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Correction: new battery life results of G3 and S5

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Correction: new battery life results of G3 and S5
At PhoneArena, we strive to do many things, and we strive to do them all in a professional and polished manner. A piece of content goes through a number of transformations and edits, travels through numerous nodes, before it finally reaches our front page. Time and time again, we manage to get things right and escort our content from the lab or the editorial office until it safely reaches its destination - your monitors and screens.

As hard as we try, though, there's always the unfortunate possibility of making a mistake somewhere along the line, and sadly, that's exactly what happened with the battery tests we recently did with the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5. We have verified that no other phones have been affected by this issue. Until now, the battery life benchmark results that we had on the site for these two smartphones have been incorrect, falsely indicating that the G3 lasted for 8 h 50min, and the GS5 for 8 h 20min in our test. It turns out this wasn't the case at all.

The correct battery life benchmark times for both phones are as follows:

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
6h 14 min (Average)
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Mistakes happen, but when they do - they sure have a bitter taste. But as stated in the beginning, at PhoneArena, we strive to do things professionally, and we're not going to betray our principles now. The right thing to do in such situations is to apologize - we'd like to apologize for having this piece of misleading info up on our site, and we hope that it hasn't caused any trouble to any of our readers. All relevant articles containing any references to the incorrect benchmark results have been corrected now.

PhoneArena Team

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:00 35

1. hateftotti (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2011)


posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 43

5. steedsofwar (unregistered)

Respect to PA for acknowledging and apologising.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:48 11

33. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Respect for PA indeed... Now results are similar to what GSMArena got and this site just gained a bit more credibility.

Xperia Z2 is now the top battery flagship

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:19 3

53. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

i think Phonearena relized when every other site except phonerena battery test confirmed that s5 beats G3 by good margin.

What about those article on other site who refereed the wrong phonerena report to their site????

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:38 3

60. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Mistakes happen. So no worry about that.

Good that it has been corrected.

I would like to know details of that script.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:04 21

2. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

And Xperia Z2's reign continues.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:04 3

65. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

UPSM will outlast your Z2's Stamina Mode any day.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 11:54 5

72. Busyboy (unregistered)

And here you come again, still trying to put down the Z2. The phone won, sit down!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:17 1

74. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)

We need a real battery life improvement. .not a mode that turn ur smartphone into a feature phone. .like or not it's another gimmicky effort to hide mediocre 2800mah capacity..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:59 1

75. DerryAhmad (Posts: 287; Member since: 05 May 2012)

The Xperia Z2 is indeed the current King of Android Flagship Battery Life.
GS5 and HTC One M8 still deliver great battery life.

Now other sites (eg.BGR) who used PhoneArena's earlier LG G3's battery life test article can correct their articles too ;)

I applaud PhoneArena for apologizing and correcting their mistake tho. The site has gained more credibility for me.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 6

3. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Looks like alot of people that were bashing Xperia Z2 for having a shorter battery life despite its bigger battery have nothing much to say. Anyway for a phone like G3 that is some pretty impressive numbers!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:05 21

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Haha epic fail, haters facepalm! GS5 FTW... Now which's the rushed product, QHD FAIL :(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:08 4

6. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

That's still some pretty impressive numbers for a Qhd screen! They could probably do better if they put that battery optimisation on a FHD screen but I think 7hours is more than enough to last a typical user throughout the day!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:10

8. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

My bad '6 hours' okay now I'm not sure if it will last the whole day...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:16 1

10. Edward_bly (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

I don't think you'll be using your phone for 6 hours straight.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:22 1

14. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Maybe some dude decides to binge-watch like a whole season of drama series in one shot.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:09 2

7. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Ah I knew it. How could a QHD phone beat a 1080p phone with a bigger battery ?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:43 1

31. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

One of my gripes about the G3 is the removable battery. I think it was better off non-removable, allowing LG to further optimize it to the phone. If they did that, that QHD screen would've lasted longer. But hey, each man to their opinions.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:16

43. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

LG G3's battery life is still very impressive dude.
even some people will rely on this results still that 6;14hours is impressive considering the big 5.5 QHD display.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:26

81. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

A BIT impressive. But that battery life should've been "flagship-grade". QHD is not necessary. It would've been better if they perfected their FHD screens and slid in a bigger battery. It's still GS5>G3 for me.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:20

44. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

removable battery is better i hate my OG because of non-removable battery.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 04:04

83. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)

That is the perfect example of the dumb consumer. The removeable battery is the most important thing of all electronic devices!

What optimization can one do making it non-removeable?

