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Sep 22, 2014

iPhone 6 Battery Life Tests Show Controversial Results

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been available on the market for about three days and the first reviews or preliminary reviews have already been published online.

However, some test results look very different depending on the online publication reviewing the iPhone 6. Although when it comes to synthetic benchmarks, each reviewer uses his/her preferred software, there’s got to be a common ground at some point. Unfortunately, the battery life tests that have just emerged online don’t appear to have anything in common when it comes to results. They are pretty much different in all aspects. When Apple announced that iPhone 6 would carry a non-removable 1810 mAh battery with 3.82V nominal voltage, everyone feared, and some even laughed, that it would not be enough to make up for the smartphone’s bigger screen. Well, it appears that Apple’s 1810 mAh battery inside the iPhone 6 is a huge step forward, according to Anandtech’s preliminary review.

One of the most prestigious websites when it comes to technical reviews, Anandtech ran a battery life test on the iPhone 6, which was “standardized on 200 nits and ensure that our workload in the web browsing test has a reasonable amount of time in all power states of a SoC.” The benchmark results show impressive performance when it comes to battery, as iPhone 6 manages to surpass HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, as well as the Nexus 5, LG G2 and pretty much every other Android smartphone available on the market with few exceptions (Motorola Moto G, HTC One E8). On the other hand, Phonearena’s iPhone 6 battery test puts the smartphone under Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3.

According to Phonearena, the reviewer “measures battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage.” As you can see, different testing methods offer different results, so in the end it’s up to each and every one of us to agree with one or more tests that have been recently published online.

iPhone 6 Plus has the second best battery included in a smartphone

On a side note, the iPhone 6 Plus’ 2915 mAh battery seems to be one of the best ever included in a smartphone. In fact, it’s only second to Huawei’s Ascend Mate 2, and this phablet comes with a huge 4050 mAh battery. Obviously, iPhone 6 users might get completely different results in day-to-day use, so take these synthetic benchmarks with a tint of salt until you can test it for yourself.

Anandtech iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery life tests
Image credits to AnandTech

Phonearena iPhone 6 battery life test
Image credits to PhoneArena


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