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Thanks to its massive 3300mAh battery, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX scored the best battery life among smartphones in a test conducted by GSM Arena. The site measured the battery life of a number of handsets in three different categories: Web Browsing, Video Playback and Talk Time. So how did some of your favorite handsets make out in the test?

In Talk Time, the top ranked Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX  lasted 20 hours and 24 minutes, surpassing the 12 hour hours and 14 minutes that you could chat non-stop using the overseas edition of the Samsung GALAXY Note. The LTE variant of the phablet lasted a much shorter 8 hours and 2 minutes. In case you were wondering (and we know you were), the Samsung Galaxy S II came in at 8 hours and 25 minutes while the Apple iPhone 4S lasted for 7 hours and 41 minutes.

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX consistently scored the best battery life

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX consistently scored the best battery life

When it came to web browsing, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX let the testers surf for 7 hours and 23 minutes before conking out. The HTC Radar was second and lasted 7 hours and 17 seconds. Lasting for 6 hours and 56 seconds, the Apple iPhone 4S was third. The Samsung Galaxy S II was further down the list with a score of 4 hours. Strangely enough, the LTE version of the Samsung GALAXY Note out lasted the overseas variant of the phone when it came to browsing the web. The 4G LTE model let you go online for 5 hours and 24 minutes before shutting down compared to the paltry 3 hours and 35 minutes on the international model.

The last category, video playback, also belonged to the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX which let you watch 14 hours and 17 minutes of video, or 28 episodes of  Two and a Half Men, before the battery died. The Samsung Rugby Smart finished second with a score of  9 hours and 34 minutes. The Apple iPhone 4S was fourth, but just 10 minutes off the second place score.  The Samsung Galaxy S II lasted for 8 hours.

Has Motorola made a statement with the 3300mAh cell it put in the DROID RAZR MAXX? Will we see the manufacturer try to squeeze the same cell into another model? Battery life on smartphones was like the weather, everyone complained about it but no one was willing to do anything about it. Now, consumers have the choice of buying a phone that can last all day without a charge and the success of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX could lead others to copy Motorola.

source: GSMArena

Battery life on popular handsets
Battery life on popular handsets
Battery life on popular handsets

Battery life on popular handsets




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posted on 29 Apr 2012, 00:53 23

1. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


well im still glad i choose the galaxy nexus

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:23 7

39. tuminatr (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


exactly I bought one of those slim 2430mAh batteries for it and it does great

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 05:02 6

59. deacz (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


I would rather die than browse the web for 4h+ on my phone (gs2)

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 00:54 16

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


I have a feeling that this article is biased. Especially the web browsing comparison. Is PA comparing the device with same brightness of the screen? Im currently using ip4s with the lowest brightness and the battery suck not even reach the 5 hours :(

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:39 15

14. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Well it's that much more impressive for the maxx considering it uses lte and the iphone is on 3g. I'm curious how the iphone will stack up if it finally gets lte this fall.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 07:47 11

31. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


Biases by pa? You do realize this article was taken from gsmarena? Probably not.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 20:31 5

57. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


did u even read the article? pa did not conduct this test…

i use an ip4s and i charge it every other day… i will say the battery life has not improved from the the ip4, but lasting two days is perfect for me… try draining your battery all the way down and charging it back up to full, it kind of resets it and helps it a lot.. but i use half brightness and the battery is perfect for me

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 22:45 1

61. shayan (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


gsm arena is the site behinde these test. if I recall corectly, for webbrowsing test, they used wifi and set the brightness to 50 percent, exept for sony xperia S that didnt have any setting for brightness.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:00 2

3. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


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posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:24 4

9. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Watch the video first, then judge for yourselves.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:06 3

26. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


E6's battery is rated for 15 hours talk time on 2g and about 7hrs 30 minutes on 3g.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 18:40 3

56. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


@steelicon COOL fUCKING STORY BRO

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 09:15

60. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Very well, watched the video and judged it. In my opinion this is marketing brain rot that proves nothing and wasted two minutes of my time.

First of all, why travel around the world? Wouldn't saying at home off charger for the same period of time suffice? Of that one week, how many hours was the phone off (e.g. in flight on the plane)? Also, I couldn't help but notice we don't see him actually using the phone in the video. And apart from a brief segment the majority of the video was shot in populated areas which probably have good coverage (the phone need not work very hard to communicate with the local cell network).

