Poll results: What do you prefer, an ultra-thin handset or a thicker phone with a bigger battery?

Exactly one week ago, we asked you if you generally prefer ultra-thin smartphones, which don't pack extremely large batteries, or thicker ones that are not afraid of a few additional millimeters on their silhouette, yet pack a lot of milliampere-hours in their rear-positioned juicer.

For the purposes of our poll, we also compared the thinnest smartphone at the moment, the 2,000mAh Vivo X5 Max, and one of the thicker devices that arrived in late 2014, the Motorola Droid Turbo with its 3,900mAh battery.

Well, surprise, surprise! We suspected that most of you would vote for the "thick smartphone with a bigger battery" option, but, frankly said, we did not expect such a large number of you to do so. But let's see the actual results, shall we? 

It looks like a staggering amount of our readers, 88.84% (5064 voters) would rather go for a thicker, yet more battery-potent smartphone, whereas only a measly amount of respondents, 11.16% or 636 voters, are fans of phones with sleeker and thinner design. Therefore, it's perfectly clear that the latest trend of the manufacturers to slim down phone waistlines to unimaginable extents at the expense of a potentially better battery life are probably not very welcome. 

What do you prefer, a smartphone with a ultra-thin body or a smartphone with a bigger battery?

Thin smartphone with a small battery
Thick smartphone with a big battery



28. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I voted for "Thin smartphone with a small battery" for the lulz and ironically, I own a 13 mm-thick Nokia N8.

18. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I guess for most users, as far as the phone is less than 10mm thick they are OK with it. Then what you want is that battery last for at least two or three days.

7. sepultura

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

sony's baterya all the fkng way!

4. AlikMalix unregistered

WOW, I just realized that on the photo above, the phone on the left isnt iPhone - I didnt notice the phone itself, but the icons on the screen (the calendar, clock, grey gear settings, call app, text app, music app) - they look nearly identical to iPhone's stock icons...

15. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Oh, well. You got us. That's actually a Vivo X5 Max.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

lol, I saw that - nice looking phones, it looks much like my 5S (which what I was hoping the bigger iphone 6/6+ would look like).

3. AlikMalix unregistered

iPhone user here: I'll take thicker phone with bigger battery. My iPhone 5s on everage lasts between 20 hours to 30 hours (unless I play games all day) - and that's Android's 2500mAh category but with half that size - imagine what iPhone will run with double the capacity it has now? I just hope that someone is working on a fuelcell type battery that can keep phones charged for a week and still keep a slim profile... That's the next innovation...

6. wando77

Posts: 1172; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

It is well known that the iphone has worse battery than android equivalent phones so take your bull elsewhere sunny jim

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Show me an android phone with similar battery size that has better run time? And Ill show you Android phones that have 1000mAh more and still have same (albeit slightly longer) run times than iPhones... I'm not denying that some Android flagships have better battery life, but they nearly double the capacity but yield just 5 to 15% more...

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, the biggest drain on batter is the phone screen without question. Obviously the iPhone will win in that regard since they have the lowest resolution and sized screens on the market (until recently). Now that they have bigger screens and sizes, they're being outclassed by all their counter parts without any real excuse.

11. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

I'm not denying that some Android flagships have better battery life... Thats it

12. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Well, the HTC One (E8) has a 77 hour rating in GSMArena's battery life test, with a 2600 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 79 hour rating, and a 2915 mAh battery. This makes the One more efficient than the iPhone, so there you have it...

16. AlikMalix unregistered

E8 has a smaller screen.... But a very good example... HTC are nice looking phones...

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It is true that iPhones has worse battery than many Android flagships. Besides Android need high capacity battery because of widgets, crazy multitasking(phones like note 4) features and stuffs.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is one of those Apple marketing points that their fans usually can't get out of their heads. Every review and every power socket in every airport can attest to the fact that iPhones have terrible battery life compared to equivalent droids but their fans are a different breed altogether. It really is like a cult/religion in the blind faith department.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Cult/religion? really? you believe a commercial like it's real fact... I've been to airports or any public area - and there are just as many android charging as there are apple... I'm not arguing with you guys - I have no idea why Apple is so "bent" (pun intended) on slimming their phones. It's not that iOS doesn't handle resources well, on contrary, iOS handles battery consumption extremely well for the size that Apple includes in iPhones - but imagine if the batteries were the same capacity as flagship android? They would run 3 days on one charge instead of just 1 or 1.5... So yes, I voted for thicker size...

19. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Imagine if iphone have a bigger battery, it don't!

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Do you always take things out of context? you must be fun at parties..../s

26. duke594

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Your statement is baseless. If you look at the battery test that Phone Arena does on all handsets the same way, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen with a 1810 mAh battery and gets 5 hours and 22 minutes of run time. Take the Moto X 2013 (not known for good battery life) with a 4.7" screen with a 2300 mAh battery and it gets 5 hours and 50 minutes. That is a difference of 10% bigger battery in the Moto X 2013 with about 8% more run time. Also may I point out that the physical size of the iPhone 6 is larger with a smaller battery (iPhone 6 is 33.09 inches cubed and the Moto X 2103 is 32.44 inches cubed). So you can see that Android vs. iOS 8 is about equal in terms of battery efficiency (+ or - 2% is not a statistical difference).

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

There's 636 too many people in this world...

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They want paper.

22. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

They need paper. Their phones will be dead and they can snapchat and instagram by snail mail :P

20. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Bloody wall huggers!

24. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

u said it brother

27. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Most likely iPhone users...

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I don't see any surprises here.. The results were predictable. People want big phones with bigger batteries

23. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Not bigger, fatter. Though yes, I prefer something around 5.2-3"

25. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

My Z2 is too thin for me... I have a case on that make the phone almost twice as thick, and I love how it feels in my hand. If Sony could just put a 5,000 mAh in their flagship and use their awesome power management then I don't need to charge it for 4 days.

29. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

WHY this poll had only 2 choices? What happened to the ballanced ones?

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