Samsung Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode is put to the test
Samsung decided to charge up the 2800mAh battery on a Samsung Galaxy S5, and take it on a cross-country road trip to see how far it could go without charging. Keep in mind that the Ultra Power Saving Mode is turned on right from the start, and is turned off from time to time in order to enable some apps.
Leaving New York City at 100% battery life, the Galaxy S5 was at 80% by the time it hit Nashville. Did the Galaxy S5 jump on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and wow the crowd by playing a selection of country tunes? No, it did not. But the phone did make it to Seminole, Oklahoma on day 3, with 73% of its battery life remaining. By day four in Amarillo, Texas, there was 51% battery life left.
Could the phone make it from the East Coast to the West Coast without a charge? In Las Vegas, the indicator read 17%. When the phone reached Venice, it had 7% battery life remaining. According to Samsung, the phone went 3504 miles and 7 days without needing to be charged. Of course, this is hardly typical use. By turning the Ultra Power Saving Mode on, most apps could not be used. And let's face it, if you were on a road trip and sitting in the passenger seat, you'd have your phone running social media non-stop, and you'd probably watch a movie or two on Netflix. On this road trip, 119 pictures were snapped, 86 texts were sent and 4 minutes of video were shot.
While this might have been an interesting experiment, in no way is this indicative of real-life. And we should point out that the HTC One (M8) has its own Extreme Power Saving Mode which came out of the box on international units, and was added via updates to all U.S. models except for those owned by Verizon customers.
1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
If it was a rooted handset, with voltage settings decreased, it would've still have 35% left.
3200mah instead of 2800mah, should've came standard.
2. devonblue4u (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)
I have an S4 with Imperium rom. It has all the S5 features incl. UPS mode. Who sez S5's have all the fun. Long live Devs!
38. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I feel sorry for you. My sisters galaxy s4 is very laggy. The gallery takes 2 seconds to launch.
44. devonblue4u (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)
Uh, that's one of the reasons why you flash over stock rooms, isn't it? :)
55. elitewolverine (Posts: 2385; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Can be, just dont brick them, i deny warranties all week on newer phones for bricked roms.
3. Derekjeter (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I just tried this power saving mode last night and it works well but the 10% was over in 2 hours of of heavy use. I thought it would last longer.
4. Bondurant (Posts: 180; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
Have to admit, this idea of having a black and white mode power saver was a pure Samsung innovation.
5. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
Another S-Hit that looks great on paper.
Ultra Power Saving... my a$$.
6. Doakie (Posts: 1380; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Haters gonna hate.....
Unless you have a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 I don't think your phone really would stand up to a cross country test.... Let's get real.
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3641; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Your a$$ has ultra power saving capabilities? Wow! tell us more about it.
8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Android and Open Source are the Future. it doesn't lock you down to one company. it's not a walled garden like apple. it's an open palm vs a closed fist. you pay half or less for the hardware than apple's hardware. the apple premium 'tax' is for bragging rights and advertising costs. the truth is actually a bit different than the apple marketing machine will lead you to believe. there is a reason why apple has more cash in the bank than any other U.S. company. check your wallets.
10. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
..let me finish:
* iZombies are dumb
* what a stupid design
* oh, apple makes it taller, wow, innovation
* same old iOS sucks
* people are so dumb to buy it (iPhone 5)
* can't stop the dumb people from buying marketing gimmicks
* my android phone can do so much more
* where are the widgets?
* my LG from 2009 already does everything the i5 does
* Samsung note 2 ftw
* 4" screen is so 2010
* Blind iZombies that buy the dumbest products
* look at the nerds buying something that just isn't innovative
* samsung's gonna sue i5
* my gophone (iphone 5) is here already
* lumina 920 beats everything including this POS
* the list goes on and on...
15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Read post 5, from Jakelee
He started it first,
"another s h I t that looks good on paper "
17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3641; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Stay on topic. You are unnecessarily bashing apple.
