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iPhone 6s Plus posts excellent battery life, matches the Galaxy Note5 to the minute

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iPhone 6s Plus posts excellent battery life, matches the Galaxy Note5 to the minute
* UPDATE: Recharging time benchmark added!

Never one to bet on specs, Apple always omits a few key details of its iPhones, including the capacity of the cells powering them. Thankfully, it doesn't take long for the industry to disassemble a unit and read the label, and on the iPhone 6s Plus it reads 165 mAh less than on its predecessor's: 2,750 mAh. Naturally, then, we were expecting the 6s Plus to score in the 6-hour plus ballpark, about the same as the iPhone 6 Plus. We couldn't have been more wrong.

33,060 seconds. Or 551 minutes. Or 9 hours and 11 minutes. No matter how you slice it, the score that the iPhone 6s Plus achieved on our proprietary battery benchmark is impressive, which is a first for an iPhone in our database. As if to prove a point, the 6s Plus clocked the exact same figure as Samsung's shiny new Galaxy Note5, which boasts a slightly larger, 3,000 mAh cell. An excellent showing.

This achievement definitely comes as a surprise, as Apple actually reported identical numbers of standby, talk time, and video and music playback for the 6s Plus when compared with its predecessor. Obviously, these numbers have failed to capture internal optimizations that the company has carried out, and we'll be reaching out to Apple to try and find out what they are. In the meantime, we can't help but wonder if the iPhone 6s Plus holds any other, as pleasant surprises.

Battery life

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 10h 42 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z3+ 7h 15 min (Good)
OnePlus 2 6h 38 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
View all

So battery life's all good, but do we dare say quick charging with Apple's new phablet darling? Unfortunately, the results from our charge test say "No" loud and clear. At 165 minutes, the iPhone 6s Plus is preeeetty slow to raise from the dead and get to full capacity, and so is decisively outdone by competing Android handsets.

Charge time

Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 80
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 81
Google Nexus 6 98
Motorola DROID Turbo 126
LG G4 127
OnePlus 2 150
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 171
Sony Xperia Z3+ 189
View all


Thumbnail image courtesy of iFixit

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posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:29 23

1. bistech (Posts: 59; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


Best phone with the best battery life. Come suck it android sheep.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:30 104

3. Biernot (unregistered)


Virgin Detected

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 09:17 16

30. amats69 (Posts: 1368; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


this post made my day..lmao

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 18:21

95. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Please also note Apple speed of there new iPhones is down to hd as they got there own new format and they not using Emma, but something that like as fast as ufs, but uses ther MacBook controller, no joke, I.e. All the new speed is not down to CPU and also why reviews was saying transfer speeds was faster on files

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 08:52

132. Tizo101 (Posts: 393; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


lol! that comment just killed me days later.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:46 4

64. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


+100

haha

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 17:56

93. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


OHHHHH Goooooooot Emmmmm.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 09:25

133. Zylam (Posts: 649; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Only a Virgin can detect another Virgin.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:32 33

5. hung2900 (Posts: 943; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Brainless ifan cannot even read. The best battery life phone but not rank the first? Lol.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 16:41 2

85. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yes, Droid Turbo has the best battery, but that's about it. Terrible screen, camera, and UI.

Note 5 has been matched by the iPhone 6S Plus, and that was unexpected. I wonder how well it'll fare with other websites' battery tests. I have been very happy with the Note 5, and certainly more happy than I was with the Turbo.

posted on 15 Oct 2015, 15:24

152. coldspring22 (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Not really, checkout battery benchmark from most other sites. They rank iphone 6S as being as bad or wrose than iphone 6. Iphonearena battery benchmark for iphone 6/6S is totally screwed up. 3 hours improvement with smaller battery? Yea right. A total farce with everyone else reporting poor battery life for iphone 6S.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 16:47 2

88. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Many people on here don't actually read the article lol.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 02:17

102. riteshrkm (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)


Moto Droid Turbo is only good with battery rest its a disaster. if i am in so need of battery i will rather buy a 10k mah power bank rather than spending 650$ on that piece of s**t

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:51 2

15. pmsap (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 May 2015)


You have to let Samsung incorporate OS 6.0 and then we'll see.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:54 34

19. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Inferior screen, inferior front -facing camera, inferior recorded sound, smaller base storage, more expensive outside the US, inferior design (nothing beats platinum edge), no wireless nor fast charging, inferior camera according to the verge test. Get owned.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:57 37

21. fonelover123 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 May 2015)


also bezel king.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 10:04 1

45. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


What you on about, big time bezel King as its 2" smaller than the note 5 on screen size

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 16:44 1

87. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


You mean 0.2" smaller, not 2".

