Phones have come a long way over the past ten years. Selecting from the several different types of available phones can be a mind-boggling experience. Choosing between a regular cell phone and a smart phone can be a much more tedious process than anyone expects, given the long-term commitment (a year or more) that many contracted phone plans offer.
One of the most important factors in choosing a phone is battery life. All those high definition screens and high tech wizardry, like photo, video and numerous apps, takes power to run, and the more horsepower a phone has, the more important battery life becomes.
Not every phone is created equal when it comes to power needs or power supply, and the phones that are the best at using battery life are not necessarily the most popular phones on the market. For example, the LG Neon can deliver performance in the range of 8.68 hours of talk time on a single charge, but the Neon is not exactly cutting edge these days with many users opting for smart phones instead. Here is a look at three of the best smart phones available when it comes to battery life, taking into consideration a great report from the folks at Cnet.com and the general specifications and anticipated performance of the phone in question:
Apple iPhone 4
The iPhone 4 from Apple reigns as one of the top performing phones when it comes to battery life. The popular handset clicks in with 14 hours of talk time with 3G service turned off, and over 7 hours of talk time with 3G service enabled. The disparity is nothing more than proof that all those bells and whistles require a lot of power to run. Users of the popular Apple device will likely notice they are not running for the charger nearly as often as their non-iPhone using friends 3G or not.
Motorola Droid X
The Droid X offers a lot of horsepower and features for its owner, and fortunately the Droid X also serves up some impressive battery life. Officially, the phone has a battery use level of 480 consecutive minutes, which every math whiz in the world can put at eight hours. The 220-hour standby time is also a nice feature as the handheld in a perfect setting could be operated more than a week without a recharge. Of course, that is an impossible prospect for just about any owner as the whole point of having the Droid X is because it was needed in the first place. Still, knowing the phone has that kind of staying power can sway many folks to give the handset a chance.
Motorola Droid 2
The Droid 2 from Motorola has some impressive battery life. The unit boasts specifications placing it at 575 minutes (more than nine hours) of continual use and a standby time of 315 hours, which make the Droid 2 one of the most power wise models available. The Droid 2 has several things going for it, but the slide out keyboard instead of a dedicated virtual keyboard is likely just one of several big power saving advantages.
All things considered, the real world lifespan of a phone battery can vary wildly from user to user. Everything from number of photo taken (with or without the flash) to web pages surfed to number of text messages sent directly impact the battery life, which makes an effective comparison difficult at best. However, users looking to get the most performance for their charge should take a good look at the Droid X, Droid 2, and iPhone.