Big screens, superfast processors and powerful apps mean smartphone battery life has never been more important. After all, what good is that advanced camera if your handset is dead before your kid’s game gets started? And who wants their phone to die while rocking out to spotify?
Huawei’s 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE offers a vibrant, 6.1-inch display and nearly 15 hours of battery life for just $299 without a contract. That’s thanks to the huge 4,050 mAh battery. This Android smartphone even doubles as a device charger, assuming you spring for the $9.99 microUSB-to-microUSB cable. Overall, we found the phone to be relatively speedy and responsive.
The OnePlus One is one of the best Android phones anywhere, particularly if you take into account its $298 unlocked price tag. It rocks a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display inside a sexy design with a 13-megapixel camera. The CyanogenMod interface is also refreshingly slick. But it’s the 13 hours and 16 minutes of battery life that’s the real star of this show. The OnePlus One is also finally easier to buy.
Not only is the Huawei Mate 8 a stylish, solid beauty of a phone, but it also offers plenty of endurance. Lasting 12 hours and 47 minutes (tested on AT&T) on our test, the Mate 8 has enough stamina to get you through work and happy hour without worry. Throw in its beastly multitasking capabilities and handy knuckle gestures, and this 6-inch Huawei flagship is a Mate you’ll want for life.
Google’s Nexus 6P delivers a lot of endurance for its relatively low price. Starting at $499, This Android 6.0 handset lasted an epic 12 hours and 25 minutes, which trounces other flagship devices. Other highlights include a fingerprint reader and two excellent cameras inside a sexy all-aluminum chassis. And in eerily accurate contextual search and you have a very smart long distance runner.
There’s a lot more to like about the Nexus 5X than its endurance, but its 11-and-a-half hour battery life is a good place to start. In addition, this unlocked smartphone (starting at $379) has a great 12.3MP camera and fingerprint reader. It will work on both GSM and CDMA networks, as well as Google’s own Project Fi. It’s also one of the first phones to come with Android Marshmallow, which offers features such as better contexual searches and easier ways to share content with others.
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s biggest phone, but also the longest lasting, offering 10 hours of endurance. It beat the iPhone 6 by 2.5 hours in our tests. Add in the zippy A8 processor, a fantastic camera with optical image stabilization and a sexy design, and you’ve got one of the best big-screen phones, period.
The S5 may not be the newest Galaxy smartphone, but if battery life is important to you, this is the Samsung to get. With 9 hours and 42 minutes of endurance (tested on AT&T), you’ll get through a full day and then some with regular use. Or you could put the phone into Ultra Power Savings Mode, which is a severely stripped-down version of the interface in gray-scale mode. It also restricts app usage, disables Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and deactivates mobile data when the screen is off. Plus, unlike the Galaxy S6, you can even replace the battery or swap in a fresh one.
The Turbo in the Motorola Droid Turbo’s name refers to the turbocharge feature, which promises to deliver 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. But you probably won’t need to bring the charger with you, as this phone lasted an impressive 9 hours and 30 minutes on our 4G LTE battery test. Other highlights include a durable design, swift performance and a vibrant quad-HD display.
The $200 Huawei Honor 5X’s tiny price tag isn’t reflected in its oversized battery life. Its 9-hour-and-22-minute result on our test beats such higher-priced flagships as the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s and LG V10. The Honor 5X also sports a superuseful fingerprint sensor, solid cameras and a beautiful metal body.
The $249 price tag on this unlocked phone is just one reason to get excited. The 5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 offers 9 hours and 16 minutes of endurance, and it’s the first reversible smartphone, meaning you can flip it upside down and still use it without being confused by button placement. Plus, this phone has an octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU and 2GB of RAM for solid, multitasking ability.