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Has battery life improved since 2011? These charts show Sony is now king, Apple slacking per mAh

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Has battery life improved since 2011? These charts show Sony is now king, Apple slacking per mAh

If you want a good battery life, get a Sony phone - that seems to be the overarching conclusion from several graphs plotting how a few popular phone brands changed in terms of handset endurance since 2011. A very welcome trend of a constantly increasing battery life on average can be observed, too.

Sony is the big outlier here - starting at the bottom in battery endurance in 2011, it has constantly strived to optimize power consumption of its components, to the point that it is now the phone maker offering the best battery life from all major players, with most of its handsets lasting about two days on a charge with normal usage. The next outstanding performer is Samsung, which has also done wonders for the battery life from its handsets, especially given the relatively small capacities they are outfitted with.

Unsurprisingly, given that phones were getting ever-larger until this year, battery capacities have also grown significantly, and the author found this variable to be the one most positively correlated with the better battery life we have now on average. Granted, there is negative correlation between screen size/resolution, and battery life, but it is more insignificant, compared to the positives of the increasing battery capacities during that time.

Apple is actually the only one of the major players, whose endurance per mAh has fallen for the past four years or so, which is exemplified in our own battery benchmarks, too - the iPhone 6 will still last you about a day, as the iPhones before it, though it has a larger battery than its predecessors.


source: technobabble0 (Reddit)

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posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:50 9

1. Kumar123 (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


iPhone 6 plus has great battery life. It even beat Note 4 in battery life. Apple also improves a lot with iphone 6 plus. All the arena site ( Phonearena, GSMarena) battery life test is designed to give android phones edge over iPhones. I trust Anandtech and Ars technical.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:53 66

3. legiloca (Posts: 1208; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


iSheep spotted.. Jk :)

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:58 61

12. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


I hate those isheeps, they usually wake up during September.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:18 1

24. neela_akaash (Posts: 1114; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


PA Can't you post the data in some simple graph layout. These graph layout is so much confusing...

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:33 12

35. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


You can't understand a dot plot graph with a trend line slapped on it? wow

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 22:17

67. neela_akaash (Posts: 1114; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


You call that simple.... graph layout are meant to be simpler. So that it takes less time to understand something.

But this is the worst layout i have ever seen.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 18:01

63. Jango (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


A bar chart may have been better

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 10:59 2

54. carlemillward (unregistered)


OMFG, you made my day.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 13:29 1

55. amasog (Posts: 338; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


I pity those narrow-minded gullible fandroids..

why? simple because they are promoting idiocy here. why> because they can not understand that different people has different choices; that some people want iPhone, that not all people want an android phone.

so easy to understand, isn't it?

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 14:57 5

56. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


the argument is not about who want what? The argument is about which one is good in battery life and which one is not? (Open minded Fandroids are correctly stating that apple isn't).

So easy to understand, ins't it?

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:13 1

60. dimas (Posts: 1921; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Some people just can't relate to articles properly.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:56 36

9. Ordinary (Posts: 2178; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


LOL

Note 4 (5.0.1):
http://cdn.gsmarena.com/vv/reviewsimg/samsung-galaxy-note-4/battery/battery-test.jpg

iPhone 6+:
http://cdn.gsmarena.com/vv/reviewsimg/apple-iphone-6-plus/review/iphone-6-plus-battery.jpg

PA benchmark:
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-Plus_id3815/page/4

You really have no idea what you are talking about.

posted on 08 Sep 2015, 05:14

70. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


just don't belive all what GSMarena wrote.
c'mon...show me a S6 that battery last 48h just on stand by.
or in this case 11h of iPhones and 17h on Note video playback.

let's take 5 of each and test them...if ANY of this phones does times that GSM arena wroted, i will buy 100x of them.

Note does have good battery, but 28h of talk time can be done only conected to charger. that phone maybe can do top of 8h SoT, but only if there is A LOT of black color on a screen.
Same thing with 6h of SoT that Phonearena claims for iP6 Plus...

i did have quite a few flagships, and i can tell from my expirience that only with Sony Xperia (Z and Z2) and LG G2 i could do full 2 days of usage. Let's say Note3 is OK, and there is some big capacitty chenesee phones that does good....all others ware disappointments, even though for all of them was claimed in bunch of reviews they are much better then they actually are.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:58 7

11. james2841 (Posts: 147; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


it could beat the note 4 if the ip6p was in standby mode.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 08:22 2

49. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)


Wrong headline on the article.
Improved battery doesn't mean just to put more mAh in the brick.
It means:
1) if they can put same amount of mAh in smaller pack
2) if battery discharge slower with the same mAh and size
3) if the battery can charge faster with the same mAh and size

