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Our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus battery life tests are done, both trail the competition

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Our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus battery life tests are done, both trail the competition
For most Apple fans, the iPhone, irrespective of the generation, is above reproach. And in our experience, this is justified for a very big part. But the latest iPhones, including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have a very specific and undeniable weakness when compared with what competitors offer, and that weakness is battery life.

As usual, we put the two aforementioned iPhones though our custom battery life test, which attempts to estimate how long the average person will be able to use a given device if he doesn't put it down at all. With that in mind, the iPhone 6 battery life score of 5 hours and 22 minutes is underwhelming, especially if you consider competitors from the Android camp -- the Samsung Galaxy S5, for example, clocks in at 7 hours and 38 minutes, while the new Sony Xperia Z3 managed the whopping 9 hours 29 minutes. Both of these have larger-capacity batteries, but aren't as thin as the iPhone 6 -- though that's one trade-off that not all would agree with.

Looking at the iPhone 6 Plus battery life results, things are better -- it scored 6 hours and 32 minutes, which is actually better than competing 5.5-inchers like the LG G3 (6 hours 14 minutes) and Oppo Find 7a (6 hours 6 minutes), but still trails a number of flagship Android devices from the last year or so. Still, the significantly larger physical footprint of the iPhone 6 Plus has obviously allowed for a more generous battery, and this shows. Check out the results below.

Battery life

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
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Huawei Ascend Mate7
9h 3 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:27 64

1. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Tragic that, hope that thinness makes it more tissue like to help them wipe their tears.

All trolling aside though, this was largely expected. Last years battery, with last years RAM, with last years camera, with last years OS, with last years processor (slightly higher clock), with last years GFX (marginal increase), with last years pixel density but with a larger higher resolution screen and the price tag of a new phone. Really, no one at all should be surprised.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:33 35

5. sam_tek (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


Add in the Xperia Z3 compact - a direct competitor to iphone 6 - to see the REAL contrast! ;)

P.S. - it should've just been there on the list in the first place!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:36 5

10. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Sadly Sony is retarded and released that phone only in the darkest corner of the globe. I would have bought one if it released in Canada, but unfortunately I have to wait till I get to the UK and then see if the Nexus phone doesn't destroy it.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:48 1

21. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think Sony is now preparing for world wide availability. They've come to their senses that US has a vital role for their success in the smartphone industry.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:50 6

22. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I'm not surprised by the result. We all know that battery is not their priority. It's the price of their so called flagship phones.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:06 4

30. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Sony need to start marketing their phones too
No one knows about their phones, except people like us

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:36 2

62. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe their financial performance will jolt Sony execs to their senses. The loss is the result of some incredibly stupid decisions. Starting with not doing simultaneous releases everywhere. Carrier exclusives are another stupid decision.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:21

39. boosook (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


that phone hasn't been released anywhere yet, as it has been announced just two weeks ago and it's shipping in these days.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:32

102. Fluxman (Posts: 51; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Europe is the darkest corner of the globe?

Also, why don't you just wait a month or two? Sony Mobile Canada already said they are releasing all three Z3's into Canada before the end of the year...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:39

115. billytheman (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Hahah nexus destroy Sony Z3? Nexus' are garbage compared to the Xperia Z2,Z3. I'll eat my cat if the nexus releases better specs than the Z3.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 10:04

150. hoggleboggle (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Considering the UK is ranked 16th in mobile ownership compared to 35th for Canada it would make sense to focus on the larger market first. It is a bit silly though that they have been ignoring the US market though.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:54 7

25. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


The Z3 compact more than doubles the iPhone 6+. Now why Sony wont make it available for the masses to purchase is beyond me. I would love to have the Z3 Compact on my VZW unlimited data plan!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:12 4

35. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Z3 compact scored 14:44 hours.
ip 6 scored only 5:22 hours.
while in past sony was mostly blamed for bad battery life by fans of sammy,htc and apple by talking about so called "battery optimisations".
and now all these are way behing. Good jod SONY !!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:19

54. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


well, you can see iPhone 6+ vs Z3 which are in the same category. Z3 offers ~50% more battery life with just with just

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:23

57. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


well, you can see iPhone 6+ vs Z3 which are in the same category. Z3 offers ~50% more battery life with just with just

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:33

103. Tamer81 (Posts: 37; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


And they should've added at least 2 WP's! The Lumia 1520 has a remarkable batter as well.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:34 10

7. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Also, comparing the likes of the iPhone 6+ and the G3 isn't exactly fair. To beat a QHD phone by 18 minutes is tantamount to failure. Also, the Note 3 is a year old and matched it for battery life almost, this year they'll probably hit home with a ridiculous battery again with a more efficient (but higher res) screen, and then all that is left is subjective conjecture from the "its my preference based on nothing logical" crowd.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:12 1

50. slh163 (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 May 2014)


the funny thing is the difference between 5s and 6+ is just 1h30 and between 6 and 6+ is just 1h10.
i bet ifans was hoping for hours more from that 6+

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:38 17

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


For Apple and iFanboys, last year is 'innovation', outdated is 'revolutionary'.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:24

74. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


How's that Xperia Play working out for Sony ?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:08 3

123. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3918; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You're bringing up a phone released three years ago in 2011? Good argument!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:49

129. Dr.Hye (Posts: 95; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


If your goin to insult or bash on soney at least do it right. You brut up an outdated reference. How is 2011 goi BFF for you? Wait what's that sorry I can't here you. Im over in 2014 not giving a $hit

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:30

132. datguyglad (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Spell check is your best friend @Dr.Hye..!!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:05 4

29. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 14h 44 min. Epic.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:15 4

51. MyGoRa (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


iFail

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:28

59. enthasuium (Posts: 129; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


when you will install 8-10 apps it will get worst. Poor optimization of iOS..yes ...coz this time its a large battery that failed to deliver

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:48 1

67. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Now the iPhone 6 is officially the biggest fail of 2014
congratulation iFans and keep buying what apple threw to you ;-)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:50 4

68. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oh poor iFans, its Another year for wall hugging :(

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:41

116. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Still better battery life than nexus 5

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:55 1

122. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I take that you brought nexus 5 assuming my username lol. The nexus in my username has nothing to do with phones xD.
I could have got the nexus 5, but the battery life turned me off.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:02 3

78. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Don't forget the bottom line, it'll do better than "last years" sales. Hate all you want, it'll be the #1 mobile line again.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:51 1

81. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Its not hate, its waking up to reality that the Iphone has lost its status after the third generation. I cant understand how someone as intelligent as you cant see that IPhone is not the same anymore as compared to todays technology. Apple fans claim that Android fans hate Apple but the truth is that Apple is not doing anything for the customers ,only profit margins while Android is doing its best to satisfy customers demands.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:11

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That makes no sense bro

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:08 1

93. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Are you in denial that Apple is not the same anymore?
Are you in denial that Android is offering more for the customers?Are you in denial that Apple only care about profits
Are you in denial that Android fans are awake and Apple fans are sleeping?
Which of these makes no sense? I don't hate Apple ,I just don't like their deception and practices.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:44

118. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Apple don't make phone for you,get this in your head. Millions are buying so stfu. Your hate will not take you anywhere. You will keep whining & look stupid to keep screaming about what others needs.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:11

124. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3918; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


"Apple doesn't make the phone for you"

They don't make the phone for the consumer? So who are they making it for? Themselves?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:13

84. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Have you seen the latest world report on smartphone sales around the world? Apple sales are diminishing instead of expanding and they are at 15% presently and falling .Apples latest gamble on the larger screens was an attempt to regain sales but if this fails it will be worse not better. Seriously speaking how much improvement has Apple made for the last 3 generation of smartphones to date as compared to Android ? not to mention the Chinese which are on the rise with cheaper phones and same performance and specs as the leaders.
Apple will not be #1 again nor will Samsung remain at the top for long because the up coming Chinese OEMS like Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo and ZTE are now moving better phones into the market at far cheaper prices. As the saying now is " LOOK TO THE EAST"

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:01

90. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gotcha

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:15 1

95. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I just wish Apple would do more for the customer than they are currently doing with the price they are charging .Apples phones look better in design but offers less inside .have a nice day no offense meant

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:44

97. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Non taken, you're actually cool to chat with. I'm at work, so my responses are delayed. +1

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:04

92. willard12 (Posts: 1559; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Sales are the bottom line for Tim Cook, not consumers. You are only demonstrating why people refer to iphone users as "followers." "So what if the battery life isn't great, it still has an Apple logo and that's what really matters." This is why Apple leads in all those customer satisfaction surveys. Their customers are never dissatisfied with anything they do (or don't do).

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:27

128. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


True. But it's wrong how they are reporting sales as the 6 and 6+ combines. I don't see all of the different variants of the Galaxy S series added together.

Apple has two phones now. (albiet they are the same, just different size)

But let's keep the playing field even. Report sales of the 6 and 6+ seperately.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:27

131. Guti986 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


Same was done last year. I don't remember ever seeing the 5c and 5s numbers separately.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:19 1

79. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Uhm, I guess that Note 4 also uses last year's ram as well as a last year operating system

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:47

144. tgom222 (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Note 3 had dual channel DDR 3, Note 4 has quad channel DDR 3. Not the same. Went from 12.8GB/s to 25.6 GB/s bandwidth if you care...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:14

86. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


lol awesome comment.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:15

108. amasog (Posts: 341; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


but these phones with last years processor, screen density, ram, etc. can do the same things the phone with your latest processor, ram, etc. can do! lol.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 03:19

142. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not really....

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 23:32

147. buguugul (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


Oh the iphones can run 2 apps side by side on a quad HD screen, shoot 4k video and snap a 16mp shot without delay? All without needing to be charged in the middle of the day? Didn't know that.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:28 3

2. kwirin (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


No surprise.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:14 2

36. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


I am surprised that PA has still not posted news about Z3's battery test and how Z3C SH*TS ON EVERYONE ELSE'S WITH ITS 14 HR BATTERY LIFE! IT'S THE TOP PERFORMER, BY A MILE AND A LIGHTYEAR AWAY FROM SECOND AND NO POST ABOUT IT!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 08:57

99. Azonx8472 (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Do you by any chance know Richard Yarrel?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:22 1

56. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Was seriously hoping the battery would be improved, but with the typical Apple focus on thinness I guess I can't really be too surprised, had a strong feeling this would happen. Pretty disappointed, but can't say I'm not loving the slim build though.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:00 1

69. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The Z3 is pretty darn thin too. Apple. Just. Plain. Screwed. Up.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:13

85. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


true and the Z3 and 6 Plus have similar battery (3100 vs 2900mAh)... iOS can't be that heavy

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:17

109. amasog (Posts: 341; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


dont forget the bezel...its so f**kin' huge!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:31 3

3. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Very disappointing.. Was hoping for more..

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:37 7

11. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Really.....you still had hope.....after the last 3 years....

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:47

121. billytheman (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Stockholm Syndrome

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 02:32 7

4. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


APPLE EXPERIENCE!

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