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:23 4

62. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Has always been bezel king. It's kinda hideously and inappropriately oversized imo.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 17:54 1

148. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


Ibezel.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 10:49 5

53. Xen0F0rm (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


Wireless charging is pretty dumb actually. It's terribly hard to use the phone while it's charging, the only thing it's useful for is when you going straight to bed. Just put the phone down and go to bed. Anywhere else it's pretty much useless. I've had wireless charging built into my Lumia Icon since mid 2014, and after having it for this long I can easily say I do not care about wireless charging.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 12:26 2

69. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


That's the entire point actually... IF your battery is good enough then you don't have to worry about using it while it's charging. Simply when your finished just place it on the pad and wake up ready to go to the next day.

Obviously if a battery isn't robust enough that experience can't happen. Most phablets last over a day so that shouldn't be a problem for most users.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 16:51 2

90. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Wireless charging is great for overnight charging. Corded charging is way faster and doesn't require as much charging time thanks to the new Fast Charging using the included charger (as opposed to the older Note 4 fast charger that seems to only kick in when the phone is close to dead). Since owning the Note 5, I've only had to plug it in while using it a couple times. Wireless charging has its purpose.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 17:20 2

91. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Wireless charging is awesome. At least you don't wear out the micro USB port with constant insertion of the cable over the life of the phone. Its a personal preference though, and I use it and prefer it over cable charging

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 12:49 1

143. Shocky (Posts: 2119; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Erm, what do you mean? it's quite easy to use the phone while wirelessly charging.

If your referring to calling then you can't do that with a provided cable anyway, unless you like sitting on the floor, but then again maybe you would, iPhone users are all wall huggers after all.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 06:31

149. vampyren (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Inferior screen = not really, who needs 4k screen that just consumes battery, totally stupid.
front -facing camera: again who cares, its for Facetime only i use it for. inferior recorded sound,= not sure but should be same same
smaller base storage = who the hell get the base anyway, i go 128GB, can you get that with your Note5? didnt think so!
Also Samsung sucks with their bad memory management and slow touchwiz, for each damn update they make the phone gets worse, i know cause i have several galaxy model.
Only thing i agree is wireless charging and fast charging, those are great feateres.
And now they killed the note with removing SD and battery cover. Its now just a iPhone wannebe. iOS is just superior and more efficient.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:13 3

55. marorun (Posts: 2930; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Best phone? question of point of view.

Best depend on what someone need. By example best phone for me mean a phone thats wont break if i drop it and if i drop it and break it its cover by warranty. Not many OEM offer this whitout additional cost.

Best battery life really? i charge my phone 1 time per 3 days.
Average screen time is over 12 hours.
I have 3 email sync in push mode.
2 calender.
and 3 social network sync in push ( facebook , twitter , linkind )

So i return your comment. Come suck it iphone sheep.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 23:20

100. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


You shouldn't even be given personal preference or a podium to speak from when touting a Sonim XP7.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:57

111. serge327 (Posts: 66; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


And the suck Slow ip 6s battery charge time.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:16

57. zinger69 (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


What a douche.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:17

58. zinger69 (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


hmmmmmm

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 14:57 8

75. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7919; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Considering the Note does way more, I'd say the Note has BETTER battery-life. Considering its pushing more cores, more RAM, more pixels, more features and does more out the box. The iPhone should be beating it by a landslide and it doesn't.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 15:36

82. cnour (Posts: 549; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


The end baby!!! Stop writing and go play with your.....

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 17:21 4

92. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The fact that the battery time is identical to the Note 5, I smell iPA trolling on this one...

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 18:19 2

94. Ahovking (Posts: 628; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


So just because the Note has more features it makes it somehow more power hungry? No it doesn't, like a two year old knows, a feature will only draw power if its activated and used, and most of the time a normal power user might be using 2-3 features at a time, and not using them as we saw don't actually add much battery life..

Majority of the time, its instagram, facebook, texting, and chrome that will be the Main power consumers on a device not their features.

More cores and ram doesn't seem to be helping the Note has the benchmark test shows the iPhone has a more powerful device (the iPhone is only a small 1000points behind sammy in muti while sammy is a pathetic 3000points behind Apple, ps. i'm rounding the figures).

