Phones with best battery life (2016 edition)

After all, charging your phone every night is not much fun, and for those times when a workday flows into a night outing, you need your phone to be with you and last, and last...
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17. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I have the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the battery life is much better than you suggest. With moderate to heavy use I get 2 full days out of it before recharging. With light to moderate use, it will last me 2.5 days. I don't play graphic intensive games or watch videos but I am frequently checking various news and sports apps plus Twitter throughout the day and reading books on Kindle.

22. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Another bulls**t and biased result from iPhoneArena. Only fools will believe this.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The fools haven't woke up yet. They will be here soon enough!

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The fools haven't woke up yet. They will be here soon enough!" But.......you're already here though.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh I see you're here now?!

37. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I feel sad for whoever bought phones based on PA reviews

38. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I think PA should allow user to rate the battery life of the phone( like the review)

39. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

I would believe that the iPhone 7 can go a bit longer than the 6s due to a bit larger battery and big.LITTLE architecture, but I don't believe a 1960mAh battery can go longer than a 3000mAh one(say, a Galaxy S7). Personally, I don't see iPhones having stellar battery life since my sister's iPhone 6s can barely last a day.

47. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

How much of that is attributable to screen resolution? QHD vs. half HD is pretty effing dramatic.

70. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The display always has something to do with it. But according to DisplayMate, the displays in the S/Note 7, use less power than the 1080p displays in the iPhone 6S. Which means it uses less power than the displays in the iPhone 7's too. But again. Compar PA's own facts. In a video rundown test, the S7 Edge achieve 13 hours of play back at 1440p. The iPhone manage about 7.5hrs at full 1080p. Now lets consider this scenario. Let's take the firmware of both phones and shove them on each others hardware. Considering the iPhone firmware, that means the iPhone would last even longer than Android does on the S7 edge and iOS on the S7 would go even loner. But if you put the S7 firmware on the iPhone, It would die quickly because the hardware will get over-taxed by the shear weight of Samsung TW overlay features and Android as well. The reason why Android even though heavier uses less power, is because it is a Virtual Machine. If Android had direct hardware access, it would probably have very terrible battery-life considering all its features. But where Android has the biggest benefit. In the case of both Android an IOS, the system automatically grabs 50% of the available hardware physical RAM. Now Android phones tend to have more RAM vs iPhones. But, as you open more apps, that exceed the VM virtual RAM, the VM will start to garb more of the available RAM. So you can open app after appp after app. But because iPhone's have less RAM, and the apps are designed to use the other 50%, the IOS system doesn't have anymore RAM to grab. So what does it do? It starts to become unstable and apps crash. In fact iOS 7,8,9 so far as a single OS, have all crashed more apps, than all combined versions of Android. If an iPhone had as many features an capabilities as the Galaxy S4 for example, based on today's iOS, all those features would crash constantly and never work. They ran poorly on Android based on the S4's hardware. The present iPhone hardware isn't even as good as what is on the S4, so imagine what would happen. Yet in the reviews, the S6/S7/Note 5/Note 7, all has points taken off because the back glass is a fingerprint magnet. In every review of those phone with rear glass, it si mentioned as a fingerprint magnet. Yet the new iPhone 7"s Glossy black paint is an even worse fingerprint magnet, and it sint even mention, nor is any points taken off for it. That's biased BS! I don't care is PA warns and cries be a river in emails from now until the world ends, I will still continue to call you out whether you do anything or not. If you want more clicks to make money, do it writing news that doesn't require BS. Because no matter what you post, the trolls will come and the people with no argument will come with their retarded trolling and biased posts whether their devices wins or not. But at least as a writer you can have pride in knowing you wrote very informative info that was honest and correct.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The comments section for this article, will get s**t down today lol.

55. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'm preparing popcorns, nachos, and a bucket of chicken if you wanna join.

58. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Where is the Note 7?

59. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

Yay, your beloved iPhone is on top. What a load of bs

62. drkuthan

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

butthurt android fans as always omg

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Butthurt about what. Theer always has to be a winner or a loser. But when 99 sites show that it is impossible for the iPhoen to have betetr batterylife than any phoen whcih has a cell that is at leats 40% larger in side, even if that phoen has very high specs, and yet ONLY PA has a test that says nop, this phone with 60% less batter is a winner, then you know its BS. Its not about being butthurt, it is the fact that the site is going out of their way to be deceptive. And since I am a real tech fan, and not some no argument having troll like most of the guys here, it actually bothers me. I love all tech, whether its a brand I favor or not. Tech for me isn't about who's name is on the front or back. Its about who brings the best options to the table for the price I am willing to pay. When I shop I do consider reviews. By I totally move any review that is shown to be biased. There are Apple fans here who are good people, who themselves have said that PA testing is convoluted and wrong. In recent years, whether you like it or not, Samsung phones have been the brand that has set the bar for speed, taking the best pictures, and having the best battery-life consistently in all scenarios. This has been true since the S5. The iPhone is behind every brand in something, but every brand is behind Samsung in everything. Samsung phones don't always take the best pictures or record the best video. But they do both consistently better MOST of the time. Samsung phones aren't always the faster, but they tend to be equal or better in the things that actually require speed. Samsung phones don't always have the e best battery-life in every instance, but they do overall when your combine multiple scenarios. Every site has reported the iPhone has the worse battery-life considering its specs. After all, how is it the iPhone 7 Plus has less hardware vs the S7 Edge/Note 7, where the phone is physically larger than both, and yet have a battery that is 40% smaller? We are talking a gap from 2900MaH to 35/3600MaH. That is nearly a 40% gap. There is no way the iPhone is optimized better, considering its hardware and feature set. It just isn't. And everyone who has used an iPhone has reported dismal battery-life. No iPhone can't last 2 day on a single charge unless you arent using it. My Note 7 consistently last 2 work days on a single charge. We aren't butthurt. We wants facts to be presented correctly and fairly. As long as a test is far and pros and cons are given equally, no one will complain. I have no problem with the fact, the phone with the actual best battery-life on the market is not a Samsung. According to GSMarena, the top phone with the best battery-life, also has a 4000Mah battery. So I don't expect any phone with a smaller battery to have better battery-life because mathematically it is an impossibility under normal usage conditions.

72. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Note, Apple only gets first place because the Note 7 failed, Note 5 and 7 have better battery life in these tests.

73. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

PA why don't you hold on until you review the Huawei Mate 9 and the Lenovo P2? I'm sure they will top that chart.

74. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hook, line, and sinker. Way to go PA. You caught some big essays with that article.

75. iRoKr

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 27, 2015

iPhoneArena totally. My Galaxy s6 has better battery life than my iPhone6s. 4 hours more at least

76. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

The script they run is a processor script. The A10 is by far the most important efficient CPU so it outlasts the other guys by a decent margin. I'm an owner of the 7+ and the battery life is unbelievable, but I do know almost every review site pegs it lower in battery life compared to the Notes and S7E. I don't know man it's whatever they're all good.

80. jatoijatoi

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Moto z play's bettery is more better then other phones.... This is iphone arena always misleading the smart phone user ... Acording to cnet bettery test iphone 7 plus is on nmbr 8 but here iam surprised lols

81. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

Techradar writes in their ip7 review: "Does the iPhone 7 have decent battery life? Well, we've needed to charge it sooner than most phones of its ilk, and while we get the trade-offs needed to create this phone (the thinner design, for example) it still feels odd that Apple's not gone all-out on battery life yet." How does that sound in comparison?

82. Mr_Maverick

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

I don't think galaxy s6 has a good battery life. Crap Battery Benchmarks

83. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Worthless, their battery test is a joke.

86. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I have added A7 2016 and it came on top of the list. That is so true. The phone give me anywhere between 9hrs to 10hrs screen on time. Recharge time varies a lot. I can plug in the phone when its 10% juice remaining and it will take 70 minutest to recharge fully. When I plug it at 20% it will take 60 minutes. At times it charges from 0% to 90% in 60 minutes then take 20 minutes to fill up to 100%.
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