iPhone battery life compared to Androids

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by PracticalMac, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    A couple of coworkers complained about their lack of battery life with their Androids.
    One had a Galaxy S2 that he always has to plug in.
    Another has, I think an HTC, and purchased a number of spare batteries and saddle back battery packs so he can swap around all day and put in chargers.

    I have a plain 4, and can go 2 days to normal usage (3G is off all the time).

    I mentioned to them about turning off 3G, but neither did not know if they could turn off 3G on Android.

    Of course the 4S is more power intensive, but how bad compared to others?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2011
    Battery life on Android varies, really. Some people have good battery life, some have bad.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    I can get 2 days out of my G2 pretty easily, and I've never really thought about turning off the 3G mode. lol funny thought there!

    The battery life depends on a lot of things: LTE & WiMax modems eat up battery, large screens eat up battery, and HTC Sense is horrible about eating up battery. That, and while I can get 2 days out of my phone I usually get 1 - if I leave GPS navigation open and play internet radio at the same time I'd probably only get 4-5 hours xD GPS is particularly nasty on my battery!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2011
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Battery size, cpu power optimization, screen size, apps and widgets utilizing the cpu/gpu, modem type and use, and so on, all factor in to battery life. Some phones purposely come with cheap batteries (usually the cheap Android BOGO phones) and won't last but a few hours. Apple tries its best to optimize battery life, as I'm sure Samesung, LG, HTC and the rest do for their top of the line phones. These days I don't envy the engineers and coders that have to squeeze every drop of juice out of their OS, UI and battery for a specific phone.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2011
    The longest I've gone on my Galaxy S Captivate is 6 days without (fully) charging the phone. I never charged it past 60% because I kept forgetting to at night.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    I have an SGS2 Skyrocket and leave LTE and WiFi on all the time.
    I can get through an entire day of my normal use and still have approx. 20% battery left when I go to sleep.

    The newer LTE radios and SOC setups are not as power hungry as the earlier versions.
    Plus the power management software has improved greatly.
    The phone will idle the CPU at 385Mhz or deep sleep mode between screen usage.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    When I had my SGS2 I would get 1 day stand by battery and 5 hours usage. (Wifi browsing some texting no music). With 4S I get 7-8 hours usage and 1 day stand by with the same usage as my SGS2.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Which SGS2?
    There are 5 versions just in the US.
    Hell, AT&T carries 3 of them. The SGS2, Skyrocket and Captivate.
    Each uses a different SOC, so their power usage will vary.

    The Skyrocket (SGH-I727) and the T-Mobile version (SGH-T989) are the same phone. They both use the same pentaband radio (MSM8260). You can flash the T-Mobile radio onto an AT&T Skyrocket and is will work on T-Mobile's AWS 3G band.
    Just like you can flash the Skyrocket's radio onto the T989 and it will active the LTE frequencies on the MSM8260.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Jun 18, 2010
    The Captivate is the original Galaxy S (SGS1) variant from 2010.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand

    As you can see in my location, I'm not in the US. So I couldn't care less what version it is.

    I suppose it's the "international version". Anyway, I've had it before the SGS2 was even announced for US.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    My iphone 4 battery life is more than double of my brothers galaxy s
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2011
    Turning off 3G is really not a feasible idea. U buy such a hi tech gadget only to not utilise it at its fullest..

    Even keeping 3G on will get u a day of usage.. That's not bad as long as it gets u day..
  14. macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    I had to trade back my Galaxy Nexus. The battery life was horrible even with the extended battery. There was a reason why Verizon cut the price of all Galaxy Nexus batteries by 50%....
  15. macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Without any special settings, just daily use with everything on, etc - I unplug at around 6 AM, and plug it in at around 9 PM (So 15 hours) with about 20% left. That's using the phone, playing games, using 3G etc.

    On a Samsung Galaxy S2 i-777 (AT&T)

    With Power-Saving Mode ( Wi-Fi off, GPS off, brightness low, Data Network Mode off, etc), I can easily EASILY go >4 days.
  16. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    You don't know what version the phone was that you owned? :confused:

    That's like someone asking me which iPhone I have? And me saying "I don't know its an iPhone!" Lol
  17. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Wow... jerk city around here.
    My point was, there are many SGS2 variants out there.
    Some suck batteries dry and.some don't.

    There is no single "international version"
    The new Captivate is an SGS2 phone. ;)
    I believe it's official name is the Captivate Glide.
  18. macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA

    I'm 99% sure since he lives in NZ, he got a i9000. (Or 900, I forgot which one it was :p).
  19. Contributor


    Dec 8, 2009
    In my experience I have to charge my 4s every day, during the night.

    For comparison, my Lumia 800 (it's not and Android, but a WP7) with the same kind of usage lasts until 18:00pm ... while my old iPhone 4 was slightly better (one day and half).
  20. macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2012
    I can get a full day with my Evo 4g, using it all the time
  21. macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
    There are a lot of variables here...

    Carrier - If you are in a weak signal area all bets are off on battery life.

    CDMA or GSM - GSM seems to be a tad less battery hungry

    And the one that makes the biggest difference USAGE.

    What I consider "Light Usage" might be "Heavy Usage" to anyone else.

    But if you wanna deal in generalities

    Android sucks because this is a Apple forum. :D
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I have an iphone 4 and lose about 40% battery overnight doing nothing. 3G is on, wifi is off, bluetooth is off, and email checking is off. I hardly get half a day with my iphone before it dies and I only use it for about 10 minutes checking email or websites before it dies. However, I can talk 4-5 hours on the phone over 3G before it dies.
  23. macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    With Android a lot depends on how it's setup, lot of people have updates up the wazoo and stuff running in the background or checking 24/7 etc. Plus cell reception can cause bad drain depending on location and carrier. And then some have different versions, like my GS2 is only 4.3" and has the efficient Exyno's cpu. I haven't rooted or rom'd mine yet but going too, battery life is even more awesome with a custom Rom and no bloatware.

    All our phones are on at&t with excellent reception in South FL and for battery life with our use I would rank them as:
    4 > i777 GS2 > 3GS and 4S about a tie. My primary is the i777 and gf's is the 4S for work.
  24. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    This seems like a real hit and miss problem (like the iPhone 4s). Check out this thread...


    Then you can easily find someone complaining about how terrible theirs is. It looks like the latest version of ics may help. I'd like to get a gnex just to see if I could figure out the problem, I'm a geek like that.


    Btw there are more threads about android devices on macrumors then there are on androidcentral lol
  25. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Here is what I have found. iPhone 4 seems to have roughly the the same to slight better battery life for the same usage. If the screen is on a lot and cell data is being used heavily it will drain the battery in around the same time span. A friend of mine has a 4S and I have an Atrix 4G (both on AT&T). Often time he is limiting along at the end of his battery life in the evening but he is on the phone all the time. Our batteries seem to drain at around the same pace. It is the screen and cell data that toast these batteries. Comparing two people usage is not exactly fair as people have very diferent usage patterns.

    I will say the battery life on my phone jumped a lot once I got a tablet as my phone spent more time idle. It went from 12 hours to well over 30 hours but that was due to greatly reduce time of not using the screen.

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