In the past two years, Android smartphones have leap-frogged Apple iPhones when it comes to battery life. Android smartphones can now generally last almost two full days of moderate use, while Apple is still squarely stuck in the “charge every night” territory. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with bigger, juicier batteries. In this post, we will discuss iPhone 6 battery life when compared to iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 5s.
iPhone 6 Battery Life Comparison (Table)
As you can see quite plainly, the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus has a relatively huge advantage at music playback, and 3G talk time, with reasonable bumps in WiFi / Data browsing, and video playback. The 4.7″ iPhone 6 itself has a slightly improved battery life, but I feel the difference is not something you’ll notice if you are upgrading from a 5s or 5c. 4S or 4 owners will surely see a day-and-night difference, however as older, heavily used iPhones have reduced battery life.
Until actual reviews come out, we cannot truly compare the iPhone 6 Plus’ or iPhone 6’s battery life with contemporaries like the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S 5, Moto X, and the HTC One M8. I am particularly looking forward to AnandTech’s deep, technical review.
Device Thickness vs. Battery Life
Apple prefers reducing the former while simultaneously boosting the latter in whatever little ways it can. I feel as if Apple intentionally keeps battery life expectations low because a slimmer, smarter-looking smartphone looks better in advertisements than the opposite kind. It also must sell better, of course – we know the latest iPhone is always the single most sold smartphone in the US every year.
The competition forced Apple to go against its mantra of “smaller displays are more usable”. We are hoping they will force Apple to stop shaving away millimeters year after year, and start focusing on improving battery life.
Keeping separate chargers at home, work and in the car is a hassle I would love to pay to avoid. What about you?