Originally Posted by dcg
Yeah, mine isn't that bad, but it still not as good as I expected. I just went in and removed a bunch of apps from my notification center, and turned off location services for a few. We'll see how much of a difference it makes.
I still have push notifications turned on, and I have brightness set to auto.
Even with brightness set to auto, you want to change that slider to something between 40 and 60%. I keep mine at 60/65% because I enjoy my screen on the brighter side. The software is designed to work with your manually set brightness levels even when on "auto." This could make a difference.
I believe you can also set how long the screen turns on when you get a notification, but I don't usually micromanage my settings to that point.
Notification center is a great thing, but the constant flashing on and off of the screen has had a negative effect on overall battery life. A lot of speculation centers around the fact that it was why the iPhone 4's battery life got slightly worse when iOS 5 hit last year.