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The LG G3 trails rival flagships in our battery test

0. phoneArena 09 Jun 2014, 03:04 posted on

With the official introduction of the LG G3, many were anxious to hear to about how it, in turn, handles itself when it comes to endurance, and not least because of it's large and extraordinarily pixel-dense, Quad HD (1440 x 2560) pixel resolution IPS display. Well, the numbers are in, and the results are rather disappointing

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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:07 26

1. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


lg g3 took 69 hours battery score on gsm*rena web site.
it is not the best. because galaxy s5 took 72 hours battery score.

but in this site lg g3 has the best battery test score.

yes both sites use different scripts btw which web site give the right score ?

the phones are same in tests but their rankings different.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:11 17

4. techperson211 (Posts: 651; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Really not satisfied with phonearena battery tests. Gsmarena scores Z2 the most dominant over the g3 m8 s5.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:16 19

7. tech2 (Posts: 2061; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LG G2 was heavily sponsored by PA last year. Have a feeling that it might be quite similar this year.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:26 24

10. Chris.P (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Yes, LG occasionally chooses to advertise through PA, but all such posts are clearly labeled as advertorials or similar.

This post isn't sponsored by LG, it just covers the results of our benchmark.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:37 10

15. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Your battery test is very inaccurate/flawed compared to what nearly every other site gets as results.

The LG G3 battery life reviews are conflicting, some sites are getting horrible battery life while others are getting excellent. It most likely has a software bug that is affecting some of the test though.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:15 2

79. thunder18 (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


As someone else mentioned, not all the websites are using the same script. This is of course going to make for differences in testing results. You should feel free to point out the differences, but saying it's flawed just because they didn't get the same results as everyone else without providing an explanation of why it's flawed versus everyone elses tests is a bit unfair.
I am glad you mentioned a possible software bug though. Every test I've seen so far has been on either a pre-production model or a Korean model being used in Europe with a disclaimer that because the device is not native to that area, LTE to HSPA hand-offs will not be very smooth resulting in additional power consumption.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 06:01 7

46. alouden (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I cannot keep up anymore....is PA pro Apple or pro Android? Now you guys are pro-LG and/or anti Samsung? I'm being glib, of course. PhoneArena just cannot catch a break.

The G3 will be a good phone. As is the GS5. As will the upcoming IPhone. But that does not seem to be good enough for some folks who wish to bash each other and these sites.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 23:17

111. steedsofwar (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Too true brother

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 08:42 2

62. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Chris.P They battery test is very correct. Gsmarena was paid off by samsung clearly. No device with 24Hours of talk time can have only 6.30Hours of Video playback. People who are against your review are the Heart Broken Sam-dung users! Congrats and avoid these trolls.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:35

81. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Accpet the truth blind fan boy..

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:59

90. refillable (Posts: 636; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


He knows about programming, He is a mod writer at xda. He knows a bit about phone programming at least. But I don't like how he claims something with so little evidence.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:36 2

82. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
SAMSUNG IS ONLY BETTER IN STANDBY TIME!
LG is not that good in standby time! but not bad as well.

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience
we did a test actual comparison here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman & hunger game 2)for both devices s5 & g3

results;
s5 wentdown @ 21% while G3 @ 32%.

im using three koren phones Pantch vega iron, Samsung s5, LG G3

all great devices. but G3 is ahead of the two!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:22 1

101. hmmm... (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Gsmarena counts standby time too. Obviously you do not even bother to read their method and make yourself look foolish here. I donlt even have a Samsung phone but i know that some of their devices do not have good media playback time, but have long standby time. that is how those devices get such high numbers. Gsmarena is more realistic as you don;t leave the screen on 24/7 . PA doesn't even bother to test the battery of newer windows phone like lumia 1520.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:47

102. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL!

according to GsmArena LG G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK and there is still a 10% remaining of G3's battery.

THE FACT!
IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than on a Video play back?.

then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:03 1

106. DerryAhmad (Posts: 244; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Yeah.. I also don't think the PhoneArena test is realistic in real life, since standby power usage is also important cause we don't use the phone constantly for 8 hours +.

