There are quite a few cell phones on the market that suffer from awful battery life, and many cell phone users have resigned themselves to the idea that good battery life requires a sacrifice in functionality. After all, a cool phone can’t have a ton of talk time, right?
Well, no. There are plenty of phones that give their users exceptional talk time, and many of them have a host of high end features. Here’s a look at a few of the cell phones with the best battery life on the market.
Motorola Karma QA1 – The QA1 offers about 312 minutes of talk time according to Cnet (about 5.2 hours for those of you who hate doing math). It’s not the best smart phone on the market, but it’s competent enough: you can get 3G service and while some reviewers don’t like the keyboard on this thing, I found it much better than some of the touchscreen options out there. A flash-lite browser makes it better than the iPhone for browsing (yeah, I said it) and a great phone for anyone who’s looking for a low cost first smartphone. Good battery life and good features–that’s what we need in every smartphone. Get on it, Motorola.
HTC Legend – The HTC Legend has Google’s Android software, making it a real competitor for the iPhone’s place at the king of the cell phone hill, and it’s both fast and beautiful. It’s also got great talk time at about 7 hours. It’s hard to gauge how that battery life translates to gaming and other tasks, but the HTC legend is a great choice for non-iPhone fans who want a capable smart phone that will last for a while between each charge.
Apple iPhone 4 – I expect the haters to come out of the woodwork in the comments section, but the iPhone really does have an exceptional battery life for a smart phone. The new iPhone 4 has 7 hours of talk time on 3G according to Apple and can get about 6 hours of Internet browsing. If you use the iPhone for games, you’ll see shorter battery life, but really 7 hours on 3G is pretty spectacular. Maybe Apple’s still smarting from the perceived low battery life of previous generations of the iPhone (and by the way, they’ve never really lagged behind in this category). Whatever the case, the iPhone 4 is a real contender for users looking at cell phones for their stamina.
“Apple iPhone 4 Specs”, Apple.com.
“HTC Legend Specs,” GSM Arena.
Lee, Nicole. “Motorola Karma QA1 Review,” CNET.com.