Color me flexible. I’m all for different strokes for different folks. But if you don’t want to pay the higher price for an iPhone, don’t cry about re-sale value, or malware infections, or lack of support, or few accessories, or no security updates, or plastic.
But if you want a smartphone with the longest battery life, then don’t look at an iPhone because HTC or LG or Samsung all get better battery life. Do you know why? Bigger phones and bigger batteries. But if you want an iPhone and better battery life and want to avoid the pitfalls associated with Android smartphones, all you need is a bigger iPhone. Wouldn’t that be great?
Battery. Problem. Solved.
Guess what? All Apple needs is a larger iPhone with a larger battery, and then a battery comparison like this might make more sense. In just a paragraph I solved battery life problems for everyone who thinks it’s a problem, including Callum Tennent who reported on a battery life comparison between the small battery, mid-range iPhone, and the much larger batteries in larger smartphones from HTC, LG, or Samsung models.
The iPhone 7 may be touted by Apple as its best smartphone ever, as is tradition, but sometimes your best just isn’t good enough. Which? testing has revealed that the battery on the iPhone 7 doesn’t last as long as its three major rivals.
You know, comparing apples to Apple is just hard. Hard. I mean, who wants to spend time doing insightful analysis when quick and baseless judgements are so much easier? Oh, and everyone knows that if you criticize Apple your heretofore unknown website will get plenty of visitors to see what all the Apple negativity noise is about.
We compared the iPhone 7’s battery life, when making calls and browsing the web, to those of three top Android competitors: the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, and the results were staggering.
Staggering? Indeed. A smartphone with a battery about half the size of the aforementioned competitors, in phone calls and web browsing– and we all know that’s the only thing we ever do with our smartphones, amirite?– got less battery life.
Wow. Has is that even possible? Physics, maybe?
Of course, the iPhone 7 was running iOS 10, and the Android smartphones were running last year’s version of Android Marshmallow, but still.
Does Apple know about this discrepancy?
So just why does the iPhone 7 have such a poor battery life? It may sound obvious, but the majority of the fault lies in its comparatively tiny cell. Smartphone batteries are measured in milliampere hours (mAh). The iPhone 7 has a 1,960mAh battery, whilst the HTC 10 has a 3,000mAh battery: it should hardly be surprising that one battery nearly half the size of another offers roughly half as much charge.
It’s really too bad for Apple customers and such comparisons that Apple does not have an iPhone with a larger screen (the iPhone’s screen was the smallest of the tested group) or an iPhone with a larger battery. You know, to compare Apple to apples.
Oh. Wait. My bad. I just read that Apple has a model called iPhone 7 Plus which …insert drum roll here… has a larger battery, comparable in size– milliampere hours– to the batteries in the other smartphones in the comparison. Of course, the testing was done on a simulator, not on a real live cellphone network, so as the car mileage adage goes, ‘your mileage may vary.’
Here’s what doesn’t vary. Math. And physics.
The iPhone 7’s diminutive 1,960mAh battery gave 615 minutes of battery life for internet browsing, or .31 minutes per milliampere vs. Samsung’s Galaxy S7’s and HTC 10s 3,000 mAh at .26 minutes per milliampere, so it seems that iPhone 7 makes more efficient use of the smaller battery than HTC, LG, or Samsung make of a much larger battery. The iPhone 7 Plus features a comparable 2,900 milliampere battery, but the Which? website decided not to compare comparable battery sizes because that doesn’t make for an exciting link bait headline. The test and comparison also used a 3G call time simulator. The Samsung battery is rated at 22 hours with a slightly larger battery than iPhone 7 Plus, which is rated at 21 hours of call time, while the HTC 10 gets up to 27 hours on a larger battery. Of course, that’s just call time. What about time spent in various apps; Facebook, Instagram, Pokemon Go, camera, music, movies, games, etc? Silence.
Isn’t it interesting that the headlines don’t match the very obvious math and the very distinct physics?