How is your battery life and performance with iOS 5.1? [Poll]

iOS 5.1 has been out for several days now, so it's time to ask -- how's it working for you? Did it fix any bugs or battery life issues you were having with iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Did it make performance better on your older original iPad or iPhone 3GS? Did any of the new features like even faster camera access and Photo Stream photo deletion make you life easier?

Is it pretty much the same as iOS 5 for you? Or did it make things worse? Is your battery draining faster, are things more buggy, is performance worse, is is camera access even more annoying now?

Bottom line, how is iOS 5 working out for you?

Give us your quick answer in the poll up top and give us the details in the comments below. Make sure to include which device you're running iOS 5.1 on, and whether you did a clean install or updated, and if you updated, whether you did it via iTunes or over-the-air (OTA) right on your device.

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How is your battery life and performance with iOS 5.1? [Poll]


I've been noticing that the battery on my iPod Touch is draining a little faster than with iOS 5, aside from that, it's pretty much the same thing

Don't think the poll is there, but I'd say the battery life is the same on my iPhone 4. Can't say much about my iPad 1st gen because it's more of an occasional use device and doesn't live far from the power cord.

"iOS 5.1 has been out for several days now"
Since when has three days become several days? I guess you guys have nothing to write about

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Do you have anything relevant to say? Why did you waste your time commenting on this? Wow, your life must be boring since you have nothing to do than post irrelevant comments.
Anyways, I haven't noticed a difference on my 4S. I've never felt that it drained battery to much for me anyways though.

I decided to finally stop jail breaking. So I did a full reformat from iTunes. I set up as a new iPhone and deleted my iCloud backup. Now I'm on virgin 5.1. My phone is certainly zippier, but at the cost of a decrease in battery life. Nothing too bad, but it's definitely noticeable. Perhaps my 4 is simply showing its age. Looking forward to The new iPhone in summer or fall.

Problem with Print n Share after upgrade. Email is unresponsive after I open a message up. Can't print message, forward or reply. Worked fine before upgrade..

Seems to be better but I never had the reported issues that some have seem to had with their battery. I also have an EVO 4G and 3D so iOS is a welcome relief over my battery hog Androids.

I wouldn't know, darn it! I can't update my iPhone 4S; not OTA, not with iTunes - not after changing the DNS on both....I've tried since release; guess I'm just stuck.

It was worse as I restored from a 5.0.1 backup.... Have now down a clean restore and it is soooo much better!!

I updated via my MacBook over a jailbreak from 5.0.1 on iPhone 4. My battery seems to be lasting quite a lot longer! It was fully charged at 14:30 and now at 20:25 it is at 43% and I have been playing games pretty much constantly (draw something, words with friends and scramble) on 5.0.1 with it jail broken I think it would have been dead by now.

I'm running an 8gb 3GS (yes, I'm cheap). I upgraded from iOS5 to iOS5.1 with an over the air update.
iOS5 ran fine for me. But iOS5.1 seems to have given the device a little extra zip overall. My battery is certainly lasting longer too. I'd say about 20% better for battery life.
It's all good.

mine's worse. At one point last night I went straight from 19% to 14% battery life, hitting nothing inbetween. Getting tired of charging this thing. (4S)

Same. Thought it may have been just me. But anyway, faster and battery seems to be a bit better.

I have an iPhone 4. Never had battery issues. I still don't.
I love the camera home-screen swipe in 5.1. That's a really nice touch.

My 4s battery was fine before the update, last night went from 50% to 23% while sleeping? No apps running in background, location off, bluetooth off, wi-fi off, icloud off, all settings the same as before? Ugh. Hope there is a fix soon. :(

I went from 5.01 to 5.1 on my iPhone 4 and used to go all day without charging. I now have to charge my phone twice a day! I hope they fix this soon. I love my iPhone, but may have to get a non-Apple phone next to meet my needs.

I can't even download it on my 4S or on me Mom's 4S. TOO MANY DAMN PEOPLE on the networks. I'll wait.

Hi from OZ. impossible to update to 5.1. No luck on my original iPad or my 4S or my wife's 4, cannot connect to  server. I'm stuck.

Tweeted, snapped and uploaded photos, and used Safari extensively all yesterday, and battery life was much better than with 5.0.1. (iPhone 4 on Wi-Fi.)
Never had any serious battery issues with 5.0.x.

3GS was terrible under 5.0(1) after upgrading from 4.x both performance and battery life were bad. A clean install under 5.01 fixed most of the issues, 5.1 seems to give extra standby battery life. It feels cooler as well.

