Sony Xperia Z1 battery life test: a large battery does not help
You would think that the massive 3000mAh battery on the Xperia Z1 would make it last longer than any other 5-inch smartphone out there, but - surprisingly - it does not.
How exactly does the Xperia Z1 compare versus today’s most popular smartphones? We said it ranks last, but it’s the difference in longevity we find particularly striking. The newest devices like the Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2 have nearly 50% higher scores.
What is the reason for such a poor showing for the Xperia Z1? We honestly do not know, but we’d assume two reasons - lack of proper software optimization and higher than average brightness.
All in all, the Sony Xperia Z1 is a bit of a disappointment, as you can see how it gobbles through your battery, especially when you use it for media or browsing. We hope that newer phones like the T-Mobile Z1 version known as the Sony Xperia Z1s or the Z1 Compact will bring some big improvements.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
As for our battery test, we use a simulation of real-life usage. A smartphone nowadays is used for much more than calling and texting, so we had to take this into account. The average smartphone user actually spends most of the time on the web and social media, and you might be surprised that this average Joe of a user actually listens to music and plays games more than he talks! To get a better understanding of that average use, feel free to take a look at the top activities we do on our smartphones. We replicate this test very strictly with every phone paying attention to minute detail and even keeping the same distance between devices and the wireless router during testing to keep signal strength the same.
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31 October Step aside, Sony Xperia Z3, the Motorola DROID Turbo is the new king of flagship battery lifeGet a hold of this, folks – Motorola's insanely spec'd out new flagship clocked the amazing 10 hours and 43 minutes on our trying battery life test – more than then any other high-end model we've tested, ever. In fact, the only two devices that are even more resilient are the ZTE Max and the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, both of which are significantly less decked out. This puts the DROID Turbo ahead of the Xperia Z3 (9 hours 29 minutes) and even the Xperia Z3 Compact (10 hours 2 minute). What's more, this results gives the Turbo a solid lead on other Quad HD smartphones, like the Note 4 (8 hours 43 minutes) and the LG G3 (6 hours 14 minutes)...
27 October Apple iPad Air 2 battery life test: shorter battery life despite Apple’s claimsApple has gained a lot of bragging rights with the iPad Air 2: it’s the world’s thinnest tablet, and at that - one of the lightest - plus, all of this without compromising on performance…
10 October Surprise, surprise! The Note 4 defies expectations by acing our battery life test, becomes the longest-lasting QHD phoneWhen Samsung execs took up to the stage during the company's Galaxy Note 4 announcement event and made it clear that the Galaxy Note 4 will not come with a significantly larger battery, we were a bit worried. After all, a Quad HD display is pretty much guaranteed to require more out of the battery, and we had proof -- just look at the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7. Neither of those had horrid endurance, but they weren't exactly industry-leading, either...
2 October Our Meizu MX4 battery life test is complete: ties with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8Meizu isn't exactly a household name in the West, but in its homeland of China, it very much is. The company has been involved in the smartphone business for a while now, and its latest flagship, the MX4, is quite promising -- the phone is spec'd out to the brim, more or less.[img right gallery4 200 [[142028,142030,142029]] /] What we were particularly interested in, however, was its 3100 mAh Li-Polymer battery and how well it will handle our stressful battery life test...
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)
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