Last summer, after I was given my first (and so far only) Iphone, I was dismayed to see how quickly the battery ran out. Then John, my former brother-in-law, told me that if I turned off the 3G function (and he was kind enough to show me how to do so) the battery would last longer. I’d thought something was going wrong with the thing. Over the last year, I’ve gotten used to turning on the 3G only when I really need it and then turning it back off again.
The gist of the article is to put the phone in airplane mode when possible, text instead of calling, don’t listen to music or watch videos, keep the screen off, shutdown apps running in the background, the GPS function, etc. In other words, use it as if it were just a regular old mobile phone. Disable everything that made you want to shell out the money for the phone and the data plan.
Later today I’ll take a train from Cold Spring, New York into Manhattan. I’ll be with my ex-wife and kids, so I’ll have people to talk to. Otherwise, it would be great to surf the web, read email, watch an episode of something or part of a movie. And then I’d get to New York and not have much battery left. I wanted an Iphone so that I wouldn’t need to carry around an Ipod and a phone. In order to do that, and really take advantage of all the Iphone’s capabilities while being away from a charger, it seems like I need to buy a portable charger. One more thing for the pocket.
The joke is on me, isn’t it?