Smartphones are really getting powerful every month, every day. So far, we’ve seen the display getting bigger, brighter, sharper. Processor got powerful, then dual-core, now quad-core. Better audio, better camera, and a lot of new and impressive features. But… Mostly every improvement is demanding more power. Hence, phones get smarter but sacrifice battery life.
Remember the feature phones launched by Nokia years ago? How frequently did their batteries needed to be charged? With normal use, twice in a week and even if you use that frequently, once in every two days. That’s still nearly 3 times in a week. And today? The smartphones demand the charging cable at least once everyday. Sometimes, some of them needs to be charged 2 times a day.
Of course, we can’t get the functionality of a smartphone with the battery life of feature phones (yet), without compromising with its size. The least we can do is, choose the best Android phone with best battery life – that will not leave you empty when you need it the most. I’ve kept every consumer in mind while writing this article. I have listed Android smartphones for every budget… Why only Android smartphones? Well, you don’t have much options in other Platforms like iOS and Windows Phone yet.
Thanks to the bigger screen and size, it’s able to carry a bigger battery inside. The first Note had 2500 mAh Li-ion battery, which has been increased to a whooping 3100 mAh in Note II. Though, any data regarding talk-time, standby time, etc. is not provided officially. It might not be an ideal device for many people because of its massive size. Some people just need a smart-phone, not a smart-phablet.
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Like I said earlier, if phablet isn’t your taste, you still have many other options. Galaxy S III features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED touch display with 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. It is powered by a standard, Li-ion 2100 mAh battery. Tests done by GSMArena gives it an endurance rating of 43 hours. It can go on for 590 hours on 2G and 790 hours on 3G (standby) with full charge. In terms of talk-time, its 21 hours 40 minutes on 2G and 11 hours 40 minutes on 3G.
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It is popular mainly because of its battery – super massive, 3300 mAh. Plus, it’s cheaper than other high-end devices like S III and Note 2. That’s not all! It’s upgradable to Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and Motorola has promised to provide Jelly Bean update soon. Therefore, you get the best battery backup with latest software. The 3300 mAh battery can provide standby time up to 607 hours and talk-time up to 17 hours 40 minutes. Now, that’s cool.
If you can’t afford the big budget smartphones mentioned above, HTC One V is a wise choice, which is available at a considerably lower price comparatively. The screen is 3.7-inch, powered by 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Beats Audio sound enhancement is a +1 for music lovers. It comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box and a 1500 mAh battery. No official data about battery backup is provided, but at this price what you’re getting is the best. Though Samsung Galaxy S Advance is also a good option, but a bit costly.
It’s so affordable that we can call it “entry-level” smartphone, but we won’t. You’ll know why in a moment. Galaxy Ace runs on a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor with Adreno 200 GPU. You can’t expect it to run high-graphics game, but most of the popular games will work, including Temple Run and SHADOWGUN. Apart from that, there is a 3.5-inch display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass and a 1350 mAh battery, which can provide a talk-time up to 11 hours on 2G and 6 hours 30 minutes on 3G. Standby time is up to 640 hours and 420 hours on 2G and 3G, respectively. HTC Desire C is a close competitor with 1230 mAh battery and Ice Cream Sandwich with Beats Audio.
This is the real entry-level smartphone with decent battery life. Not only that, but with great features as compared to its price tag. It has a 3.2-inch display with 180 PPI pixel density, runs on Android v2.3 and powered by a 600 MHz CPU and Adreno 200 GPU. The 1230 mAh Li-ion battery allows a talk-time up to 7 hours 40 minutes, standby up to 485 hours on 2G and almost the same on 3G. In figures, it’s up to 7 hours 33 minutes and 445 hours – talk-time and standby time respectively. The closest alternative is Samsung Galaxy Y, which is a bit cheaper comparatively. But I won’t recommend it because Explorer outweigh it in many terms.
There is no conclusion actually. It ultimately depends on your needs, budget and taste. If you can afford a high-end phone and you don’t mind bigger screens, Note 2 is perfect for you. Although if best battery backup is all you want, then Motorola RAZR MAXX is the best choice with massive 3300 mAh battery. Even if we ignore the price tag for a while, it clearly outweighs every other Android phone.