It is a rather sad state of affairs that the battery technology on smartphones has not been able to keep up with the pace at which other feature sets including the screen resolution, megapixel count on the camera and processing power of our smartphones have grown. This has limited us to carrying a charger at all times, to ensure we do not run out of precious battery juice as we put our expensive smartphones through its paces everyday. Despite all the raw power and potential in the smartphone today, the battery performance remains one of the most critical differentiators when picking a smartphone. Thanks to some of the newer processors especially the Snapdragon 800/801, the standys particularly have improved, while we await the next big leap in terms of battery technologies beyond Li-Po.
However, if you are in the market looking for a smartphone and the battery backup is a fundamental deal breaker for you, here are the five devices that you must consider which will easily last you a day and beyond.
Billed as the first phone with a curved display and self healing capabilities, the LG G Flex is a pretty unique device to have. While the device is not able to negotiate huge dents and indentations, the G Flex is certainly capable of repairing itself and can take a few Newtons of bending force. Yet, one of the less mentioned features about the device is its battery life. Granted that the phone is an extremely expensive pick at just under Rs 50,000, it has perhaps one of the best battery backups out there. The 3500 mAh battery coupled with Snapdragon 800 SoC easily lasted us a couple of days on fairly heavy usage while we had the phone for a demo. So, if you can pick the courage to purchase the G Flex, rest assured, you will absolutely fall in love with the battery life of the device.
Second LG phone on our list, and despite the fact that a successor to it is barely a week away from being announced, the G2 remains our favorite phone when it comes to an everlasting battery. If you can look past the rather ugly UI of LG, the G2 is perhaps the most complete flagship device from 2013. Retailing at just shy of the Rs 35,00 mark, the price of the G2 would perhaps fall a bit more when the G3 hits the market. Make no mistake, no matter how good the G3 would be, the G2 would remain a fantastic pick. The G2 packs a non removable 3000 mAh battery which easily lasted us at least a day and a half on very heavy usage. Coupled with supersonic speed, fine Camera and latest Android version on board the G2, as we said is a complete package
If budget is a constraint and still you would like to pick a device with a fine battery backup that runs pretty much stock Android, the Moto G is what you should be after. We easily get a day out of the device using it on 3G with two E-Mail accounts syncing in real time. Obviously, this is lower than what the G2 or even the G Flex can give, but given the price point of the phone which is Rs 12,500 for the 8GB model, you get a phone that gives you best of pretty much all the worlds without draining your bank account. The Moto G comes with a non removable 2070 mAh battery, but despite the rather modest specification, the device is well optimised to last a day at least.
The phablet spot in this post was a direct toss up between the Samsung Note III and the T2 Ultra. But given that the Exynos version of the Note III is not as good in terms of battery backup as the Snapdragon 800 version which does not sell in India, and lower price point of the device from Sony, the spot went to the T2 Ultra. Just like the other devices on our list so far, the T2 ultra has a non removable 3000 mAh battery. In our brief time with the device from a friend, it gave insane 8 hours 45 minutes of On Screen Time with a standby of 32 hours while on Wi-Fi. Though the T2 ultra is not the highest spec’d devices with Snapdragon 400 SoC and a 720 P display with just 1 GB of RAM, the performance was pretty smooth in our time with it. The device is extremely competitively priced at just above Rs 23,500 mark making it a good choice.
A surprise pick on our list, but if you are looking for a device with supreme metallic build quality and a virtually impossible to kill battery without having to spend a bomb on it, the Lenovo P 780 should be your pick. The device retails for just under Rs 15,000, but in the market outside we were able to find the device for about Rs 13,900. With promised talktime of almost 25 hours on 3G thanks to a 4,000 mAh battery, the P780 will easily last you a couple of days if not more. The overall specs of the device are fine too for the price point as it comes with a 720 P 5 inch display with a Mediatek MT6589 Quad Core Chip powering it.
So, those were the five devices that we highly recommend if battery Performances matter most to you. Obviously most of the high end devices today such as the HTC M8, Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 easily give you a day on single charge, but we felt the devices mentioned above deserved the limelight if battery was the sole deciding factor. Do let us know your views and comments on our choice below.