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Correction: new battery life results of G3 and S5

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Correction: new battery life results of G3 and S5
At PhoneArena, we strive to do many things, and we strive to do them all in a professional and polished manner. A piece of content goes through a number of transformations and edits, travels through numerous nodes, before it finally reaches our front page. Time and time again, we manage to get things right and escort our content from the lab or the editorial office until it safely reaches its destination - your monitors and screens.

As hard as we try, though, there's always the unfortunate possibility of making a mistake somewhere along the line, and sadly, that's exactly what happened with the battery tests we recently did with the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5. We have verified that no other phones have been affected by this issue. Until now, the battery life benchmark results that we had on the site for these two smartphones have been incorrect, falsely indicating that the G3 lasted for 8 h 50min, and the GS5 for 8 h 20min in our test. It turns out this wasn't the case at all.

The correct battery life benchmark times for both phones are as follows:

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage.

Time
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Excellent)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Good)
View all
Mistakes happen, but when they do - they sure have a bitter taste. But as stated in the beginning, at PhoneArena, we strive to do things professionally, and we're not going to betray our principles now. The right thing to do in such situations is to apologize - we'd like to apologize for having this piece of misleading info up on our site, and we hope that it hasn't caused any trouble to any of our readers. All relevant articles containing any references to the incorrect benchmark results have been corrected now.

PhoneArena Team

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:00 35

1. hateftotti (Posts: 144; Member since: 03 May 2011)


GS5 FTW

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 43

5. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Respect to PA for acknowledging and apologising.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:48 11

33. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Respect for PA indeed... Now results are similar to what GSMArena got and this site just gained a bit more credibility.

Xperia Z2 is now the top battery flagship

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:19 3

53. enthasuium (Posts: 90; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


i think Phonearena relized when every other site except phonerena battery test confirmed that s5 beats G3 by good margin.

What about those article on other site who refereed the wrong phonerena report to their site????

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:38 3

60. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Mistakes happen. So no worry about that.

Good that it has been corrected.

I would like to know details of that script.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:04 21

2. lee480 (Posts: 176; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


And Xperia Z2's reign continues.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:04 3

65. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


UPSM will outlast your Z2's Stamina Mode any day.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 11:54 5

72. Busyboy (Posts: 344; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


And here you come again, still trying to put down the Z2. The phone won, sit down!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:17 1

74. jcdz89 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


We need a real battery life improvement. .not a mode that turn ur smartphone into a feature phone. .like or not it's another gimmicky effort to hide mediocre 2800mah capacity..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:59 1

75. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


The Xperia Z2 is indeed the current King of Android Flagship Battery Life.
GS5 and HTC One M8 still deliver great battery life.

Now other sites (eg.BGR) who used PhoneArena's earlier LG G3's battery life test article can correct their articles too ;)

I applaud PhoneArena for apologizing and correcting their mistake tho. The site has gained more credibility for me.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 6

3. Duketytz (Posts: 496; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Looks like alot of people that were bashing Xperia Z2 for having a shorter battery life despite its bigger battery have nothing much to say. Anyway for a phone like G3 that is some pretty impressive numbers!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 21

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Haha epic fail, haters facepalm! GS5 FTW... Now which's the rushed product, QHD FAIL :(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:08 4

6. Duketytz (Posts: 496; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


That's still some pretty impressive numbers for a Qhd screen! They could probably do better if they put that battery optimisation on a FHD screen but I think 7hours is more than enough to last a typical user throughout the day!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:10

8. Duketytz (Posts: 496; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


My bad '6 hours' okay now I'm not sure if it will last the whole day...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:16 1

10. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


I don't think you'll be using your phone for 6 hours straight.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:22 1

14. Duketytz (Posts: 496; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Maybe some dude decides to binge-watch like a whole season of drama series in one shot.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:09 2

7. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Ah I knew it. How could a QHD phone beat a 1080p phone with a bigger battery ?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:43 1

31. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


One of my gripes about the G3 is the removable battery. I think it was better off non-removable, allowing LG to further optimize it to the phone. If they did that, that QHD screen would've lasted longer. But hey, each man to their opinions.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:16

43. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G3's battery life is still very impressive dude.
even some people will rely on this results still that 6;14hours is impressive considering the big 5.5 QHD display.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:26

81. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


A BIT impressive. But that battery life should've been "flagship-grade". QHD is not necessary. It would've been better if they perfected their FHD screens and slid in a bigger battery. It's still GS5>G3 for me.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:20

44. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


removable battery is better i hate my OG because of non-removable battery.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 04:04

83. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


That is the perfect example of the dumb consumer. The removeable battery is the most important thing of all electronic devices!

What optimization can one do making it non-removeable?

Fact:
All the phones with non-removeable batteries like the HTC/i-Craps have always ended up packing smaller capacity batteries than the Samsungs/LGs with their removeable ones.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 10:20

84. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


G2s non-removeable battery is the same size (3000mAh) as the G3s removable batter, yet it seems to be able to surpass the G3s battery life.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 13:09

86. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Well, for one it has way less pixels to power. And it's also non-removable (their stacking method wouldn't work if it is removable).

