Tests show that the Apple iPad Air has the best battery life among tablets
A published report out of the U.K. on Tuesday, reveals the results of a couple of battery tests conducted on some of the top tablets available today. One test measured the battery life on the slates while using the internet, while the other test measured how long the batteries lasted while using the tablets to watch videos.
One tablet ended up topping both lists and that was the Apple iPad Air. Providing 658 minutes of battery life for internet use, and an even higher 777 minutes for watching video, Apple's current high-end tablet was the clear winner of the tests. When it comes to internet use, the Apple iPad mini with Retina display finished 44 minutes behind its stable-mate. And with a battery that conked out 24 minutes before that tablet, the Apple iPad 2 finished third. Not bad for a greybeard. The first Android tablet on the list was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). That slab lasted 483 minutes, good enough for fifth, and two minutes longer than the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
After the Apple iPad Air's 777 minutes of battery life for viewing video, the next slate on the list lasted 714 minutes and that was the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The Nexus 7 (2013) was third, conking out after 669 minutes of viewing video content. The Apple iPad 2 (660 minutes) and Tesco Hudl (644 minutes) rounded out the top five.
You can check out a graph, showing the results of both tests, below.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
9. ihavenoname (Posts: 833; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
IDK, but remember, it's really a PC packed inside tablet. It has more power-hungry internals, but on the other hand, it probably needs less power to do some easy stuff, like browsing internet. So I think that not as good as Air, but not bad considering power it has.
11. brrunopt (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I want to now is where is the Surface 2 ,
did they just didn't tested it so the iPad wouldn't loose the throne ?
And these "tech sites" eat the BS..
14. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
39. vincelongman (Posts: 460; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also no other windows tablet such the Surface 2, T100, Venue 11 Pro and Omni 10.
Also the Sony Xperia Tablet isn't there.
2. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
All worship almighty Apple.
An obvious puff piece...
4. ihavenoname (Posts: 833; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Ok, that's just ignorant hating. iPad Air has huge battery and well optimized software, so of course it has great battery life. Or should the guys who tested be like: "iPad Air has the best battery life, but to please that small group of haters, it has to lose."?
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Don't feed the trolls. Haters are bound to hate anything Apple.
13. brrunopt (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
No, because there are tablet with better battery ; its seems they just "forgot " to include them on the comparative...
18. Finalflash (Posts: 863; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
This is a serious fluff piece for Apple, please observe the following.
First example, Anandtech article comparing battery life because I don't think iWhich? is better than them.
As you will notice, the Nexus 7 beat them in wifi by 2 hours, and was within 2 hours of their video playback scores. Then you have the fact that the Nexus 7 has a much higher brightness than the Apple products in contention (about 35+% higher). So the same brightness (50% lets say) on all tablets is unequal and of course they never account for that. So the brightness on average will be kept lower on the Nexus 7 while providing higher battery life but same overall brightness compared to the Apple tablets. Also, the Tesco hudl made the cut but not the transformer or LG G pad, or nexus 10....wth?
Not saying the new Apple tablets are bad but this is an OBVIOUS fluff piece for Apple.
23. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Tests be damned. I own both a current iPad and the new Nexus 7. The iPad outlasts the Nexus every time. Just my real world experience.
27. hboy857 (Posts: 110; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
+1 dude. That should shut up PapaSmurf. Hey Smurf If you want real "tech" review you should read Anandtech.com and notebookcheck.net
29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Sorry to say bud, but real life tests have proved otherwise. It's cute that you tried to look cool.
19 hours on my iPad Mini w/ Retina on full brightness and I'm on 60% thank you very much.
33. hboy857 (Posts: 110; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
Did you even read Finalflash comment? nexus 7 (2013) is way brighter than ipad mini. At 100% brightness ipad mini retina produce 370.86 nit and where nexus 7 produce 583.32 nit, more than 200 nit brighter than ipad min retina and incase you don't know brighter display consume more power so yeah at 100% brightness nexus 7 gonna ran out of fuel more quickly than ipad mini. if you really own both nexus 7 and ipad mini and have minimum tech knowledge you should know that. At 65% nexus 7 produce same kind of brightness that ipad mini produce at 100%. So yeah put nexus 7 at 60-70% and ipad mini at 100%, then do your real life test and see who wins.
38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Did you even read my comment? Clearly I stated real life results show my iPad Mini lasts longer. There's no point in arguing with you if you're not willing to accept facts.
45. hboy857 (Posts: 110; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
Ha ha ha. Facts s/he says. If you consider all facts in real life nexus 7 wins.
48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If you say so. No one likes a butthurt fanboy. Just saying.
30. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 722; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
It depends on how people use them. On a test done by someone else, the Mini outlasted the N7 by 5 hours (video streaming):http://www.gizmag.com/nexus-7-vs-ipad-mini-retina/29941/
34. Finalflash (Posts: 863; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Note their mention of the brightness at 75% for both tablets. That puts the Nexus 7 at (according to Anand's numbers) 437 nits approximately, making it brighter than the max 100% of the iPad mini with retina. So it will last a lot longer than the Nexus 7 because the Nexus 7 at the iPad Mini 100% would be about 63% of its own brightness. If they were measured at those levels, I doubt that big a disparity would exist and it may even put the iPad less than the N7 because brightness costs more battery non-linearly the higher you put it.
35. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 722; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
But the N7 may or may not last longer. You'll need both of these tablets to make sure. Comment 23 says the Mini outlasts the N7, but never mentioned brightness, so it is possible that the Mini will still last longer.
41. Finalflash (Posts: 863; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
But that is why we have standardized tests to make sure everything is competing fairly. Technically I could say my nexus 7 hasn't needed a charge since I bought it in June because I just turn it on to check the time and turn it right back off.
Regardless, I would rather go with an experienced tester and in this case, the reason I refuted the data is because it does not match with what more credible sources say.
49. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 722; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
The way the test is done is not reflected on the real approach.
40. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Or you know, maybe because Android always has things running in the background as opposed to iOS 7?
44. Finalflash (Posts: 863; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Doesn't matter, what you have running in the background is up to you. You know full well what processes are running and you can check them and stop them if you want to. Past this point it is just straight up fanboyish to mention stupid talking points like that without any real data to back up your words.
Also, having the ability to run things in the background isn't a downside either. iOS has 0 backgrounding ability and even with that they barely compete with a 5-6 month old Nexus 7 in utility and features.
47. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Check what phone I sport and the past phones I've used in the past and come back and say I'm a fanboy again.
Like I said, Android always has services running in the background, which contributes to the battery drain. Why are you getting mad at the fact that I said my iPad Mini lasts longer than any tablet I've used/owned in the past? Seems to me you can't accept criticism well, especially if it isn't in favor of Android.
42. Finalflash (Posts: 863; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
lol easy there guy, don't stress out because facts aren't your thing.
46. Sauce (Posts: 728; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Says the one arguing against a factual article ahahaha
3. jamesedward318 (Posts: 93; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
Damn I couldn't get here before the hate started!
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I've been using my iPad Mini w/ Retina aggressively since yesterday evening with brightness at 100 and it only dropped to 70% as I type. This thing simply can't die.
7. hung2900 (Posts: 683; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
As I remember Android tablets some having battery saving features.
Who need maximum performance in easy tasks like Web surfing and watching movie?
And about watching movie on iPad, it's pain in the ass with the codec supported. I think in the test they converted the XviD or DivX into iPad mp4 format, thus make it lighter, but don't do that for other tablets.
10. suavemezie (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
where is Nokia 25220 tablets, that all website review confirmed having the best battery was nit included, to give Apple the edge, Nonsense!
12. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Sorry UK blog, Nexus 7 2013 beats out the ipad air for web browsing time. I think they have a better handle on how to test than you do by far. It didn't beat it on video though.
Seeing how the battery is also 59% larger in the mini retina vs the Nexus 7 2013, it also loses out on being less efficient for a screen barely larger.
16. jove39 (Posts: 1194; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I believe battery, talktime test results of anandtech, gsmarena over any other online publishing.
25. grahaman27 (Posts: 158; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
well, actually 33% larger, but we know what you mean.
N7 battery = 4325mah
ipad mini retina battery = 6471mah
26. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Yeah, not sure really how to get it right. My numbers of 15 vs 23.8 means it takes 158% to get to the next level. So yeah, I wish I could edit.
32. grahaman27 (Posts: 158; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
eh, its all based on what you are using as a reference, I see that you were right if you use the N7 battery as a reference.
either way, the N7's battery is 2/3rds the size of the ipad mini's.
20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I own both a Mini with Retina and a Nexus 7 (2013).
Both are great tablets but the Mini with Retina has much better staying power overall. Not just while in use either. The iPad has less power drain while idle and more consistent battery use in daily tasks.
28. sprockkets (Posts: 845; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
You can find out why your Nexus drains faster rather easily. Apple? Who knows.
Otherwise, calibrated for 200nits brightness, a Nexus 7 2013 will outlast an ipad.
21. AfterShock (Posts: 888; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Way longer then I'll ever be away from a power outlet.
54. Sauce (Posts: 728; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
C'mon, we all binge-porn for endless hours. Dun lie!
22. strikercho (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Oh, really? And you "Einsteins", needed a test to prove that? Money in the wind, I'd say. Next test: Apple's iPad - best tablet among all. Oh, really. :)
31. networkdood (Posts: 5228; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
well, for a tablet that cost a third of the ipad air, Nexus 7 is doing ok - plus you have to figure that it is much more customizable - both my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 get much greater battery life than what you get from it out of the box....
43. genkidama20 (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
No Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8? The thing has a huge cylindrical battery attached to it and even in PA's own tests it blows away the compeition. I know it isn't the most attractive tablet and underperforms others, but if you're basing the article PURELY based on battery life, then it think it'd only be fair to include it. Or is this just another pro-Apple article?
50. JunitoNH (Posts: 708; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I own the Air, Nexus 7 and fire. Air does have a better battery.
51. sniper1087 (Posts: 290; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
lumia 2520 not listed, and has better battery, ok.
52. GeekMovement (Posts: 1471; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I like how the iPad 2, announced years ago, lasts longer than the newly announced Galaxy Note 10.1 2014.