Manufacturers love to talk about how much battery life you can get out of their phone. They will tell you how big the battery is and spit out a bunch of numbers for talk time and other scenarios. The problem is these numbers rarely ever transition over to real life use. So, what Android phones actually get great battery life when put up to the test? We’ve selected five flagship devices that can be purchased right now. Each one has undergone battery stress tests. Which device wins?
The LG G2 is a favorite around these parts, but you may not have thought about the battery life. The G2 outperformed many other Android phones in most battery stress tests. Talk time lasted a very nice 25 hours and 12 minutes. While continuously surfing the web the G2 lasted 11 hours and 22 minutes. In continuous video playback the G2 lasted a 11 hours and 51 minutes. LG should definitely be marketing the battery life of the G2 more.
This is the device everyone expects to see on this list. After all, Motorola designed this phone specifically to have a long-lasting battery. Surprisingly the Maxx did not perform as well as some of the other devices. Talk time for the Maxx was 21 hours and 18 minutes. The continuous surfing test last just 9 hours and 12 minutes. Continuous video playback yielded better results with 16 hours and 35 minutes. The Maxx is still a beast if you need more juice.
A big phone means more room for a big battery, and that is exactly what the Galaxy Note 3 has. For talking on the phone you will get 18 hours and 12 minutes. In the continuous web surfing test the Note 3 lasted a very impressive 9 hours and 12 minutes. During continuous video playback the Note 3 lasted another very impressive score of 13 hours and 32 minutes. If the gigantic size of the Note 3 doesn’t bother you this is a great option for a long-lasting device.
Most people forget that HTC has a “Max” device of their own. In this case, however, the “Max” is in regard to the screen size. Still, a big body means a lot of space for battery. The talk time for the One Max was a respectable 22 hours and 13 minutes. While continuously browsing the web the M8 lasted for 11 hours and 20 minutes. Video playback yielded a result of 13 hours and 11 minutes. HTC has done a nice job here with battery life.
Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 was very scattered in battery tests. The Z1 performed better than all the devices on this list in talk time with an insane 26 hours and 53 minutes. In web browsing and video playback, however, it lagged far behind. Web browsing lasted just 5 hours and 59 minutes while video playback was 6 hours and 12 minutes. If you do a lot of talking on your phone the Z1 is a nice choice.
For our money it seems the LG G2 has the most impressive results for a device that isn’t even marketed for superb battery life. It outperforms even the Droid Maxx. mAh’s may be an impressive number to show on a spec sheet, but that isn’t the whole story. Real life use can yield much different results. Are you happy with the battery life of your phone? Do you own one of these devices?
Data collected from GSMArena