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Which? test labs crown the Samsung Galaxy S III best in battery life

0. phoneArena 05 Jul 2012, 10:55 posted on

While the industry continues to try and meet customer’s demands of faster processors, bigger and brighter screens, faster data, and thinner devices, one spec has fallen by the waste side – battery life. As any modern day smartphone owner knows...

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:58 31

1. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


What about the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx? Why didnt they test that phone? or was it just over the charts XD

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:10 5

5. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


No because there is no more room after Motorola Gleam.. LOL

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 15:07 8

53. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


"The Samsung Galaxy S III is king" it sure is!!! just got mine.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:15 9

8. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


That would be a unfair fight! lol, this is for normal batteries apparently not maxx'd bats ;)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:08 2

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


how would you describe normal? you get the battery you get out of the box with the phone, you just so happen to get a huge one with the MAXX that actually keeps the phone as thin as all of the handsets compared here. :P

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 20:44

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


Gotta agree...the Maxx has a massive battery. Only true comparison is testing it other phones with an extended battery similar in size.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:18 8

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They would be on the phone for an entire day with Razr Maxx before the phone even hit 10% haha

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:23 3

12. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


The droid razr maxx never hit UK shores im afraid 'droid' is Verizon only, there isnt a Verizon over here

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:09 5

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


EU Customers get this.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-RAZR-MAXX_id7025

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:34 9

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


why did i get thumbed down for this? xD

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:57 5

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


lol okay, just the haters. i don't know what i'd do if you guys weren't so obvious. :P

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:11 4

28. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Actually it did hit uk storeshttp://www.motorola.com/Consumers/GB-EN/Home

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 17:15

57. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Ahh my mistake then! its just not very prominent over here, at least not in my town anyway! and thanks kurogiii, and ha, tell me about it!

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 13:20

68. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


verizon is in russia. just found that out.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:59 8

2. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


that SGS3sucks guy is probably butthurt over this article.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:57

52. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Always the Sammy had a overall good battery life. The problem is not the battery itself (because its really good), rather its (S)Amoled screens. When displaying white they consume much more battery than when displaying black. And in browsing that can cause much problems, but thats not the case in the test above.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:08 14

3. Motosurf (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have a Maxx and i was shocked looking at the title, clicked, read, and found that they are retarded

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:45 2

47. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


I think that is a UK website. I dont think the Maxx is available in the UK.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:08 7

4. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Galaxy series really sucks when it comes to battery life. The worst thing for battery consumption is Touchwiz UI.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:16 7

10. Mafiatounes (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Do you own a Galaxy S3? I think you commented with experience of a Galaxy S, I get 2 days of use with the S3 and 1.5 with the One X. The 4s i use to have was only able to deliver 1 day so go back to your iWorld

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:23 4

13. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Do you charge your s3 the whole day??????? lol.........

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:34 15

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you sir are completely oblivious.

The SGS1 can get 1.5-2 days with regular usage.. i know, because thats what I get. And it won its competition back in its time.

the SGS2 got the longest tested battery life of any phone when it came out.. bested basically only by the Razr Maxx's massive battery.

The SGS3 just won the new competition.

So.. where do u get that galaxyS devices have horrible battery life? all 3 of them get better battery than an iphone. so troll somewhere else.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:44 2

33. ph00ny (Posts: 587; Member since: 26 May 2011)


He runs his phone at full res with lots of white colors

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:54

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you guys like never use your phones. i never get that kind of battery life with my usage and site testing is inconsistent to your claims as well. i call malarkey.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:02 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i also dont run stock. I use my phone quite a bit most of the time, including about 1-1.5 hrs a day of music streaming through GMusic while I'm at the gym, heavy news reading, text,FB, G+, nav, ect. 4.0.4 with intelligent settings for things makes a heck of a battery life.
You can claim malarky, ive already posted pictures though. :) Why would I lie about something so trivial?

