A look at the Nokia N9's battery life

Nokia N9
The Nokia N9
If you followed my reviews of the Nokia N9’s older brother, the QWERTY slider N900 last year, you will remember that I found it an excellent device. Its main sore thumb, however, was poor battery life.

As such, one of my apprehensions concerning the N9 was this very issue: how well would this new kid on the block manage battery power?

As a rule, the N9 takes me through a full work day of email, web browsing, Twitter, calls, SMS and a few others. I hardly ever have to worry about running out of juice, and often go over 30 hours on one charge.

It really is amazing, considering that I had to move on from the N900 primarily because of its poor battery life.

The guys at GSMArena have also setup a new battery performance test for devices. Incidentally, the N9 was the first device to be subjected to this new test, and here is the verdict:

That gives the Nokia N9 a final score of 39, meaning that the smartphone will need to be charged every 39 hours if you do 1 hour of each of the three activities described above [3G voice call, web browsing, video playback – Editor]. So reasonably heavy users should expect to get about a day and a half from the N9.

N9 battery test
GSMArena N9 battery test score: 39
As you can see, GSMArena’s tests seem to be in sync with my own average daily usage.

In a nutshell, the Nokia N9 seems to be one of the most power-efficient smartphones in the market at the moment. This dude keeps pulling surprises!

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6 thoughts on “A look at the Nokia N9's battery life”

  1. Well, i am always surprised when a modern device has an appalling battery life.
    It would be like Honda / Toyota producing a new Civic / Corolla – that gulps fuel – rather than sip it. Impossible!

    The experience is there. The track record is there. The technological knowhow is available.

    Why would anybody retrogress?

    By the way, is the smartphone world still waiting for Apple to push the tech envelope- by mass producing solar_powered smartphones – before they start scrambling & playing catch_up?

  2. @ Eye.Bee.Kay – “By the way, is the smartphone world still waiting for Apple to push the tech envelope- by mass producing solar_powered smartphones – before they start scrambling & playing catch_up?” – Unfortunately, Nokia has already emabarked on a superphone that generates solar power combined with Nano Technology”. Apple is just good at stealing others’ concepts. sorry, don’t mean to burst your bubble.

  3. Love my N9. Battery life is poor, but I think it’s because the battery never charged properly due to a charger problem. Now that it’s sorted, I’m hoping to get the same results as you are.

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