This may be hard for Apple and its loyalists to hear, but the iPhone 7 does not have better battery life than the best Android phones.
Here’s an explanation of the publication’s battery life testing:
In the interest of fairness, we test battery life using our own phone network simulator. This ensures that the signal strength is consistent for each test, which is important as a phone has to expend more power when it’s struggling for reception. We also set the screen brightness on every phone to the same level. Finally, we perform a full ‘power cycle’ of each phone’s battery prior to testing – that means fully discharging and then charging it.
The results from the tests show that Apple’s iPhone 7 sits in dead last among the four devices in both call time and internet time. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG’s G5 sat in the middle of the pack while HTC and Apple capped the ends. HTC has gone on to proclaim the victory on social media to prove the HTC 10 is a great phone.
When looking at call time, you’ll notice the iPhone 7 wasn’t anywhere close to third place. The Galaxy S7, clocking in with 1,492 minutes, doubled the iPhone 7’s battery life. It was a tighter race for internet time, but Apple’s flagship was still in last by 25 minutes to the G5.
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If you’ve been on Twitter in recent days, you’ve likely seen people complaining about battery life with iOS 10. It appears the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system isn’t properly optimized with the hardware to give lengthy battery life. These Android devices, though, have all been praised for strong battery life.
A big contributor for the HTC 10, Galaxy S7, and G5 dominating the iPhone 7 here is battery size. The iPhone 7 has a small 1960mAh battery while none of the others have a battery less than 3000mAh, so there’s the opportunity for Apple to spin this around.