Also.. what's with PA and high end Lumia devices? They omitted them in recent blind camera test, and they certainly omitted the 1520's battery test

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 18:10

103. almostdone (Posts: 115; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Some people are just clueless... Pumping out more pixels requires more processing power.

Talk time has nothing/little to do with screen resolution and likely explains the difference between the long talk times and relatively short video playback.

Some people are so full of hate they can't see pass their own a$$.

I don't care for the brand and actually like the G3. This might be my next phone. I am very happy with my Samsung at present but G3 is very tempting.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:01

93. erikiksaz (Posts: 111; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Just a quick question, are all the displays measured with a photometer to ensure they're outputting the same amount of brightness before conducting these tests?

Anandtech does this, but they haven't published their review yet.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:38 5

16. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Is anyone wants to know true results check Gsmarena.com... ireally cant understand PA results in reviewing....quite cheap and unexpertedly....despite I'm Sammy fan but by gsmarena results in battery life ranking..: 1.Z2-89h 2.S5-72h 3.M8-71h 4.G3-69h....so another false and bias results from PA..

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:45 3

21. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Phonearena's test gave the Note 3 a score of like 6 hours 8 minutes despite every other comparison showing the Note 3 has better overall battery life than the S5.

There is the possibility of manufacturers are "optimizing" their software to do better on Phonearena's test.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 04:03 12

27. Chris.P (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Or, there's simply a a difference in the underlying methodology. All of our colleagues have their own approaches, and so do we.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 04:27 1

34. pwnarena (Posts: 904; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i think you can at least pacify the complainers by showing longevity when watching videos, browsing the web, and making phone calls. or maybe just do a video playing longevity test.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:05 6

41. yasir-921 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I think that PhoneArena's G3 battery test is more accurate than GSMArena's.

Main reason is this that GSMArena used a pre-production/non-finalized unit of G3, which also, is not a US variant unit. They used Olleh branded G3 which I believe more reviewers have also used the same unit and posted similar results as GSMArena's.

While the picture of the phone which PhoneArena has put up is a golden G3, which may be a final unit. Hence, their battery result and also other tests which will come out in PhoneArena's review of this G3 will be more accurate.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 04:28 3

35. pwnarena (Posts: 904; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


maybe not biased but just practically inaccurate.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:00 1

40. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


In gsmarena battery test brightness is set to auto 50% and what is very disappointing is on 50% brightness results 109 nits that's the lowest among the others and with this brightness the 69hrs is quite low..!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:37

100. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


DO YOU NOT SEE? GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL!

according to GsmArena LG G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK and there is still a 10% remaining of your battery.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?
IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than on a Video play back?.

then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 19:34

104. DerryAhmad (Posts: 244; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Sponsored or not.. I'm wondering whether this test is actually usable in real life.
With 8 hours and 50 minutes.. does it mean we have to charge the G3 twice (or even three times) a day?

I think PhoneArena battery test is applicable when you tend to use the phone all the time with various conditions. Hence.. It's applicable if you're a power user, maybe even extreme power user maybe since you have to use the phone non-stop.
If that's the case, then the G3 is surely has an awesome battery life.

But I don't think it's applicable in real life.. That's why I tend to agree more on GSMArena battery test where standby power usage is also taken into account:
http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3?idPhone=6144

We can even costumize our usage in Calls, Browsing, and Video for scenarios that's close to our daily usage.

Nevertheless, I do think the G3 has a great battery life. But I don't think it deserves to be called the King Battery life - as the title of this article suggested to be.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:08 3

42. yasir-921 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I think that PhoneArena's G3 battery test is more accurate than GSMArena's.

Main reason is this that GSMArena used a pre-production/non-finalized unit of G3, which also, is not a US variant unit. They used Olleh branded G3 which I believe, more reviewers have also used the same unit and posted similar results as GSMArena's.

