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Samsung Galaxy S III tops the competition in a web browsing battery test

Samsung Galaxy S III tops the competition in a web browsing battery test
What good is owning a great smartphone if it constantly asking you to feed it electricity. The battery longevity issue is more important than ever today since most new handsets offer LTE connectivity which is known to have an insatiable hunger for energy. Which? tested a number of today's top handsets. Excluded from the competition is the one handset that would probably win hands down, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. With its 3300mAh battery, the device has 21 hours of talk time which will be eclipsed next week when the 32 hour Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD launches from Verizon.

The Samsung Galaxy S III tops the list

The Samsung Galaxy S III tops the list

Ninety-nine handsets were tested and the average number of minutes the battery lasted while browsing the web was 193. The longest battery life of the devices that were put through the paces was the 359 minutes that the Samsung Galaxy S III lasted. Yes, behind that 4.8 inch screen  is an energy nibbler, biting on carrot sticks. On the other end of the spectrum is the gluttonous HTC Sensation XL which managed just 139 minutes of browsing time on battery.

Behind the Samsung Galaxy S III was the Sony Xperia S with 276 minutes of web time, followed by the 226 minutes that the HTC One X lasted. The Apple iPhone 4S was fourth, going 208 minutes before conking out, followed by the Apple iPhone 5. The latest iteration of Apple's smartphone lasted for 200 minutes while browsing. While it might seem odd that the newer iPhone model rated below last year's variant, keep in mind that the latest model does support LTE.

source: Which? via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:09 8

1. kabel (Posts: 43; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


I do not think so. This is what i trust:http://www.anandtech.com/show/6022/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-review-att-and-tmobile-usa-variants/3

On none of the charts SGSIII comes on top.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:13 9

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Same here, I trust GSMArena's battery tests
http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-i9300-galaxy-s-iii-jelly-bean-battery-life-test-concludes-see-how-it-did/

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:17 16

4. Hammerfest (Posts: 361; Member since: 12 May 2012)


consdering usage behaviour... I dont trust ANY of them!

What I get on my Galaxy Note vary's depending on what I am doing, the content of the site I am browsing, and the other settings on my phone.

I can get 4hrs of browsing, or I can get 8hrs of browsing... (factors such as screen brighness, background process's, ROM, kernel, WiFi/Cell signal strength, ect ect greatly effect overall battery life).

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:30 3

6. kabel (Posts: 43; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Nobody is negating that. Reviewers need to have some sort of unified means of testing all of the phones, so they can be repeatable and mean something. Anandtech, Gsmarena, ... state how they have designed their tests (usually some sort of script that loads the same web pages until the battery dies). How that info can be extrapolated and correlated with everyday usage habits/patterns is tough to answer.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:15 2

16. Hammerfest (Posts: 361; Member since: 12 May 2012)


true, but finger input (which actually uses power), and other factors arent used/tested

I never liked the use of scripts

My solution? Simple really, go to a site where you read books online and turn pages, see how far you get...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:18

19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Try Boat browser's night mode..it is the best and most functional one i've found..and the browser itself is just fine also

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 17:16

30. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Don't think this battery tests are not trust worthy but the fact that but depending on how you use it will affect battery time... These tests sometimes do hour of browsing hour of video etc and work out the average battery life which Is false as some devices have longer battery life with video playback but might have low battery life with Web browsing... On my s3 I get through a day easily with about 3 and a half hours screen on time with 2 emails syncing Facebook twitter what's app All syncing... At the same time I can get about 2 days of use with the same syncing but with about 2 hours of screen usage..... I don't know if there is a perfect battery test but don't think any of these are.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:52 11

10. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


The RAZR MAXX wasn't included in this case. Your chart basically shows what this shows, without the RAZR MAXX.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:54 2

11. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Eh okay? It must not be a popular phone

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:11 2

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7359; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Where have you been in the tech world these past few months?

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 12:46

37. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Following phones that actually deserve to be mentioned, hell the n9 or the 808 pureview, and we all know how Nokia has always had the best browsers ever, loading fast even when dealing with edge or gprs

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 13:00

38. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


And for the record, thank God the American LTE version wasn't mentioned, since LTE sucks at battery performance, perhaps the intentional version would've been better, like the one offered in yoigo (Spanish carrier).

