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Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life

Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life
As proved by numerous surveys, battery life turns out to be one of the most important, and sometimes the most important feature that needs improvement in modern smartphones. Camera quality, processing speeds and screen resolution seem to have reached a pretty satisfactory level on modern phones, even on most midrangers, but daily juicing is still required for the vast majority of them, unlike in days past, where you only needed to top off once or twice a week.

That is why we take a peak in our battery tests database to see which phones offer much more endurance than others, and, as expected, the results might surprise you. It's not always the most popular flagship phones, and not even the ones with the highest battery capacity that are at the top of their endurance game, but rather phones that are a good mix of sufficient battery capacity, well-managed processor throttling, and - most of all - power-sipping screens, which means you won't see only phones with high-res displays in the top of the pops. 

We round up some of the best brand-name handsets that scored at least six hours of screen-on time in our demanding battery test to help you choose, in case battery life is your most important requirement towards a smartphone. On a sidenote, we include the Lenovo P780 and S860 with their gigantic 4000 mAh batteries, despite that they are not present in our database yet, as there is enough hard evidence already that these are the smartphone endurance kings at the moment. The new entrants since the last time we updated this list are our endurance king Ascend Mate 2, as well as the excellent results of the Nokia Lumia 635, and the elusive OnePlus One, which also did very well on our test.

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posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:48 21

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Waiting for that super bulky phone with 10,000mAh battery :D

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:50 15

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


U MAD BRO?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 08:01 9

74. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm not mad. I'm just sick of charging my phone all the time XD

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 11:50 5

95. RandomUsername (Posts: 365; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Then stop using it so much ;)

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 15:09 5

99. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I can't... got to use phone... for everything haha
My phone and I are like best friend :P we do everything together.

posted on 09 May 2014, 13:26 3

122. chebner (Posts: 120; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


OUCH!! That's gotta be painful!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 03:53 4

107. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


You mean my Note 3 with a ZeroLemon 10,000mah Extended battery?
Yeah, its massive but i get 109 hours of uptime on a single charge with regular usage

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:16

152. zacsaturday (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 May 2014)


WHATTTT!!!, 10000mAh battery. *whistle* sweet.

posted on 10 May 2014, 07:27 2

130. sgodsell (Posts: 908; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Get a new Galaxy S5 and put the new $45 zerolemon 7500mha battery in it. Zerolemon even includes a new back cover plate for the S5. If the Galaxy S5 got a great battery life with a 2800mha battery, then you can just imagine how long it will get with a 7500mha battery.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:15 1

151. zacsaturday (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 May 2014)


you don't need to wait. thire is something hat could last an Entire (24 hours) of pure hardcore gaming/movie-watching.

Galaxy Note 3. + Galaxy Note 3 external battery charger.
+
http :// mugen . co / batteries.html (remove spaces)

Then buy 5900mAh extended battery and swap with original, and violla! A phone that easily a day.

(I haven't checked, but when i use it (i play a lot of games and watch movies) it gets to around 10% after 2 days and one night.)

And then you can swap out for another and you last another 2 days while charging the battery with a external battery charger.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:17

160. romeo1 (Posts: 178; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


My z ultra lasts almost 2 full days without a charge and i do use allot.
On the sony site i could buy a cover with a 5000mah batty inside. Would probably get around 5days with that. Total would be 8050mah.but for me 2days is enough. Waiting for a z2/3 ultra ;)

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 14:31 9

98. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Btw where is nokia lumia 1520?????????

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:25

119. yazbuh (Posts: 26; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


agree, my 1320 could even reach 3 - 4 days in light use...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:20

161. romeo1 (Posts: 178; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


They are stating the onscreen time here. Most of the big screened/high resolution phones won't make the cut. It tells allot about the s5/z2/m8 that they made the cut.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 03:21

163. gaara6775 (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 May 2014)


With extreme power saving modes m8,s5 could reach up to 1 week,just sayin

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:30 5

141. tech2 (Posts: 1801; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Getting charged.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 09:08 5

9. dmat3889 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


my s4 with the zero lemon 7500mAH battery and thier new case is almost the same size as the otterbox case so I doubt it will be as bulky as you think. getting to 7 days battery life with 10 hours of screen time is pretty easy now.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 10:10 8

