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Old 03-15-2011, 03:25 AM   #1
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Ipod 4G battery life for reading

Hi all,

My kids have hijacked my Ipad, and I can no longer take it with me for business trips.

I was thinking of buying an ipod touch primarily for reading ebooks on the go and facetime. I had an ipod touch 2G which had terrible battery life when using ibooks. Can anyone give me an indication of the battery life in the 4th gen device?

Assuming wifi turned off, brightness at mid level, how many hours can I read on it?

Edit - I won't get an ipad 2, I'd rather wait till the retina display comes with ipad 3.

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Old 03-15-2011, 03:26 AM   #2
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Buy the kids an iPod 4G and take back the iPad.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:36 AM   #3
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Well, I could do that.

But the Ipod 4G has facetime, which is a big plus for me when I'm on business travel. And I like having an ipod in my pocket so that I can read anywhere, the ipad isn't that portable.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:18 AM   #4
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How much do you read per one time?
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:52 AM   #5
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I've owned the ipod touch 1G, 2G and 4G. They all have sucky battery life. I've never actually timed my 4G, but I think you would be lucky to get 3 hours out of it under the conditions you described. Unlike the iPhones, the touches have a small battery. The retina display is awesome though! If you are going to use it a lot you might need an add-on battery case which will drive the price up.
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Isn't three hours enough of reading books for one day? Or at least having a short period of break to load the iPod Touch?

Or are people so lonely they have nothing better to do than read? I'm just curious...
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Isn't three hours enough of reading books for one day? Or at least having a short period of break to load the iPod Touch?

Or are people so lonely they have nothing better to do than read? I'm just curious...
I wouldn't read that long on the touch as the screen is too tiny. But being a highly educated person I read 4 or 5 books a week. Not comic books are dimestore fiction, I read non-fiction such as history, science, technical manuals, etc. Perhaps in your generation playing games is more important than anything else, but for me I read a lot and always have. I had to in my profession and I still do in retirement. The reading keeps me head above most in intelligence, and I'm damn proud of that.
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I play with my children, do household work and spend time with my friends and go to work. If I have time, I read about one hour a day if even that.

Your statement about my generation is as lame as me saying that perhaps in your generation it was most important for a man to sit down and read books instead of being a father.

I was just wondering how can someone have so much time to read, thats all. I'm all for reading and I'm jealous of those people who can read entire book in one day, like my wife.
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I read on the iPhone(s) for years (yay Stanza!), but must admit that, once I got an iPad, I just don't enjoy the small screen anymore, despite the portability. And not just reading books, but browsing as well. It spoiled me Not even sure if I need a smartphone at this point.

My point being-it is a joy to go from the iPhone size to the iPad...less so going back ;p
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I usually have 'night mode' set, even for daytime reading. I think this should conserve some power over normal 'white background' with LED backlit screens - but haven't attempted to benchmark it.

In any case, I rarely read 3 hours a day on my iPT so it's not normally a problem unless I forget to turn off wifi.
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I usually have 'night mode' set, even for daytime reading. I think this should conserve some power over normal 'white background' with LED backlit screens - but haven't attempted to benchmark it.

In any case, I rarely read 3 hours a day on my iPT so it's not normally a problem unless I forget to turn off wifi.
Even with WiFi off my 4G eats up the battery fairly fast and I usually have the backlight turned way down. But if you read less than 3 hours per day on it you should be okay. You can always take a charger or use the USB port on a laptop to charge it a bit if necessary.
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Yes, the 4th generation iPod Touch.
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Yes, the 4th generation iPod Touch.
I respectfully disagree on the battery life of the Ipod Touch. I use mine all day long including book reading and the battery easily lasts all day. Granted I am not using it constantly but easily an hour or so at a time from web reading, to ebook reading. Apple claims up to 40 hours of audio or 7 hours of video. Frankly I notice I loose about 10% an hour on average and for me it comparable to my ipad in battery drain. Just my experience.
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