More features doesn't make a phone a better or more powerful device.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 14:36 2

107. JohnZimmerman (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


More RAM wouldn't help a device in a test that is designed to not require more RAM than the baseline device. Moot point.

Those numbers you reference make no sense without mentioning the totals, and the test used to generate the numbers.

Geekbench shows the iPhone 6S on par with the Galaxy S6 in multi-core processing, and significantly leading in single-score processing. That won't have a noticeable impact on the performance of the apps you claim are used the "majority of the time".

posted on 15 Oct 2015, 15:39

154. coldspring22 (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Even without taking into account hardware differences, Note series simply kicks iphone's ass. Does iphone have ultra power savings mode on which Note can go a whole week on a single charge? With enhanced battery, Note can go SEVERAL WEEKS on a single charge. What about wireless charging and turbo charging? Iphone fanboys can only dream about those features.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 16:19 1

84. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Probably testing error. Wouldn't be their 1st time.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 20:08 1

99. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Sony Xperia Z5 has a better battery and you don't have to charge it as often.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 08:14

106. sissy246 (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Hay Bistech, what was #2. Sure as hell wasn't a icrap.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:55

110. serge327 (Posts: 66; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Best battery life but slow charging? still best?

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 04:31 1

116. MarinoVladimir (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


Are you f*cking serious?!
Don't you see that Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ & Note5 are above? lol iSheep.
Also, Samsung has wireless charging. ;)

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 07:29

128. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


And look at the time it takes to recharge, good day

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 08:17 1

131. JnCrls (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Jun 2014)


Is this like the EPA test with the Volkswagen TDI?
#dieselgate

posted on 15 Oct 2015, 15:33 1

153. coldspring22 (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Sorry, Galaxy Note 4 tops iphone 6S plus in GSMARENA battery test Note 4 is rated total 90 hours, iphone 6S plus, only 85. What's more , Note 4 (and Note 5) has turbo charging more than twice as fast as iphone, wireless charging as well which iphone can't match. What's more, for Note 4, you can swap original battery with 6000mAH, or even 9000mAH battery which will allow single charge to run a whole week. Now match that with your lousy iphone! It's simply no contest when it comes to battery life and charging. Android phones beats iphone hand down.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:30 36

2. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 214; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Now PA will give it 10/10 in their review.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:32 24

6. danielxxi (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Nope 11/10

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:53 10

18. kefalin (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


I would rate it 9/11 :D

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:31 1

4. mrochester (Posts: 521; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


I'd love the battery life of the 6S Plus, but I want it in the 6S so that I don't have to put up with the gigantic size!

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:52 2

17. NexusPhan (Posts: 608; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


The regular 6S, surprisingly, also did really, really well. After years of horrible battery life compared to the competition, Apple finally pulled through. Nice work Apple.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:15 4

56. marorun (Posts: 2930; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


We will see in real life.
Those battery benchmark are crap.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 06:52

125. NexusPhan (Posts: 608; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I actually really trust the PhoneArena test results for comparison purposes. They gave all previous iPhone ratings horrific battery life results, which was accurate to real-world, moderate use results.

I see no reason to discredit this massive increase they are finding.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 11:59 1

66. kudus (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


6S battery life = 8 hours & 15 minutes. Excellent!

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:33

7. majp89 (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Anything on the 6S vs. last year's 6? I'd like to see the improvement there.

If this holds true for improvements to the average user, that's a huge testimony to the power usage improvements in the A9 chip. Pretty impressive engineering.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:41 2

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


You can add 6S via the "add phone"- field under the chart.

Btw, the result seems to be 8 hours 15 minutes, which is indeed a huge improvement.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 06:49

124. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


There are a lot of benefits over last year's iPhone. Better camera, better battery life, better SoC, fastest storage on any mobile device, better build, and 3D Touch has a lot of potential as app developers update to take advantage of it.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:38

8. marchulya (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


nice achiva but that's just the low screen resolution that helps

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:38 5

9. SIGPRO (Posts: 1309; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Damn PA is flooding the site with Apple related news.....come on the world does not only contain Apple!

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 08:40 2

10. EC112987 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


I'm not comparing it to anything but so far the 6s plus has a superb battery. Compared to my iPhone 6 its night and day.

posted on 28 Sep 2015, 10:33 1

50. Techist (Posts: 225; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Thanks to Samsung's 14nm manufacturing process.

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