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 1224; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


10,000mah? well thats not a problem... you should buy note3 and buy a zerolemon 11,000mah which is availabe in a very reasonable price and install it inside your note3... here you go... 7 days of juice

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:10 15

28. pwnarena (Posts: 827; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


just don't expect samsung to wipe your mess off once that batt explodes.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:39 12

30. JakeLee (limited) (Posts: 686; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It doesn't matter. You cannot expect Sammy to do it even if you stuck to the genuine battery/charger either.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 11:43

144. wilsong17 (Posts: 740; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Agree note 3 plus 10000 zero lemon battery== beast mode

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:29 2

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5548; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no normal person living under normal circumstances should want a phone with a 10,000 mAh battery unless there was no trade off to having it which i'm sure is still a ways off.

you wouldn't even get close to using all of the battery before you had to go to sleep a time in which it's no trouble at all to charge a phone.

now if you're a hiker or something then yeah, you might want to get a phone with a removable battery that has a battery like this available.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:25 5

55. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Bill Gates said the same thing about 256kb of memory. I personally miss the days when I could use my phone for days at a time and not have to worry about charging it.

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:06 1

117. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I believe it was actually "640kb should be enough for anybody" IIRC.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 13:43

146. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Look at what computers were like when he said it. Different times call for different specs. I doubt they were figuring on streaming video at 1080p when he said that.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 11:29

94. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Remember the time when nokia phones had 350mah battery an lasted for more than a week.???
Why do we need a 3000mah battery in phones?
Surely in a year or two we will see battery of 10000mah in same size as we see a 3500mah one..
Then everyone would want one and they would be "normal"

posted on 10 May 2014, 07:32

131. sgodsell (Posts: 908; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The problem is those phones didn't do much. Not like do today. Phones today are full fledged computers.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 18:48

102. networkdood (Posts: 6252; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If the industry would focus on battery improvement break throughs, I am sure that this could happen and still have a thin battery....

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:07

118. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They are. Right now there's a lot of R&D money in lithium polymer batteries and graphene.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 03:56

108. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Im a normal person.
And i have a Note 3 with a 10,000 Extended Battery.
I charge my fone once a week
Only trade off is its massive but some of us dont mind.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 15:36

47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6148; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Looks like Oppo won the best in battery life category next to the GALAXY line along with XPERIA as third

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:54

139. marbovo (Posts: 617; Member since: 16 May 2013)


No way, there are FOUR xperia devices in top ten including the flagship, don't be a fanboy

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 17:00

100. fzacek (Posts: 1252; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Is it such a hassle to put your phone on the charger every night before you go to bed?

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:26

136. Fellwalker (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Not as such, but it is a REAL hassle to have the phone die part way through the day; or to have to carry a charger when going away overnight.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 20:00 1

104. techperson211 (Posts: 452; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Just bring a car battery at your back. That you'd give you enough power for the whole freakin year.

posted on 09 May 2014, 11:12 1

114. buccob (Posts: 1312; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


And still they NEVER tested the Z1 Compact that showed great battery performace in other review websites

posted on 12 May 2014, 07:02 1

134. box14380 (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I have that 10000mAh now with my Note 3 using Zerolemon battery.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 23:42

156. sid07desai (Posts: 245; Member since: 03 May 2012)


10,000 mAh? Might as well use your phone as a dumbbell then

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:49 10

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3770; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I can attest that the Galaxy Note 3 is very BOSS when it comes to battery life. I can get 3 days on a single charge with almost 7 hours of screen on time. To me that is EPIC!!!!!!

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:59 3

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3770; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Check out post 142 on this link for proof of my battery life:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2479355&page=15

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 09:44 5

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7450; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I hate you. Max I can get is five hours of on-screen time. I multitask and use up 80-90% of the RAM most of the time, so that's probably the reason why. Battery usually lasts me 30-36 hours before I have to charge it, and yes this includes surfing the web, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, etc. all on LTE.

Have you noticed how fu----g fast it charges? Mine goes from 1-100% in 70 minutes.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 10:35 7

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3770; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes it's just so extremely SICK how GREAT the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is.

