Amazon Fire Phone battery life: tops the iPhone 5s

The Amazon Fire Phone has broken cover, and one thing about it is clear: it’s all about the cool features and services, things like the glasses-free 3D interface and 3D games, features like the Mayday customer service with response times of less than 15 seconds, as well as the new Firefly feature that recognizes everything from barcodes, to text in images, and even songs.

But when it comes to specs, the 4.7-inch 720p HD display on the Fire Phone does not impress on paper. Is it such a huge downside, though? We’ve had this conversation about display sharpness many times before only to reach the conclusion that the difference between 1080p and 720p displays of such size is really minute. What this display allows, though, is to stress the phone’s processor less and have a very good battery life.

Amazon’s Fire Phone in fact packs a 2400mAh battery pack that manages to last an impressive 11 hours in video playback, while the iPhone 5s in comparison lasts a bit less, 10 hours. With audio playback of 65 hours, the Fire Phone beats Apple’s latest iPhone in this stat as well - the 5s scores up to 40 hours of continuous music playback.

Talk time on the Fire Phone also stands at the excellent 22 hours, while the Galaxy S5, for instance, lasts 21 hours. Stand-by time of the Fire Phone is listed at 285 hours - not bad (again, better than the iPhone 5s’ official up to 250 hours of playback), but we’ve seen phones with better performance in terms of stand-by.

All in all, though, it seems that the Amazon Fire Phone aims to outdo the iPhone 5s in battery life (how did we conclude this? Strangely enough, all the listed battery specs are the same that Apple lists), and it does this - at least on paper. For all other tests, stay tuned as the phone arrives on July 25th on AT&T.

source: Amazon

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Fire Phone
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh(22h talk time)



1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

No duh, it barely runs an OS I bet the battery life will flop once the good people over at XDA and CyanogenMod make a rom for it and have it run a real os

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Another phone that beats the iPhone 5s?

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I know, right? What current mainstream phone doesn't beat the iPhone 5S in terms of screen on battery time? Is there a single one??

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It seems Amazon wants to enter their phone in the Special Olympics of Battery Life, to compete against the iPhones 5S.

12. zeropants

Posts: 41; Member since: May 31, 2012

I switch phones quite a bit, and this has always baffled me. Why the knock on the 5s battery life? I am on my phone constantly throughout the worst I've run into on the 5s was plugging in with about 25% left after 17 hours off the charger. That includes using GPS with my running program for about 45 minutes. Granted, I turn off some background processes for programs like Facebook though most of them are left alone. To me, the battery life has always been a plus.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I know I'm gonna sound like an apple fan I for this but idc, ill rock my Lumia 920 till the glass falls off. To the point, is that really impressive? I mean the margins of victory aren't significant, and to make it less so the battery is about 40% larger than the iPhones. If anything its a testament to apples optimization. That said, for the consumer this is a great thing. Because they don't see stats and mah, they just hear better battery.

4. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

So having a crappier screen allows it to play video for one theoretical hour longer than and iPhone 5s? The screen is off when you're talking on the phone, on standby, or listening to music. Better screen please.

13. cheesusrice

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Crappier? It's a higher resolution screen. The 5S has 11 more ppi but it's a lower resolution. Even then, 11ppi wouldn't be enough to account for an hour.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 665; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Given then amount of blacks I see in this Up, they were better off using an ample screen. It has much much much deeper blacks. While consuming barely any power.

6. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

I want to see real life testing not some specs on a sheet.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So when is Wal-Mart coming out with a phone?

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LMAO everying pass ip5s battery life

11. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

And in other news, water is wet.

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