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Best Phone Battery Life : Galaxy S3 Tops Above iPhone 5, One X, Lumia 900 & Xperia S

Gone are the days for iPhone users to boast about the latest version device too, because it is no where a match to the Galaxy S III in terms of battery life when browsing the web. Browsing the web is one of the commonly done activity on any smartphone, with the advancement in the technology where things are bound to happen on-the-go. Although there are several apps and 3rd party browsers available for all the operating systems, the default web browsers of the phone are the most simplest ones which would not give any hassle or won’t slow down the performance of the phone. When you are using the Internet on your device, you would expect the battery to be strong enough to not ask for a charge more than once in a day. When it does, that’s maximum frustration when you have any important calls to make.

Which? has tested the battery life of each of the best smartphones in the current market, and these were all the ones that were listed:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Sony Xperia S
  • HTC One X
  • Apple iPhone 4S
  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Nokia Lumia 900
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • Other 90 phones tested and average taken

Best smartphone battery life

All the devices were tested with the 3G connectivity to keep the results at the same level, although a few had a 4G LTE connectivity too available. They kept the connectivity level at the same level to keep the test fair, and the clear winner in the list was Samsung Galaxy S3. Unexpectedly and surprisingly, the Xperia S from Sony stands just next to the winner, while the iPhone 5 from Apple is 5th in the list.
No one would like to keep the brightness low when they want to have a good browsing experience, and thus the number of minutes resulted in the test were the actual browsing time when the brightness of the phone was kept at maximum.

In the list, one of the devices with a large screen is the Samsung Galaxy S3. Still, it has got the least battery consumption for a particular time when browsing the web and making calls. What came as the biggest surprise and a big blow to the iPhone 5 users and Apple fans, is the poor battery backup and more consumption than expected when the connectivity is on and actively being used.

The simple-yet-productive Windows Phone 7 based Nokia Lumia 900 stood near the last position, with just above 3 hours of usage while browsing the Internet.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5

The biggest contenders in the current market are the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3, and the S3 is the winner!

Apple iPhone has always been a talk in the town for the negativity when battery draining is the issue. Apple has made a lot of changes and advancements in the interface and design of the phone, but the non-removable mysterious battery of the iPhone has been criticized, and nothing in that should be wrong when the non-biased tests put out these results which might be shocking to even those Apple fans boasting about their devices all the time.

One cannot give an easy conclusion whether the results have anything to do with the operating system, because there is no evidence that Android phones have got a better battery life, thanks to just 139 minutes of battery lasting in the HTC Sensation XL, which has the Android OS, and the battery draining would be a total blame on the manufacturer.

A clear competition in the present world is between the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5, and the true winner in terms of one of the biggest factors, i.e. battery life, is the Galaxy S III.

> What we learned from the test from our source, is that the test is done using their own signals and that is why there was 6 hours of continuous usage possible, but we can’t be sure whether it would have been the same in the ever-changing signals from the network providers.
> There is no mentioning about the websites and pages that were browsed, and the battery life would depend on that because simpler and darker pages would drain lesser battery when compared to the heavy, graphics loaded pages.
> There is no mention whether all the devices were kept with the battery saving mode turned On/Off while the test was being done, because this would affect the usage and battery life in the last 20% (most commonly) of the remaining battery where the phone would turn off the background data and reduce the brightness too.



  1. Joji

    February 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Cant really agree with the the above results. My experience with both s3 and apple is same and they both don’t last more than 4 to 5 hrs in case of continuous browsing. But currently using a motorola and i can say .. if you are looking for battery life,just go for it.

  2. akram kotb

    October 19, 2012 at 2:46 am


  3. ang

    October 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I had a samsung S3 but the battery life is not so good as it is, how to improve the battery life?

  4. Jovan

    October 16, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I just happen to have Galaxy S3 and IPhone 5. I can tell you this much. Galaxy S3 is nice phone. Has nice features. Home button is on my hate list, screen is beautiful Android is Android no matter which version it is. But one thing I totally hate bout S3 is a battery life. I get maybe four hours if I use it moderately. Heavy online two and half hours. I thought it is just my phone so I talked to other people with same phone and they all say same thing. Incan just leave it sitting for ten hours and it’ll be dead. iPhone 5 is much better in that department. Leaving it for a day without using it takes only 5% toll on battery. Using it online for six hours heavily discharges it but once it gets down to 30% it lasts for a while. Put it on charger and less that two hours later you are ready to go. That’s with using it while on the charger. I won’t go into which system is better. I like Android cause it gives me freedom to do what I feel like with my phone. But iOS 6 is years ahead.
    Just my thoughts.

  5. Bhawna

    October 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Samsung is too good.Wanna a Samsung Galaxy .

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