LG G2 battery life test: long live the king

The LG G2 has passed through our exhausting battery life test and we now have the results. A huge 3000mAh stacked battery, efficient Snapdragon 800 and few other tricks…
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17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Just go to anandtech.com and see for yourself. Posted the moto g review since it is the latest. http://anandtech.com/show/7586/motorola-moto-g-review/3

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's unbelievable how LG managed to optimize the software to get the batterylife this good even if LG's skin is very heavy!

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Most of the "optimizations" are hardware advancements, not things LG did with the software. That said, kudos for LG for putting all of them in an attractive package and tossing in a massive battery just for the fun of it.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 as always.

18. Arron12

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

2014 the Year of the LG.

19. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

long live the king indeed WAY TO GO LG

23. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

lol, The One Max lasts the longest yet you leave it out. Then you include the Note 3 ? No biased here I see.

29. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

ITS ABOUT FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONES!

30. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Motorola is a terrible company that makes bad phones. They re branded the maxx maybe that's why it's not there~. The G2 literally loses 0 battery when idle and it's battery lasts 2 - 3 days on medium use it's insane

50. mkozic

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Could you explain what do you consider medium usage? I'm on my first smartphone ever so I'd just like to have reasonable expectations of it.

31. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Wow... now if they manage to make this in a smaller form-factor and maybe out of aluminium, I would be blown away :)

35. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

A couple notes to the haters. First off the Razor Maxx, spec wise isnt even close. Talking about 1080p 5.2" to start with. The display is the biggest consumer of the battery so we gotta do apples to at least oranges. I've had the gs3, note 2, gs4, one, and the G2 is in its own league. If you disable some if the bloatware you squeeze even more. Root it and remove some junk in the trunk and OMG she can go all night long. I tried a few ROMS CM 10.2, CM 11..This is the first PHONE I HAVE EVER RETURNED BACK TO STOCK.

36. wilsong17 unregistered

im happy with my note 3 ty very much

37. etotherescue

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I have a G2 and I can totally say........The battery last all day........im a heavy to moderate user.

38. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

lg's Gram bring this amazing battery life

39. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

also realized today on my G2 that the camera is magnetic on the back to allow for lense attachments. this phone is just full of surprises

41. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Give the Note 3 a 8.9mm waistline and a non-removable battery and it'll easily fit a 3500-3800mAh battery in there that will trump the G2.

42. MobileMac unregistered

Another thing that works better on my G2 that was a nightmare on my S3; Selecting text to copy. The cursors would flip sides and sometimes I would just give up. My G2 is steady and this simple feature does not suck.

43. gdogcal76

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

I just finished a 3-week trial with the G2 and, while in most ways I was blown away by the phone, there was one major issue that forced me to return it, and it had a dramatic impact on the battery as well. The phone struggles significantly with GPS. Let me explain. I heard this argument before getting the phone so made sure to run this through its paces. I tested it in an open highway environment (southern california), an urban environment (downtown Chicago) and a mountain environment (socal mountains), here were my results: - Open highway- no problem at all...as long as the phone was placed at the windshield it would quickly acquire and track - Urban environment- pretty significant issues with accuracy & acquiring satellites, would often take a full minute to acquire and even once locked in, it would often put me on the adjacent street or going in the wrong direction. I was on foot here so no car roof to impede. - Mountain environment- HUGE issues, often wouldn't acquire at all or take many minutes to acquire and then lose signal intermittently. I can forgive the mountain situation as cell signal wasn't ideal and frankly dedicated GPS units can sometimes struggle, though I should note that my car GPS had no issues in that environment (albeit with the advantage of a much stronger antennae built into the car). However, the urban result was not acceptable and I'll tell you why, I had just switched from my moto X to the G2 in downtown chicago, and the X was DEAD ON, acquired in seconds, and was basically 100% accurate. But back to the point of this article, the one thing I noticed right away with GPS is that it absolutely kills the battery of this phone. I compared battery life with GPS on for both the G2 and the Moto X and the X actually lasted LONGER than the G2 when actively using GPS, that's insane. I imagine it has something to do with the overall signal strength of the X, which dominated the G2 as well, but I can't technically validate that theory. I also noticed Youtube streaming chomped away at the G2, but again, not surprising so no knock there. I want to be clear, coming from an S3 & Moto X, I wanted this phone to do well, in no way am I an LG-hater, and in fact I can't wait fro the G3 to see if this gets resolved, but it's just too critical to ignore. Of note, the G2 obliterated the S3 in every area, including GPS as it is notoriously bad on the S3. I chose to not keep the Moto X because it's just too small, and after using and LOVING the G2 I'm glad I returned it, but now I'm left with only a couple of options: try the Droid Maxx or wait for the S5/G3 and hope for the best. Sorry this is so long, but if it helps one person make a decision it's worth it. My reco, if you don't care about GPS then you can do no better than the G2, it's a beast and a blast. If GPS is vital to you (as it is for me), seriously consider waiting or having a shot with Moto.

45. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Somehow these results don't really corroborate with my AT&T model.. Do you think the carrier version could have slightly varying results?

46. bonq0430

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

The only problem with G2 is that I hesitate every nyt whether to recharge my g2 or not, because i still am confident that it will last d next working day.. ;( but then it runs out of juice the nxt afternoon and I regret not charging it the previous night. I am a moderate to heavy user.
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