Are you satisfied with the battery life of your smartphone? (poll results)

Are you satisfied with the battery life of your smartphone? (poll results)
Considering our recent study into historical, industry-wide battery life, and the surprising finding that it hasn't really progressed almost at all since the early days of 2014, we thought we'd check with you. That is, are you satisfied with what your current smartphone offers in terms of endurance?

While we're far from the olden days of week-long battery life, it appears that our community at least, is split in two halves. To a varying degree, 50% of the participants are content with the resilience of their current handheld, while the other 50% or so aren't. More specifically, nearly 14% are very satisfied, while nearly 10% say theirs is abhorrent. Less extreme statements make up the bulk of the votes, with a near tie between folks who feel the battery life provided by their smartphone is okay (~37%) and those who are simply unsatisfied (~39%).

To tell you the truth, we didn't expect an outcome this even and were anticipating a significantly grimmer takeaway. In this case, however, we're happy to be wrong.

Are you satisfied with the battery life of your smartphone?

Very satisfied
13.66%
It's okay
37.35%
Not satisfied
39.46%
It's abhorrent
9.52%

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49 Comments

1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Very satisfied. I have the Galaxy J5 2015. Marshmallow is starting to roll out which I didn't expect t so should get even better :)

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Believe me your battery is gonna turn worse after each update. Be it Marshmallow with Doze or Android N with improved Doze.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False. My battery life increased after 6.0. But I turned on some features I normally have off and now the life has dropped. Need to go back to my original settings.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Make this poll exclusive to Android, you will see the upper two options go up further.

3. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Note2 kicks ass. Every year the battery seem to be better.

10. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And still worth the bargain price for 2016 like note 4.

4. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Very Satisfied. iPhone 5s ;)

19. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Also enjoying it with my SE.

5. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I thought I was okay with the S6's battery until I went on holiday and realised it's actually not good enough. I would usually get 4 hours OST when I was in the UK but when I got to Spain that dropped to 1.5-2 hours very fast. I assume because I use my phone a lot more often on holidays and probably the heat. I hope the S8 comes with a better battery.

9. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yes when you're outside phones usually drain a lot quicker due to different usage patterns and added heat.

28. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Your sim cards are not supposed to be used outside the country since they are not optimized for it. While roaming the phone consumes a lot more battery on standby due to cellular networks.

32. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Where did you get that one from? Not true.

6. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I am very satisfied with the battery life of my iPhone 6S Plus . 3.5 to 4 hours SOT when I playing Asphalt 8 / streaming from Youtube.

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

You must go for the low hanging fruit (excuse the pun). That's regarded as barely average on Android. Heck the One Plus 3 is getting hammered for those type of numbers.

36. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

This is my first phone from Apple and a gift . I am clarifying this because of what I am about to say next :p I also had a Note 3 before this phone , the battery capacity was bigger at 3200 mAh but Exynos 5420 was a battery hog. 2- 2.5 hours SOT while playing Asphalt 8 and the phone used to get hot as an oven ! I have also compared my battery longevity with a Note 4 and Nexus 6 (both with SD 805, exist within my family) and honestly on a work day my battery easily outlasts those by 50%-60% . Inspite od doze feature on Marshmallow, iPhone sips battery when on standby in comparison. This might have something to do with the 14nm fabrication process of the A9 chip. I personally think that the Plus series of iPhones are right there with best of Android flagships in terms of battery life . Of course , there are phones with huge 5000-6000 mAh batteries , but they aren't exactly high-end , are they ? :)

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, I've ready that iOS is very efficient with battery life, though I think that it's progressively getting more and more demanding as the OS develops. Android has always been the most power hungry between itself, iOS, and Windows Mobile, but with Marshmallow, and now N, it's clear that they're working to rectify that.

38. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

And that is good . iPhones have an optimised OS so they are moving to bigger 2500 mAh+ batteries. Android already has had huge batteries for quite a while now so they are optimising the OS as much as possible . Overall , a win-win for all smartphones.

40. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Playing Asphalt 8 will drain any phone especially 3-4 year old technology . As for your other comparisons it's hard to compare since people use their phones differently and install all sorts of apps that they inadvertently keep running in the background along with things like Bluetooth permanently switched on for no reason. That's why repeatable battery tests from GSMArena and here on iPhonearena are more reliable, though not necessarily ideal. Based on their tests the iPhone is middle of the pack irrespective of battery size.

41. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yes , I agree that the tests I did ( if they can even be called that) were not standardised. But it was not one day thay I was left with more battery. We compared battery levels for nearly a month and 6S Plus always came out on top against the Note 4. (Didn't compare Nexus 6 for a month , but both these Androids have similar battery). I think , over a month of comparison will sufficiently negate for usage habits . Coming to your second point , PhoneArena rates the 6S Plus battery as Excellent (9h11m I think , or somewhere close) and GSMArena endurance rating for 6S Plus stands at a very good 85 hours. Great result for a small battery and a huge display.

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's still too subjective.

43. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're also comparing Apples (excuse the pun) to Oranges since both phones you're comparing have bigger and higher resolution screens. The Plus is only 1080. As we all know the screen is the biggest drain on batteries. They have bigger batteries but they need them just for the overkill screen.

44. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

But on the other hand , the resolution will probably not matter ad both displays are AMOLED in nature and therefore require no backlighting ( unlike IPS LCD on Plus) which will definitely result in some battery saving.. The screen is big drain on battery but the difference in screen size is 0.2 inches on Note 4 and 0.5 inches on Nexus 6. A tiny percentage when compared to the overall screen size. Not to mention both have bigger batteries too ! Also , GSMArena and PhoneArena's standardised battery test rate 6S Plus highly.

45. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Amoled or not it takes more grunt and therefore battery to push those extra pixels. I'm not a big Apple fan at all but I do admire the efficiency of IOS and the improvement in battery life. What I don't like is its closed nature and their arrogance. Arrogant because they refused to listen to their customers for so long regarding screen size, storage and battery life. I have a Redmi Note 3 Pro and that's the beauty of Android. I have so many choices to find the perfect price/specs/performance/styling/color/size/storage combo I'm looking for. Oh and the RN3P is No.2 in iPhonearena's battery rankings for a quarter of the price of an iPhone 6S Plus.

46. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yes ,I agree with you about Apple and its decisions but that was not the original topic of discussion :P Redmi Note 3? it has 4050 mAh mammoth of a battery ! I don't think I would expect anything lesser. I don't like their update schedule. My Mi Pad still stuck on Android 4.4.4 . Have to take the trouble of rooting and putting a custom Marshmallow ROM I guess.

47. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm not too bothered with updates since I change my phones about once a year anyway. It took Asus about 13 months to get their Marshmallow Beta out to us and It's nothing special compared to Lollipop. Reason being that many features in Marshmallow were already covered by ZenUI in Lollipop.Same is true for MiUi. I'm beginning to believe that all the clamor for updates come from those on stock Android which I'm not a big fan of anyway.

48. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Hmmm, but I don't think features like doze and Now On Tap are available on these skins (MiUi and ZenUI) . At-least they are not on Mi Pad. Are they on Note 3 Pro ? Apart from features , another reason why updates are a must for me is due to security concerns. Since I keep most of my information on my smartphone , security is absolutely necessary. Not really worried about the government but more worried about the freelance hackers. I understand why this is not a big deal for everybody but IMHO it should be. Nexus devices , Samsung Knox enabled devices and Blackberry Priv are presently the most secure devices in the world.

49. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Miui has its own version of Doze and it's so aggressive you have to select the apps in two different sub menus that you want to keep alive. In fact this is my first phone that doesn't really need Greenify, though I still use it. It doesn't have Now on tap. Agreed on security 100%. The Xiaomi gets weekly updates and the Zenfone is about once a month.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

then the G5 is pretty good i just got it yesterday ( broke my moto x play :( ) and i did 4.8 SOT and i used it non stop ( installing load of apps testing games ect ) for 2800 mah its doing pretty good.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2301; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yep. Pretty much average for Android. The iSheep would be doing backflips with those numbers. Lol

27. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hope so. G4 was terrible. Co worker goes through 2 batteries by 2pm everyday. At least it came with 2 batteries.

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