Battery life is still one of the most important things people consider when shopping for a smartphone. Despite the emergence of rapid charging technologies like Quick Charge 2.0, the ability of a battery to run for long is still critical to most users. As such, to simplify shopping, we have decided to go in search for smartphones with the longest battery life in 2016.
Now, when comparing the battery life of smartphones, there are two major approaches to take. The first (and simplest) approach is to look at the phone battery’s milli-ampere hour or amp hour (mAH) rating. In most cases, a battery with a higher rating (say the 2915 mAH of the iPhone 6 Plus) is usually more powerful than that with a lower rating (say the 1810 mAH of the iPhone 6).
However, comparing mAH isn’t fool-proof. This is because the technologies which run smartphones are different. As such, a battery with a lower mAH can outlast one with a higher mAH if the technology it powers is more energy efficient. Therefore, the best way to judge smartphone batteries is by actually testing them in actual use.
The only challenge is designing an objective test scenario. A comprehensive test would involve using the phone in a variety of scenarios including surfing, streaming music, watching videos and playing music or playing games. Unfortunately, such a test can lead to confusion when it comes to comparing different smartphones.
The best way to compare smartphone batteries is based on a single metric. That is the approach taken here. After testing almost a dozen popular smartphones of 2016 on a single metric – i.e. surfing the web – here are the top 5 with the longest lasting batteries.
iPhone 6 Plus (10 hours)
Surprisingly, the iPhone 6 Plus has a longer lasting battery than its successor, the iPhone 6S Plus. The reason for this is that the battery in the 6S Plus was made smaller in order to build achieve the 6S Plus’ signature slimness.
While surfing the web, the iPhone 6 Plus’ battery runs for 10 hours on the trot. This is an impressive return for an iPhone. Of course the 6 Plus comes with other legendary iPhone features such as a 5.5” display, fingerprint scanner, super-fast performance and a host of exciting apps. As such, for someone looking for purely battery life, the iPhone 6 Plus is a better proposition than the 6S Plus.
Google Nexus 5X (11 hrs, 30 mins)
With an overall running time of 11-and-a-half hours, the Nexus 5X is has the fourth-longest lasting smartphone battery in 2016. Besides a superb battery, the 5X offers a host of exciting features. It has an impressive 5.2” display, a fingerprint scanner for extra security, prompt software updates and the latest Android OS (i.e. Android 6.0 Marshmallow). This gives it exciting Marshmallow feature like the Always-listening voice commands, and a context-aware personal assistant.
Google Nexus 6P (12 hrs, 25 mins)
The Nexus 6P is the premium version of the Google Nexus 5X. It is sleeker, more powerful and much roomier (not to mention more expensive). Its 5.7” display is about as large as it gets on an Android smartphone. The Nexus 6P also runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow – with all its associated advantages. It also has a fingerprint scanner, superfast processor, and a battery which wins the 2016 bronze medal for longevity.
OnePlus One (13 hrs, 15 mins)
Although it doesn’t have the brand recognition of giants like Apple or Samsung, OnePlus’ flagship phone can easily take on the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5. It can do this at a fraction of the cost of those popular devices. Of course in terms of battery life, none of the Apple or Samsung flagship devices even come close.
However, the OnePlus One offers more than just an impressive battery life. It has inbuilt security features which border on the spectacular. One such feature is the Privacy Guard which enables a user to block individual apps from accessing personal information stored on the device. Another is built-in encryption for text messaging which protects one’s communications from snoops. Other features include high-end hardware, 4G LTE capability and great software options.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (14 hrs and 45 mins)
Huawei claims that it actually built the Ascend Mate 2 to double as a charging station for other mobile devices. And this claim isn’t some marketing gimmick. It is actually possible to plug in another phone or tablet’s USB into the Ascend Mate 2 and charge it! This is amazing!
However, given the Mate 2’s gargantuan battery, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The answer to the question: “which smartphone has the longest battery life in 2016?” is simple. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is. Its running time of 14 hours and 45 minutes is unmatched.
Even then, this smartphone offers much more than just battery power. With a display of 6.1inches, the phone offers plenty of usability – for those who don’t mind the extra size. The Ascend Mate 2 also boasts of an expandable memory, 4G LTE capability and superfast performance.
In a nutshell, the smartphone which currently has the longest battery life in 2016 is the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Therefore, whoever is shopping for a device on basing on raw battery power has only one clear choice. The best part is that the phone can function as a backup charging station for other devices. Simply Amazing!