iPad battery life, I can handle the truth

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  1. nabilalk

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    I have heard crazy rumors of insane battery life with heavy wifi use. On average how many hours would you say you are getting between charges.

    I am starting medical school this year and will be in class 9 to 5 daily, and won't have access to a plug wherever I go. I'm trying to decide if the iPad is a suitable alternative to purchasing a Tablet PC. The main things I need are email, internet, and the ability to edit PDFs of 500+ pages which includes highlighting, underlining, text boxes, and drawing figures and arrows. Thanks.
     
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    Apple's stated battery life is, if anything, underestimated. Ten hours on 3G is obtainable.
     
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    Your problem isn’t going to be battery life, it's going to be finding an app that lets you editing/annotating, drawing on PDFs. I don't know of any iPad that will let you do that. I'm getting around the ten hours of charge time with my WiFi model. I watched a number of Netflix streaming TV shows when I first got my iPad, and was still getting full day's operation on a single charge.
     
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    That is something that concerns me. I have seen a few apps in the Appstore that allow for this like iAnnotate for example. However, with many of these apps, there is an issue with working with large 50+ page PDFs and of course exporting them for use on a PC or Mac.
     
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    Ya think? I just got my iPad this past Friday and I already took it into the store because the battery life was NOT 10 hours.

    Not even close. But they tested it and said it was fine.
     
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    What were you using the iPad for, that you noticed cost the most battery, Wifi, 3G, or both?
     
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    Well I have only had it for two days and the battery was charged to 100%. I have had some issues with YouTube and web pages were SO slow. So Apple stated that it was trying to get connected and stay connected, and I didn't know if I had wifi in my house or not.

    They said that this drained the battery quicker ~ all videos would freeze. Hell if I know, but I know that it did not last even close to 10 hours.

    Turns out I do have wifi through Comcast, but my modem and router are as one and very outdated. They are coming out to replace and Apple said after they do that I should be at top speed on my iPad.

    And the battery will last 10 hours.

    We shall see ~
     
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    Interesting. Would you mind posting back with your results?
     
  9. Matth3w

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    If you have crap signal you're going to get crappy battery life because your iPad is constantly searching for a signal. That's not Apple's fault WHATSOEVER, that's a problem with AT&T and your coverage area. If you are in a low signal area, or even a good signal area but the signal is constantly switching (when I had AT&T, even in downtown Pittsburgh, it would constantly switch between EDGE and 3G because AT&T f*$%&#$% blows), it will CONSTANTLY drain your battery. As in, my iPhone wouldn't last 5 hours of IDLE time in Pittsburgh (if it was doing the switching signal thing, which it didn't do all the time).

    I can use my iPad to watch movies for 10 hours straight with no issue. But I have WiFi only. And when I'm not using services like BT, WiFi, etc I turn them off.

    But the battery life is WAY under estimated. It's the most amazing battery life I've ever had in any sort of device - period - mobile or otherwise.
     
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    He's got crap signal, he's going to get crap battery life. Trust me, sitting in class you could easily get 10-15 hours of note taking especially if your turn the backlight down some, and turn off things like bluetooth, wifi, 3g.
     

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