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6 Android Phones with Great Battery Life

posted by Josh Kirschner on June 13, 2014

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One of the most common complaints of smartphone ownership is battery life. Big displays and powerful processors conspire together to drain your phone of life before the day is through. You can get a portable battery charger to keep you going (and you probably should for emergencies and travel), but that's one more device to carry.

So if you've tried to maximize the battery life of your current phone to no avail, check out these six Android phones with exceptional battery life. Each is rated to give you plenty of talk time to last a full day, while still providing an outstanding array of features.

Samsung Galaxy S51. Samsung Galaxy S5 (29 hours)

The new flagship phone from Samsung, its 2,800 mAh battery will go for 29 hours of talk before you need to charge it up.

Available on AT&T, Boost Mobile, Metro PCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Virgin and US Cellular

Motorola Droid mini2. Motorola DROID Mini (28 hours)

The "mini" only refers to the 4.3" display (since when did 4.3 inches become mini?) not it's battery life. Though it "only" has a 2,000 mAh battery, that will give you 28 hours of talk time.

Available on Verizon

HTC One Max3. HTC One Max (25 hours)

Huge 5.9" display is coupled with equally huge 3,300 mAh battery and 25 hours of talk time make the HTC One Max the winner among the phablets.

Available on Sprint and Verizon

Motorola Droid Maxx4. Motorola DROID MAXX (24 hours)

The "MAXX" is for the amount of juice you'll get from the 3,500 mAh battery, offering anywhere from 24-48 hours of talk time.

Available on Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 35. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (21 hours)

This "phablet" offers a humongous 5.7" display, which fortunately also leaves plenty of room for a 3,200 mAh battery with 21 hours of talk time.

Available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Virgin and US Cellular

HTC One M86. HTC One M8 (20 hours)

Battling it out with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is HTC's newest flagship phone. With a 2,600 mAh battery and 20 hours of talk time, it loses this battle, but still offers admirable performance.

Available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

(Talk time stats courtesy of Measurement process may vary by manufacturer.)

[Guy on phone image via Shutterstock]


Guides & Reviews, Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5

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From Taylor Harper on June 17, 2014 :: 7:59 am

How many people use their smartphone for the sole purpose of making calls?

You should do an article for longest battery with moderate everyday use.



From Josh Kirschner on June 17, 2014 :: 8:21 am

Smartphone use is highly idiosyncratic, so coming up with any one metric for battery life is always going to be fraught with issues. Fox example, gaming, watching movies, using nav, etc. are not daily activities for many. And, as you’re probably aware, playing graphic intensive games will probably run down a battery 5-10x faster than checking your email, so little decision about what to include in a use test will have a huge impact on results.

Talking is one activity that EVERYONE does with their phone, so it provides a reasonable baseline for at least one major component of battery life. Not perfect, we realize.



From asdf on July 28, 2015 :: 12:42 am

you note is pure bullshit, 5,2inches screens and playing games like Asphalt 8 consume those batteries in less than 1 hour


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