Samsung Galaxy S III blows away Competition in Phone Battery Comparison
In the ongoing wars for mobile phone supremacy, battery life is often used to differentiate between different models. In a move that this writer disagrees with however, phone manufacturers seem to be opting for thinner and thinner phones, rather than shrinking the internal components to boost battery size. A perfect example of this is the iPhone 5, which is remarkably thinner than its predecessor whilst having almost identical battery life. The RAZR line also demonstrates this, going for thinness above battery considerations, which the slightly plumper RAZR MAXX (whilst still quite thin) shows what you can do by adopting last-years waist-band and just filling the extra space with battery.
But enough of my rant, the question remains, what phone comes out on top in the great battery … Browse-Off? UK blog, Which? set out to answer this question with a comprehensive phone battery comparison test, which involved constantly surfing with the screen at maximum brightness on their own, in-house 3G signal.
The results are given below, and show minutes of browsing before the battery dies on you.
As you can see the results are clear cut, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 not only beating the next competitor by a handsome 30%, but beating the iPhone 5 by a massive 79.5%. Happily for Android users 2nd and 3rd place were both taken out by Android handsets, the Sony Xperia S and the HTC One X. The flagship Windows Phone 7, the Nokia Lumia 900 was sadly trailing behind the pack. The performance by the Androids is particularly impressive given that particularly the Galaxy S3 and the One X have much larger screens than the competition. Also of note is that the iPhone 5 fared worse than the iPhone 4S, but that difference is so small it’s hardly worth mentioning.
Now a few things should be pointed out about this test. Firstly these should be considered as close to the minimum battery life you’ll get from your phone, as they are used constantly throughout the test. Secondly it’s a shame that these tests could not also look at how 4G reduces battery life, or if phones get worse or improve against the competition when 4G is thrown into the mix.
Finally, this should be used to highlight how far battery life still has to go, and annoying how little companies seem to care about it (It took Apple a year to reduce battery life by 8 minutes). What this shows is that only the longest lasting phones today have any hope of lasting a working day under heavy usage. What I’d personally like to see is a cease-fire on the thinness front and renewed resources sent to the battery-life front, as it seems that everyone (except perhaps Samsung and Motorola) has forgotten about it.
But that’s my ramble, what do you guys think? Where’s your stance on the thinness/battery life balance?
Via: Android Authority