Thursday, 12 September 2013

Battery Test : Results

LG G2/Apple/HTC... battery tests are done, here are the results

LG made a lot of fuss with the “learning from you” campaign, saying how much the company listened to its customers when designing the LG G2. Well, one of the most common wishes among users is a decent battery life, let’s see if LG delivered.

The relatively thin (8.9mm) body of the G2 with a curved back must not have made it easy – the battery has a stepped design to make the most of the internal volume and it worked, the phone packs a beefy 3,000mAh battery.
An important note before we go on – we’re testing the international LG G2 with a sealed battery, the South Korean G2 has a smaller, removable battery, 2,610mAh.
The first test – calling on a 3G network – is easy for modern smartphones with their big screens off and their powerful chipsets idle. Still, when the LG G2 passed the one day mark and went on to do 25 hours of calling on a single charge, we were impressed. The Xperia Z Ultra has a 3,050mAh battery and the same Snapdragon 800 chipset and managed less. Only the Huawei Ascend Mate is above the Z Ultra, but that’s with 1,000mAh more battery juice.

Talk time

Huawei Ascend Mate
  • 25:12
  • 25:01
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  • 24:23
Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
  • 22:16
Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)
  • 21:18
LG Optimus G Pro
  • 20:45
  • 20:24
Pantech Burst
  • 4:46
The Xperia Z Ultra tumbled in the web browsing test, but the LG G2 stole the crown from the Xperia ZR by just a couple of minutes and placed first. The Samsung Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600 edition) with a 2,600mAh battery (and perhaps the fiercest rival of the G2), managed 4 hours less than the G2 on this test. Even the HTC One with a screen that’s half an inch smaller (and a 2,300mAh battery) is an hour and a half behind. A great score for the G2.

Web browsing

  • 11:22
Sony Xperia ZR
  • 11:20
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini duos
  • 10:10
BlackBerry Q5
  • 10:04
  • 9:58
Apple iPhone 5
  • 9:56
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • 3:01
After two spectacular results, the video playback tests didn’t feel as impressive – but it’s still a very good result at almost 12 hours. The Galaxy S4 edged out the LG G2 by 40 minutes here (but the Exynos 5 Octa version of the S4 is 20 minutes behind). Still, even half that time is more than you’re likely to ever spend watching movies on your phone.

Video playback

Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)
  • 16:35
Samsung Galaxy Premier
  • 12:51
Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE
  • 12:32
Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
  • 12:30
BlackBerry Q5
  • 12:28
Huawei Ascend Mate
  • 12:18
  • 11:51
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
  • 11:29
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
  • 11:27
BlackBerry Q10
  • 11:15
Apple iPhone 5
  • 10:12
  • 10:02
Nokia Lumia 710
  • 3:27
And if you do spend 6 hours of watching movies – or talking or browsing the web – the LG G2 will have plenty of juice to get you through the rest of the day and even the next. The endurance rating is a very good 62 hours – the standby battery draw was a little higher than we would have expected, but it’s still a great result.

We have to hand it to LG, the G2 is a winner – it’s relatively small and thin (about the same size as the Galaxy S4 or HTC One), but packs a larger 5.2″ screen and a maassive 3,000mAh battery, which combined with the power efficient screen and chipset make for a great battery life. Having seeing these scores, we no longer mind as much that the battery is sealed and not replaceable.