“The battery life on Apple’s new 3G iPhone isn’t great, but it beats that of other 3G smart phones we’ve seen. PC World’s Test Center ran it through our standard talk-time battery life test, and found that on average it ran 5 hours, 38 minutes, a running time that we consider earns a Fair rating,” Yardena Arar reports for PC World.
“That’s a big tumble from the superior performance of the original iPhone, which ran on AT&T’s slower EDGE network and lasted the maximum 10 hours of our testing time. But the 3G iPhone beat out the rest of the current 3G smart-phone pack,” Arar reports.
Arar reports, “3G networks in general are notorious power drains, but the network type used by AT&T is particularly power-hungry because voice calls use the same mobile broadband network as data tasks [but users can make voice calls while using their phones for data]. In contrast, the EVDO technology on which Sprint and Verizon base their 3G networks supports data only; voice uses older CDMA networks, which (in theory at least) use less power [but users cannot simultaneously make voice calls while using their phones for data].”
More details in the full article here.
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