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:15

34. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Edit...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:17 1

18. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


Nobody Asked what you trusted... This is the research that was presented by one company on the specific topic... Thank you for presenting another research opinion but your opinion wasn't needed...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 13:31

27. kabel (Posts: 43; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Neither have you ... I went ahead to find out their battery test sequence ... and guess what ... They do not have page that explains it ...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 13:19

26. achangavi (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


i do not trust anandtech at ALL

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:17 1

3. Loubielou (Posts: 196; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


samsung have done a superb job with the batterylife on the S3,as the S2 would drain that quick that you could hardly get a Full days batterylife,but the S3 does not drain that quick an can easily get 2-3 days with out to recharge the battery

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:22

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I get around 7.5hrs of heavy use. I can stretch it to a whole day if i really try to not play with it constantly. But usually i can't restrain myself xD

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:30 1

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10103; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I mostly surf at home as I drive a bus for a living, and can't risk it. At home I'm plugged in so I can't even speak for my ip5. The gs3's 359 is outstanding though especially with the screen size. My 4S used to go for a while, but it wasn't an lte device though. The one x I had was pretty bad, Htc needs bigger batteries for those big screens.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:37

8. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


And here I thought the GS3 wasnt good with battery when handling the whites on web browsing

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:45 4

9. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


HTC has energy guzzlers. Glad to see that the Galaxy SIII lasted so long. That means that the Note II will probably be a beast.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 02:40

32. Dilmah (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


and it is, browsing with note 2 is longer than with s3. Have both them
note 2 battery is amazing

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:55

12. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


International version of SIII? US version? Kind of makes a big difference. Did I miss it somewhere in the article?

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:56 2

13. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Hahaha I love how this article was basically created because the previous article had too many complaints about phone arena being apple biased lol

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:13

14. some1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


it also depends on the page that is loaded if it is white or dark for the amoled screen
also the maximum brightness has different level of illumination of each device

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:14

15. chongbh (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


What a joke to test it with Xperia S? That shows that you are a no brainer, how about testing with a Xperia T or TX with the latest Dual Core processor which performs better than your so-called Quad Core processor.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 12:11

24. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 725; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Brace yourselves, sony fanboys are coming. It is already confirmed that quad cores perform better than dual core, Sony is behind in time and nobody can deny that, competitors are coming with S4 quad core and Sony is still coming with dual core S4.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:16

17. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, well..seems like i shouldn't be so wary with browsing with white backgrounds on S3..!
This test seems to hold the most credit because of multiple sample of devices.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:39 3

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The Galaxy S3's display is the real culprit in the battery savings. Compared to the other high end phones on the list its VERY dim. 100% brightness on the S3 is about the same as 50% brightness on the One X or iPhone 5.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:41

21. Cha7520 (Posts: 208; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


I LOVE My new GS3! The Battery life is SO much longer than my LG Nitro HD!

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:47

22. raphael007 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


I own a SGS3 and I have to admit that after all that I put the phone trough, the battery still hold at the end of the day. It is fantastic and truthfully I am not complaining. I owned various android handsets and the SGS3 is the absolute best thus far.......

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:58

23. chadful33 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Doesn't Apple claims to have up to 8 hours of browsing on a cellular connection... what a crock.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 13:00

25. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Metrics can esily be skewed.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 14:00

28. CreeDiddy (Posts: 220; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


In terms of web browsing on my iPhone 5, i usually get around 7-8 hours at full brightness turned up. At 50% brightness I can get close to around 9-10 hours. Not sure if their tests are based on constant web page browsing.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 14:35

29. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


sgs3 ftw

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 22:00

31. skymitch89 (Posts: 1018; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


What I want to know is how the Note 2 stacks up to these devices, especially the GS3.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 20:17 1

35. JaqenHghar (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


an article just to favor samsung

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 07:45

36. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Actually none of these are accurate.. it depends on the website itself.. and the plugins, whether they are on, on demand or off.. and it also depends on the battery capacity too. all not accurate

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