iPhone Life magazine

Battery

How do I show the battery percentage in the status bar?

iPhone, iPad only

batt percentageIf you like keeping track of how much battery life your iPhone or iPad has left, you may want to choose to have the remaining percentage displayed in the status bar at the top of the screen.


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How do I conserve battery life?

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad


Although the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad come with a decent battery life, it's possible to run out of power during a normal day's use, especially on the iPhone. Here are some general ways you can conserve battery power:


  1. Dim your screen: The brighter the screen, the more power you're consuming. Open Settings>Brightness to adjust it to the lowest level you are comfortable with.

  2. Turn-off Wi-Fi when you're not using it: Whenever you are not using Wi-Fi, turn it off to conserve power. Open Settings> Wi-Fi and slide the button to the right of Wi-Fi to the OFF position.

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Review: RichardSolo 9000 mAh Mobile Charger

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Richard Solo introduced another backup battery to their lineup, which is their 9000mAh Mobile Charger. There is enough power in this bad boy to give almost a 100% charge to your iPad or increase the amount of hours you can use your iPhone or iPod. According to their specs as it relates to the iPhone/iPod “the Mobile Charger can increase your movie viewing or Internet browsing time from 5-6 hours to 68 hours — or audio up to 325 hours.” For my review, I am using it exclusively with my iPad.



PRICE CORRECTION: Mophie Juice Pack Air

Nobody's perfect but we try! A typo crept into our March/April 2011 print issue, page 26 and the wonderful Mophie Juice Pack Air had the wrong price listed. The correct price is $79.95.



Reduce battery drain

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If you've had your phone for a while now, you're probably beginning to notice that your battery doesn't last quite as long as it used to. Here are a few tips to help extend your battery life.

Tips for iOS

Hidden features that make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more powerful

High dynamic range (HDR) photos on iPhone 4

Hdr photos on iPhone 4One of the big pluses of the iPhone 4 is its high dynamic range (HDR) camera, which can capture amazing images. However, the file size of these images tends to be quite large and e-mailing them as attachments can take a bite out of your data plan. Our advice: turn it on if you want high resolution; turn it off if you're going to e-mail a photo to a friend.


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Dreaming of unlimited power, thanks to dreamGEAR at #CES

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A consistent theme at CES has been battery life, or the lack thereof.  iPhone Life has covered a number of gadgets and cases that can double or even triple the battery life of an iOS device thanks to a 2,000mAh battery.  So imagine the technolust when we saw a device with eight times that capacity!  They promise 480 hours for five devices!



CES innovations and trends: Wireless Power

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It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad accessory or app. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond.



Staying fully charged at #CES

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Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show is the ultimate proving ground for a cellphone. First, consider that 100,000+ visitors are vying for already limited network connectivity. Constantly searching for a signal draws extra power. You are constantly on the go, away from your car or hotel making charging difficult. And you have to try to stay in touch with both your home and the office. These demands can push the iPhone's internal battery to the limit.



The only Iphone case review I’ll ever do – cos it’s also a Li-Polymer battery pack at only 59 grams!

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I normally don’t pay attention to Iphone cases because I prefer to spend my money on apps, mp3s and epubs.



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