What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?

What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?
For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone's battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.

Supposedly Apple is doing this for the simple reason of maintaining a consistent battery life for as long as possible. When you have a deteriorated battery, it will drain faster, especially with the powerful chips that hum inside the iPhones nowadays. The solution is to make the hardware work at slower clock speeds, thus reduce battery drain to match the lowered capacity and keep the phone's life on a single charge unchanged for as long as possible.

Of course, some people are not happy after they found this out, while others are siding with Apple's decision. It's all down to priorities — would you rather have top-notch performance at all times, or do you prefer your phone's battery life to remain consistent over the 2-3 years of projected use? Vote in our poll!

Consistent performance or consistent battery life?

I'd rather have the top performance!
40.5%
I prefer the consistent battery life!
59.5%

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34 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Both.

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes of course but If i had to pick one it would performance, I love a phone with long battery life but I hate a phone with subpar performance even more, nothing is more frustrating than a slow device especially if you are use to a fast and responsive handset.

26. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Valid point. I try and find the most efficient way in everything I do so my performance needs are a higher demand than battery life. That being said, one phone that would cover both of these issues is the S8 Active. Unfortunately it's not available at Verizon.

32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Your right about Samsung's active variants, I've contemplated getting one since the S6 active but I still can't get past Samsung's UX, I just don't like it anymore and that sucks because the active and note series are so worth it.

30. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

If I want a sluggish phone with good battery life I would have gone with a mid-end Android phones that has 4000mAh battery or more, not iPhones

31. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't remember recommending an iPhone in my original comment. Get the best phone for you with the os you prefer, if you don't like iOS then that device would never be an iPhone and for the record my 6s plus checked all the boxes when I first got it and was at the top in battery life and performance.

2. vasra

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I already have consistent performance. Battery life not so.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Why can't we have both?

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Exactly! No need to contour for 1 or the other, devices like the OnePlus 5/5T, Note 8, LG V30, etc, offer both: https://youtu.be/7H9pAn4Hl50

4. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I want both. Performance is more than okay on all phones now. We need the battery to match

12. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. I just wish all of this new battery tech would come to fruition and start replacing lithium-ion batteries. https://futurism.com/electric-car-range-soon-triple-thanks-new-research/ https://futurism.com/a-new-battery-built-by-samsung-uses-graphene-to-charge-five-times-faster/

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I own a Moto G5 Plus. Price aside, I knew I was getting stellar battery life at the expense of processing power. My needs outweigh my wants in a phone, and that's ok.

6. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Good poll

7. plonko

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

That's like asking whether you prefer your car to have an accelerator or a brake. Dumbest poll yet.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I prefer battery life, that's why I avoid flagships because they suck at battery life (with the exception of Exynos Samsung S7 Edge). No one should buy a phone that only lasts a "full day". 10 years ago you could buy Nokia phones that lasted a week and had the top technology of that time. What did the phone manufacturers do in 10 full years regarding power consumption ? Nothing. Two or even better, three days should be demanded by anyone in 2017. The problem is that the Chinese makers have really poor optimization even with large batteries, while the top makers prefer adding all kinds of useless gimmicks but cut from the battery size as the result.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Because higher performance use more battery, CPU got less efficient on higher clock.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I can understand they throttle the SoC when the battery becomes worse. But at least notify the user of this. Many people think the battery of the iPhone is better than the competition (as in it deteriorates less over the years), but if they use tricks like this to keep the battery life consistent it feels like misleading the user in my book. Also, I heard they still throttle even when connected to a charger, which suggests misleading even more.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

What Apple did, does and will do.

16. SaRPeR

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Both. You can have both with some Android phones. Like Sony's Qnovo charging technology or Samsung technology.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Y'all are reaping what y'all sowed a few years ago. Form HAS to follow function. Everybody wanted razor thin phones with no bezels and now they're here. Guess what? Battery technology hasn't kept pace with fashion trends and it's time to pay the piper.

20. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Both. And Apple need not to mess with our device. We are the one decide when to upgrade, stop tight our feet and force us to.

21. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Just do both, mid range phones are coming with 5000 mah batteries now, my mid range j7 perx has 8 hr screen on time with 3300 mah. My s7 has 4 hr screen on time even on 720p mode. They do this on purpose so that we will upgrade.

22. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Part of being a "premium phone" should include a premium battery life

23. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Great Battery Life FTW...

24. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Both, obviously. The whole point is getting the balance right, having just one or the other is not going to work for obvious reasons.

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If I can't have both I'd rather be able to switch between performance vs battery based on my needs at the time via different profiles... rather than be arbitrarily told how my device should be functioning. Instead of gimping one aspect, maybe they should pour some $$$ into R&D to improve what's lacking, like battery longevity.

29. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I don't think apps getting more demanding. So I don't know what people mean by performance if last year flagship already considered 'slow'.

33. tokuzumi

Posts: 1866; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'd rather have performance, and a thicker phone which allows space for a larger battery. I don't need a 7mm thin phone that has a small battery. I'd be fine with a 13-14mm (half inch) thick phone, which had a 4000mah or larger battery.

34. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

With fast charging and the ability to charge a phone almost anywhere you go, I rather have consistent performance.

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