With the latest brand of smartphones deploying some of the more resource-intensive applications, it is critical that your smartphone has a good battery life. In this article we take a look at some of the top smartphones which sport the bulkiest batteries and round up with what the top reviewers from around the web say about them.
Our rankings are based on the ReviewGist score – which combines ratings from expert reviewers from around the web to give you a single quality score from 1 to 100. Further, we narrowed down the selection to some of the latest models which support the biggest battery capacities.
1. LG Optimus G Pro
LG Optimus G Pro is LG’s latest phablet offering and stands as a direct rival for the phablet offering from Samsung: Galaxy Note 2, except for the fact that Optimus G Pro doesn’t come with a stylus. The large 1080 x 1920 resolution screen of Optimus G Pro is accompanied by 4G LTE network support, 13 Megapixel camera, latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 operating system and a humoungous 3140 mAh battery capacity.
The first thing noticeable about the Optimus G Pro is its screen which is stuffed with 400 pixels per inch, and IPS LCD technology being implemented. CNET review picks the Optimus G Pro’s display and puts it among the list of good things about the devices and briefing it as sharp and crisp. TechRadar review too marks the display as stunning and underlines the pixel density of the smartphone as an eye-popping thing.
CNET’s battery test resulted in getting solid figures like talktime of over 20 hours.
With a quad-core processor, you can always be sure that your smartphone is efficient and powerful. Talking about the quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor deployed on LG Optimus G Pro, TechRadar comments that the overall performance as efficient and pleasing. PhoneArena analyzes the multitasking taking the help of the processor, to provide lag and stutter free performance.
Overall, the reviews of LG Optimus G Pro conclude that the smartphone performs well with extremely responsive screen and the other high-end specs. Note that unlike some of the top-end smartphone models, Optimus G Pro comes with a removable battery and an expandable memory slot.
With a gorgeous 5 inch Full HD screen, the display of LG Optimus G Pro stands as one of the main reason to buy the smartphone. The other being its great battery backup which assists in you performing all day activities without plugging the phone to a power source. But if you cannot handle this large smartphone with your hands, you could opt some really cool smartphones with lesser screen sizes.
2. Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Motorola has delivered a new smartphone: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, with a long lasting battery which is an upgrade to the earlier model: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. The two Android smartphones are almost identical except for the fact that the latest model has more storage capacity and improved pixel density because of the HD screen.
A smartphone isn’t always complete with an HD display, and the upgraded DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with a 4.7 inch quality AMOLED screen of 720p (720 x 1280) resolution. CNET mentions the video details as very crisp and, viewing angles are nice and wide. PhoneArena review too notices the same things but also finds the display hard to view in direct sunlight.
Battery life of DROID RAZR MAXX HD is actually the nicest thing about the phone and the TechRadar quirkily comments that the phone’s got a solid battery life which could handle meaningless tasks for ages. Battery (non-removable) specifications like 32 hour talk time (for 3G networks) and 3300 mAh battery capacity has made CNET to express the battery life as something legendary and great.
Despite the device’s great support for 4G LTE, DROID RAZR MAXX HD has an unbeatable battery life. If you want your smartphone to be a multimedia device with an uncompromising battery, HD display, large storage capacity (memory expandability supported) and an acceptable processor speed, DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a worthy choice. And apart from its dull camera, the downside of buying this smartphone is that it supports the latest version of Android: Jelly Bean, but you need to upgrade your phone manually from the pre-installed Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich after the purchase.
3. Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an upgrade to the previously released Samsung Galaxy Note, with a bigger screen, improved processor, longer battery life and more storage capacity variants. This 5.5 inch phablet from Samsung can be your perfect companion while watching videos, reading, playing games and performing many more activities. The 4G LTE capability on Note 2 means that the web access can be the most productive thing you could get from this device. With all the positive notes on this Android smartphone, there are still complaints about the carrying and handling of this large-sized gadget.
With 3100 mAh battery capacity, Note 2 stands comparable to DROID RAZR MAXX HD and DROID RAZR MAXX from Motorola, in terms of battery life. Another real advantage here is that you can easily remove and replace your smartphone’s battery. PhoneArena and CNET reviews have had good experiences with the Note 2’s battery and have found the battery to be pretty useful for video playback. TechRadar review conveys that the battery manages to put a good effort in but the review also remarks that the battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is not thoroughly amazing.
Samsung Galaxy Note’s 720 x 1280 (HD) resolution on 5.5 inch screen yields a lesser ppi value of 267 despite the implementation of latest Super AMOLED technology. An infact Note 2 has got a lesser pixel density than the Note. PhoneArena review praises about the viewing angles the phone supports, but puts the display quality pretty close to LCD display and CNET review too asserts that the screen to be less sharper than its competitors.
If you are comfortable with handling the large screen phone, the powerful device can turn out to be more productive than ever with its performance oriented features. Aspects like decent camera, AMOLED screen, expandable memory slot, removable battery and its long life, can affirm your decision of buying this phone. And at its time of release, Galaxy Note 2 was the only player in the phablet market and it really initiated a trend of large screen phones: and now considering its high price, there are a few good alternatives you could also consider.
This list of the top smartphones with the best battery life was compiled in June 2013. For an ever updated list of the best battery life smartphones at ReviewGist check out the link here. We continuously update our cellphone selection from the latest cellphones by the top manufacturers, match them to the expert reviews from around the web to give you the most updated list of the best cellphones to buy.