13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
ummm...what? the iphone is junk. just look at the specs! Apple bragged about how now it has a dual core. so what, Android phones have quad cores and have for some time. Apple consistently releases outdated tech, stolen interfaces that they pass off as their inventions and then they sensationalize it like its the newest and best thing in the world. the worst thing about it is that people like this guy keep spewing that word vomit. When you buy a smartphone, be an informed consumer and know what you are buying. Dual core iPhone vs quad core Android. hrmmmm.... 16gig iphone vs 16gig plus 64gig external storage Android. hrmmmm.... closed source and restricted to only what apple says you can have or do iPhone vs open source make your phone do whatever you want Android.... hrmmm.... its an easy choice for someone who doesn't just buy a phone to try to look cool to their friends.
26. sniper1087 (Posts: 412; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
Wow you sound really butthurt, why does it matter to you what other people buy, apples dual core processor is custom made and every core performs as a single core better than the 801, now that is in single thread not multithread which is a different story, but you can't tell the difference in real life performance, I have used the S5 and I'm still surprised not to the hardware's fault but to the software that performance still stutters from time to time, the more gimmicks they add the more it bugs down the system as well it takes more internal storage available. Yes expandable store is good but there is a reason google wants to move away from it, on their nexus devices is because is unreliable, they tend to fail a lot.
50. Ashoaib (Posts: 2499; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
wow, whatever he said is truth he sound really truthful
31. AlikMalix (Posts: 1173; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Arte, this is unnecessary... He's not bashing Samsung - he's stating that 24 hours on a 10% battery is only possible if you don't use the phone (or just a little). Samsung is trying to convince (with their ad or this stunt) that their phone is capable of that, but does not outline that the use is limited, very limited.
I like this feature, but lets not make a gold mine out of mole hill...
42. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Well if I did or didn't, I assume I might have, or might not?
Well I apologise if I did guys, and to PhoneArena moderators.
29. tedkord (Posts: 5530; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
The fear Samsung strikes in you is amusing.
39. i.cent90 (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Wat do u knw about power saving modes wen we use nokia 11.00 d battery can last 4 ages cos is a black n white screen so why do u tink UPS mode on d s5 wil be ur ass... no it wil be more dan ur BRAIN not ur ass
16. GripFuture (unregistered)
Where is the 32gb Galaxy S5? Where is it? I have the money ready. I know what phone I want. Samsung must have planned a 32gb version. Why isn't it out yet? This has nothing to do with the articles but I must reiterate that my money is ready. Just release it already. Stop playing games. 16gb isn't enough internal storage. Samsung! Can you hear me. I won't just buy the phone. I'll buy an extra battery and a micro sd card from you. Just release the 32gb S5 and accept my credit card. That simple. 32gb is all I want. Not asking for a miracle. RELEASE THE 32GB NOW!!!!!
22. willard12 (Posts: 918; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Maybe someone at PA can pass you the link to Samsung's website. Until then, do you have a comment regarding ultra power saving mode?
35. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3802; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"16gb isn't enough internal storage. Samsung! Can you hear me."
Rather than get angry at Samsung, you should direct your ire towards the telecoms and Google. They are conspiring to block all Android phones that have more than minimal built-in memory.
Telecoms have data plans to sell and Google wants your data in the cloud, not on the phone. So between the telecoms and Google it is win-win to limit phone memory. Why do you think Google is crippling the functionality of the SD card on Android? Because it's better for business.
40. SamDroid (unregistered)
Could you tell me more about this? I've been out of the loop for a long time. Its been exam week for me :(
56. elitewolverine (Posts: 2385; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
It is logical.
The most open/free phone OS has limited SD support, and the apps you do put on the SD are subject to encryption problems because of the way the OS handles things.
Pictures is not viewed as 'encryption', but games and other devs hate the sd card, hence why few now use it.
I handle calls allllllll day about their 4gb phone with 32gb of storage having no memory and i have to tell them that the apps on the card are halfbaked in terms of actually be on the card.
This is where 8.1 will shine and i hope they dont go the android route in further updates.
Google makes no money on the phones, no money on the OS (just the name license), and no money on SD cards. They make all the money on data mining info, selling ads. A whopping 95% of their billions is all ad based revenue. So if your pictures are in the cloud, where you go to google+ to access, and they give you inline ads like they do on your email, they have been a success.
18. smsm0the0king (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
7 days without Whatsapp, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, Movies, Games.... and with black & white screen like the old days if you want a phone like this battery Life and withe color screen and whatsapp... you have
24. Genza (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)
At first it sounds impresive the S5 went 3504 miles and 7 days without needing to be charged.