While the picture of the phone which PhoneArena has put up is a golden G3, which may be a final unit. Hence, their battery test and also other tests which will come out in PhoneArena's review of this G3 will be more accurate.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 06:29 2

49. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You can clearly see the antenna, it's a korean model

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:12 18

5. techperson211 (Posts: 651; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


So far in my opinion gsmarena are unbiased in terms of phone reviews.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:44 8

20. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Totally agree...in terms of reviews and test results no one can catch them... they never bash any brand always saying the truth and 100% unbiased and fair ... even teh results is against my favorite brand I accept it totally ... PA only for fast news coverage but everything else ofcourse GSMARENA.COM. .

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 07:03 3

52. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Can't agree more. They have really got quality reviews of every device. They never said that Samsung's plastic feels cheaper in hand or how premium HTC one feels, they highlight all the Pros and Cons of using particular material and give fair review.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:19

98. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


DO YOU NOT SEE? GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL!

according to GsmArena LG G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK and there is still a 10% remaining of your battery.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?
IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than on a Video play back?.

then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:41 5

19. TylerGrunter (Posts: 912; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Both sites give the right score, because they use different scipts as you say.
You have to understand the differences of what they do to understand the differences in the results.
EG: gsmarena includes the stand-by time, while phonearena doesn´t. That explain a lot of the difference, as Samsung phones usually have greater stand-by times.
On the other hand the test in phonearena has probably a more realistic load.
But at the end both phones are top noch in battery life, so I wouldn´t worry in that regard.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:47 1

23. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


yes maybe stand by times makes the differences.
and phonearene uses phones without lock the screen in tests.

maybe this is the mail reason.

lg's stand by time is bad than samsung.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 08:55

67. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


you are right!
LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
LG is not that good in standby time!

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience we did a test actual comparsion here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman for both s5 & g3

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:41 1

84. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Yes LG is good G3 is awesome no doubt but don't act like child and stupidly post this comment many times... it's obvious that its battery is a little lower than S5 or Z2 because of it's screen...but it's good enough for it..be fair and trust gsmarena.com review....I'm a fan of both LG after sammy.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:54

87. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


gsmarena is the bias site

check the review comparison between z2 and s5!

im an LG fan and i love KOREAN BRANDS but z2 was the clear winner in camera , display and most part of the comparison.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:59

91. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Z2 is better than s5 in camera and display ...? Are u blind or are u drunk or both..? I think your brain needs some rest..go to your bed and sleep.. tomorrow again see and read that review .

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:07

94. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


yes Z2 has way better camera than s5

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:10

107. DerryAhmad (Posts: 244; Member since: 05 May 2012)


The Z2 camera is much better at night (low light) while the S5 camera is better in daylight (bright) setting.
Which one is better is all depends on your preference.

I don't think you can't do go wrong with both.. unless you often take non-flash pictures in indoors where lights are not sufficient.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:55 2

88. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
SAMSUNG IS ONLY BETTER IN STANDBY TIME!
LG is not that good in standby time! but not bad as well.

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience
we did a test actual comparison here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman & hunger game 2)for both devices s5 & g3

results;
s5 wentdown @ 21% while G3 @ 32%.

im using three korean phones Pantch vega iron, Samsung s5, LG G3

all great devices. but G3 is ahead of the two!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 19:42

105. DerryAhmad (Posts: 244; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I have to disagree that PhoneArena has a more realistic load, cause in reality you don't use your phone constantly for a 6-8 hours straight.
Maybe in some cases, where you're in a long flight. But not in real life.

That's why I do think GSM Arena has the more realistic approach to measure battery life.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 02:56

112. TylerGrunter (Posts: 912; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


When I mean "more realistic" is that they have taking the time to study what would be the "standard" use case for a smartphone.
In comparison gsmarena assumes 1 hour browsing, one hour calling and one hour video per day. I find that unrealistic, most people either browse or game, but not that much calling or video watching.
And in phonearena no one assumes you'll be using your phone constatly, it's just a way to test and give measure.
So if you want the result in hours in more realistic in gsmarena, but the test and the load more realistic in phonearena.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 04:30 4

36. pwnarena (Posts: 904; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


if you look at it, s5's 72 against g3's 69 is not really a vast difference. but if you take into account z2's 89 hours against 69 hours, that's a 20 hour difference so you really can't help wondering how on earth could they be that vastly different.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 06:43 1

50. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Number of hours isn't everything. That depends a lot on standby numbers. What's more important is actual usage time.

