Always at the forefront of innovation when it comes to mobile autonomy, Motorola has done it again, just as Lenovo was closing the device manufacturer’s purchase. They’ve taken the wraps off and commercially released the Droid Turbo, which grabs the battery powerhouse baton right from the hands of the dying Droid Maxx.
Not all about juice, the 5.2 incher offers top-shelf specifications through and through, including a blazing fast quad-core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 21 MP dual-LED flash camera and Quad HD Super AMOLED screen.
But the biggest draw remains the gargantuan 3,900 mAh battery, promising an otherworldly 48 hours autonomy despite having to handle such a power-strenuous display/CPU combo. This is hands down the best option for people on the move (like James Franco), and it might be a while until some other phone can come close to the Turbo’s breathtaking cell numbers.
Remember, this also comes standardly equipped with a Turbo charger, capable of reviving the device in 15 minutes so as to endure eight extra hours of continuous use. Incredible!
What are we doing here then? Well, it’s only fair to offer Droid Turbo’s rivals a chance to compete. Besides, you may for some reason not dig the Turbo as much as we do. Maybe you hate Verizon. Maybe you just hate exclusives. Perhaps you feel the Kevlar-covered back is too much. Finally, you may have a problem with the pricing of the 5.2 incher.
Here are seven other big-battery contenders ergo, some of which are mighty cheap for what they bring to the table:
- 7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- 6. HTC One Max – $100 with Sprint contracts; $390 factory unlocked
- 5. LG G Flex – $0.01 with AT&T pacts, $49.99 on Sprint, $460 factory unlocked
- 4. Lenovo P780 – available at $192 unlocked
- 3. Lenovo S860 – $202 unlocked
- 2. Huawei Ascend Mate 2 – $300 factory unlocked on Amazon
- 1. Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – up for grabs at $700 on Amazon
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Available on Amazon for $300 with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contracts; $844 in unlocked international flavor
Fine, the Note 4 doesn’t pack a huge battery per se. But it’s huge considering. Considering Sammy’s focus was elsewhere, and considering the phablet is 8.5 mm thin and tipping the scales at 176 grams.
Above everything, it’s not about size, it’s about what the Note 4 can do with the 3,220 mAh battery. And according to GSM Arena, it can do a lot, lasting a whopping 28 hours and a half in talk time, and scoring an 87h endurance rating.
Incredibly enough, Samsung is modest and officially rates the 5.7 incher’s talk time endurance at 20 hours.
6. HTC One Max – $100 with Sprint contracts; $390 factory unlocked
Again, 3,300 mAh may feel underwhelming at first. But following discount after discount, the One Max has become affordable enough to be a smart buy despite its relatively unimpressive 22-hour drive in GSM Arena’s test.
That was on Jelly Bean, mind you, with KitKat likely to boost the figure by at least an hour. Needless to say Lollipop will do the same, when and if it lands on the fingerprint scanner-toting 5.9 incher.
5. LG G Flex – $0.01 with AT&T pacts, $49.99 on Sprint, $460 factory unlocked
The G Flex is the last semi-featherweight we’ll recommend, we promise. The thing is the curved “banana phone” has an ace up its sleeve besides the hefty but not record-breaking 3,500 mAh cell. A 6-inch 720p P-OLED screen that should go easy on autonomy.
Far easier than Quad HD panels, that’s for sure. Engadget says the gizmo took their exhausting video rundown test like a champ, keeping the lights on for 14 hours before powering off. That’s a different benchmark from GSM Arena’s measurements, so the lower number isn’t any less impressive.
In fact, it could be more impressive. Let’s just hope LG doesn’t plan on dropping software support anytime soon, on account of the G Flex keeping a fairly low profile in recent months. Once the novelty wore off, we didn’t hear much about it.
4. Lenovo P780 – available at $192 unlocked
Now we’re talking. The P780 is the oldest and least impressive (on the whole) smartphone on this list, but it’s also the cheapest of the bunch. And you can’t beat cheap. Not sub-$200 cheap.
The 4,000 mAh juicer promises an outstanding 840 hours (!!!) autonomy in stand-by, and at least 24 hours in talk time. And we actually believe Lenovo. In fact, the Chinese OEM might be playing coy, as P780’s internals should very lightly impact battery life.
You have a frugal quad-core 1.2 GHz Mediatek chip, skimpy 1 GB RAM and, for image displaying purposes, a 720p 5-inch IPS panel. 24 hours is a modest goal, we’d say.
3. Lenovo S860 – $202 unlocked
Packing an identical 4,000 mAh battery as little bro, the S860 is punchier, better-looking and slightly pricier. The 5.3-inch HD display doesn’t sound like a major predicament for the phone’s autonomy objectives, and the 1.3 GHz Mediatek CPU comes with a similar degree of frugality.
The 2 gigs of RAM are thus the biggest difference between the P780 and S860, and the latter’s ace in the hole. Officially rated at 24 hours of continuous use in 3G talk time, and up to 960 in stand-by, the S860 can probably reach higher and dream bigger. As far as talk time is concerned, at the very least.
2. Huawei Ascend Mate 2 – $300 factory unlocked on Amazon
It’s hard to describe what kind of backlash Huawei is facing on the heels of its idiotic controversial decision to stop Ascend Mate 2 software support… before it could even start it. Let’s just say the Asian company’s execs may soon wish they never pursued their American dream.
Regardless of the aging Android iteration the 6.1 incher is destined to live out its miserable life on, Mate 2’s fortes can hardly be denied.
Number one – incredible battery life, courtesy of a 4,050 mAh cell. Two – a low, low price tag unlocked with 4G LTE support. Three – stellar camera capabilities, quad-core processing power and plenty of RAM to go around. Last but not least – screen real estate. So much real estate.
1. Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – up for grabs at $700 on Amazon
Whoa, whoa, whoa, where did this come from? Mate… 7?!? Where are the Mates 3, 4, 5 and 6? Perhaps taking a page from Microsoft’s playbook, Huawei wanted to suggest a major and sudden franchise evolution. Still, skipping four numbers in one go feels a little extreme.
Also extreme, charging $700 for a device from a fairly untrusted gadget producer. Clearly, the ask will be soon enough lowered, but in the meantime, if you’re feeling nutty and have cash to burn, the Mate 7 is pretty darn appealing.
It’s got a colossal 4,100 mAh battery under the hood, yet somehow measures a slender 7.9 mm in depth. A nice-looking, well-executed fingerprint sensor adorns its rear, and the entire chassis is constructed out of aluminum.
Speaking of phenomenal construction, the metal doesn’t raise the weight bar as much as you’d expect. Yes, 185 grams is a lot, but not too much. Maybe $700 isn’t too much either at the end of the day? Yeah, no, it’s probably wiser to stick to the Ascend Mate 2… for now.