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

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:15

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...

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posted on 07 Nov 2013, 05:14 2

27. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

Don't like the battery life? Stop complaining and just buy a G2. Problem solved.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 15:33

71. jimv1983 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Problem with the G2 is the software. It sucks and a custom ROM isn't something I'm willing to risk.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:14 1

37. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Looking at the results of this and other phones I added...

the Nexus 5 shoulda have been more closer to the HTC One since it has the same size battery. That being said.....these results arent the whole picture. I wanna see talk time results, web browsing results, wifi results, ect.

So folks shouldn't see these results and automatically assume overall battery life is gonna be bad. We gotta remember overall the GS4 was one of the phones with good battery life:


We just need to see more detailed battery tests from other sites, thats all. For me, I'm more interested in talk time results since I use that the most. So who defines whats typical usage? Typical usage varies from person to person.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:27

40. sonisoe (Posts: 435; Member since: 06 May 2009)

i thought z1 had 3,000mah and therefore better battery life ?

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:16

46. bopicasso (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

If you turn off the ok google feature, disable nfc, disable photo sync, and other battery draining features this phone will last much longer.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:41

47. nicknowsky (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)

I'm using the Mako N5 port..exactly what the nexus 4 uses on my nexus 4 and there so many battery settings that coincide with the launcher...basically Disable Google from following you around ...

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:41

48. adrialk (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

Where are the battery tests for the MotoX and Droid Maxx for comparison purposes? Lots of people cross-shopping the MotoX for sure.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:53 2

49. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

This test is so useless, no one runs such a script on their phone in real life. Most phones spend 70-80% of the time in sleep mode with background sync services such as cellular, sms, email services running in the background. The other 20-30% is active use with screen on. Give it some thought PA...

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 08:29

52. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

actually it is not useless i use my android phone from time to time and i use it with everything disabled such as gps backround data and sync even wifi off and it makes my battery last every bit of 30% longer oh and brightness at 40%

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:16

62. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I agree/disagree somewhat.

Its just that everyone doesnt use their phones the same, so no test can be a typical day unless specific details are given about the test, not just say "running a script."

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 08:48

53. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

So Nexus 5 basically gained 3 min of battery life when comparing to Nexus 4 even having a 5" screen. Well, staying with 2300 mAh of battery won't help you go anywhere far. Now, I'm accepting the comments about it's all about the real time usage and not about the battery size.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 15:22 2

69. jimv1983 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

The Nexus 5 has a bigger screen and twice the number of pixels. The fact that it does just a little better than the Nexus 4 is still an improvement.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 16:02

72. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Yes, I have to agree. However, I would like more juice still :P I currently use Nexus 4 and there are a lot of time that I find myself needing longer battery life. They should have put at least 3000mAh in Nexus 5. I'm kind of disappointed :/

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 09:04

54. Maryewww (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Your test for the Z1's battery should be redone, the device has been updated and it promises a lot more juice.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 09:12

55. Zimakool (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

If you like the nexus 5 buy it and find out for yourself, I don't think the battery test should be taken so seriously, as long add your phone gets you through your day that's all that matters! Different results of battery life will differ from one user to the nxt, case in point with this test. .I personally get about 10-12 out of my phone and that's with heavy use.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 10:15

58. tyger11 (Posts: 195; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Okay, now re-run the test with ART enabled to see how much improvement that really gets.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 10:15

59. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Wow! It's less than iPhone 5s. I'm so glad I ordered my Lg G2.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:06

61. improv (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

If you're the type of person who carries around a backpack for most of the day (such as a student) then I'd recommend investing in a powerbag. You can get one for about $30 when they are on sale and it's basically a backpack with a battery (I think it's about 2300mAh which is perfect for the nexus 5). There is a sufficient amount of storage space for a laptop, tablet, utensils, and notebooks/etc. I prefer the powerbag to sticking a battery pack case to the phone. I've never really run out of battery on my iPhone 4S until recently since I've had it for 2 years and battery life has significantly decreased...