+1

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:42 7

31. JakeLee (limited) (Posts: 686; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Good for you, Smurfette.

70 minutes might be still acceptable for staying awake nearby with a fire extinguisher ready.

What? Sammy didn't include a fire extinguisher in the box?

Too bad.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:31 14

40. ihavenoname (Posts: 1280; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


JakeLee, that comment above was full of jealousy and hate, Samsung phones don't catch fire more than other phones, only couple have and they had unoffical batteries.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:47 7

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7450; Member since: 14 May 2012)


He sees my name and instantly creates lies and stories. It's okay, no one likes jealous haters.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:15 1

71. mattkl (Posts: 168; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


I've got to back you up this time. He attacked and you didn't even provoke anyone.

I think he has a crush on you with that cute little pet name he gave you, just like a girlfriend does. It's mostly true that you abuse the ones you love.

And what's with his hate for Samsung so much? I've only had one Samsung phone (Fascinate) and hated it. I don't hate Samsung just because I didn't like that model.

The way he talks about exploding Samsung phones make me think a Samsung device blew up on you JakeLee? I doubt this, so more unsubstantiated hate about a topic that you have no experience with. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm definitely Android biased but I don't hate on Apple. They make nice devices, just not for me.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 14:14 2

45. jacko1977 (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


what u say about apple ijunk killing people buy 1 and u get a free ambulance

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:30 1

39. dratomic (Posts: 439; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


note 3 is superb but GSMArena has a new battery champ; lg g flex

posted on 09 May 2014, 11:50 2

116. hemedans (Posts: 81; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


lumia 1520 is battery champ in gsmarena and not lg gflex

posted on 09 May 2014, 15:17

123. technomichael (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


How do you get such good battery life on your note 3? I usually get only 14-18 hours of usage

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:49 4

3. rallyguy (Posts: 524; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


My Note 3 is the first phone that can make it through a normal day (for me) on the stock battery. Battery can always be improved, but at the same time I would rather have a slightly larger phone with a bigger battery. If the media would stop putting so much emphasis on "it's so thin" then maybe manufacturers wouldn't be so pressured to make thin phones.

About half the phones I see, mine included have cases on them anyway. Although I will say my Spigen Ultra Armor case is awesome.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:59 2

7. ePoch270 (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I completely concur anxt mine rocks the Neo Hybrid in red

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 14:17 2

46. jacko1977 (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i got the spigen slim armor and im waiting for the spigen slim armor view

http://www.spigen.com/brands/samsung/galaxy-note/galaxy-note-3/galaxy-note-3-case-slim-armor-view.html

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 16:11

50. rallyguy (Posts: 524; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Opps. Slim Armor, that's it. The view looks awesome. But can't beat the slim armor for $14.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 11:53

62. iskunder (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


Hold on a second! it is important to push technology to be more compact and thinness has always led to this. Dont be hasty we still need techhology to be thin but prorities are simply changing and the media is just reflecting what people find important. A thin phone is so nice and protable to have. you even forget about it.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:53 1

5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The battery life on my Xperia Z sucks, it can't get through the whole day on a single charge. My next phone must have a good battery life.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 09:13 1

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Z1. Why do I have to put at least 5 characters?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 10:42 3

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Lucky in have the Z1
http://www.imgur.com/SGrh0HC.png

2 hours music playback
Ingress
Some pictures
And a few games
Not too bad for my first day

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 10:59

25. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, cool. The Z1's battery life is better than the Z obviously, and I tried the Z1 before and I must say it's a beast, and the new UI is very smooth. My Z is laggy sometimes, so I'm eagerly waiting for the Android 4.3 update for my Z.

Btw, have you update your Z1 to Android 4.3?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:03 1

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Update is rolling out in stages, mine hasn't arrive but so far I'm happy so I'll wait for it.

While the phone works great the UI leaves so much to be desired, specially the launcher. Luckily the N5 launcher works great on this phone

Oh and today my day is half over and still 67℅ woot! Things will be smoother since Monday is always heavy for me because of constant emails and instant messages and still did quite well

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