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Which? magazine claims iPhone 7 comes last in battery life tests

By Jos · 17 replies
Oct 3, 2016
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  1. Apple’s iPhone has never been a chart topper when it comes to battery life. Although by designing its own hardware and software the company is able to make its devices run efficiently, they also place a lot of emphasis in keeping them as svelte as possible, often staying away from larger batteries at the expense of longer runtime.

    The new iPhone 7 has a higher-capacity battery than the iPhone 6s (1,960mAh vs. 1,810mAh) However, according to UK-based consumer testing organization Which?, the iPhone 7 still has the worst battery-life of all the current flagship smartphones.

    The magazine compared Apple's 4.7-inch phone against the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG 5 in a series of tests designed to simulate for everyday usage.

    On the 3G call time test, the iPhone 7 managed 712 minutes, compared with 1,859 minutes for the HTC 10 and 1,759 and 1,492 minutes for the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7. It also lagged behind the Android phones for 3G internet use, though by a smaller margin, scoring 615 minutes, which was 25 minutes less than its nearest rival, the LG G5, 62 minutes less than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and and 175 minutes less than the top performing HTC 10.

    The report doesn’t paint a pretty picture for Apple. In all fairness, it’s worth pointing out that the iPhone 7 is the smaller device in the comparison and thus battery size is more limited than its rivals — the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 and 5.2-inch HTC 10 both pack a 3,000 mAh battery, while the 5.3-inch LG G5 has a 2,800 mAh battery. The 5.5" iPhone 7 Plus, which features a 2,900 mAh battery, wasn’t mentioned in the magazine’s test.

    Our own iPhone 7 Plus review should be ready shortly so we’ll further put these battery claims into perspective by comparing them to a range of Android devices.

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,896   +1,060

    The iphone 7 is an average phone with average specs.
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    I hate apple, but I will admit that they don't skip on hardware. IPhone 7 is fairly high specd, it is the closed ecosystem and planned obsolesence that ruins their products
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
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  4. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    I have a 2008 MacBook that would disagree with your planned obsolescence claim about Apple products. It's not my main machine but it works just fine after a couple of updates (a battery replacement and an SSD). For smartphones, it's not as great as that but you can still get decent performance from a 5s released three years ago, and the phone retains better resell value than anything Android.

    Although I'm using a Nexus 6P nowadays I can't say I have any complaints about the quality and durability of Apple products and the company's commitment to support them over the years. That's just been my personal experience.
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  5. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,896   +1,060

    Lets compare the iPhone 7 to a 30 month old S5 and my new 1 year old S6, just for fun.

    Apple iPhone 7: 1960MaH (non replaceable)
    Samsung S5: 2800MaH (replaceable)
    Samsung S6: 2550 MaH (non-replaceable)

    Apple iPhone 7: 750 X 1334
    Samsung S5: 1920 X 1080
    Samsung S6: 2560 X 1440

    Screen Size:

    Apple iPhone 7: 4.7"
    Samsung S5: 5.1"
    Samsung S6: 5.1"

    Apple iPhone 7: 2GB
    Samsung S5: 2GB
    Samsung S6: 3GB

    Mobile Hotspot Ability:
    Apple iPhone 7: No
    Samsung S5: Yes
    Samsung S6: Yes

    Wireless Charging Ability:
    Apple iPhone 7: No
    Samsung S5: No
    Samsung S6: Yes

    VR Capability:
    Apple iPhone 7: No
    Samsung S5: Yes
    Samsung S6: Yes (Supports official Samsung VR apps and headsets)
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  6. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Booster Posts: 167   +34

    The iPhone 7 can hotspot. It's called "Personal Hotspot".
    Also would a comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung counterparts be a fairer comparison? The Samsung devices mentioned are a similar size to a Plus, not a regular 7.
  7. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,896   +1,060

    You mean their $1000 phone?,Apple-iPhone-7-Plus/phones/9818,9816


    7+: 2900 mAh
    S7: 3600 mAh

    7+: 1920 X 1080
    S7: 2560 X 1600

    7+: 3GB
    S7: 4GB

    Talk Time:
    7+: 21 Hours
    S7: 27 Hours


    7+: $969
    S7: $799

    VR Support:
    7+: No
    S7: Yes (Full Samsung VR support for Apps and Headsets)

    Wireless Charging:
    7+: No
    S7: Yes

    You don't pay for hardware, you pay for the brand and popularity, and ease of operation. Popularity is the #1 seller.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
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  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    Do you think anyone really cares about VR? Its a gimmick that will go one enough people find out how sick it makes them. It can be a hotspot and you are now arguing over a pixel density that No one can notice. The resolution of the screens on these phones is getting ridiculous. Its nothing more than penis points.

