shuwaz

Which smartphone has the best battery?

Following on from my previous post about battery power for the SGS2, I am now interested in finding out which ANDROID smartphone has the best battery life.

This refers to the newer phones, not older models such as the Desire, Desire Z/HD, Galaxy Ace, Xperia X10, etc.

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shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 13:28

Yeah ok so I am expecting Jan to jump in here. However, I am interested in the opinion/experience of others. :p

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 22, 2011 at 15:29

Xperia Arc.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:24

Do you own an Xperia Arc? Can you comment on the sort of battery time you get off it compared to the Desire Z/HD or SGS2?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:29

Yeah ok so I am expecting Jan to jump in here. However, I am interested in the opinion/experience of others
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CTPAHHIK  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:38

One of coworkers has Arc and it's significantly better than Desire and Nexus S (also owned by coworkers).
I had stock Desire HD for about a week. Flashed custom ROM and now it's unbeatable in standby time in comparison to any other Android phone. Turning screen on is different story and pretty much accounts for 80% of my battery use.
I don't think that Arc will beat Galaxy II or Sensation. What you should be looking at is screen type. AMOLED has lowest battery drain, followed by Super LCD -> regular LED -> regular LCD. Screen size is more important here, but that should be obvious.
Next battery hog are applications you are running.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:52

I don't think that Arc will beat Galaxy II or Sensation.

That's strange because a lot of people are saying the SGS2 has poor, poor battery life and only marginally better than the Desire HD.

I understand the factors that affect performance. However, i'm just after general opinions from people who have a phone and can comment on how long they get out of it. Ideally I would be taking note of those phones that seem to get at least a days usuage based upon the scenario (i.e. usage) in my previous post.

I am looking for a beast of a phone i guess. It probably means I am going to have to buy a third party battery that provides extended life to the phone (past the normal time offered from typical usuage).

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 22, 2011 at 17:34

Nobody has Galaxy S II yet, so I cannot get one to play with.

Things with applications to keep in mind (I did not finish my previous answer).
Some apps keep eating battery in background even though they are supposed to be suspended. Very easy to detect them, because there would be a service running in Android task manager. Some apps come up automatically on reboot (again with service running). I don't think there should be anything running on reboot besides usual Android framework apps (Maps, Touch Input, framework, Messages, Phone, etc.) Market comes up on reboot and sits as service in background constantly using data. Good news is that you can kill it and it won't come back up.
Email apps (when poorly designed) will eat battery like crazy. Does not apply to native GMail, but present in almost every single standalone app.
Skype, AIM, other messengers. If they do not support push service they must be avoided. This is not specific to Android - it's just bad app design.
Task Killers (junk that supposedly kill apps for you) are useless in automatic mode. Android 2.2+ will start every app that is registered to be always running with framework. Killing it will result in app starting again on next system service check. You have endless loop of killing and starting apps.

I currently have 360MB of RAM free on Desire HD with everything I need running. This includes Sense 3.0 features together with animated Weather background. I try to be cautions of apps that start service and keep eating battery, unless I specifically need app running.

If I would be getting new phone right now it would be Galaxy S II or Sensation. Possibly Optimus X2 or Atrix, depending how much cheaper they are. All have bad battery life and would require rooting and custom ROM from XDA devs to have them working properly.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 17:54

I'm sticking with the E6 for my next phone. But still I can keep the the next Android phone as my toy (ok, I mean my work phone - cos it would only be used for calls and emails, no web or games). :p

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 22, 2011 at 18:03

Sure you don't want a BlackBerry, if all you need is calls and email?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2011 at 18:54

shuwaz,
expansys ireland have the Nokia E6 for Euro 349!!! In stock now. Excellent price.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 20:41

Sure you don't want a BlackBerry, if all you need is calls and email?

Been there, done that, threw up.

expansys ireland have the Nokia E6 for Euro 349!!! In stock now. Excellent price.

Thanks for that, will check it out. 8)

TypicalAsianFindingDeals  Jun. 22, 2011 at 22:47

iPhone 4 by quite a large margin.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 22:55

Agreed on iPhone 4 but I am referring to Android in this case.

Thanks anyway for your comment. :D

blizzard7  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:03

The Atrix has a huge battery so it's good on paper. Wonder if anyone on here has experience.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:27

Atrix: 1930 mAh
Arc: 1500mAh

But you can buy a bigger battery for the Arc (and it would still be thinner and lighter than the Atrix (_;) ).

blizzard7  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:35

Probably more fragile too. Also you can buy a bigger battery for almost any phone right?

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:40

yeah.. its just a matter of time.

shuwaz  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:41

18 month Contract prices arent too bad for both the Arc and the Atrix... decisions, decisions, decisions! :p

TypicalAsianFindingDeals  Jun. 25, 2011 at 11:29

Isn't the SGS2 battery good? I thought it was one of the best??

shuwaz  Jun. 25, 2011 at 20:32

Jan would disagree with you.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2011 at 12:50

I don't think I stated anywhere I had personal experience with the SGII's battery performance. But I'm tracking dozens of forums and people mostly say, it's crap. How crap? Frankly I don't care.
The Sony Ericasson Arc is poor in terms of battery, and its build quality is lower-midrange type pathetic. I haven't used a worse phone in the £200+ range. Though Samsung's winmo Omnia range came close.

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