It lets me use the iPod right away, and if I leave it plugged in it will take the iPod battery all the way to full charge.  Then I can plug the battery into a wall or USB port at my convenience.



What will they think of next?

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The range of apps in the 15,000 available on iTunes is astonishing. I've covered Ocarina, a 99-cent let's you play your iPhone like a flute. Who would have thought it?



Do-it-yourself battery replacement

Battery replacement kits with instructions and tools are available for both the iPhone and the iPod touch. This approach is usually less expensive than sending the device in to Apple or AT&T, but if you do it yourself, you’ll void your warranty. A Google search will help you find instructions.

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