Which? test labs crown the Samsung Galaxy S III best in battery life

Which? test labs crown the Samsung Galaxy S III best in battery life
While the industry continues to try and meet customer’s demands of faster processors, bigger and brighter screens, faster data, and thinner devices, one spec has fallen by the waste side – battery life. As any modern day smartphone owner knows, the days of charging your phone every few days are over. So, if you’re looking at a current generation smartphone and you’re often out and about, how do they stack up in terms of battery life?

Which? test labs, who insists it is completely independent of any manufacturer, magazine, or website, set out to compare several current gen smartphones against each other in a battle of the battery. It took the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S, Apple iPhone 4S, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Gleam, and the average of 101 mobile phones it had previously tested and compared them under medium 3G receptions levels to get a realistic estimate of real world usage.

The results? The Samsung Galaxy S III is king. It clocked in at 726 minutes of calling, which is equivalent to over 12 hours. In second the HTC One X racked up 635 minutes, while the Sony Xperia S and the Apple iPhone 4S accounted for 520 and 467 minutes respectively.

While we do have to point out Which? is based in the U.K. and usage with U.S. carrier variants of these devices with 4G LTE  enabled may differentiate from these results, it still shows that the Galaxy S III is at the top of its game when it comes to the balance between features and battery life and the HTC One X is in a not-too-distant second place.

source: Which?

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. ghostkilla1388

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

What about the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx? Why didnt they test that phone? or was it just over the charts XD

5. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No because there is no more room after Motorola Gleam.. LOL

53. galaxyisking

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

"The Samsung Galaxy S III is king" it sure is!!! just got mine.

8. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

That would be a unfair fight! lol, this is for normal batteries apparently not maxx'd bats ;)

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

how would you describe normal? you get the battery you get out of the box with the phone, you just so happen to get a huge one with the MAXX that actually keeps the phone as thin as all of the handsets compared here. :P

61. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Gotta agree...the Maxx has a massive battery. Only true comparison is testing it other phones with an extended battery similar in size.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

They would be on the phone for an entire day with Razr Maxx before the phone even hit 10% haha

12. Aaron_R96 unregistered

The droid razr maxx never hit UK shores im afraid 'droid' is Verizon only, there isnt a Verizon over here

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

why did i get thumbed down for this? xD

48. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lol okay, just the haters. i don't know what i'd do if you guys weren't so obvious. :P

28. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

57. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Ahh my mistake then! its just not very prominent over here, at least not in my town anyway! and thanks kurogiii, and ha, tell me about it!

68. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

verizon is in russia. just found that out.

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

that SGS3sucks guy is probably butthurt over this article.

52. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Always the Sammy had a overall good battery life. The problem is not the battery itself (because its really good), rather its (S)Amoled screens. When displaying white they consume much more battery than when displaying black. And in browsing that can cause much problems, but thats not the case in the test above.

3. Motosurf

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have a Maxx and i was shocked looking at the title, clicked, read, and found that they are retarded

47. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

I think that is a UK website. I dont think the Maxx is available in the UK.

4. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Galaxy series really sucks when it comes to battery life. The worst thing for battery consumption is Touchwiz UI.

10. Mafiatounes

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Do you own a Galaxy S3? I think you commented with experience of a Galaxy S, I get 2 days of use with the S3 and 1.5 with the One X. The 4s i use to have was only able to deliver 1 day so go back to your iWorld

13. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Do you charge your s3 the whole day??????? lol.........

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you sir are completely oblivious. The SGS1 can get 1.5-2 days with regular usage.. i know, because thats what I get. And it won its competition back in its time. the SGS2 got the longest tested battery life of any phone when it came out.. bested basically only by the Razr Maxx's massive battery. The SGS3 just won the new competition. So.. where do u get that galaxyS devices have horrible battery life? all 3 of them get better battery than an iphone. so troll somewhere else.

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

He runs his phone at full res with lots of white colors

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you guys like never use your phones. i never get that kind of battery life with my usage and site testing is inconsistent to your claims as well. i call malarkey.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i also dont run stock. I use my phone quite a bit most of the time, including about 1-1.5 hrs a day of music streaming through GMusic while I'm at the gym, heavy news reading, text,FB, G+, nav, ect. 4.0.4 with intelligent settings for things makes a heck of a battery life. You can claim malarky, ive already posted pictures though. :) Why would I lie about something so trivial? the hummingbird when properly optimized is excellent on battery. Same with the exynos. They start at the top of the pile and only get better as you tweak it.

46. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, you know what i think about the pictures. mine says 19m 16s and it's at 100% so see how reliable those are. my phone has an OMAP4 (which is more power efficient than a Hummingbird) Android 4.0.4, it's at 25% brightness and i have Smart Actions kick in to bring it to 10% and to decrease the Screen Timeout when it reaches 25% and it makes it through the day MAYBE a day and a half if i did less and that's on FB checking throughout the day, Browsing the Web, Spotify Streaming and playing downloaded Playlists, the occasional Instagram shot and other miscellaneous little things. i've used Juice Defender too and without doing things that hinder the phone too much for me it doesn't make much of a difference.

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, being #1 really sucks.

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nice, come here and post a comment that totally contradicts this article's study...genius.

22. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

If you're going to throw your opinion against a stack of emperical evidence, you should at least offer an anecdote to prop you up. You post just makes you sound like someone talking out of their aft compartment.

6. ateo

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

Maybe it's is because the RAZR MAXX as it is sold in Europe, hasn't been launched in UK, or maybe they didn't had it. Anyway, I also consider that the Razr Maxx would outlast any of the tested phones, and maybe even some phones that will be launched in the future. (I speak only about battery performace)

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