the hummingbird when properly optimized is excellent on battery. Same with the exynos. They start at the top of the pile and only get better as you tweak it.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:44

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, you know what i think about the pictures. mine says 19m 16s and it's at 100% so see how reliable those are.

my phone has an OMAP4 (which is more power efficient than a Hummingbird) Android 4.0.4, it's at 25% brightness and i have Smart Actions kick in to bring it to 10% and to decrease the Screen Timeout when it reaches 25% and it makes it through the day MAYBE a day and a half if i did less and that's on FB checking throughout the day, Browsing the Web, Spotify Streaming and playing downloaded Playlists, the occasional Instagram shot and other miscellaneous little things. i've used Juice Defender too and without doing things that hinder the phone too much for me it doesn't make much of a difference.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:28 2

15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah, being #1 really sucks.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:52 1

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1185; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nice, come here and post a comment that totally contradicts this article's study...genius.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:02 1

22. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


If you're going to throw your opinion against a stack of emperical evidence, you should at least offer an anecdote to prop you up. You post just makes you sound like someone talking out of their aft compartment.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:12 4

6. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Maybe it's is because the RAZR MAXX as it is sold in Europe, hasn't been launched in UK, or maybe they didn't had it. Anyway, I also consider that the Razr Maxx would outlast any of the tested phones, and maybe even some phones that will be launched in the future. (I speak only about battery performace)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:14 10

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this article is dumb because even i know the RAZR Maxx is the king when it comes to battery life...ohh well nice way of promoting the SGSIII

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:35 7

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


maybe they only wanted to compare phones with regular batteries, not one that comes with a super sized battery. of course the maxx will win. your just mad because the iphone isnt even close to winning.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:11 2

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*sigh* how would you describe normal? you get the battery you get out of the box with the phone, you just so happen to get a huge one with the MAXX that actually keeps the phone as thin as all of the handsets compared here. :P

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:05 2

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the maxx has a much larger than normal battery in it.. hence the MAXX differentiation from the regular Razr line.
Its not the first phone to be sold with a super sized battery in it.. its just the first to not have a massive hump associated with it... which is definitely a good thing. Dont get me wrong, I'd like to see more versions of phones with massive batteries, but the Maxx is in a class all to itself in that arena right now.

I wouldnt mind it being in the test one bit. Again, its the obvious winner by far.. but its not a "normal" device. If this is just showing "normal" devices, then the Razr should be there, not the Maxx as its a heavy duty offshoot. I'd say the same thing if there was an SGS3-"Maxx" as well. Nothing to do with brands, everything to do with comparing "normal" phones.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:29

41. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the point is there is no concession for the MAXX. it's showing it's age a little bit but when you pick the phone up it feels every bit as normal as a SIII or a One X. if more companies had the ingenuity that Motorola had in the design department we'd be in good shape. this will probably become a normal thing for Moto being that the MAXX was so successful and Moto can't be kept out of the comparisons forever.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:51 5

34. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I don't recall mentioning that I was mad about the iphone.. al I said was that the RAZR Maxx should be a winner no if or buts.. noting more.it seems that you are the one that cant stop talking about the iphone more than me.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 10:12

66. azri05 (unregistered)


lol..gallito u nail remix this time

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:05 3

23. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Agreed that it seems odd to leave the undisputed champion of battery life out of the battery life rating chart.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:16 1

9. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Seems to me like they left the razr maxx out on purpose despite availability. Not that hard to find an unlocked device and import.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:31

17. kanagadeepan (Posts: 638; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


NO need to import and/or unlock... There is already an international version of Razr MAXX available and I am using it now...

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:25

14. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


@ clevername: really? please tell me how can I order or buy an unlocked motorola milestone 3 that will work in Europe? Not being sarcastic, I really want to know. They are available (released) in Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Canada, US. Of course they all have different names and specs regardin radio frequencies.
This post is off topic. Please delete if necesary

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:31 1

16. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


Fallen by the WAYSIDE, maybe?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:35 4

20. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Everyone is complaining about how the Maxx is not included but don't even notice the Gleam is a lame little flip phone. How'd that get in there?!

