With the same battery, HTC One (M8) for Windows listed to have nearly double the battery life of the One (M8) for Android

With the same battery, HTC One (M8) for Windows listed to have nearly double the battery life of the One (M8) for Android
The HTC One (M8) for Windows might feature an uncanny resemblance to the Android-based One (M8), down to the looks, camera and battery size, but interestingly, despite its equally sized, 2600mAh battery, the Windows Phone 8.1 device has longer battery life.

At least according to the officially listed specs for both devices: the One (M8) for Windows is listed as lasting up to 21 hours of ‘usage time’, while the One (M8) for Android can withstand up to 12 hours. That’s nearly double the dfiference.

When looking at stand-by time, the difference is smaller, but still noticeable: the One (M8) for Windows lasts up to 15.5 days, while the Android version - 12.2 days.

Obviously, the explanation lies in the operating system, and - at least on paper - this seems to confirm that Windows Phone is doing better with battery management than Android. Then, those are the theoretical numbers, and we’re looking forward to seeing some real-world testing (we’ll be putting the phone through its paces in our own battery life test soon!) to see whether the numbers live up to reality.


source: WMPowerUser

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One (M8) for Windows
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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69 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Good job for MS. Still android is a lot more functional and reliable as of these time.

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Functional? As in more versatile, yes. As in everyday usability, no. Reliable? Not a chance, which is natural, considering the open vs. closed system conditions. You pay for the openness, and stability is the first sacrifice you make...

17. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agreed. Being an open source system means more room for flaws. Most android users criticize iPhone and WP for being strict with their system but the benefits out weight the option of being customizable.

49. sgodsell

Posts: 7198; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all Windows Phone is NOT as good as Android for multitasking. WP has limits on how many task can run and how they can run. Android does not have such limits.

64. Dastrix unregistered

Dude, you're late to the party. Windows Phone 8.1 is as good as Android for multi-tasking, if not better. "Android does not have such limits." Nothing is limitless.

68. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

My nexus 5 is a hybrid multitasking. For many apps it does not so much multi task as allow several apps open at the same time. The one in the background pauses until I go back to it. Downloading and installing continue, as do music, bbc radio player, runkeeper, but others just stop when the. Are not the focus.

18. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

The issue is not open source vs closed source. It is about implementation. The stability in windows phone is simply because lot of time and effort has gone into windows phone, derived from the windows NT kernel. Google is not too worried about Android, they followed the quick and dirty way to get something out, it is not their bread and butter. They make more money in the services they offer.

25. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

To continue the issue of open source vs closed source, have you ever used Meego/Maemo the OS that runs on the Nokia N9. That is a true open source operating system. It can walk over any of the mobile operating systems ever. The device had a 1 ghz processor and 1 GB of RAM it is extremely power efficient. With Google you are made to believe that Android it is open source but it in reality it is not a true open source platform, there are many parts for which Google does not publish source. On the N9 the non opensource components are involving only the mobile radio, camera and some user space programs that are Nokia propreitary.

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Functionality? Yes absolutely yes. And in everyday usability YESSS it does everything it says. Reliable? Absolutely reliable what's makes you think these much (nearly 75% i think) people rely on android? And you say it is completely not reliable? And open and closed systems has its own pros and cons. But android is not fully open source OS. i own a WP devices and i loves it and I'm sticking to it because It fullfills my needs. And i used many devices including android and iPhones and all these platforms are fast and efficient and highly reliable. I don't understand many people here in PhoneArena they simply misdirecting other with their comments. I think as for android hate i think these guys never used android since 2.3 gingerbreed.

43. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Also we can't trust these test now we need some reliable test from reliable source. Besides source for this article says WmPowerUser so there is chance for this test being biased (can't say for sure).

59. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

"you loves it "

35. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Functionality? Yes absolutely yes android is kinda windows pc of mobile world. And in everyday usability YESSS it does everything it says. Reliable? Absolutely reliable what's makes you think these much (nearly 75% i think) people rely on android? And you say it is completely not reliable? And open and closed systems has its own pros and cons. But android is not fully open source OS. i own a WP devices and i loves it and I'm sticking to it because It fullfills my needs. And i used many devices including android and iPhones and all these platforms are fast and efficient and highly reliable. I don't understand many people here in PhoneArena they simply misdirecting other with their comments. I think as for android hate i think these guys never used android since 2.3 gingerbreed.

