Case in point: I was cycling in the Pan Mass Challenge this weekend and using my iPhone to run an app called MotionX-GPS to record the 190 mile ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown. That MotionX-GPS is hungrier than a starved dog is well documented. While it’s a great program for a mere $2.99, its power consumption is a major drawback.
Typically I get a day out of a single charge when I use mail, browser camera and phone. But running MotionX drained a fully-charged battery in under three hours…50 miles into the journey. It was disappointing because I relied on the iPhone to shoot and upload photos to Facebook.
Suffice it to say, I did not run MotionX on day two of this weekend ride. And I was still concerned a full charge even doing routine stuff would not last the day. Fortunately, it did.
There are several ways to extend the iPhone’s a battery: shutting down apps and power thirsty features such as WiFI and notifications. There’s supplemental a iPhone batteries, too, such as the Morphie Juice Pack.
I suspect such measures would have bought me an extra hour or two at best given MotionX’s voracious appetite.
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