Samsung Galaxy S III tops the competition in a web browsing battery test

Samsung Galaxy S III tops the competition in a web browsing battery test
What good is owning a great smartphone if it constantly asking you to feed it electricity. The battery longevity issue is more important than ever today since most new handsets offer LTE connectivity which is known to have an insatiable hunger for energy. Which? tested a number of today's top handsets. Excluded from the competition is the one handset that would probably win hands down, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. With its 3300mAh battery, the device has 21 hours of talk time which will be eclipsed next week when the 32 hour Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD launches from Verizon.

The Samsung Galaxy S III tops the list

The Samsung Galaxy S III tops the list

Ninety-nine handsets were tested and the average number of minutes the battery lasted while browsing the web was 193. The longest battery life of the devices that were put through the paces was the 359 minutes that the Samsung Galaxy S III lasted. Yes, behind that 4.8 inch screen  is an energy nibbler, biting on carrot sticks. On the other end of the spectrum is the gluttonous HTC Sensation XL which managed just 139 minutes of browsing time on battery.

Behind the Samsung Galaxy S III was the Sony Xperia S with 276 minutes of web time, followed by the 226 minutes that the HTC One X lasted. The Apple iPhone 4S was fourth, going 208 minutes before conking out, followed by the Apple iPhone 5. The latest iteration of Apple's smartphone lasted for 200 minutes while browsing. While it might seem odd that the newer iPhone model rated below last year's variant, keep in mind that the latest model does support LTE.

source: Which? via AndroidAuthority



1. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I do not think so. This is what i trust: On none of the charts SGSIII comes on top.

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

consdering usage behaviour... I dont trust ANY of them! What I get on my Galaxy Note vary's depending on what I am doing, the content of the site I am browsing, and the other settings on my phone. I can get 4hrs of browsing, or I can get 8hrs of browsing... (factors such as screen brighness, background process's, ROM, kernel, WiFi/Cell signal strength, ect ect greatly effect overall battery life).

6. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Nobody is negating that. Reviewers need to have some sort of unified means of testing all of the phones, so they can be repeatable and mean something. Anandtech, Gsmarena, ... state how they have designed their tests (usually some sort of script that loads the same web pages until the battery dies). How that info can be extrapolated and correlated with everyday usage habits/patterns is tough to answer.

16. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

true, but finger input (which actually uses power), and other factors arent used/tested I never liked the use of scripts My solution? Simple really, go to a site where you read books online and turn pages, see how far you get...

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Try Boat browser's night is the best and most functional one i've found..and the browser itself is just fine also

30. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Don't think this battery tests are not trust worthy but the fact that but depending on how you use it will affect battery time... These tests sometimes do hour of browsing hour of video etc and work out the average battery life which Is false as some devices have longer battery life with video playback but might have low battery life with Web browsing... On my s3 I get through a day easily with about 3 and a half hours screen on time with 2 emails syncing Facebook twitter what's app All syncing... At the same time I can get about 2 days of use with the same syncing but with about 2 hours of screen usage..... I don't know if there is a perfect battery test but don't think any of these are.

10. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

The RAZR MAXX wasn't included in this case. Your chart basically shows what this shows, without the RAZR MAXX.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010


18. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

Nobody Asked what you trusted... This is the research that was presented by one company on the specific topic... Thank you for presenting another research opinion but your opinion wasn't needed...

27. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Neither have you ... I went ahead to find out their battery test sequence ... and guess what ... They do not have page that explains it ...

26. achangavi

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

i do not trust anandtech at ALL

3. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

samsung have done a superb job with the batterylife on the S3,as the S2 would drain that quick that you could hardly get a Full days batterylife,but the S3 does not drain that quick an can easily get 2-3 days with out to recharge the battery

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I get around 7.5hrs of heavy use. I can stretch it to a whole day if i really try to not play with it constantly. But usually i can't restrain myself xD

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I mostly surf at home as I drive a bus for a living, and can't risk it. At home I'm plugged in so I can't even speak for my ip5. The gs3's 359 is outstanding though especially with the screen size. My 4S used to go for a while, but it wasn't an lte device though. The one x I had was pretty bad, Htc needs bigger batteries for those big screens.

8. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

And here I thought the GS3 wasnt good with battery when handling the whites on web browsing

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

HTC has energy guzzlers. Glad to see that the Galaxy SIII lasted so long. That means that the Note II will probably be a beast.

32. Dilmah

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

and it is, browsing with note 2 is longer than with s3. Have both them note 2 battery is amazing

12. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

International version of SIII? US version? Kind of makes a big difference. Did I miss it somewhere in the article?

14. some1

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

it also depends on the page that is loaded if it is white or dark for the amoled screen also the maximum brightness has different level of illumination of each device

15. chongbh

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

What a joke to test it with Xperia S? That shows that you are a no brainer, how about testing with a Xperia T or TX with the latest Dual Core processor which performs better than your so-called Quad Core processor.

24. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Brace yourselves, sony fanboys are coming. It is already confirmed that quad cores perform better than dual core, Sony is behind in time and nobody can deny that, competitors are coming with S4 quad core and Sony is still coming with dual core S4.

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, well..seems like i shouldn't be so wary with browsing with white backgrounds on S3..! This test seems to hold the most credit because of multiple sample of devices.

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The Galaxy S3's display is the real culprit in the battery savings. Compared to the other high end phones on the list its VERY dim. 100% brightness on the S3 is about the same as 50% brightness on the One X or iPhone 5.

21. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

I LOVE My new GS3! The Battery life is SO much longer than my LG Nitro HD!

22. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I own a SGS3 and I have to admit that after all that I put the phone trough, the battery still hold at the end of the day. It is fantastic and truthfully I am not complaining. I owned various android handsets and the SGS3 is the absolute best thus far.......

23. chadful33

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Doesn't Apple claims to have up to 8 hours of browsing on a cellular connection... what a crock.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Metrics can esily be skewed.

28. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

In terms of web browsing on my iPhone 5, i usually get around 7-8 hours at full brightness turned up. At 50% brightness I can get close to around 9-10 hours. Not sure if their tests are based on constant web page browsing.

29. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

sgs3 ftw

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