You probably know the story, if not from your own experience then you heard it from a friend or a family member. It goes like this – you buy a new smartphone and you can’t get enough of its gorgeous huge screen and near-professional camera and then you download apps and test then one after another. You still have dozens of features to check out but then out of a sudden the battery is dead. Bummer. You didn’t think it would happen so soon. That’s because smartphone makers rarely discuss batteries unless they come with some sort of unusual functionality. However, we are going to give you a little insight into what you can expect from some of the flagship smartphones of 2016, for instance that the HTC 10 has the best battery life and the iPhone 7 the worst.
If battery life is one of your priorities in a new smartphone, then you should probably avoid the iPhone 7 – it scored the worst in a battery test.
That’s according to a test carried out by a UK-based gadget testing company Which. The company tested four current flagships, the HTC 10, the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7, to see how long the battery would last when making a call and browsing the internet. The test was carried out using network simulator and the phones had screen brightness set to the same level so that conditions were exactly the same for each device.
The winner in both tests was the HTC 10, while the iPhone 7 was the last. The LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 switches places in the second test. In the 3G call test, the HTC 10 managed to score a whopping 1859 minutes while the iPhone 7 was way below half that time – to be more precise, the length of the call was barely 712 minutes. The LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 achieved 1579 and 1492 minutes, respectively. The web browsing test showed that the HTC 10 was good for 790 minutes, while the iPhone 7 managed only 615 minutes. The Galaxy S7 scored 677 minutes but the LG G5 wasn’t far behind with 640 minutes.
Even though the test results may be disappointing to current and potential iPhone 7 users, the fact remains that the phone comes with a larger battery than its predecessor, the iPhone 6S (1,960 mAh versus 1,810 mAh). Also, don’t forget that how long a phone can last on a single charge doesn’t depend only on battery capacity as there are other factors which greatly influence battery life such as hardware, software version, settings and even the weather.
Do the test results mean that there’s something wrong with iPhone 7 battery? It doesn’t seem so. It’s just the way it is but Apple may still need to do some explaining.
source: Business Insider