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Legends of the fall: 5 current flagships with the longest battery life

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Legends of the fall: 5 current flagships with the longest battery life
This year marks the death of one-day smartphone batteries. Starting with the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 in the spring, manufacturers just hinted at what they will be capable to pull off later on. As the year unfolded, we saw our battery benchmark database log a threshold after threshold - last year the best marathon runners barely crossed the six-hour mark in our gruelling battery test, but in the spring they started passing seven, and even eight hours.

Six month later, and with most major fall flagships already announced and tested, we are seeing two-day, and even three-day battery life phones from major brands, which would have been unheard of just a year ago. Sony certainly deserves an honorable mention here, as it managed to consistently churn out slim and stylish phones with amazing battery lives, but a few others are wiggling in, headed by the excellent DROID Turbo achievement that we just measured. That is why we are rounding up the top 5 current flagships, ranked in terms of battery life, to help you choose if you are in the market for a weekend warrior with great specs.

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We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours
Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
10h 2 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Huawei Ascend Mate7
9h 3 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
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posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:36 4

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2020; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Good one!

Off-topic: why's xperiaDroid banned? There wasn't anything homophobic about his comment.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:43 8

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I didn't get to read his comment :( Or was it the one "Did you not know Tim Cook is gay?" ? Because if it was that, PA has reached a new level of pathetic.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:55

7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2020; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Here:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Trick-or-treat-Here-are-HTC-Samsung-Sony-Huawei-Nokia-ASUS-and-ZTEs-Halloween-shenanigans_id62342

I won't risk copying what he said :P

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:00 2

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


WTF ! There was nothing bad about that comment... He basically just stated a hypothesis on why Apple hasn't made Halloween stuff. He did NOT attack Apple nor gays. Nobody...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:05

9. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2020; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Must be that he's been limited too many times. I'm not sure, tho.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:13 5

12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah there must be something else behind this. Even PA can't BAN for such lame reason.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:22

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


He's been limited three times in the past four weeks. Finally got the ban hammer for good. Should have happened a long time ago but that kid never listened.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:53

16. Dee79 (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


I tried to comment the other day and it came up I was banned. I contacted PA to ask them what the hell I did wrong to get this ban but got no respond.

The next thing I noticed is I wasn't banned any more. Totally confused.

But agree with PA going extras with the rules.

Ps. Im a Galaxy fan and have the Note 3, but im really feeling the Droid turbo.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:37 1

2. Busyboy (unregistered)


All hail the new King.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:49

5. Beijendorf (Posts: 339; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I think "Long live the new kings" would be more suitable here, don't you? ;)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:41

24. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


nah the screen is a major turn off. Hard to view outside

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 13:47

37. nimbostruck14 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Sadly, if this phone had a screen that had the superiority of the Galaxy Note 4, then surely the Droid Turbo would be the so far "most ideal phone." It does have good color temperature compared to other AMOLED screens though :D

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:22

15. wreis (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


add phone SONY EXPERIA T2 ultra and see the magic.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:43 1

3. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


If a phone makes it through a full day that's enough for me.
All the above phones have great battery life but they lack other features.
That's why the iPhone 6 is selling like crazy because Apple has found a way of creating a balanced device.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:51 19

6. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Spoken like a true Apple Fan

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:05

19. sgodsell (Posts: 3105; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Clearly TimCook you haven't seen or used a Moto X which is like the Droid turbo, only the droid turbo has beefier specs. The Z3 is like a Z2 with once again beefier and newer specs. There is nothing to really admire about the iPhone 6 except its a bigger phone. Everything else about the iPhone 6 has been on Android devices for years. Its amazing how iOS doesn't even take advantage of the new screen real estate. For instance where is the real multitasking? Never mind multi-window support that a number of Android devices have enjoyed for years.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:08 1

10. vuyonc (Posts: 984; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


"All-rounded">>>>>"Balanced"

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:15 2

13. mrmessma (Posts: 156; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Full Disclosure: I'm an android user.
That being said, I can't think of a single item on an apple product I want. I could see some wanting a full sized fingerprint reader, other than that, what "features" does it have others don't? I only mention "features" because you did, not citing the usual full package/ecosystem/experience.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:49

28. dimas (Posts: 1837; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


No Mr. Wall hugger, not all people wanted to charge their phone every night. And most people want to be comfortable that they'll be doing their activities without the fear of getting low bat during important calls. You're in denial of competitor's product improvements while kissing Apple's feet. that's the iDiot fan way.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:56

30. torr310 (Posts: 777; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


iPhone 6 sells so good because the fans had enough about the small screen and they finally could get a large screen phone. Fault to the company does not listen to the consumers.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:09

11. pyradark (Posts: 821; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Great sony.now time for new design and features or else more loss.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:18

14. wreis (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Hey brows just add phone SONY EXPERIA T2 ultra and see the magic.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:59 2

17. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Interesting that the DROID Turbo has a nearly 25% bigger battery than the Xperia Z3 but gets under 10% additional time out of it.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:34

22. uzimafioso (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


And three times the amount of pixels...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:40

23. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Yah I wonder what the battery life on the turbo would be with at a HD screen.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:33

26. vuyonc (Posts: 984; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


78% more pixels, not three times.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:51

29. dimas (Posts: 1837; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


QHD + monster processor: battery drain like there's no tomorrow.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 05:03

35. FarmerStyle (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 May 2014)


don't forget about the brightness . The DROID Turbo's maximum brightness is only 248 nits . That is the main reason for long battery life (Z3 713 nits)

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 13:39

40. nimbostruck14 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


A software update fixed the problem with the brightness.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:02

18. StanleyG88 (Posts: 230; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


That might be an issue if all things were equal, but Turbo is pushing more pixels, always on tech, etc. What is important is total time available not time vs battery size.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:31

21. dmh0284 (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


What about the Huawei Ascend 7? When is that thing gonna be released? 4100 mAh battery

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 13:45 1

25. MojoDojo (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I think my Lumia 1520 with a 3400 mah battery should be there.
Gsmarena said it was the best battery life on a phone ever tested.....

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:47

27. chengsae (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


hey look....TABLES ARE CONSIDERED PHONES>

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 17:46

31. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I'm waiting for phones to hit that 12 hour mark, that will be perfect battery life.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 20:16

32. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


My zte zmax beats the turbo

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 00:20

33. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Note 4 FTW. Meanwhile Apple phones are nowhere is sight.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 01:08

34. Rain017 (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


WTF Blackberry Passport is not even included but in their review they said it last 2 days in full charge and a whole day for power users this is not good responsible writers always fair and gives right info to avoid confusions!

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 07:05

36. medicci37 (Posts: 1269; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


None of those phones have 3 day battery life for the average user!

posted on 02 Nov 2014, 09:42 1

38. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Part of the reason why that battery life is so impressive on the Turbo is because it's QHD AMOLED screen caps out at a pathetic 247 cm/nits of brightness.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 16:42

39. nimbostruck14 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


There was a firmware update that brings it on par with the brightness of the htc one m8.

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