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Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life

Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life
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 seven 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. There are plenty of new entrants since the last time we updated this list, and we are pleased to see the flagship Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Huawei Mate7 and Note 4 to make the top charts.

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posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:48 26

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


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

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 08:50 20

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


U MAD BRO?

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 9

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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 19

28. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; 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 15

30. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; 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 17 Dec 2013, 12:29 2

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; 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, 15:36

47. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


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

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 22:25 6

55. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; 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 31 Mar 2014, 08:01 14

74. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; 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, 11:29

94. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 812; 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 31 Mar 2014, 11:50 10

95. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Then stop using it so much ;)

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 14:31 14

98. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


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

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 15:09 7

99. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; 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 31 Mar 2014, 17:00

100. fzacek (Posts: 2486; 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 31 Mar 2014, 18:48 1

102. networkdood (Posts: 6330; 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 31 Mar 2014, 20:00 1

104. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; 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 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 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 09 May 2014, 11:12 1

114. buccob (Posts: 2613; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


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

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:06 1

117. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


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

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:07

118. -box- (Posts: 3991; 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 09 May 2014, 12:25

119. yazbuh (Posts: 29; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


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

posted on 09 May 2014, 13:26 6

122. chebner (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


OUCH!! That's gotta be painful!

posted on 10 May 2014, 07:27 2

130. sgodsell (Posts: 4426; 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 10 May 2014, 07:32 1

131. sgodsell (Posts: 4426; 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 12 May 2014, 07:02 1

134. box14380 (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


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

posted on 13 May 2014, 02:26 1

136. Fellwalker (Posts: 388; 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 25 Jul 2014, 09:54 1

139. marbovo (Posts: 658; 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 25 Jul 2014, 10:30 5

141. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Getting charged.

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