Won't get 5.1 until they have an untethered jailbreak for it. My battery life is great with 5.0.1 on my iPhone 4. I'm in no hurry whatsoever. My phone runs great.

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My battery is lasting much longer! On 5.0.1 from 7am till 23h 1% was left. Now with 5.1 15% is left!

I am having problem with my Internet speed with wifi and AT&T and I am lagging also , pages take to long to load on wifi the same

Ugg why did they get rid of the 3g toggle again?! I Left my jailbroken 5.0.1 (which I could disable 3g with sbsettings, even though it wasn't in the settings app) expecting better battery life and be able to turn off 3g. Now I have the same battery life before jailbreaking because I cant disable 3g anymore.
Granted I get better battery life now when I'm not at work. I have bad 3g at my work and the phone is constantly looking for a better 3g signal draining the battery dramatically.
@Home: I get 6.5 - 7 Hours usage, 24 - 32 Hours Standby
@Work: I get 3.5 - 4 Hours usage, 10 - 12 Hours Standby
It's ridiculous I never had to plug in my iPhone4 at work because I could just disable 3G and be fine. Honestly if apple doesn't add a 3g..."4g" toggle to the iPhone4S or the new iPhone doesn't have LTE I'm gonna just get a galaxy note.

What a petty thing to cry and whine about. Please do buy your galaxy note and leave this site so we don't have to listen to your frivolous complaining.

Thought it messed my battery life, but found it turned on bluetooth. Turned that off and battery life is MUCH better than 5.01 for me.

My 4S was 3g, after the upgrade it shows 4g. If on 4g battery slightly worse. If on WiFi, seems slightly better.

Major fail.. Battery drain much faster. Basically once out of plug drains in less than two hours. camera freezes in FaceTime. How do I get it's 5 back???? FAIL!!

My Sprint 4S has far worse battery life since the OTA change to 5.1. One day ago, I let the battery totally drain to zero before charging. Not even 12 hours and it's at 9%.

I had just ordered a new iPhone 4S with a new contract.
The question now is whether the SIM, battery or iOS5.1 is to blame, but the battery seems to drain faster than with my old iPhone 4.
Damn it!

my iphone 4s is more glitchy now. It's not terribly bad but apps crash more & sometimes freezes while trying to check notification center

Found Bluetooth on for both my 4s and wife's 4. Turning that off should help. So far I have noticed improved life.

My battery life is awful, 4 hours with hardly any use. Truly crap battery life, I'm thinking it may be a defective battery.

I've noticed that it takes a while to drain, but then drops like a rock. I'm not a fan of the update at all. Wish I could go back!

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Battery now draining faster on my 3GS. Was quite happy with 5.0.1; never had any complaints about battery performance before.
5.1 seems to stay at 100% for longer than expected, then drop faster than expected. Sometimes the drops are quite substantial. Wish I could revert to 5.0.1.

I had a chance to do a comparison this Sunday, I was traveling by road on an extended trip to delivery a product to a customer that they needed for Monday Morning and there was no way of getting it there.
I drove up in the Cargo Van and listened to the Music Player the whole way there and the whole way back (I did switch off the music for 10 minutes while I was actually delivering the player).
I did the same trip a couple of months previous when I was first taking up a huge order to the same customer and again I listened to the player that time.
The first time round after leaving at 1.30am and returning home at 5pm I had 27% battery life showing. The second time round doing the same trip, departing at 1.15 and arriving back home at 5.30pm I had 58% of the battery life showing as being left.
Though, one thing that I have to do is increase the number of albums I have on the iPhone, feels like I had heard the songs a million times over.

IOS 5.1 on my iphone 4: I've encountered freezes with Words With Friends. Had to power down and then back up to clear it. Double clicking the home button to stop only Words didn't work. Words doesn't show up as running when it is frozen!
Freeze shows up when opponent makes a move. Words reports the move but then the playing board is greyed and I cant make a move. Words with Friends may need to make an upgrade.

Yes it should eaisly be able to last the entire flight and the terminal before you board. I typically get right around apple's 10 hours when just watching videos, more CPU heavy applications drop the battery down to a little over 9 hours.

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1
I used to have 5.5 hrs using my battery from 100% to 20%
Now I'm doing 8 hrs. Couldn't ask for more.
I chk mails, twitter, FB, 15-30 mins game and occasional GPS using Waze.
Gr8 battery life, but if they could do an iPad to iPhone (~10 hrs) in next iteration with 4G, it would be awesome

Oh and I upgraded via iTunes. I fear those OTA updates because all they do is patch and who wants a patch. A clean install is better I think.

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