The Best Android Phones for Battery Life

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on January 21, 2016, Buying Guides

Battery life can be the bane of a phone owners existence. And if you’re sick of constantly running to find the nearest power socket every ten minutes, then today’s blog is for you. There are solutions to bad battery life, including things like going into airplane mode, or buying a battery case that will give your phone more juice. But if you want great battery life out of the box, then you’re going to need to buy the best phone for the job. We’re taking a look at which phone models have the best batteries, and the results might not be quite what you expect…

A Note About Battery Life

Before we get to our list, a few words of explanation might be in order. A bigger battery does not necessarily mean better battery life, since how long your juice will last will depend on other things such as screen size and brightness as well as processing power, for example. You’ll notice that our list isn’t ordered by battery size, and that’s why, instead we’ve gone with how much actual use you can expect to see. Now, to the first place Android for battery life…

The Xiaomi Mi 4c

The Xiaomi Mi 4c

The Xiaomi Mi 4c

Xiaomi might not be a name that’s terribly familiar to UK customers, though since the company’s launch in 2011 it has become the fourth largest phone maker on the market. And the Mi 4c just about blows every other mobile out of the water when it comes to battery life. It’s packing a massive 3080 mAh battery, meaning that it will easily last all day and into the night.

The Mi 4c isn’t just about battery though. You’re also getting a five inch LCD screen, quad core 1.44 GHz processing power alongside dual core 1.82 GHz processors, and 3 GB of RAM as well. Camera specs are good with a 13 MP rear cam and a 5 MP front cam, and though there’s no SD card slot both 16 GB and 32 GB models are available. All in all, a pretty awesome package, though it might be tough to find with some operators.

The HTC One M9

The HTC One M9

The HTC One M9

A more recognisable name this time, and the One M9 is the current flagship model from HTC, with sleek styling and some monster specs. It’s carrying a 2840 mAh battery on board, giving you somewhere around 25 hours of talk time and a whopping 400 or so hours of standby time. The One M9 isn’t going to come cheap though, so be warned!

Battery aside, the M9 has top of the line specs. You’re getting a five inch LCD screen, octo core processing power (with a quad core 1.5 GHz processor and a quad core 2 GHz processor), and the full 3 GB of RAM. There’s a 20 MP rear cam and a 4 MP front cam, 32 GB of internal storage plus an SD card slot for up to 200 GB more. The One M9 has a lot going for it, and it doesn’t hurt that it looks great too!

The OnePlus One

The OnePlus One

The OnePlus One

Okay, the OnePlus One isn’t for everyone, not least because of its unfamiliar Cyanogen operating system (though that is overlaid with the more familiar Android operating system, so it’s not a big leap). It’s also pretty tough to get your hands on one. But if you can, you’ll be rewarded with a huge 3100 mAh battery, giving you around 13 hours or so of heavy use (for the moderate, regular phone user that should easily translate to a day or so).

On top of that, there’s a 5.5 inch LCD screen, quad core 2.5 GHz processor, and 3 GB of RAM. A 13 MP rear cam and a 5 MP front cam, and either 16 GB or 64 GB of internal memory round out the package. Not bad, but again, you might have to hunt one down.

The HTC One M8

The HTC One M8

The HTC One M8

If you can’t afford the might of the flagship HTC One M9, then its predecessor the M8 is also a worthy choice, and you won’t be missing too much. The M8 comes with a 2600 mAh battery which easily lasts the day for moderate phone users (though heavy users might need to plug in the charger before midnight).

What else does it offer? Well, there’s a five inch LCD screen, quad core 2.3 GHz processing power, and 2 GB of RAM on board. There’s also a dual 4 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front cam, either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, and an SD card slot for up to 128 GB more. All this makes the M8 a great phone that’s much more affordable than the M9.

The Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5

Rounding out our list is another older model, the Samsung Galaxy S5. Whilst it doesn’t have quite the performance of the newer S6 model, the S5 does get better battery life, with a 2800 mAh battery behind the scenes. That’s going to translate to more or less a day of use for the normal phone user, though Samsung’s awesome power saving modes can stretch that out for much longer if you’re prepared to play around with them.

So there’s great battery life, what else? Well, there’s a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED screen (a great power saving option, since AMOLED screens use less juice than LCD ones), quad core 2.5 GHz processing power, and 2 GB of RAM. There’s a 16 MP primary camera and a 2 MP front cam, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, and an SD card slot for up to 128 GB of external storage. As a plus, since this is an older model you get to save a few pounds too!

Battery Life in Conclusion

Yes, some phones simply do get better battery life than others, which means that you’re going to need to make your choice carefully. Go with any of our top five Androids for battery life, however, and you’ll find that you’re looking for that charger a lot less often than you might be used to!