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:00 6

13. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Of Course It Has Good Battery Life, The 6 Plus Has A 2915mAh Battery. And Obviously It Would Beat The G4 In Endurance Since The G4's Battery Is Only A Slightly Bigger 3000mAh Cell And The G4 Has A QHD Screen VS The 6 Plus's FHD Screen.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:03 1

14. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


the 6 Plus battery lasts twice as long as my old Note 3, despite having a smaller battery and less frugal display (LCD vs AMOLED) but the software is optimized as hell, and i charge it from 2 to 3 days

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:08 6

18. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I Agree Ios Is Superbly Optimized. But The Note 3 Is A 2013 Device And Shouldn't Be Compared To The 6 Plus.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:09 21

19. SamDH1 (Posts: 412; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


These are lies ma friend. Twice as long means that the Note 3 lasts about 1.5 days. That is incorrect. 2-3 days life with a 6 Plus, that is simply unheard of, unless you literally have no messages and never use it, besides perhaps checking the time.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:22 1

27. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


my Note 3 lasts 1-1.5 days and my 6 Plus 2-3 days, with the same use. i feel certain jealousy coming your way

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:02 3

57. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


may be, apple has mistakenly put 32 wheeler truck battery in your 6 plus. Your 6 plus weight is 50 kilo gram, right?

posted on 08 Sep 2015, 11:01 1

71. murphslaws (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


Buy a new battery for your note 3 and re-test. If you are still using the same original battery theres no wonder its not lasting as long.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:12 3

59. dimas (Posts: 1921; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Agree and well said. Have coworkers use their iphone 6+ as personal daily driver and for work and yup, they're all wall huggers by 4 or 5pm.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 06:04 3

46. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 81; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


My friend charges his iphone 5s 3 times a day, and his Z2 once.. With same frequency of usage..

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:03 3

15. Spedez (Posts: 440; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Indian iSheep. One would think that you love Micromax.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:08 16

17. Ordinary (Posts: 2178; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


I like how you edited your post right away when I gave you links of PA and GSMArena lol.

http://i.imgur.com/BeWLBGa.png

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:16 7

23. Kumar123 (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Ha ha ha, I didn't even notice your comment when I edited my comment. Most of the time I edit my comment after I post them. But hey good job preserving my each and every comment here on PA. Maybe I'll hire you as my PA in the future so try your hardest.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:24 6

31. Ordinary (Posts: 2178; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


"good job preserving my each and every comment here on PA"

Aint nobody got time for that

Everytime you post on some random article IQ by all users in here drops by 20%.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 02:53

73. TheOldOne (Posts: 188; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


nice one!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:24 2

29. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Then you are so naive/pathetic person if you believe that crappiest site on internet like anandtech!
That site which they sold themselves to apple ?
Man am feeling sorry for you ...

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:06

58. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


your are absolutely right bro. anandtech is the crapiest site and baised, same like The Verge

If anyone want to get brain washed then he can follow the sites like these

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:17

61. dimas (Posts: 1921; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Anandtech is so obvious. Stopped reading from it since 2013. Same with technobuffalo in youtube, apple is great, apple is the best blah blah blah.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 05:29 3

43. kkmkk (Posts: 466; Member since: 06 May 2013)


shut up the note 4 sm-910c give me usually a 6-6.5 screen on time
while the iphone can even know how much because it so stupid it does not show it to me
f**k of I-sheep

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 05:30 3

44. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Sony is the king.Sony FTW

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 08:27 7

50. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)


" I trust Anandtech"

Of course you do.
Anand is Apple's employee after all.

posted on 08 Sep 2015, 02:14

68. shahrooz (Posts: 707; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


the sheep is strong with this one

posted on 08 Sep 2015, 04:55

69. raky_b (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


they all do syntetic tests, but in real life iPhone can't do much more then 4h of SoT and 24h on one charge, while Note can. Also, S6 (and it's Edge ersion) in real life can't do more then 5h too.
Only Sony's and some of bigg capacitty Motorola's flagships can do decent SoT times,and to regular user only Sony's model can live two or more days on single charge, even thoug they don't use bigger battery the others.
Rest of the tests are just cheating....like showing results of "SoT" on SAMOLED screens with black pictures and videos (Amoled don't use power for black color) and simular.
Neather Sammy's flagship, neather Apple's cand do even similar, but in this tests, they are sometims even better.
just a lies...nothing more. first you reed it and think how good they all are, and then you red user expiriences and see real truth

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 02:47

72. TheOldOne (Posts: 188; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


but you cannot do too much with it, isn't it? Is basicaly same as any iPhone/iPhad device in terms of features and functionality.