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:09

25. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The Maxx has an extended battery, they should have tested the Droid RAZR for that model, not the Maxx . Obviously extended batteries would be an entirely different category.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:14 4

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


how does it extend anything? the SIII has what would be considered an extended battery for some phones but it doesn't count? this is the battery that comes with the MAXX and it doesn't even make it any thicker than the handsets compared here.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:03 1

37. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


True but nobody has ever put a battery that big in a smart phone.

It would be like comparing gas mileage based on "full to empty" without taking into consideration that one gas tank holds 15 gallons and another holds 30.

It's a difficult comparison period but when you throw in phones that have roughly 35-50% more battery size it throws it off a bit.

Just my opinion.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:32

42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah but if there's no concession for having such a larger battery then why not? Motorola's Ingenuity needs to be recognized. just because other OEMs can't accomplish what Motorola has doesn't mean that it should be kept out of the competition.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:19

49. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The S3 doesn't have an extended battery, the battery that comes with it is standard; it may have more mAh's than many handsets, but that is the standard battery.

The Droid RAZR is the phone to test in comparison. The Maxx is just an extended battery sold with the handset instead of the standard battery.

I love Motorola's reception, their antennas have more reach. The Maxx is a great idea, but it doesn't have the specs to compete right now. I'm pretty the Atrix HD for GSM will be a flop except for antenna minded.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:33

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


and the battery that you get with the MAXX is Standard for that phone and it has more mAh's than all handsets so what's your point?

we're not comparing phone specs we're comparing battery life. besides do you think that the next Motorola-Verizon offering will be any less? the MAXX is selling, they're obligated to keep updated handsets that continue in the MAXX's footsteps.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:14 2

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it doesn't matter that the MAXX wasn't compared because we all know it would've killed it. :P

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:08 3

40. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your on a heavy Maxx defense today, arent ya? :)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:34 1

43. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well you can see why. it'd be like not comparing an Exynos to an S3 or a Tegra II because it's just too much better.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 08:42

64. troutsy (Posts: 246; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


I'm starting to think this entire article and comment thread is just a big, coordinated troll on King.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 09:05

65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, you'd think. xD

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 13:26 1

69. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i agree with king. it just about everything hes posted on here. granted the maxx is a tad bit older than the phones they tested, but why wouldnt they throw it in the mix? just to see where it stands compared to the devices they did test. i would like to know how the phones that are on the top of their game compare to the same class of higher end devices.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 11:12

67. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1560; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No because you have it and are just pissy it wasn't included and you assume it would win

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:25 1

31. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Razr Maxx is already a King in battery life so they don't need to test it.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:37

32. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


The only more useless test of phone battery life than CALL TALK TIME (nobody I know talks on the phone that much), would be testing how long it took to burn down with the accellerometer going full bore for hours on end.

Do you think your average phone user spends more than 10 minutes on the phone per day? Come on. People text, they don't talk.

Web browsing over 3G vs. WiFi with the screen on is a far more useful measure for battery comparisons.

This is useless information. And for the record, I pre-purchased a SGS3.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:05 1

38. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


It is also the best "standard" to use because there is very few variables that apply when comparing talk time.

If you compare web browsing that brings more variables into the equation, screen type, screen size, connection type (3g/wifi/4g) etc.

It is already a very difficult thing to compare and using phone talk time is really the only thing you can even attempt to use.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:35

45. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


OK customer’s demands of faster processors, bigger and brighter screens, faster data, but thinner devices, I don't think so. We just want great battery life, even if it's not the thinest on the market. So when cell maker get that piont through their head. Battery life will be like the Droid Razr Maxx, but with battery removability of cause.

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