A battery endurance test of Android phones confirms that "DROID DOES"

A battery endurance test of Android phones confirms that
A battery life test run by the folks from Laptopmag has produced some predetermined results. They wrote an Android app to run a web browsing test in controlled environment (60 websites changed every 60 seconds), and turned off all but the cellular data connectivity options. The web browsing was left plain and simple, with Flash and other plug-ins off, and the screens remained on all the time with 40% brightness.

The results are not very surprising if you look at the official manufacturer's numbers for the tested handsets, however it's good to have them confirmed by a 3rd party as well. The worst performer was the HTC Droid Incredible, but the authors admit that the type of testing chosen takes the most toll on AMOLED screens. Their power consumption when showing white backgrounds, as found in most websites, is triple the one of regular LCD displays. In other circumstances like shades of gray or colors, they consume way less power, but white is a killer. If the testers had chosen continuous video play, for instance, the results of the Incredible probably would have been better. Not to mention that it has a 1300mAh battery, while most of the others tested are with 1500mAh ones.

Nevertheless, on top of the smartphone pack climbed the two latest DROIDs from Motorola. The DROID 2 lasted 7:07 hours, and the DROID X the whopping 7:42 hours. Considering these two handsets are with the power-sipping TI OMAP 3630 produced with the 45nm technology, those hours are quite explicable. We wonder if the Super AMOLED screens don't have the same power consumption disadvantage to the LCDs when a white background is continuously displayed that the AMOLED ones have. That might explain the fact that Samsung's Vibrant, Captivate and EPIC 4G fared worse than the DROIDs, regardless of the fact that their Hummingbird chipsets are produced with the 45nm process as well.

Of note here was the top-notch performance of the Dell Streak, which fitted right smack in the middle between the DROIDs with 7:35 hours of battery life as tested. And this is despite the large 5" screen, and the 65nm Snapdragon inside. Looks like the Streak was born to browse.

Have a look at the full endurance chart below to see how everybody fared.

Motorola DROID X Specifications | Review
Motorola DROID 2 Specifications | Review

source: LaptopMag



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

droids FTW!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

that's what I thought. some moron at phonedog reviewed the droid x and said the battery was so horrible and frustrating. yet it has the best battery life on any android device. And in case you were wondering, it WASN'T Noah.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, my CAPTIVATE did poorly on this test and yet, in a real world test, performed by MOI, it does just fine, lasting 15 hours of talk, text, downloading and web browsing on a full charge, with with screen brightness on low, of course.....wow, the dell streak did awesome. Either way, if you have an ANDROID phone, then life is good.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Aren't you normally Iphone's white knight?

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, that is funny as my wife has iphone 3GS and my calls on CAPTIVATE with SAMSET or HACKECLAIR ROM sound clear and loudly quiet while hers has static that is heard on her end, at times. You must not read anything I have posted here before, as I have never owned an IPHONE and plan to never own one. Droid does...even on AT&T - watch out for the next super tablet the SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB....

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this is a specific test and it does not garuntee real world results. different programs take different amounts of power. like the article clearly states, the amoled screens sip power compared to lcd, exept when whites are concerned... so, browsing web pages have alot of white involved normally. do the same test with a video running or just an active background. the results will vary. my galaxy/vibrant goes all day under heavy use. evos,droids, and the like cant do that. and if they bring the samsung tab out in a 9-10 inch form, imma totally snag that up.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

GALLLLLLLLLAXY....lol, just like some stupid DROID or apple fanboy....lol The tab is a much more appealing tablet than the iPAD...DELL STREAK looks nice, too.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I have to say my usage of the X confirms these results; I'm a moderate to heavy user, and unless I'm constantly playing games or using the Bluetooth I can stretch the battery from about 7 in the morning to almost midnight. Even with Bluetooth on the battery will last a good amount of time and can get you through a normal workday.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

What DROID does not do, or rather VERIZON, is have commercials that make you want to buy the phone - I keep seeing that stupid HAIKU commercial as well as others and it does not help VERIZON to sell their DROID phones. They are awesome phones, and need the right marketing team to advertise the product. If it was not for the CAPTIVATE, I would have gone back to verizon or gone to SPRINT. Also, what hurts all of these smartphones, is the parts shortage. By the time you get the phone the 3.0 version will be around the corner...lol

8. 458 unregistered

really i was on AT&T and because of those commercial i bought a Droid X ( yes i admit it i gave in to the commercial and what haha) and i gotta tell u its one bad ass phone better than my old phone i had.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

DROID X is better than all but one or two phones with AT&T and most other companies, too...how did that commercial lure you in....very lame it is....hmmmm....

13. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The Rule the Air campaign is great, it makes me want to buy a Verizon phone. I especially like the one where it shows off the hotspot, or the football one.

12. beowd unregistered

Droid does suck.

14. lol unregistered

Says the fact that DROID has outsold both Blackberry and iPhone so far this year. Keep trying...

15. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Yeah, how about a comparison to some other platforms?? I bet my Symbian device will go twice as long as any Android device. In fact, after having the Captivate for a week, and comparing it to my other Symbian phones, I know Symbian has the upper hand when it comes to endurance. I think Android needs to be made a lot more efficient, and users should be given options on if and when they want data to be used. This whole connected all the time business is nice, but not at the expense of battery life. I'll decide when I want to be connected.

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