Smartphones with seriously long battery life

If a long-life battery tops your list of smartphone needs, you can't do better than these.

What good is a phone that keeps dying on you? Nate Ralph/CNET

The last thing you want is for your phone to run out of juice when you need it most.

Usually, a handset lasts a full work day with moderate use. But if you use them heavily, you'll find you need to recharge it more often. Batteries also lose steam over time, running down faster the longer you've owned it. The specter of losing battery -- and therefore losing your communication hub -- is frightening and real.

If a long-life battery tops your list of smartphone needs, check out these top-scorers in CNET's continuous video (or talk time) tests.

Editors' Note:This post updates frequently. It was originally published October 31, 2011.


The Galaxy S6 Active's battery is as tough on the inside as this phone is on the outside. James Martin/CNET

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active isn't just tougher on the outside than your average bear. Its 16.8-hour average performance in three video loop tests caused a couple of double-takes. Not everyone may like an embedded battery, but the 3,500mAh ticker did its job. Built-in wireless charging and several battery-saving modes give phone owners other options for either topping-up or conserving previous power. Read the full review.


Pocket this battery bad boy all day long. Josh Miller/CNET

ZTE Grand X Max+

If you can stomach this budget phablet's minor drawbacks, you'll appreciate its 16-and-a-half hours' worth of video playback time, according to CNET's lab-run tests. That embedded 3,200mAh battery helps power up the 6-inch display, a notorious slayer of battery life. Still, we'd keep that screen auto-dimmed if we were you. Read the full review.


The quick-charging Turbo battles battery drain. James Martin/CNET

Motorola Droid Turbo

"Turbo" says it all. The handset packs a 3,900mAh battery that includes quick-charge technology, and video playback can also last up to 14 hours and 43 minutes. Feel free to talk your head off, too -- the phone lived for 34 hours straight of continuous talk time. Read the full review.


Just because it's a budget phablet doesn't mean its battery has to give out anytime soon. Josh Miller/CNET

LG G Vista

With its 720p display and Snapdragon 400 processor, the G Vista doesn't have the most powerful hardware internals around. But for a competitively priced phablet, its battery life is ace. Between two US carrier models, the phone played continuous video anywhere from 14 to 17 hours straight. That should give you an idea of how it'll run in your area. Read the full review.


With the Passport, you can talk all day... literally. Josh Miller/CNET

BlackBerry Passport

Despite its unusual square design, the Passport is a powerful handset that'll keep you productive with its comfortable touch-sensitive physical keyboard. And with its impressive battery life, you can afford to keep working -- it was able to last over 26 hours during our lab test for talk time. Read the full review.


ZTE's ZMax battery goes the distance. Lynn La/CNET

ZTE ZMax

Sporting a 5.7-inch display, 8-megapixel camera and 3,400mAh battery, the ZMax from ZTE is another midrange phablet that scored well on our battery-drain test. It played an impressive 16 hours and 43 minutes of video without a problem. Read the full review.


Wonder why those smartphone batteries never seem to last as long as you'd like? Learn why here: Why is my battery stuck in the '90s?

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