We are all really excited for November 13th when Google will be launching most and if not all of its Nexus devices, specifically the LG manufactured Nexus 4. Concerns about this device don’t lay with the hardware, but the battery life specifically. Sadly, early results and looks at the battery aren’t fairing that well. Based on some tests that were unbiased and pretty scientific from AnandTech, the battery life on the very anticipated Nexus 4 will leave consumers wishing they had more. AnandTech did admit that they did not run through the entire battery life suite just yet, but they did make sure that it was fully tested, recorded, and the results published with the most important category.
This latest test is a whole lot different than the tests that were previously taken on the battery, if you are familiar with their previous methods at least. AnandTech changed their battery tests to better par up with the typical smartphone usage that happens these days. This new method they tried consisted of regular use of loading web pages at a fixed interval until the battery died with all displays calibrated at 200 nits. As was mentioned earlier, their older testing method was focusing on trying to closely mimic typical smartphone usage and usually involved changes to the network activity and the load on the processor or CPU. In the end of the test, what they ended up with was a extremely good representation of constant, heavy usage beyond the simple and regular browsing.
These results aren’t favorable at all for those that were hoping for a good long session off of a single charge. Considering that this handset isn’t even an LTE device, these results, I would say, are very abysmal. The Nexus 4 even scored below the LTE-enabled Galaxy S III.
All in all, the Nexus 4’s battery life is pretty disappointing. I guess it really depends on how important battery life is to you and how much you use that battery life. While the Nexus 4 has some pretty fantastic hardware, the tradeoff seems hardly worth it to me. Of course, everyone’s opinion is different, and so is their battery usage. Fortunately, a lot of us are very close to chargers, so the battery shouldn’t be a huge deal, although I do like not having to have my phone plugged into a wall at all times. Whatever the case, lets hope that the battery fairs a lot better upon launch than what the test results are providing us. While tests and studies can provide a lot of insight, it is only at launch that an official opinion can be made of the battery.
I will personally be looking forward to what the Galaxy Note II can offer in terms of battery life on November 9th when it launches on AT&T’s network.
All of this said, how important is battery life to you? Do you think that based on the tests provided that you will be able to get a good day out of your battery? Sound off in the comments below!
source: Talk Android