    Anyway, their phones are durable, use high quality displays, there cameras have been good enough for awhile to replace point-and-shoot cameras. Along side all this is a very fast SiC. The battery is not a surprise, everyone knew that was coming when said they were removing the headphone jack to make the phone smaller.

    I'm not saying apple does not do dumb s***, but your arguments against the iphone aren't the ones you should be making.
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  9. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,896   +1,060

    Yeah I do.
    It's a mindblowing experience that will only grow.
    I had the same opinion as you before I tried it.
    If you haven't tried it or seen something like the Apatosaurus demo on a Samsung VR headset, then your opinion is weightless.

    Now thats just whining.
    No one I know who has used it (even for a few hours) ever got sick or dizzy.
    It is a mind-trip though.

    For VR 4k will make a nice difference.
    And yes 1080p on a phone is a huge difference from 720p or QHD, and 2K compared to 1080p isn't as noticable but its better.

    I don't care about Apple my girl just traded in her iPhone 5 for a 7 and I helped recommend it to her.
    I am just quoting raw data to compare what your getting.
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  10. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 324   +156

    The resale value of an old iPhone isn't because of its supreme quality - it's because there's a big Apple on the back of that smartphone.

    The market's perception drives the price and nothing more. Kinda like a gas-guzzling, status-showing Hummer. Looks cool, really expensive, but everyone knows it's the stigma that dictates "value".
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 848   +114

    I get pretty tired after 11 hours of talking in the phone so that's fine with me.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,258   +614

    "Flagships" should just be called status symbol/fashion statements. In a nutshell, that's about
    all they are...along with WAY overpriced. 800-1000 dollars for a flipping phone?
    Oh! but it's so much more!!! camera, video recorder, mp3 player, web browser bla bla bla.
    It's nothing more than a microwave oven. It does something. Period. I remember in the late
    60's, microwave ovens started becoming the "in" thing to get. They were well over 1,000 dollars.
    Now, every house pretty much has one and look how cheap they are. Cell phones, to an extent,
    should be priced accordingly, but, as long as sheeple (apple/samsung) are willing to spend upwards
    of 1,000 dollars on a stinking phone, you think the corporate people are going to change?
    The last 2 smartphones I bought, one in early 2014, was 299.00 and had a 4,000mAH battery.
    The one I bought 3 weeks ago, spec wise & benchmark wise stacks up to the flagships, and has
    a 4,000mAH battery, was only 420.00
    Until people say NO to these oversized fashion statements, the prices won't come down. From one
    new model to another new model, it's just a minor increase in speed. Oh yeah, that extra 0.03 seconds
    will make a HUGE difference....LMAO.
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  13. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,919   +1,115

    That really does depend on what you are doing with that MacBook. I can't imagine that gaming or editing would be a pleasant experience on that 2008 MacBook. If all you are doing with the device is surfing the web and watching video than anything pretty much anything will suffice.

    Retains better resale value? It really depends on the phone you are comparing it to. Pretty much any samsung galaxy has retained it's value very well. Yes there are plenty of other phones that drive in price but if anything that diversity is a boon. You can find great android devices at a fraction of the price. My Moto X Pure is a huge phone, bigger than the iphone 6 plus, and has excellent hardware. I only paid $140 for it. Had I purchased an iphone 6 plus instead I would be paying 3 times as much.
  14. Tribalcheetah

    Tribalcheetah TS Rookie

    If you are gaming or editing, you are either on a desktop or any very expensive laptop. I doubt something 8 years old is going to get you what today's tech can.

    At any rate, a Moto X Pure for 140 is a pretty good deal when they start at 289.99.
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  15. Iphones have smaller batteries so they won't last as long. It also means they don't need a fast charge. Most of these junk android phones use more power than a non fast charging USB socket will produce meaning that unless you have fast charge, you can't charge and use your phone at the same time.

    Although I would say this, the fact that you can replace the batteries on some android phones is commendable. It's often the only thing android has going for it.
  16. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,896   +1,060

    This whole paragraph is just garble.
    None of anything stated here is true and much of it does not make sense.

    Yeah ok. (y)

  17. Haha, it is actually true pal. I know it's an inconvenient truth but good luck charging an android phone using a 1v charger whilst at running Pokémon go. My iPhone on the other hand doesn't have any trouble with this...

  18. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    A smaller battery in the iPhone 7, but it explodes less. Sooooo, feature, not 'fault'?

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