The last thing you want is for your phone to run out of juice when you need it most.
Usually, a phone lasts a full work day with moderate use. But if you use it heavily, you’ll need to recharge it more often. Batteries also lose steam over time, running down faster the longer you’ve owned the phone. The possibility of losing battery — and therefore losing your communication hub — is frightening and real.
If you feel your handset battery seems to be stuck in the ’90s and doesn’t last as long as you’d like, you’re not alone. So if a long-life battery tops your list of smartphone needs, check out these top-scorers — they lasted impressively long during our lab tests for continuous video playback on Airplane mode.
Editors’ note: This post updates frequently. It was originally published October 31, 2011.
The Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone that manages to make a 6.2-inch screen look graceful. It has every hardware and software advantage of the ultrasleek, curved Galaxy S8, including long battery life. During its lab test, it lasted a solid 18 hours of usage. Read the Galaxy S8 Plus review.
As the cheapest, most “midrange” phone of Lenovo’s Motorola Moto Z series, we were stunned to see that the Moto Z Play not only had the longest battery life of the Z line, but of all the handsets we reviewed in 2016 and beyond. Clocking in a whopping 23 hours and 3 minutes, this handset is worth getting for the battery life alone (aside from the fact that it also works with useful modular accessories). Its Z Force counterpart didn’t do so shabby either, with a time of 16 hours and 32 minutes of video playback. Read the Moto Z Play review.
With its 22-hour lab time, the Galaxy A7 is a midrange Samsung phone that looks just like the Galaxy S7. Sure its Marshmallow OS is not the latest and it’s not water resistant like the S7, but if you’re looking for a cheap mid-tier Android, this is a good contender. Read the Galaxy A7 review.
The big-screen Mate 9 has an extremely powerful Kirin 960 octa-core processor and a nifty dual-camera setup that’s great for artsy shots. Its robust 4,000mAh battery will also survive throughout the workday and then some. In our tests, it lasted 18 hours and 35 minutes easily. Read the Mate 9 review.
With an affordable price starting at $439 or £399 (approx. AU$580), the 3T replaces the company’s last OnePlus 3 flagship with a more powerful Snapdragon 821 processor and a sharper front-facing camera. It also has a bigger battery that lasts over 16 hours. You still get OnePlus’ trademark Dash charging technology, which means the device charges super quickly. Read the 3T review.
Despite its iPhone-like design and warmer-than-usual temperatures we felt while gaming, the R9s Plus has an excellent camera, a large 6-inch display and an impressive 15-hour and 40-minute test time for its battery. Read the R9s Plus review.