Has battery life improved since 2011? These charts show Sony is now king, Apple slacking per mAh


If you want a good battery life, get a Sony phone - that seems to be the overarching conclusion from several graphs plotting how a few popular phone brands changed in terms of handset endurance since 2011. A very welcome trend of a constantly increasing battery life on average can be observed, too.

Sony is the big outlier here - starting at the bottom in battery endurance in 2011, it has constantly strived to optimize power consumption of its components, to the point that it is now the phone maker offering the best battery life from all major players, with most of its handsets lasting about two days on a charge with normal usage. The next outstanding performer is Samsung, which has also done wonders for the battery life from its handsets, especially given the relatively small capacities they are outfitted with.

Unsurprisingly, given that phones were getting ever-larger until this year, battery capacities have also grown significantly, and the author found this variable to be the one most positively correlated with the better battery life we have now on average. Granted, there is negative correlation between screen size/resolution, and battery life, but it is more insignificant, compared to the positives of the increasing battery capacities during that time.

Apple is actually the only one of the major players, whose endurance per mAh has fallen for the past four years or so, which is exemplified in our own battery benchmarks, too - the iPhone 6 will still last you about a day, as the iPhones before it, though it has a larger battery than its predecessors.


source: technobabble0 (Reddit)

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64 Comments

1. Kumar123 unregistered

iPhone 6 plus has great battery life. It even beat Note 4 in battery life. Apple also improves a lot with iphone 6 plus. All the arena site ( Phonearena, GSMarena) battery life test is designed to give android phones edge over iPhones. I trust Anandtech and Ars technical.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

iSheep spotted.. Jk :)

70. raky_b

Posts: 415; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

just don't belive all what GSMarena wrote. c'mon...show me a S6 that battery last 48h just on stand by. or in this case 11h of iPhones and 17h on Note video playback. let's take 5 of each and test them...if ANY of this phones does times that GSM arena wroted, i will buy 100x of them. Note does have good battery, but 28h of talk time can be done only conected to charger. that phone maybe can do top of 8h SoT, but only if there is A LOT of black color on a screen. Same thing with 6h of SoT that Phonearena claims for iP6 Plus... i did have quite a few flagships, and i can tell from my expirience that only with Sony Xperia (Z and Z2) and LG G2 i could do full 2 days of usage. Let's say Note3 is OK, and there is some big capacitty chenesee phones that does good....all others ware disappointments, even though for all of them was claimed in bunch of reviews they are much better then they actually are.

11. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

it could beat the note 4 if the ip6p was in standby mode.

49. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Wrong headline on the article. Improved battery doesn't mean just to put more mAh in the brick. It means: 1) if they can put same amount of mAh in smaller pack 2) if battery discharge slower with the same mAh and size 3) if the battery can charge faster with the same mAh and size

13. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Of Course It Has Good Battery Life, The 6 Plus Has A 2915mAh Battery. And Obviously It Would Beat The G4 In Endurance Since The G4's Battery Is Only A Slightly Bigger 3000mAh Cell And The G4 Has A QHD Screen VS The 6 Plus's FHD Screen.

14. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

the 6 Plus battery lasts twice as long as my old Note 3, despite having a smaller battery and less frugal display (LCD vs AMOLED) but the software is optimized as hell, and i charge it from 2 to 3 days

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Agree Ios Is Superbly Optimized. But The Note 3 Is A 2013 Device And Shouldn't Be Compared To The 6 Plus.

19. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

These are lies ma friend. Twice as long means that the Note 3 lasts about 1.5 days. That is incorrect. 2-3 days life with a 6 Plus, that is simply unheard of, unless you literally have no messages and never use it, besides perhaps checking the time.

27. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

my Note 3 lasts 1-1.5 days and my 6 Plus 2-3 days, with the same use. i feel certain jealousy coming your way

57. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

may be, apple has mistakenly put 32 wheeler truck battery in your 6 plus. Your 6 plus weight is 50 kilo gram, right?

71. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Buy a new battery for your note 3 and re-test. If you are still using the same original battery theres no wonder its not lasting as long.

59. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree and well said. Have coworkers use their iphone 6+ as personal daily driver and for work and yup, they're all wall huggers by 4 or 5pm.

46. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

My friend charges his iphone 5s 3 times a day, and his Z2 once.. With same frequency of usage..

15. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Indian iSheep. One would think that you love Micromax.

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I like how you edited your post right away when I gave you links of PA and GSMArena lol. http://i.imgur.com/BeWLBGa.png

23. Kumar123 unregistered

Ha ha ha, I didn't even notice your comment when I edited my comment. Most of the time I edit my comment after I post them. But hey good job preserving my each and every comment here on PA. Maybe I'll hire you as my PA in the future so try your hardest.

31. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"good job preserving my each and every comment here on PA" Aint nobody got time for that Everytime you post on some random article IQ by all users in here drops by 20%.

73. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

nice one!

29. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Then you are so naive/pathetic person if you believe that crappiest site on internet like anandtech! That site which they sold themselves to apple ? Man am feeling sorry for you ...

58. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

your are absolutely right bro. anandtech is the crapiest site and baised, same like The Verge If anyone want to get brain washed then he can follow the sites like these

61. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Anandtech is so obvious. Stopped reading from it since 2013. Same with technobuffalo in youtube, apple is great, apple is the best blah blah blah.

43. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

shut up the note 4 sm-910c give me usually a 6-6.5 screen on time while the iphone can even know how much because it so stupid it does not show it to me f**k of I-sheep

44. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony is the king.Sony FTW

50. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

" I trust Anandtech" Of course you do. Anand is Apple's employee after all.

68. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

the sheep is strong with this one

69. raky_b

Posts: 415; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

they all do syntetic tests, but in real life iPhone can't do much more then 4h of SoT and 24h on one charge, while Note can. Also, S6 (and it's Edge ersion) in real life can't do more then 5h too. Only Sony's and some of bigg capacitty Motorola's flagships can do decent SoT times,and to regular user only Sony's model can live two or more days on single charge, even thoug they don't use bigger battery the others. Rest of the tests are just cheating....like showing results of "SoT" on SAMOLED screens with black pictures and videos (Amoled don't use power for black color) and simular. Neather Sammy's flagship, neather Apple's cand do even similar, but in this tests, they are sometims even better. just a lies...nothing more. first you reed it and think how good they all are, and then you red user expiriences and see real truth

72. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

but you cannot do too much with it, isn't it? Is basicaly same as any iPhone/iPhad device in terms of features and functionality. While in Note series there is a lot more things that (legitimately!) consume additional power: 1. It has 2 digitizers: one for your finger and a separate one (with better resolution, etc) for pen 2. Multiwindows (I don't like to use term "multitasking" on mobile devices since someone may confuse it with computer multitaking, you know what I mean). There is also Touchwiz, but this one is a hog...

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Couldn't understand..Too many circles and lines lol!

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