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:20

64. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Rather, the take from these results is that early reviewers considered the battery capacity assuming the same silicon technology. With newer chips, even at higher speeds, on a new process, one can expect lower power requirements. So, even with an only slightly better battery, the 5 does as well as its competitors. And, furthermore, as well as its venerable predecessor, which has a smaller screen, is slower and uses HSPA, which is more power-friendly than LTE.

I look forward to the same test on the 32GB version, which supposedly has a higher capacity battery.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:31

65. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

thats why we need a removeable battery and extra battery kit like samsung did.. unibody phone its just no go..... for me :)

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:55

67. HnT8906 (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)

better than Z1..I can live with that..

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 15:09

68. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I'm more surprised HTC One has better battery life with Sony Z1 according to the test.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 17:49

73. sckortyman (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

So I can get 5 hrs of screen-on time with this? Thats more than enough for me. My GS2 gets me around 2hrs of screen on time and my GS1 gets me around 2.5hrs. 5hrs will be great. This phone is looking better and better!

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 14:01

79. normzy (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

I gather that that the battery life test time is the total time the screen is on and the phone is continuously being used. So does that mean that if on average I use the Nexus 5 for approx. 10 minutes per hour, that I can get just less than 29 hours (290min / 10min) of use given that there will be battery drain when the phone is in standby?

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 04:04 1

82. bad_omen (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

As received
Here are some ways to improve your battery backup time:
1.The main Feature which consumes Maximum battery is Display, if you keep brightness between 80-100%, then it uses 60% of battery life. Keep the Display Brightness to 20% and the Display still looks very good and bright because of the excellent True HD Display.
2.Under Settings--> Account-->Google, Switch off all Google sync Services except, Gmail, Contacts & Calendar (if you want) because all other Google Services like Google photo, videos takes away huge battery life.
3. Switch off complete Google no Service as this is not something you need, it is only useful if you are Google hangout Pro user for Business Service Location sharing.
4. Under Settings also Change the Location Settings to Battery Saver mode, Default in the phone is set to High accuracy.
5. Switch off the Hot Word detection under Google Services as this consumes high battery and not such useful Feature, I mean why would you want your phone to be active 24/7 to have listened to you all the time.
6. Switch off the Location sharing for FB Messenger unless you want to give your Location Information to everyone while sending Messages on FB.

I made the above changes to my phone and my battery life Performance was (for usage of 45min-1hr call, 2hr of Surfing on web and apps, continuous use of whatsapp, 3G Network):
-->Before the Settings mentioned above - 13h, 10min
--> After the Settings mentioned above - 1day, 15hrs (very impressive, almost 2 times more)

Battery life on 4G LTE network.
Note: Without any battery saving Settings mentioned above I used my phone on 4G LTE with same usage pattern, my battery lasts only for 7hrs
with improvement Settings - 15.5hrs on 4G LTE.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 06:31

83. Zeeya (Posts: 325; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

the real number one is the Z30, 14 hours... pure truth, F*ing Phone Arena...
you are sponsored by Google thats so clear.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 09:09

85. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Every phone has ways to tweak the settings to get more battery life out of it. What zaps a battery is display time and running on a cell network. 4G zaps the battery more than 3G and 3G does the same over 2G. Now, what you can do is overnight, put the phone is Airplane mode and then turn on Wi-Fi for home use and still receive updates. This will save some battery time. Make sure the display is set to be adjustable, or as low as you can stand it, depending on preference. I have done this for years with Android phones - Captivate, Droid RAZR, Aria....now, if you expect to receive calls still, then another alternative is to not use Airplane mode, keep it on wifi, or tone down data access to 2G or 3G while asleep or while not in use for long period of time. Of course, the more notification apps running on the device, the more drain to the phone's battery.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 12:24

86. mrsriram13 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

i'm impressed with nexus 5, but i'm very well upset with battery back up i heard from other's, is it true i won't last long? and is it true display time is between 1hour - 1hour 30min???...

I'm a heavy user, i use whatsapp and facebook all time like 24hours, will nexus 5 satisy my needs with battery back up or it drain soon for my usage???...

please help me out here!!.....

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