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 13:06

85. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


If I am a dumb consumer, will you please explain why the Z2, with a non-removable cover and battery, has a bigger capacity than S5 and G3 (also the best battery life between the 3)? And you said 'All'. I'm sorry, dude. I don't think you're as smart as you think.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 21:54

87. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


That's because you REALLY ARE a DUMB consumer (your own words, not mine!).

You can't even tell the difference! The Z2 has only a 5.2" display in the same external dimensions, so obviously it can choose to squeeze in whatever else it wants to. In this case a 6.7% bigger battery? Big deal.

If you look at the historical evidence, sealed battery phones from the major players have invariably had smaller batteries - which is why the likes of HTC/Apple are always losing market share - cos their battery life is suck. It will suck even more when those fools who buy such phones see their phones die completely after a year or so.

Come back again in a year so we can laugh at you & your Z2 when its dead or when it switches off at 50% power.

posted on 30 Jun 2014, 06:30

88. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Dude, there was a keyword there. I said "IF I am..."

If you look at the historical evidence, the G2 had a sealed battery, a bigger battery and screen than the S4, had a more powerful chipset but still beating the S4's battery life. And it still has a bigger battery than the S5 while being a year-old device.

To answer your question from your comment in which you called me dumb:

The perfect example of such optimizations is the G2's battery. The stacking method that LG did would NOT work if it were removable.

Also, HTC had a decline in their market share because of that damn Ultrapixel camera. It wasn't a marathon runner, but it certainly was not bad.

Apple lost market share because Android offered so much more options with better cameras, bigger/higher resolution screens and its customization options. But it barely made a dent to the iPhone sales.

Removable batteries don't always last longer than sealed ones. But that also applies vice versa.

Now, I certainly want to end this argument. It gets stupid when we get worked up to such unnecessary things.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 23:24

89. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


G2 is hardly historical but since you brought it up... they innovated with a stacked battery, but that's because LG had LG Chem making batteries. Stacked is no more than a form of curving. Which was exactly what they did with the G3's removeable battery. Hence you made your own points sound stupid - sealed batteries are never any better/bigger than removeable ones! They are the same component/materials/chemicals! But when they die, which they ALL DO... that’s when idiots like you get screwed.

The idiot manufacturers get away with sealing the doors/casings on the phones because there are idiot consumers like you allowing them to.

You may have only just crawled out of your cave yesterday, but here are the real historical facts about why the likes of iCrap and HTC have been bleeding market share.

The iCrap 5S has the biggest battery capacity ever in all of iCrap history - a pathetic ~1570 mAh. The HTC M8 has only (2600mAh). In contrast, Samsung as the flag bearer/poster boy of all phones removeable batteries has the S5 (2800mAh).

Prior to that it was iCrap 5 (1440mAh) & HTC One (2300mAh), Sony Xperia Z (2330mAh) vs S4 (2600mAh).

Prior to that it was iCrap 4s (1432mAh) & HTC One X (1800mAh) vs S3 (2300mAh).

My old S2 came with an original 1650mAh battery that died after 1 yr 7 months (bless it in tech heaven). But with a third party 2100mAh battery inside that is the same dimensions as the original battery, its better than the day I bought the phone (especially with custom ROMs & kernels with KitKat). I am still using it as my spare phone or give it to family, or sell it for $150-$200. Whereas whatever crap you bought back then with a sealed battery would have been polluting the scrap heaps years ago.

HTC went stupid in following a failed model espoused by that crap fruit company. HTC used to make the best phones during the early Android days. HTC Legend/Hero etc. had unibody metal bodies WITH removeable batteries. Nowadays they make phones with removeable backs but with batteries that are sealed in and GLUED permanently between the PCB & display. See iFixit.com and other tear down reports you fools! HTC & iCraps ranks as the worst on the repairability scale (1-3 out of 10 typically) and together in cahoots with the likes of you are an obscene contributor to our unmitigated environmental eco disaster.

I’d like to see all the idiots who whine & moan orgasmically about their metal bodies (cos they must surely buy them with ulterior sick motives…) ultimately look like fools when their screens go blank & cannot power up.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:34

90. jascha36 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


Same external dimensions?
LG G3:146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
XPERIA Z2:146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm (5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)
Actually LG G3 is 10% bigger than the Z2 because of the thickness.
G3 has bigger qhd display, Z2 has waterproof and bigger battery so I think they are both good, just have different focuses...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:49

34. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Oh, wait. The S5 has 2800 mAh while G3 has 3000mAh.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:00 1

39. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I meant the Z2. Reclaiming its position as king. 3200 mAh.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:22

45. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Z2's battery is non- removable so its not good to me.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:30

57. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Of course its not good for you since you're a fanboy.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:34 1

58. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


and you too.. lol

im using three different phone brands
samsung s5, pantch vega iron, LG G3

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 11:21

71. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Okay please be honest for a while, which display is superior S5 or G3 according to you?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:27

82. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


But the G3 has horrible battery life. Is that really what you want?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:10 2

9. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


PA team, do you think the Z2 may have been subject to the same mistake? I am not partial to any manufacturer as I'm old enough to love all technology. I am actually considering the Z2 for upgrade.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:17 9

12. Ray.S (Posts: 260; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Hi steedsofwar, we've checked, and no - the Z2's result isn't affected by this issue. It was limited to the G3 and S5 only.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:30

17. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Thanks for the reply. That is good to know.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:06

41. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


im using my LG G3 SK Telecom.(3G) its does a very good performance in batterylife. just about morethan 7;42 hours of continues browsing.
real life usage is the most important to me.

Phonearena battery test results

LG G2 6;48hours. 5.2 FHD 3000mAh .
LG G3 6:14hours. 5.5 QHD 3000mAh.

still that 6;14 hours score is very Impressive.
.

NOTE;
according to PhoneArena LG G2 lasted 6;48hours.
according to GsmArena LG G2 lasted 12;hours in browsing

according to PhoneArena Samsung galaxy s5 lasted 7;38Hours.
according to GsmArena Samsung Galaxy s5 lasted 9:36hours in Browsing.

according to GsmArena LG G2 has better batterylife than S5!
according to PhoneArena S5 has better batterylife than G2!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:23 1

55. belatukadro (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Conclusion:

Battery life is subjective. But, we knew that already.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 06:31

80. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Naah.. you're comparing apples and oranges. PhoneArena test doesn't work similarly with GSMArena's (only) browsing test.

If you want to compare both phones.. Use the Endurance test from GSMArena vs PhoneArena Battery Test:

or.. ask PhoneArena for Batterylife test only for browsing, then you can compare it with GSMArena's.

This correction actually confirmed GSMArena's endurance test

1. Z2:(PA: 8:10, GSMA: 89H)
2. S5 (PA: 7:38, GSMA: 72H)
3. M8 (PA: 7:12, GSMA: 71H)
4. G2 (PA: 6.48, GSMA: 62H)
5. G3 (PA: 6:14, GSMA: 69H)
6. 5s (PA: 5:2, GSMA: 54H)

Meanwhile.. PA stil refuses to include WindowsPhone on their batterylife test (and Camera BlindTest). I'm curious to see PA's result on the Lumia 1520 monster battery life (GSMA score: 107H)

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:05

52. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Hi Ray, thanks you and the team for correcting this wrong info... however I would like to know what exactly was the cause of the issue?

Was it on the manufacturer's side, like the cpu benchmark tweaking? or was it a problem with the script used on your battery benchmark?
or something else?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:16 2

11. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol only apologize when it come to android vs android and never when their bosses apple iphone capabilities are over blown.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:21

13. AizenMne (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2014)


You have clearly shown that you dislike LG. :) Samsung fanboys or paid Samsung fanboys, :D

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:27 4

15. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Cash from SAMSUNG received... correction posted...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:29 18

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You're not very smart, are you? The S5's battery life went down with the new results. You think they paid to get a worse result? I'll never understand you fanboys with your idiotic comments.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:32

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Fanboy nature after all...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:42 1

28. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Fanboy... what if I'd tell you that I have a SAMSUNG? :) Would that make a better person? Just asking...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:45 5

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


No. And even I dont have a samsung phone right now... I'm an android fan, who hates fanboy wars between android OEMs and the needless samsung hating.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:35 1

23. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Ts,ts,ts... insulting is not good strategy to prove any point. Learn that from me!
Yes I think SAMSUNG paid to get worst result but still better than the biggest threat, LG ...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:42 3

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Biggest threat?LG? LOL... Samsung doesnt even care about android OEMs, all they care is to one up Apple... Their biggest threat. G3 is flop.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:43

30. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Whatever. You are right.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:42

47. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


G3 is Flop? LOL

just wait for the announcement of G3 sales.
by the way Samsung & lg are one!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:43

48. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


G3 is the most successful LG phone ever!
then how can you its a FLOP? LOL

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:02 1

51. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


You could rant as much as you want saying that you're not a fanboy, but that statement shows a fanboy nature after all.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:23

54. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


It does have some benefits against the competition. While it's relatively not as good as the G2, it is not a flop. In fact I admit it is not the phone that I find to like, but I won't call iPhones a flop. I will call it stupid however. But the G3 is still going to sell very good, and will set records of LG phone's sales, as analysts think.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:23

56. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Noted.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:39

61. LGisgood (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


im using three different phone brands
samsung galaxy s5, Pantech vega iron, and LG G3.

yes im a fan of all KOREAN PHONE COMPANIES!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:46

64. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Come on, stop talking to yourself. You already end up like a fool earlier this month. Don't bring it into the next level.

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