But after reading the details I'm sure some other phones can do the same or even better If only used for 86 texts sent, 119 photos taken, 4+ minutes of video, 16+ minutes of talk time.
For example according to GsmArena the Z2 can survive for 89 hours/3 day and 17 hours if used for an hour each of video playback, calls over a 3G network and web browsing a day even without any power saving mode.
So in theory the Z2 + Battery Stamina Mode can last longer than the S5.
Because Battery Stamina Mode can improve standby time by 4 times or more and i'm sure an hour each of video playback, calls over a 3G network and web browsing a day will consume more power than 86 texts sent, 119 photos taken, 4+ minutes of video, 16+ minutes of talk time.
30. AlikMalix (Posts: 1173; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Plus, if i'm going on a cross-country trip, using navigation GPS + on screen time (just for navigation), searching for places to eat, rest and gas, are all essential heavy use of the phone - which (correct me if i'm wrong) would be disabled by this Power Savings Mode...
33. Genza (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)
Yes in Ultra Power Saving Mode Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS are automatically turned off and as far as i know there is no way to turn it on.
It also turns off the mobile network when you turn off the screen and if you receive messages through mobile network they don't pop up until you turn on the screen = say good bye to any IM.
36. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3802; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
If you have root, there's any app to turn anything you want on in UPS mode.
48. wildfiregt (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
you can see in the video. He used Google Maps. So you just can disable UPS ,do what you want and turn it on again. and like 0xFFFF said root it and to what you want
27. AlikMalix (Posts: 1173; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
I would say that you gotta take this data with a grain of salt, only because it's Samsung glorifying it's own pet... Their benchmarks, advertising, and promises are seldom true and I may troll Samsung (on purpose), but I have to admit having a setting that dumb down the non-essential elements of the phone to allow a phone call and a camera for even for a few more hours is great. I can do that with an iPhone (turn down brightness, turn off wifi detection, avoid using apps, and turn off some UI elements and use my screen-on time as short period as possible - I can extend my phone's 10% for quite long...
But Samsung took it a step further - they have my respect for that. I have been in a position once or twice that this would be useful (I must admit) - like waiting for important call when your battery is under 10%, I just avoid using the phone instead of going thru the steps to turn of battery consuming items...
Samsung, this feature is Great!
28. gigaraga (Posts: 1384; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Impressive! It does somewhat mirror real world usage though...if you were to take that vacation, I don't think any other phone could've lasted that long.
34. Genza (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)
So 7 days on the road, with only 86 texts sent, 119 photos taken, 4+ minutes of video, 16+ minutes of talk time "mirror real world usage"???
For 86 texts sent, 119 photos taken, 4+ minutes of video, 16+ minutes of talk time. Lumia 1520, G Flex, T2 Ultra and Z2 will survive more than 7 days
41. SamDroid (unregistered)
The Ascend Mate would last for the rest of the year ;)
51. Ashoaib (Posts: 2499; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Ascend Mate is Kachra... use mediapad x1 which is awesome
45. Gibscreen (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
"While this might have been an interesting experiment, in no way is this indicative of real-life."
So why are you wasting our time then? This is not much better than just reading a phone's specs that has it lasting a crazy amount of time on standby.
The article actually should have performed a real test. Doing the same thing in both regular mode and power saving mode for the same amount of time and then comparing the battery drain.
46. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
hey PA, please do an article of S5 vs Z2. Lets see which lasts longer when all power saving modes are enabled completely (never disable at any time). dont use video stress test, a browser stress test would be better with wifi on. Or if you can average normal use of casual gaming, surfing, sms and email. with 3G/4G and wifi always on.
49. Daytonadave17 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)
Samsung sucks!! Nokia Lumia 1520 has the best battery! Quit acting like you don't know!! Best battery on the market!!, #don't hate lol
52. Ashoaib (Posts: 2499; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
nokia sucks my k-power mobile phone has the best battery... last 20 days on heavy use and more than a month on mild use
57. mimoboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
there is another Power Saving Mode
but it change the hole screen to white and black only with the hole system (not Ultra Power Saving Mode)
can any one tell me how i can make it