42. madphone

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Come on, always reading the same things from very biased fanboys. I'm using both systems, latest android and latest windows phone, both phones with excactly the same SoC and RAM. I really like WP 8.1 for it's homescreen concept, but to say it's more reliable, stable... is crap. you may have owned a crappy gingerbread or ics phone, but with android 4.4.4 there is no way windows phone can be as reliable, stable and fast as android. even windows phones battery live is nowhere near when you are a power user like i am. Maybe the battery live was better on wp 8.0(cause of the lack of features), but nowadays there is no huge difference. When it comes to comfort windows phone is still years behind android. for example opening links. except of store links they are always opened with the browser, android lets you choose from all apps able to open it (youtube app for youtube videos, tapatalk for forum links...). This is just an example, theer are many similar points. Android Notification system is also much more reliable and functional: most times (not always) windows phones action centre resumes the app at the last point instead of linking directly to the right chat (whatsapp...) there are many points where android is much more comfortable and reliable than windows phones, simply telling it isn't because it wasn't in the past is way to simple. Don't get me wrong, i like both systems very much, but windwos phone still has it's quirks, and needs alot of work.

44. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

U sir, just pointed out some great valid points. +1 to you.

51. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Don't forget, android also needs x amount of Ram and twenty cores to avoid lag and stutter.

57. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

Don't forget that Android has a near unlimited amount of customizability because of how powerful it is(and how powerful the hardware needs to be)

66. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Android isn't reliable? Really? What Android phones have you owned? What an ignorant comment. I haven't had reliability issues since my Evo 4g was upgraded to Gingerbread. And I wouldn't really have called Froyo unreliable.

13. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

How can you tell? I own a WP phone and it's reliable and much more stable than an android phone. Maybe their app ecosystem is small but nobody install hundred of apps in their phone unless they don't have social lives.

39. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I also own WP and used android. And both fast and reliable equally. The Moto g i used runs 4.4 kit kat and absolutely fast . Has 50 apps installed. Also had hands on with a moto E. and considering these are low-end devices they are highly reliable.

58. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

such an ignorant and offensive statement. . .

19. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

Define functional and reliable? What is the point of having the fastest hardware and a high res display and a million apps (most of it is worthless) and all the features when you don't have enough juice to last through the day. It is still a phone and we use for voice calls most of the time, no point with a dead battery in the middle of the day.

62. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

No wonder why my friend was on Skype on WP but I had no way to contact him until he unlocks his device. When he switched to Android a month ago problem was solved.

2. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can believe it. I'm still using a Lumia 928 model until I make up my mind and the battery has been getting me through the day and only a current Andy flagship can do that. Ps there is a typo 'double the difference '

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice optimization of OS.

4. wilsong17 unregistered

One multi task more stuff in the background eating more battery hopefully android L will improve that

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Whao there people, calm down and wait for independent testing. Technically the iPhone lasts all day according to the website but we all know how true that is.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

This is obvious! WP doesn't have widgets, homescreens, and more! WP is in fact stripped lacking too many functions and therefore light! Why do you think a Mercedes uses more fuel than a Toyota( a Camry for ex.) while still being as durable!? Hope HTC becomes successful on both platforms unlike Nokia which is short minded and depends on a single OS and got bankrupt and became MS! Even Sammy uses many OSes to cover all markets which was supposedly what Nokia is; cover everything! Nokia, so arrogant and deserve their fate!

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Windows uses live tiles. Nokia don't produce phones anymore.

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Also widgets shouldnt take that much battery, i mean its displaying info not eating a child here. Live tiles, flip, grab info, and display info, pictures etc. The only thing they dont do is interactive. Mercedes is not the high point of 'reliable'http://corp.carmd.com/2013-manufacturer-vehicle-ranking.htm?subId=232

48. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Mercedes's chassis and engines are the best! For my comparison with Toyota, Audi then! Your link is not a good comparison for reliability! It relies on repair/servicing frequency and costs which is unreliable! Chrysler and Nissan Altima gave me a clue of the unreliability of the statistics, but Hyundai confirmed it since most people owning one use it for 2-4 years, then throw it in dumpyard! That's why the low repair costs and frequency are so low since there's no point in servicing a Hyundai!

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