For example: check G2 batterylife score in GSMArena before and after Kitkat update. It improved the score, but in actual practice, in movie playback test it reduced by 2:30 hrs.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:16

108. DerryAhmad (Posts: 244; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I think both usage times and standby usage time are equally important.
in a daily setting (24 hours) we don't use all of our time using the phone.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:03

69. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


you are right!
LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
LG is not that good in standby time!

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience we did a test actual comparsion here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman & hunger game 2)for both devices s5 & g3

results;
s5 wentdown @ 21% while G3 @ 32%

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:07 1

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 975; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Waiting for Anand analysis (Y)

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:27

12. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


DisplayMate will hopefully do a full analysis of the G3 display, they probably won't because the LG Fanboys will riot when they slam it for being not noticeably better than a 1080p panel and using much more power and not being as accurate as the S5 display.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:57

24. darkskoliro (Posts: 975; Member since: 07 May 2012)


If you look at MKBHD's video of the display on the G3, there is noticeable saturation on the screen when compared to the One M8 and 5s, so any review that gets pulled through I would definitely say that this screen would not be very colour accurate. That's expected of LG though, because in the G2 there was also quite a lot of saturation in the screen in an attempt to match the AMOLED colours. I'll take Anand's screen test over displaymates tests anyday tbh.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:10

3. wilsong17 (Posts: 908; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Is that with ultra power savings or without

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:14 1

6. tech2 (Posts: 2061; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I don't think LG G3 has UPSM. Although, even GS5 was tested without UPSM.

However, if you take ultrapowersaving mode into consideration S5 should win. But great job by LG G3 for inspite of having a smaller battery and QHD their performance is great

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:05

71. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
SAMSUNG IS ONLY BETTER IN STANDBY TIME!
LG is not that good in standby time!

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience
we did a test actual comparsion here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman & hunger game 2)for both devices s5 & g3

results;
s5 wentdown @ 21% while G3 @ 32%

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:12

78. tech2 (Posts: 2061; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


For an average person most of the time his/her phone is on standby and has mostly 3-4 hours of actual usage.

So considering that, in test LG might win by in real life Samsung ll take the crown.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:26

80. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


although samsung battery is better than LG battery on standby time it doesn't mean lg is poor in standby time.

all normal persons using their phone atleast every hour or every 2hours a day!

im using three korean phones Pantech vega iron , samsung s5, and lg g3

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:25 3

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3265; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Meh, typical PA, G3 is terrible failure in battery life, only last 6hrs in web browsing according to gsmarena.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:06

72. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


you are right!
LG is always better than Samsung in Actual usage!
SAMSUNG IS ONLY BETTER IN STANDBY TIME!
LG is not that good in standby time!

LG G3 has better battery life than s5 based on my personal experience we did a test actual comparsion here in Korea using the same carrier provider !

for straight browsing S5 lasted for 8;06 hours
while G3 lasted for 9:21hours.

in video we watched the same two movies(spiderman & hunger game 2)for both devices s5 & g3

results;
s5 wentdown @ 21% while G3 @ 32%

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:20

99. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


DO YOU NOT SEE? GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL!

according to GsmArena G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK
and there is still a 10% remaining of your battery.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?
IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than on a Video play back?.

then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:25 1

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3265; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Meh, typical PA, G3 is terrible failure in battery life, only last 6hrs in web browsing according to gsmarena.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 08:46

65. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


PhoneArena is way better & more accurate than GsmArena!

GsmArena is truly BIASED Site.

Just see their comparsion between samsung galaxy s5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

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