Smartphones with seriously long battery life (roundup)

CNET highlights eight impressive smartphones that showed outstanding battery life in our lab's performance tests.


Editors' Note: This post was originally published October 31, 2011, and is updated frequently.

Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world.

They're cell phones, music and video players, portable games consoles, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers; the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life (especially on handsets with hefty, bright screens) and when you depend on your handset for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.

With moderate use, smartphones usually can last a full day before needing to be recharged, but not all gadgets are created equal -- some simply run out of steam early, while others can hang in there for the long haul. Below, you'll find eight impressive devices that scored high in our CNET Labs battery tests for continuous video or talk time. Give one of these devices a try if you're looking for a handset that packs some serious juice.

As the newest member of Motorola's line of long-lasting handsets, the Droid Turbo doesn't disappoint. James Martin/CNET

Motorola Droid Turbo, November 2014

Motorola's family of Droid devices are known for their high capacity battery, and the Turbo is no exception. The handset packs a 3,900mAh battery that not only has quick-charge technology, but its video playback can also last up to 14 hours and 43 minutes. And feel free to talk your ear off too -- the phone went 34 hours straight for continuous talk time. Read the full review.

Samsung's popular marquee handset scored well in our video tests. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy S5, April 2014

Samsung didn't hold anything back when it created its flagship GS5. Packing a blazingly fast quad-core processor, a gorgeous 1080p screen, and a water resistant body, the phone also features a top-notch battery. In our test for video playback, it lasted a solid 15 hours and 18 minutes. 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, September 2014

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 between 14 to 17 hours straight. Read the full review.

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

BlackBerry Passport, September 2014

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.

With its exceptional battery results, your phone conversations on the Lumia 1320 can go on and on... Josh Miller/CNET

Nokia Lumia 1320, January 2014

For Windows Phone enthusiasts, the Lumia 1320 will stand out in a number of ways. First, it has a shockingly orange paint job, its 6-inch screen is massive, and most notably, its battery is ample. It soldiered on for a whopping 43 hours and 10 minutes for our talk time test -- one of the longest stretches we've seen. Now that's some serious juice. Read the full review.

The ZMax lives up to its name with a very maximum battery life. Josh Miller/CNET

ZTE ZMax, September 2014

Sporting a 5.7-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, and 3,400mAh battery, the ZMax from ZTE is another mid-range 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.

The Note 3 is a productivity workhorse with a battery to match. Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, October 2013

You can't talk about smartphone battery life without some mention of Samsung's Galaxy Note. Equipped with plenty of baked-in software features that encourage productivity, and a smart S Pen, the device was designed for a power user. Makes sense, then, for its battery to last a long time too. Its third iteration managed to deliver 15 hours of video. Read the full review.

This phone lasted longer than a full day for video playback. James Martin/CNET

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G, June 2014

The Ascend Mate 2 4G is a mouthful of a name, but at least its battery won't give you much trouble. For our video-playback test, this handset took 25 hours and 54 minutes to fully drain, putting it on the short list for an everlasting phone. Read the full review.


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