Which Android has the best battery life??


  1. boyledyl

    boyledyl New Member

    I need an android that will last for a few days without a charge with moderate usage. I also want something snappy and powerful....usually these two features are mutually exclusive....but there must be something out there that makes a good compromise!

    The up and coming samsung Galaxy S looks to have some impressive battery life (7.5 hours watching movies!!!) and is my current top pick, but why the hell doesn't it have a flash for the camera???

    Manufacturer estimated battery life times are always rubbish so I though I'd ask for some responses!

    Is anyone getting 2-3 days of usage out of any of the current Android phones???? I don't mind turning data off when I'm not using it. I don't need instant email updates or anything like that...so I don't mind turning on the wifi or 3g when I need it, and turning it off when I don't. I REALLY like the EVO 4g but unfortunately the battery life appears to be horrible. Is there any way to get an EVO 4g to last for 3 days? Would turning of data extend that??

    Also looks like there are a ton of new androids coming out within the next few months.....anything coming out soon other than the Galaxy S that appears to have great battery life?

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  2. JohnnyBravo1000

    JohnnyBravo1000 Well-Known Member

    I was going to point you in the direction of the Galaxy S. On paper at least, the battery life is better than other Android handsets.
  3. boyledyl

    boyledyl New Member

    I take it that nobody is getting 3 days out of their phones?
  4. Mortus

    Mortus Well-Known Member

    I guess it all depends on moderate usage. I have had my Milestone for a week or so now and typically get 2+ days between charges, which really means that it gets charged when I know there is not enough battery life to last till I get home on the third day. My usage may be considered light though as I may make or receive 10 Calls a week, most of my data usage is receiving e-mails and browsing the web.

    Not sure that helps.
  5. gruss

    gruss Well-Known Member

    I can't think of any phone that can go three days unless you have an extended battery in a curve or something? Don't know about evo but incredible uses same battery as the touch pro so they are plentiful, buy a few spares and take em with.
  6. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member

    No. Unless you're using a BB with those shitty, tiny screens and shitty, slow processors/memory. High-end Android phones are very small computers and can fulfill the functions of a netbook easily. Treat them as such.

    However, if you're willing to root, an undervolted kernel can inflate the battery life to truly silly heights. I think one guy ran an experiment with his Nexus One and managed to drag it out to, what, fifty hours and counting?
  7. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    Are there any 4" smartphones with about 800x480 pixel resolution with battery life that can last 3 days on one charge?
  8. sandeep108

    sandeep108 Well-Known Member

    My LG Optimus 1 can last 2+ days, with moderate use, but with wi-fi, gps, mobile data turned off. I could probably push it to 3 with the display down to minimum and always using the power button to turn off the screen.

    But data/gps connections and games use considerable battery. A lot also depends on the strength of the operator's signal.
  9. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    Yes, but that is a 320x240 resolution. I don't think any 800x480 phone can last 3 days-be it Android or WP7. Not sure about iphone4 though
  10. sandeep108

    sandeep108 Well-Known Member

    It is a 320x480 res. But probably a 480x800 may not. AFAIK, iphone's battery life is also quite poor. Maybe a way out is to carry a spare battery, at least you can do that in most phones as compared to iphone.
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  11. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Don't count on easy fixes to address battery life concerns. The biggest impact on battery life is your usage. No matter what device you choose, you need to analyze your battery usage and address the battery hogs.

    There's no simple one-size-fits-all fix whether it's the device itself, battery apps, etc.

    No idea. Since I don't use my devices while I sleep they all charge nightly. Is this just not possible for you?
  12. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    Dell Streak has a huge battery. Anyone getting 3 days on that?
  13. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty impressed with the battery life on my new Nexus S. The tech specs put the battery performance slightly better than the Galaxy S.

    I've gotten two days of light to moderate use out of it, which is better than my Desire would do.

    As for getting three days of moderate use out of an Android phone on one charge, sorry to say, but dream on. Maybe this time next year given the advances in dual core processing etc.

    I'm not even sure I'd get three days out of my Galaxy tab.

    If you're going to be away from a power source for three days then I'd say get yourself a good phone with a spare battery or a pebble charger.
  14. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    I believe in using an object with the battery it came with until the end of its life. Having to change a battery mid-day or at the end of the day ruins the ease of use for me. Hopefully that LG 2X will have 3 days battery life. Intel has those i core's running on laptops basically increasing the battery life hugely compared to chips that don't have that. Hopefully someone will design an ARM chip that can be like that.

