Some days ago, I published an article on 2012’s smartphones with the best battery life. We lost that article in a recent maintenance procedure, but I am putting it back together again. A fallout of my research for that article was that the available statistics show that Windows Phone hasn’t been impressive in power management.
While Android has been a mash-up of battery experiences, we do have the best battery performance on any smartphone available from Android. The Motorola RAZR MAXX is king of the hill with an amazing 87 hours endurance rating i.e. if you use it for 1 hour voice calls, 1 hour web browsing, and 1 hour video playback daily, it will need a recharge in 87 hours. That is over three and a half days on a single charge with that ideal scenario. Yes; individual usage varies, but we have a picture.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II has an endurance rating of 69 hours. That is incredible for a device with that huge display. It does almost 9 hours of non-stop web browsing, which isn’t shabby at all.
On iOS, the iPhone 5 is the best available with an endurance rating of 51 hours. I particularly love the fact that it can do almost 10 hours of non-stop web browsing.
The BlackBerry records are quite disappointing. The best rating that is available is 35 hours on the Bold 9790, though simple principles of physics suggest that the Curve 9320 with a beefier battery (1450 mAh against the 9790’s 1230 mAh unit) and weaker processor will do better. The problem is that GSM Arena hasn’t put it through their battery tests, so we don’t have an official figure.
So, what of Windows Phone?
The HTC Windows Phone 8X scores a paltry 31 hours endurance rating. The Nokia Lumia 820 does significantly better at 40 hours. But the best available at the moment is from the Nokia Lumia 610 at 43 hours. The 610 does 8 hours of non-stop web browsing too. Not bad for a little guy.
The question is, What is up with Windows Phone that we are seeing generally unimpressive power management? Of course, it can be argued that initially, neither Android nor iOS were delivering good battery life initially, and that as Windows Phone devices are churned out and fine-tuned, we shall see better power management from that end. Plausible.
In the meantime, I wait with bated breath for the results of battery tests of the Lumia 920. Can the Lumia 920 turn the tides and give us an endurance rating of over 50 hours at least?
What are your thoughts?
Credit: Battery test results snapshots and statistics from GSMArena Blog.