No matter how many cool apps you have on your phone, and no matter how many megapixels your camera has, there are few specs on your phone as important as the life of the battery. Do you have a big screen? Is your processor really fast? Then you’re going to need a battery that lasts. After all, it doesn’t matter how great your phone connects to local wireless networks if surging drains your battery in just a few hours?
The industry average for smartphone battery life is just about 8 1/2 hours, when the phone is surfing on a 4G LTE network and the display is at 100 nits — and the phone has at least three bars of service. This article takes a look at which phones have batteries that, well, go above and beyond the call of duty.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (14 hours 43 minutes)
The 4,050 mAh battery that comes with the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 from Huawei offers a terrific display. If you want to buy a microUSB to microUSB cable, you can even use this phone to charge other devices. The phone costs $299 without a contract. However, the interface can seem like it has a lot of junk in the way, which is a little ironic given the size of the screen. The screen has a lower resolution than some competitors, and the camera does not do as well in lower light. However, for those looking for a competitive price without a contract and long-lasting power, this is a strong choice.
OnePlusOne (13 hours 16 minutes)
If you are looking for an Android phone, this is one of the better values on the market, with a $298 price tag unlocked. The screen is 5.5 inches and features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and the camera has a more than adequate 13 megapixels. All of this comes with a battery life in excess of 13 hours and a CyanogenMod interface is easy to use. Overall, this phone offers everything you will get from an LG or a Samsung device while costing far less.
iPhone 6 Plus (10 hours)
At 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is the largest phone that Apple sells — and it also lasts the longest. The iPhone 6 only lasted 7 1/2 hours in product testing. The Plus comes with the speedy A8 processor as well as a terrific camera that offers image stabilization. The curvy, slim body of the phone masks the huge size in a veneer of elegance. There is also a dual pane landscape mode that gives this device a tablet feel.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (9 hours 42 minutes)
There are newer Samsung Galaxy models on the market, but this is the longest battery life that you can get from Samsung. This allows you to get through a full work day and more even if you are using it all day long. However, there is also an Ultra Power Savings Mode that allows the phone to stay “on” in a sort of grayscale mode. The apps have a lot less functionality in this mode, but the phone toggles back and forth more easily. This phone also allows you to keep a fresh battery on hand and swap the spare in for the existing one when it runs low, which is handy if you’re not near an outlet.
Motorola Droid Turbo (9 hours 30 minutes)
It’s the “turbocharge” feature that gives the phone its “turbo” name. The phone charges enough in about 15 minutes to offer eight hours of battery life. However, it just takes a little bit longer on the charger to get up to the full 9 1/2 hours of battery life. The quad-HD display makes using the apps convenient, and the phone is built to resist damage if you just happen to drop it.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (9 hours 16 minutes)
This phone is available for just $249 unlocked, making it one of the better values on the market. With a generous 5 1/2 inch screen, its ease of use is expanded even further by its reversibility. This means that you can turn it upside down and keep using it without it failing to understand what you are trying to do with the buttons. The phone offers 2 GB of RAM along with its octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU, giving you a wealth of options when it comes to multitasking. The speakers are top-notch, and the display is bright and clear. The battery lasting more than nine hours on one charge is a nice bonus.
ZTE Grand X Max+ (9 hours 14 minutes)
This phone sells for just $199 from Cricket Wireless, and it does better than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 in terms of battery life. The spacious six-inch display offers bright colors and sharp performance, making this a real value. The only drawback that some have reported is weak performance from the audio system.
Motorola Moto G (9 hours)
This phone has a 13-megapixel camera, the Gorilla Glass 3 screen and a bunch of preloaded utilities that you can actually use, such as Google Now and Moto Assist. The Moto Maker website helps you customize the look of your Moto G. Given the fact that it comes for $179 unlocked, this is another one of the value options with battery life that’s above average.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (8 hours 57 minutes)
This phone starts to get closer to the industry average for battery life, but it does offer an attractive display, dual-edge and curved. This is also one of the fastest smartphones on the market, beating the HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6 in reviewer tests. The fingerprint reader and the camera have both received rave reviews. The only drawback is that you can’t replace the battery on this phone. As long as you have ti under warranty, though, the phone should provide reliable power. The camera is speedy and has done very well even when taking pictures in low light. The display gets one of the best reviews in the whole “phablet” market. The phone features Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back, while the frame is primarily aluminum. This means that the phone is light to carry while also remaining strong enough to survive a drop or two.
Looking for the longest battery life out of your phone? Keep these phones in mind!