    The Nexus S is quite expansive here in UK-even after that price cut. CPW sure is not willing to sell it as cheap as you get it in the US.
  15. Jormi_Boced

    Jormi_Boced Member

    I get about 14 hours with moderate use on my Droid 2
  16. zemerick

    zemerick Well-Known Member

    I have an incredible, and hit 4 days with it....of very light usage.(i didnt turn pretty much anything off, just didnt really use it.) The incredible is known for having a small battery, ive managed to burn it down in about 8 hours.

    Anyways, my point is its not the phone you need to look at. The different phones and battery can get you a small diff in life, but your usage can see orders of magnitude difference. If you want a smart phone to last 3 days, be prepared to not use it. Get the phone you want, then learn to do what you can to get the life you need.
  17. sandeep108

    sandeep108 Well-Known Member

    I would agree with mid-day. But as long as it lasts a regular day, I see no reason why I need to use the original battery for 3-4 years and therefore not use the phone / object at all. Probably with an iPhone/iTouch's non-replaceable battery that may be an issue.

    If and when battery useful life peters out at the end of 15-18 months, I simply get another battery (if I intend to keep the device).
  18. Guamguy

    Guamguy Well-Known Member

    I would say among these phones:

    LG Optimus One - high end 1500mah battery vs. meager specs like 3.2" screen, HVGA and a 600MHz processor. This low to mid end Android phone has the best ratio of battery size vs. battery eating specs.

    Nexus S has surprisingly good battery life. Note that the battery part used on this phone is a 1500mah part like the Galaxy S, but is actually different. Despite its frugalness, this battery is slow to recharge. Its annoying to see the Samsung Galaxy S battery actually recharges much faster, despite the Galaxy S goes down on the battery faster. Is there some new tech behind the Nexus S battery?

    Droid 2 or Milestone 2. This phone has a lot of battery management gimmicks not seen with other Android phones.

    Desire Z. Of all the HTC's I've seen, this one saves the most. Its partly because of a cool running 45 nanometer process processor running a meager 800MHz, and the SLCD don't choke up on the battery life as OLEDs can if you are fond of using white screens. In the US, refer to this as the G2.

    Worst Android when it comes to battery life has to be the Droid Incredible. I use this along with my Desire Z side by side, and you can definitely feel the difference between the two.
  19. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    Looks like we have to wait for those new dual core phones coming out soon. Hopefully out during MWC in Barcelona next month
  20. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Well-Known Member

    Supposedly one of the advantages of Android 2.3 is that it's more efficient with regards to battery life. The difference between the Galaxy S and Nexus S may be as much to do with the OS as the hardware.
  21. Guamguy

    Guamguy Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what Android 2.3 or the Nexus S is doing right. The phones have had reported reboot problems during voice calls. You know what causes a CPU to reboot? When the juice feeding the CPU gets too low. CPU stability comes from in large part, in having a stable current.
  22. mindwalker

    mindwalker Well-Known Member

    Being a Nokia user I am starting to look into the Android territory. Currently I get around 2 days with my Nokia 5800.. that means 3G signal, wireless on at home when I browse the net (say... 30 mins total wireless per day)... some browsing on 3G (say another 30 mins) and some 40 minutes music playing a day. Not push notifications and no GPS navigation for more than 5 minutes.

    I'm reading that hardly anybody with an Android phone can get it to last 2 days... it's kinda hindering me into getting an Android phone as I don't like the idea of having to depend on a battery charge every night. I suppose if I use it as much as I use my 5800 it will last the same ?

    The HTC Desire (old one) seems to have better battery life than the new ones ? How is it with software updates ? Are both HTC and Samsung quick to update their phones ?

    With the new Dual core processors coming very soon I wonder if I should wait for one of these however probably the price will be quite high and the battery life not much better ?

    It's difficult to get a real perception of the battery life until you use the phone and check for yourself...
  23. ultimatepowers

    ultimatepowers New Member

    I use Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, I suggest you to get a xperia x10.

    It has decent battery life. My sony ericsson xperia x10 runs for around 2 days with a single charge, and I get around 6 hrs of talk time.
  24. mystvearn

    mystvearn Well-Known Member

    It can't run flash-which is one huge battery drainer. Can't wait for html5 to be the norm quick.

    In this day and age, we should be more worried about productivity with these devices rather than worry when was the last time charging it:D
  25. mindwalker

    mindwalker Well-Known Member

    True... and a bag full of batteries for the occasional 4 day camping music festival :cool:
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