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:03 4

4. hateftotti (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Upcoming GSIII will have the best battery life as Samsung promised...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:23 5

24. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


not if they make it at least 6mm and add a monster battery like the razr maxx.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 20:31 2

58. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh did samsung promise you that? what do u want them to say? "we are going to have the worst battery life guys"...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:06 4

5. idaman12000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)


On my razr maxx i dont get nearly the battery life it should get

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:05 4

36. Carlitos (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


What the hell are you doing then? Watching P**** movies non stop, having 7 others load in the backgriund and the display at full brightness?

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:17 20

6. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Did you guys noticed that the iPhone is on the web and video playback chart but its nowhere to be found on the Talk time chart lol. I guess its true what they say....iPhone's are not meant to be used as a phone.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:22 3

12. mrochester (unregistered)


The iPhone 4S is the very next entry after the LTE Galaxy Note, but PA have trimmed the list so that it's not so huge. The 4S is definitely a web and media consumption focussed device.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:56 15

25. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


Not with that puny screen it isn't!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:19 6

7. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


come on people. PA said that this was a test conducted by GSM arena. They were just reportin the stats.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:23 2

8. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


So... you can't handle the truth that a Nokia Symbian smartphone outlasts almost (if not) all of your Android and iOS devices? Distorting Reality much? Watch the video and judge for yourselves.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:48 7

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


we doesnt say your symbian has poor battery...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:36 12

13. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Outlast yes, but whats the point of having a long battery life is the experience and OS is horrid

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 01:52 5

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Maxx is an amazing phone. I just wish it were priced less and I could actually SELL the damn thing. People are shocked if it comes up in discussion and I tell them how long it lasts.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:51 1

15. digicon (Posts: 116; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


They need to change the name of the topic to "Which Android or Apple phones have the best battery life?" . How can you operate a Phone News Website without including every phone ? "Which Smartphone ?" should include all makes . . . No ? Where is BlackBerry or Nokia Windows ? . . "Oh , we just posted someone else's survey . . . " OK , well you shouldn't post someone else's survey unless it includes Every phonemaker . Apparently it's true when people write to say this Website and News is Android/Apple favored . . .

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:27 7

17. cpxnathan (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


The HTC Radar is a Windows 7 Phone, it is in the Web Browsing paragraph.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:11 6

27. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


BlackBerry Curve 9380, Nokia n9, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung i937 Focus S, HTC Radar, BlackBerry Bold 9790 are also on the list, if you didn't notice.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:58 4

29. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


GSMArena only recently introduced this battery test segment and they only do this test on the phones they review, not all of the phones tt come to e market

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:04 3

16. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


The smartphone with the most batt is the nokia 3310.it is smart because of its monster battery!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:45 3

18. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


To bad other manufacturers are more concerned about form over function= thin phone with a small batter.
I don't see the point of having such thin phones. bring on the bigger batteries.
+2500mah ftmfw!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:51 9

19. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The reality that the other phone manufacturers have to deal with now, including Apple, is that Motorola has combined form AND function by packing a 3300 MAh battery into a phone that's thinner than the iPhone.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:59 3

22. mrochester (unregistered)


Don't forget that the Maxx is considerably wider and taller than the iPhone 4S. Also, don't forget that there are two different paths to better battery life; you either put in a bigger battery, or you make the device more efficient.

Android devices tend to need to take the bigger battery approach because they are usually very inefficient when it comes to battery. Conversely, Apple can achieve great battery life with a relatively small battery because they use the power very efficiently. You can see the exact same thing with hardware specs too; Android devices need much higher specs to achieve the same level of performance as the iPhone.

Now if we could just get the best of both worlds, we'd have a device that had both a huge battery and was incredibly power efficient. I can see an iPhone with a larger screen doing just that.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:07 9

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


not necessarily, usually the least battery efficient devices are HTC phones.

1. Android phones carry out bigger screens and faster data chips than the iPhone

2. android phones have higher clocks and more Ram added to the equation

comparing battery life with the iPhone is impossible, and iOS 5 seem to have made the iPhone even less power efficient than before, at least the 4S while 4.0.3 had made android devices more efficient.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 14:16 1

49. mrochester (unregistered)


There are a huge number of variables involved so it's never possible to directly compare.

