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Top Smartphones With The Best Battery Life

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.


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.

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Hrishikesh is a gadget freak and is your best source to find the best cellphones to buy for your needs. Hrishikesh is a resident editor at ReviewGist and manages the top cellphone category - ReviewGist helps you find the best gadgets to buy and is your trusted source for the most upto-date recommendation on the top cellphones to buy.



  1. Steve Morris

    July 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Also worth checking out are the Sony Xperia SP with a 2370mAh battery and stamina mode and in the budget range the Sony Xperia E with a 1530mAh battery.

  2. harshi

    July 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    i Persnally prefer Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD ! as i use and have had a very nice experience with the batery backup !

  3. Todd

    July 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Hi Hrishikesh,

    You have done a good job, I think the best smartphone with long battery life is been made by Samsung. As I have a good experience with it, i have purchased Samsung Galaxy S3 before 8 to 10 months, inspite of extensive use of smartphone, i was surprised that the battery backup was working for more than 35 hours.Thanks for sharing this nice article.

    • Hrishikesh Deshmukh

      July 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for the comment. I know Samsung Galaxy S3 has long battery life with 2100mAh battery capacity. As the battery life is directly dependent on battery capacity, we have taken top smartphones with battery capacity of more than 3000mAh and that to top 4 smartphones in that list so Samsung galaxy s3 is not listed here in this article.

  4. Ted Garza

    July 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Yes, indeed! With today’s various Apps one can lose not hours, but days trying to get out of the mobile world 🙂

  5. Gautham

    July 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I have owned the Samsung Galaxy note 2 for about 2 weeks now and I’ve never had a phone with a battery life like this, I honestly mess around on it all day long, I check e mails, send e mails, surf the Web, watch videos on YouTube, and I work at least 10 hours a day, when I get home I put it on wifi and use it for everything instead of my laptop. When I go to bed at night and put it on charge is always on about 40% battery life, it’s just an amazing phone

  6. Krishna

    July 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

    i have tried a lot of different smartphones. Right now I can say without a doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the most incredible smartphone I have ever seen. Until you have tried the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, you CAN NOT say any other smartphone is better. My battery life is amazing. I surfed the internet stayed 1hour talking and after 13 hours straight, I still had at least 50% left. I can play videos and simultaneously streaming the internet including read emails while my video plays in the corner of my screen without lag. In my video library all of my videos play at the same time without slowing down my phone. My phone screen never times out as long as i am looking at it; that feature is incredible. While im using the S-pen to draw lines if my lines are not straight it will auto fix it. I can hubber over my picture library and the photos will pop up displaying a glimpse of the pictures. Before you say your smartphone is better can it do any of that?

  7. Tushar

    July 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Does a bigger battery really mean more life? I wish the battery makers could make as big advances as do the makers of other parts, but I’m not an expert. All I know is that I want the new HTC Droid DNA and can’t get it on AT&T’s 4GLTE for working with my salon clients (taking pics of styles and filing them away). It’s all too complicated with closed doors everywhere. Navigating what’s possible is hard.

  8. Jeff

    July 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Bigger battery life rally matters. It sucks when you have to recharge your phone in the middle of the day while your playing or browsing the wed. I’m using galaxy note 2 and battery life is great. But I do recharge the phone every other day specially when I’m using it a lot.

  9. Rohit

    July 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I hate samsung smartphones., I would prefer other two instead of samsung.. by the way nice infographic.

  10. phil

    October 5, 2013 at 6:42 am

    2600 mAh battery of Samsung Galaxy S4 can provide 1051 minutes of call time or 405 minutes of web surfing if the phone got full charge, which takes 164 minutes. I think its best for sufficient battery life with a large screen and high-end specs.

  11. arvind

    January 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    LG Optimus G Pro is the best smartphone. The LG G Pro in which feature is very smart i like this feature. Its battery capability is very high. LG Optimus G Pro is battery 3150 mAH battery.
    thanks for sharing

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