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So which smartphones have the best battery life?

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Apr 2012, 00:32

GSM Arena did a battery test comparing some of the top smartphones in three different categories such as Talk Time, Web Browsing and Video Playback; as you might have guessed, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX swept the top spot in all three...

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posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:04 3

16. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

The smartphone with the most batt is the nokia 3310.it is smart because of its monster battery!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:45 3

18. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

To bad other manufacturers are more concerned about form over function= thin phone with a small batter.
I don't see the point of having such thin phones. bring on the bigger batteries.
+2500mah ftmfw!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 03:51 9

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The reality that the other phone manufacturers have to deal with now, including Apple, is that Motorola has combined form AND function by packing a 3300 MAh battery into a phone that's thinner than the iPhone.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:59 3

22. mrochester (unregistered)

Don't forget that the Maxx is considerably wider and taller than the iPhone 4S. Also, don't forget that there are two different paths to better battery life; you either put in a bigger battery, or you make the device more efficient.

Android devices tend to need to take the bigger battery approach because they are usually very inefficient when it comes to battery. Conversely, Apple can achieve great battery life with a relatively small battery because they use the power very efficiently. You can see the exact same thing with hardware specs too; Android devices need much higher specs to achieve the same level of performance as the iPhone.

Now if we could just get the best of both worlds, we'd have a device that had both a huge battery and was incredibly power efficient. I can see an iPhone with a larger screen doing just that.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:07 9

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

not necessarily, usually the least battery efficient devices are HTC phones.

1. Android phones carry out bigger screens and faster data chips than the iPhone

2. android phones have higher clocks and more Ram added to the equation

comparing battery life with the iPhone is impossible, and iOS 5 seem to have made the iPhone even less power efficient than before, at least the 4S while 4.0.3 had made android devices more efficient.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 14:16 1

49. mrochester (unregistered)

There are a huge number of variables involved so it's never possible to directly compare.

This is quite an interesting link.


It seems to show that despite what you might read in the tech press, the iPhone 4S has better battery life than previous iPhones. It appears to achieve this by being more efficient in using the power available.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 15:56 2

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

of course it does. it's multi-core cpu is much, much, much more power efficient than the single core cpus in the previous iterations and with it's conservative clock frequency of 800MHz and it's Exynos roots it's even more power efficient than most Android devices however the OMAP4 is no slouch when it comes to power efficiency either and the MAXX's SAA display and it's Pentile properties also uses power way more efficiently than the much brighter IPS display on the iPhone 4/4S which is a pretty big factor however the MAXX's LTE connectivity is another big power draining factor at work here but with a battery over twice the size, forget about it. my OG Droid Razr with it's 1730mAh battery and LTE turned off can stay alive as long as a 4S. i know because i've seen it. most of my friends own the iPhone 4S.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:19 1

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I think there are two aspects android has grown lately and both are performance and power efficiency.

I take the 4.0 build for example I makes Gingerbread feel like its 1.0 performance might still not be on pair with the iOS5 but is damn close. any 4.0 build even in beta can easily show a huge difference

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 17:56 1

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i did notice like a 15% increase in battery life going from 2.3 to 4.0.3 on this Razr even though the battery indicator is a little wonky in this leaked build.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:14 1

52. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

as I've said before variables are too hard to compare, usually where the iPhone keeps the crown is mostly web browsing, but with the screen size I think that's the trade. putting that aside the android battery efficiency is dated information, android caused battery drainage mostly around 2.1 or 2.2 (some versions) but with the 2.3 builds seems to get better and 4.0 is quite a good at both performance and battery. the stellar scores on the nexus where mainly dived there because of software

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:03 2

20. danilson (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)

I can get massive browsing time on my Galaxy Nexus by reversing colours. Most websites have a white background which will become black. Phones with oled technology can have massive browsing time this way. I wish someone would test this.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 05:03 2

23. mrochester (unregistered)

This is the real kick in the teeth for OLED screens; if they have to display anything bright, they absolutely kill the battery. It would be interesting to see what the battery times are like with the colours reversed, but at the end of the day, it's a poor solution to the problem at hand. OLED screens need to be made infinitely more power efficient when displaying bright colours.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 04:06 2

21. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

i'd rather have a removable battery than a little more battery life...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:40 3

28. taco5OO (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)

If you look at the results everyone can notice the iPhone is the winner among phones using ios.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:08 6

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

not a copy.... dude not cool :/

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 07:26 1

30. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

Id like to point out tt the charts here are not e complete ones. To see e full list of phones, u have To go to blog.gsmarena.com and click on battery tests. It is on the right sight of the screen with a lot of other symbols

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 08:18

32. APPLE-ROYALLY (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

We were proud to be 1st. We are still second.
We like that@.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 08:47 4

33. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

this b*tch again?! -.-

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:01 5

35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You weren't first.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 09:07 2

34. kadalil (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

U guys didn't even notice the HTC one s was third in the video playback category thanks to iphonearena who can't do without trying to make the iPhone look good even when it's clearly loosing.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:24 3

40. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

what about the eccelent results of Galaxy Note in battery life not mentioned in its biased review !!!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:37 5

41. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

We need better battery life that's for sure but at the same time people want thinner phones. Moto MAXX compromised its RAZR profile to let that batt fit in. In my case I prefer higher battery capacity.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 16:49 1

54. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

I'd rather have an unlocked bootloader.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 11:15 3

42. Sinaps (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)

I can make it through the day comfotable with regular use on my Droid X2. Super happy with it!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 12:34 3

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

Love the original DROID RAZR battery life - 24-30 hrs a charge depending on usage...

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:07 5

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Motorola really has always been trend setters. they were the ones that made everyone start wanting to make the smartphone thin and sexy with the Razr and the Q series and now they're going to start a battery life trend. ;)

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:12 3

45. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

a trend worth everything! maybe the S3 will come with a battery life that uppers op the one on the RAZR, I'm ready to see reviews Looking forward battery life more and more and maybe by years end we have a phone that last a 2+ days with partiality heavy usage. that will be awesome

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:23 3

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, i'm definitely all for OEMs to push the limits set by the MAXX especially by Samsung with the Galaxy S III. that'll REALLY get everyone's attention. it'll be exciting to see this take off. i might have to get another phone sooner than i thought i would. i wish Moto would sell battery upgrade kits for the original Razr. o:

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 15:58 1

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh and not to mention the Droid, the phone that started it all.. xD

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:31 5

47. phish4brains (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Just got my Droid Razr Maxx Limited Edition....Lovin It! Im on this thing all day. Havnt seen a charger in two days. Still got 30% left! My Droid3 with extended battery woulda been KO'd after half a day. Cant say enough a about this device. I do miss my keyboard though...

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