Mobile Olympics: phones with the best battery life

We take another peak in our database of battery tests to see which phones offer the longest battery life, and the results might surprise you. It's not always the most popular flagship phones, and not even the ones with the highest juicer capacity that have the best battery life, but rather phones that are a good mix of battery capacity, frugal processors, and most of all - power-sipping screens...
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24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lucky in have the Z1 http://www.imgur.com/SGrh0HC.png 2 hours music playback Ingress Some pictures And a few games Not too bad for my first day

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh, cool. The Z1's battery life is better than the Z obviously, and I tried the Z1 before and I must say it's a beast, and the new UI is very smooth. My Z is laggy sometimes, so I'm eagerly waiting for the Android 4.3 update for my Z. Btw, have you update your Z1 to Android 4.3?

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Update is rolling out in stages, mine hasn't arrive but so far I'm happy so I'll wait for it. While the phone works great the UI leaves so much to be desired, specially the launcher. Luckily the N5 launcher works great on this phone Oh and today my day is half over and still 67℅ woot! Things will be smoother since Monday is always heavy for me because of constant emails and instant messages and still did quite well

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Lucky you, I was planning to upgrade to the Z1 few months ago, but many people told me that it's not much of an upgrade from the Z. So, I will wait for the Xperia Z2 or maybe the Oppo Find 7. Enjoy your Z1! :)

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Hopefully the Z2 (or whatever they call it) improves a bit in certain aspects Here are a few quirks I have found -yeah it feels "premium" but also feels slippery on the hand and has been on the verge of falling twice. -the sensor is a bit off (the light sensor that turns the device screen off while I'm talking) at least its not as good as Motorola's -the earpiece quality is nice but coming from a Motorola phone its way lower, people hear me loud and clear on their end but on my end sound is on the low side -the waterproof makes it a bit bulky I wish they had an "active" version for people that want waterproof -no photosphere on the viewfinder and the photosphere addon forces you into a weird social network, and can't post pictures directly to Google plus (witch will look awesome on the device's awesome camera)

36. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Oh and the cover for the ports and memory, yeah memory and Sim won't be used a lot but the charging one its annoying and I feel like I'm gonna break it, in would recommend anyone to just buy a magnetic charging cable they sell on amazon and it will be much better

70. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

how about 2 days on a single charge with playing games and watch some episodes ?? I love my Htc one max :D

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

How come iPhone 5s wasn't in this PA, LOL JK. but srsly I thought that the HTC butterfly s would score excellent.

20. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Lol... Give 5s a break , only 4inch and with 64 bit processor yet slim and light are already tough ! You still want a best battery life ?

48. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I thins is for android device only ;)

53. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

No, they specifically said 'phones', so it can be from any manufacturer. I'm surprised the Nokia Asha 501 didn't make it here

63. iskunder

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

The butterfly would score well I have owned this phone before and it lasts over a day with moderate use(3-4hours on screen time).

11. Vish_i_was

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

g2 is best from every damn corner! even the price point too

12. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

How come my Galaxy Beam isn't there? It has 2000 mAh battery and 1 Ghz Novathor processor and 4" Tft screen? Phonearena please answer me....

13. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sony Xperia P and Xperia V both had pretty awful battery life. I like to think they learned something from those mistakes..

14. troutsy

Posts: 381; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

This comparison seems a little unfair. The Note 3 is doing significantly more work (screen, 4G, less lag) to provide the 7 hours compared to the Xperia E. Quality of on-screen time is an important characteristic of the battery life.

148. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Lol less lag?

16. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

You guys didn't even test the Droid MAXX. You are reporting the battery life for the 2 year old RAZR MAXX. FAIL

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Droid MAXX is the only Moto MAXX phone in this comparison...

43. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Look at their benchmark test data. The only MAXX they've ever tested is the RAZR MAXX and the time quoted in this article is in line with that. They are using RAZR MAXX data and applying it to the new Droid MAXX. FAIL.

51. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

You are very correct in this. The Droid MAXX has been tested recently with its new processing system and offers the longest and strongest battery experience out there. I was literally shocked when they ranked it 8th...

137. Chidoro43

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

wrong Maxx. as stated below, that number is for the razr maxx, and not even the hd maxx, just the original one.

18. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I thought you guys said that there wouldn't be many of today's high-end devices on the list? It seems to me to be mostly those kind of devices. My question to you guys is when doing the tests, what was the screen brightness set to? Also why not include some of the "high-end" devices of like 2011? My Evo Shift would easily get 24hrs on the battery (when new) with the screen being on about half half the time (and screen brightness at max).

19. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

Is Android the only OS existing in the universe. WTF :(

65. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It happens to be the only one flexible enough to allow OEMs to do whatever they want to their phone hardware. The result: Better battery life than iOS, Windows Phone and blackberry. I'm sorry that your mobile OS of choice doesn't allow this. That's WTF that is.

84. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

better then what???? stop talking crazy here is my lumia 1520 battery http://postimg.org/image/64ld3gqjn/

85. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

well this how my lumia 1520 battery look http://postimg.org/image/64ld3gqjn/

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Surprised to not see the Lumia 1520 on there, with its 3400mAh battery (despite the screen size). I get about two days of charge on my Lumia 925 (1 day 23 hours left right now with 96% battery).

86. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This what i get on my 1520 http://postimg.org/image/64ld3gqjn/

23. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Lumia 1520??? I thought it had a good battery.
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