Our Nexus 5 battery life test is ready, Grumpy Cat is not impressed

Our Nexus 5 battery life test is ready, Grumpy Cat is not impressed
We know you can't wait for a battery rundown of the Nexus 5, and we made one as soon as we had a chance, with pretty foretold results. Google's Nexus 5 skimps on a few things to get to that juicy $350 price point without subsidies, and perhaps the most major one is its 2300 mAh battery capacity.

A brand new Nexus 5 with broken-in battery lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes on our standardized test, where the phones are running a taxing custom script with screens set at the same 200 nits brightness level. The results are in the ballpark of the Xperia Z1, iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4, but the Nexus 5 endurance is a far cry from the excellent 6 hours and 48 minutes of its forefather LG G2

Granted, the G2 has a 3000 mAh unit, so its score is explicable, but what about the HTC One? It has the same 2300 mAh sealed battery unit capacity as the Nexus 5, yet lasts about 15% longer. All in all, the Nexus 5 battery test results are unimpressive, so almost daily charging would be the norm as with most smartphones. Still, the handset should get you through the working hours with normal usage, and that's what counts for decent battery life these days.

The handset's teardown showed that it is not overly hard to get to the battery and take it out with certain dismantling skills and a few tools handy, but that goes only for boosting its repairability score. This feat certainly doesn't count if you are the typical user handling a unibody Nexus 5 with embedded battery unit. 

Are you surprised by the Nexus 5 battery test results, or is it about what you expected from the 2300 mAh juicer?

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.

hours Higher is better
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
HTC One
5h 45 min (Poor)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)

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Nexus 5

PhoneArena Score:

9.5

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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