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Nexus battery life comparison

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by andfo, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. andfo

    andfo Member
    Thread Starter

    I am choosing from Nexus series and looking at this page:


    For "Power", Nexus 5 has 2300 mAh and Nexus 6 has 3220 mAh.

    My current phone, Galaxy Nexus, has 1750 mAh.

    But does this mAh thing tell me anything about "how long" battery will last?

    Even if the power is great, if the phone consumes that power quickly, the battery "life" will be short.

    What should I look at to buy a phone that lasts long?

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  2. AMOCO

    AMOCO The Computer Guy
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    The bigger the battery will/should last longer depending on the device:
    Example: 3220 mah will last longer through out the day,Than a 2300 mah battery.
  3. electricpete

    electricpete Android Expert

    Battery capacity is measured in milli-amp hours (mah)
    By definition, bigger battery capacity (in milli-amp hours) will certainly last longer than smaller battery, all other things being equal.
    One tricky part is all other things are not always equal. Sometimes the bigger battery goes with phone features that tend to use more power (like bigger screen).
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  4. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    Different phones drain power at a different rate. In general, larger screens drain power faster than smaller screens.

    There are also differences in screen technology. LCD screens use a back light and drains constant power no matter what is displayed. AMOLED screens have individual pixels that only light up when displaying something non-black. An AMOLED screen displaying a white screen will drain more power than displaying a black screen. Your colour scheme can take advantage of AMOLED screens by having a dark theme to save power.
  5. Rob

    Rob Galaxy S20 Ultra
    Phandroid Staff

    The capacity isn't always the best indicator of how long a device will last but if you're truly in it for the battery, this Phandroid article we recently put together gives you some solid options:

    I'd also argue that how you as an individual use your phone is even more important than what phone you're using in terms of how long your battery lasts. Here are some tips that might help:

    Hope these help!
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