All the phones with non-removeable batteries like the HTC/i-Craps have always ended up packing smaller capacity batteries than the Samsungs/LGs with their removeable ones.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 10:20

84. thunder18 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)

G2s non-removeable battery is the same size (3000mAh) as the G3s removable batter, yet it seems to be able to surpass the G3s battery life.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 13:09

86. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Well, for one it has way less pixels to power. And it's also non-removable (their stacking method wouldn't work if it is removable).

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 13:06

85. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

If I am a dumb consumer, will you please explain why the Z2, with a non-removable cover and battery, has a bigger capacity than S5 and G3 (also the best battery life between the 3)? And you said 'All'. I'm sorry, dude. I don't think you're as smart as you think.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 21:54

87. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)

That's because you REALLY ARE a DUMB consumer (your own words, not mine!).

You can't even tell the difference! The Z2 has only a 5.2" display in the same external dimensions, so obviously it can choose to squeeze in whatever else it wants to. In this case a 6.7% bigger battery? Big deal.

If you look at the historical evidence, sealed battery phones from the major players have invariably had smaller batteries - which is why the likes of HTC/Apple are always losing market share - cos their battery life is suck. It will suck even more when those fools who buy such phones see their phones die completely after a year or so.

Come back again in a year so we can laugh at you & your Z2 when its dead or when it switches off at 50% power.

posted on 30 Jun 2014, 06:30

88. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Dude, there was a keyword there. I said "IF I am..."

If you look at the historical evidence, the G2 had a sealed battery, a bigger battery and screen than the S4, had a more powerful chipset but still beating the S4's battery life. And it still has a bigger battery than the S5 while being a year-old device.

To answer your question from your comment in which you called me dumb:

The perfect example of such optimizations is the G2's battery. The stacking method that LG did would NOT work if it were removable.

Also, HTC had a decline in their market share because of that damn Ultrapixel camera. It wasn't a marathon runner, but it certainly was not bad.

Apple lost market share because Android offered so much more options with better cameras, bigger/higher resolution screens and its customization options. But it barely made a dent to the iPhone sales.

Removable batteries don't always last longer than sealed ones. But that also applies vice versa.

Now, I certainly want to end this argument. It gets stupid when we get worked up to such unnecessary things.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 23:24

89. preter (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)

G2 is hardly historical but since you brought it up... they innovated with a stacked battery, but that's because LG had LG Chem making batteries. Stacked is no more than a form of curving. Which was exactly what they did with the G3's removeable battery. Hence you made your own points sound stupid - sealed batteries are never any better/bigger than removeable ones! They are the same component/materials/chemicals! But when they die, which they ALL DO... that’s when idiots like you get screwed.

The idiot manufacturers get away with sealing the doors/casings on the phones because there are idiot consumers like you allowing them to.

You may have only just crawled out of your cave yesterday, but here are the real historical facts about why the likes of iCrap and HTC have been bleeding market share.

The iCrap 5S has the biggest battery capacity ever in all of iCrap history - a pathetic ~1570 mAh. The HTC M8 has only (2600mAh). In contrast, Samsung as the flag bearer/poster boy of all phones removeable batteries has the S5 (2800mAh).

Prior to that it was iCrap 5 (1440mAh) & HTC One (2300mAh), Sony Xperia Z (2330mAh) vs S4 (2600mAh).

Prior to that it was iCrap 4s (1432mAh) & HTC One X (1800mAh) vs S3 (2300mAh).

My old S2 came with an original 1650mAh battery that died after 1 yr 7 months (bless it in tech heaven). But with a third party 2100mAh battery inside that is the same dimensions as the original battery, its better than the day I bought the phone (especially with custom ROMs & kernels with KitKat). I am still using it as my spare phone or give it to family, or sell it for $150-$200. Whereas whatever crap you bought back then with a sealed battery would have been polluting the scrap heaps years ago.

HTC went stupid in following a failed model espoused by that crap fruit company. HTC used to make the best phones during the early Android days. HTC Legend/Hero etc. had unibody metal bodies WITH removeable batteries. Nowadays they make phones with removeable backs but with batteries that are sealed in and GLUED permanently between the PCB & display. See iFixit.com and other tear down reports you fools! HTC & iCraps ranks as the worst on the repairability scale (1-3 out of 10 typically) and together in cahoots with the likes of you are an obscene contributor to our unmitigated environmental eco disaster.

I’d like to see all the idiots who whine & moan orgasmically about their metal bodies (cos they must surely buy them with ulterior sick motives…) ultimately look like fools when their screens go blank & cannot power up.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:34

90. jascha36 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)

Same external dimensions?
LG G3:146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
XPERIA Z2:146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm (5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)
Actually LG G3 is 10% bigger than the Z2 because of the thickness.
G3 has bigger qhd display, Z2 has waterproof and bigger battery so I think they are both good, just have different focuses...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:49

34. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Oh, wait. The S5 has 2800 mAh while G3 has 3000mAh.

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