The latest mobile phones are powerful devices, often with high resolution screens. They are continually processing information, updating, playing music and taking photographs. Every year, specifications are enhanced and operating systems are revised, whilst new versions of popular apps often use more power. Some phones now offer as little as seven hours of call time, or five hours of web browsing. If your device is one of these, you are probably doomed to carrying a weighty back-up power bank with you, negating the benefit of your sleek lightweight phone. Which currently available mobiles offer the kind of battery life that will allow you to use them all day without worrying about a flat battery?
The Battery-Life Champion: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Mate 10 Pro contains a 4,000 mAh battery and offers more than 15 hours of web browsing on a single charge. Its capacity is such that it could probably last for two days of use on a single charge if you were prepared to switch it to flight mode overnight. If battery life is your main concern, this is the phone for you. It offers a 6-inch screen which may not match the best, but is nonetheless more than competent.
A Top-of-the-Range Phone with a Great Battery: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
If you prefer something a bit closer to the top of the available range, and have the money to spend on it, the S8 Plus is an excellent large phone offering outstanding battery life. Despite the power needed to operate its high-resolution screen, it can still offer around 11.5 hours of continuous web browsing.
Top Battery Life on a Budget: Motorola Moto G6 Play
The G6 Play is a good value option. Whilst it lacks the processing power of top-of-the-range devices like the S8 Plus, the G6 Play is still a competent phone, and retails at a fraction of the price of some rivals. It offers 14.5 hours of web browsing on a single charge, so you’re unlikely to be left high and dry by a flat battery.
Battery Life and Performance Without Breaking the Bank: OnePlus 5T
The 5T is a well-reviewed device at a very competitive price. One of its strengths is its battery, which offers over 10 hours of web-browsing. This will certainly be one to consider if you don’t want to pay Samsung prices, but still want excellent performance.
Is there anything I can do without buying a new phone?
If you are struggling to eke out the life of your phone battery, aren’t planning to upgrade yet, there are a few tricks you can use to make a charge last longer. Firstly, turn the screen brightness down and use a darker wallpaper. Secondly, switch off wi-fi and bluetooth when you are not using them. Finally, use power-saving modes, and keep apps up to date. The easiest solution is, however, to simply buy a phone with a better battery!
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