This is quite an interesting link.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone/6

It seems to show that despite what you might read in the tech press, the iPhone 4S has better battery life than previous iPhones. It appears to achieve this by being more efficient in using the power available.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 15:56 2

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5584; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


of course it does. it's multi-core cpu is much, much, much more power efficient than the single core cpus in the previous iterations and with it's conservative clock frequency of 800MHz and it's Exynos roots it's even more power efficient than most Android devices however the OMAP4 is no slouch when it comes to power efficiency either and the MAXX's SAA display and it's Pentile properties also uses power way more efficiently than the much brighter IPS display on the iPhone 4/4S which is a pretty big factor however the MAXX's LTE connectivity is another big power draining factor at work here but with a battery over twice the size, forget about it. my OG Droid Razr with it's 1730mAh battery and LTE turned off can stay alive as long as a 4S. i know because i've seen it. most of my friends own the iPhone 4S.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:19 1

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think there are two aspects android has grown lately and both are performance and power efficiency.

I take the 4.0 build for example I makes Gingerbread feel like its 1.0 performance might still not be on pair with the iOS5 but is damn close. any 4.0 build even in beta can easily show a huge difference

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 17:56 1

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5584; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i did notice like a 15% increase in battery life going from 2.3 to 4.0.3 on this Razr even though the battery indicator is a little wonky in this leaked build.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:14 1

52. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


as I've said before variables are too hard to compare, usually where the iPhone keeps the crown is mostly web browsing, but with the screen size I think that's the trade. putting that aside the android battery efficiency is dated information, android caused battery drainage mostly around 2.1 or 2.2 (some versions) but with the 2.3 builds seems to get better and 4.0 is quite a good at both performance and battery. the stellar scores on the nexus where mainly dived there because of software

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:03 2

20. danilson (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


I can get massive browsing time on my Galaxy Nexus by reversing colours. Most websites have a white background which will become black. Phones with oled technology can have massive browsing time this way. I wish someone would test this.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:03 2

23. mrochester (unregistered)


This is the real kick in the teeth for OLED screens; if they have to display anything bright, they absolutely kill the battery. It would be interesting to see what the battery times are like with the colours reversed, but at the end of the day, it's a poor solution to the problem at hand. OLED screens need to be made infinitely more power efficient when displaying bright colours.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:06 2

21. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


i'd rather have a removable battery than a little more battery life...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:40 3

28. taco5OO (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


If you look at the results everyone can notice the iPhone is the winner among phones using ios.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:08 6

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


not a copy.... dude not cool :/

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 07:26 1

30. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Id like to point out tt the charts here are not e complete ones. To see e full list of phones, u have To go to blog.gsmarena.com and click on battery tests. It is on the right sight of the screen with a lot of other symbols

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 08:18

32. APPLE-ROYALLY (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


We were proud to be 1st. We are still second.
We like that@.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 08:47 4

33. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


this b*tch again?! -.-

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:01 5

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6914; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You weren't first.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 09:07 2

34. kadalil (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


U guys didn't even notice the HTC one s was third in the video playback category thanks to iphonearena who can't do without trying to make the iPhone look good even when it's clearly loosing.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:24 3

40. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


what about the eccelent results of Galaxy Note in battery life not mentioned in its biased review !!!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:37 5

41. xtremesv (Posts: 207; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


We need better battery life that's for sure but at the same time people want thinner phones. Moto MAXX compromised its RAZR profile to let that batt fit in. In my case I prefer higher battery capacity.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:49 1

54. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


I'd rather have an unlocked bootloader.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 11:15 3

42. Sinaps (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


I can make it through the day comfotable with regular use on my Droid X2. Super happy with it!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 12:34 3

43. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Love the original DROID RAZR battery life - 24-30 hrs a charge depending on usage...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:07 5

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5584; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Motorola really has always been trend setters. they were the ones that made everyone start wanting to make the smartphone thin and sexy with the Razr and the Q series and now they're going to start a battery life trend. ;)

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:12 3

45. protozeloz (Posts: 5373; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


a trend worth everything! maybe the S3 will come with a battery life that uppers op the one on the RAZR, I'm ready to see reviews Looking forward battery life more and more and maybe by years end we have a phone that last a 2+ days with partiality heavy usage. that will be awesome

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:23 3

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5584; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i'm definitely all for OEMs to push the limits set by the MAXX especially by Samsung with the Galaxy S III. that'll REALLY get everyone's attention. it'll be exciting to see this take off. i might have to get another phone sooner than i thought i would. i wish Moto would sell battery upgrade kits for the original Razr. o:

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 15:58 1

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5584; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh and not to mention the Droid, the phone that started it all.. xD

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:31 5

47. phish4brains (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Just got my Droid Razr Maxx Limited Edition....Lovin It! Im on this thing all day. Havnt seen a charger in two days. Still got 30% left! My Droid3 with extended battery woulda been KO'd after half a day. Cant say enough a about this device. I do miss my keyboard though...

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