While in Note series there is a lot more things that (legitimately!) consume additional power:

1. It has 2 digitizers: one for your finger and a separate one (with better resolution, etc) for pen
2. Multiwindows (I don't like to use term "multitasking" on mobile devices since someone may confuse it with computer multitaking, you know what I mean).

There is also Touchwiz, but this one is a hog...

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:51 5

2. legiloca (Posts: 1208; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Couldn't understand..Too many circles and lines lol!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:55

6. Wiencon (Posts: 1784; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Same here :d

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:41 3

36. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


each circle represent individual phone by each brand, and line is average coordinate of those circle by the same brand..
(maybe its not average since its straight line, its maybe gradient, or whatever, i'm not good at statistic after all)

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:50

40. DarkStar286 (Posts: 212; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


You can't understand a simple dot graph with trend lines? And not being able to understand such a simple graph isn't funny, it's pathetic.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 19:36

64. legiloca (Posts: 1208; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


You call that dot graph SIMPLE? dude, not all people have the same IQ and the same level of understanding, just so happens that I am a kind of human being that is not so into dot graphs etc.. and you saying it's pathetic is like you're arrogantly saying that you're superior than the rest of humanity.. Nobody is Perfect

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:53

4. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


in chart #4 (endurance VS battery capacity) Apple is still above the competition, so their software is clearly the most optimized, just imagine if they only put Sony batteries in the iPhone, you could have juice for days

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:42 9

37. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


no they wont, its too expensive and will hurt their profit margin

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:55 2

41. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and please look at those chart one again, it have lots of non-orange circle above Apple line, and thats the android flagship place, while the bottom part is just cheap android

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:53 5

5. slannmage (Posts: 148; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


My old Z1c would get me 5 days on a single charge with Battery saver mode enabled. I also liked using that mode since you only get non important notifications when you turned the screen on.

I've had about 5 or 6 different phones since that one (I liked to change a few times a year) and it's still by far the best battery performer I've had. I owned a Nokia 1020 and it wouldn't even last the day, I had an iPhone 5s and it wouldn't last a day either. I had a HTC One, that got 2 days, the GS5 got 2 days, the 6+ would get 2 days and I had some other Android I forgot the name of which would get 2 days.

So for my usage 2 days is the norm, but whatever Software optimizations Sony have just owned everyone else. I can listen to a podcast on my 5s and it would drain the battery by 20-30%, while the Z1c would go down 1-3% over that same period of time, which was about 2 hours.

I don't play games or watch video or anything though, why I wish we could get something different than these slab phones. I want something like the Nokia N93i, something that speaks to my usage, who browses the internet on their phone? It's a terrible experience, I'm happy to just use my PC.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:57 4

10. Wiencon (Posts: 1784; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


My Z3C was lasting 4 days with my usage, incredible for smartphone but still pathetic compared to my C905 which I ditched in October last year and I charged it once per 2 weeks :D

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 07:44

48. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I get average 1.5 days with heavy usage (Z3 Compact) and 3 days normal use.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:55 8

7. senseiJ (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 May 2015)


It's just funny how iPhones barely last. Both the hardware and software of this phone are pretty basic. I'm lucky if my iPhone 5s gets me through the day.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 03:56

8. pureviewuser (Posts: 479; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Where the f..k is the lumia 1520? Again conveniently left out!!!!!!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:14 2

21. Ordinary (Posts: 2178; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


This isnt about particular phones but OEMs. Nokia is blue line.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:44

38. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


maybe its the top most blue circle

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:06 2

16. SnakeBoyVincentLiu (banned) (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


my iphone 6 able to last 4 days and iphone 6+ last 6 days, non-stop usage on Weibo, Meitu, Meipai, WeChat, and lots more apps, paired with my 42mm appe watch with milenese bracelet with Bluetooth on 24 hours. Very happy the battery life that Apple offers :) Any random Sh*tty low class android phone won't beat that endurance and that's a fact. please please please don't bash just because you haven't tried it, and I doubt you can't even afford iphone just like me :)

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:10 18

20. Ordinary (Posts: 2178; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Yep and I can time travel too.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:23 6

28. neela_akaash (Posts: 1114; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


He is an absconder from Asylum... don't mind.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:14 5

22. AlikMalix (Posts: 5095; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Bull...!!!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:20 8

25. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1013; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


You forgot to add, Taobao, Alipay, LeTV, qq messenger, Kugou and many more. But iCr@p still cr@p

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:22 4

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 5361; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple Troll from China. Did you buy two iWatch Gold for your dog!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11641715/Meet-the-dog-who-wears-gold-Apple-watches-worth-more-than-26000.html

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 04:24 5

30. Quicksword_Phantom (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2015)


Hahahaha this asian twink can't be serious.

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