Apple claims the iPhone 7 offers the “longest battery life ever in an iPhone.” Perhaps this is true. Unfortunately, Apple’s best ranks dead last compared to other handsets on the market, according to Which?, the United Kingdom Consumers’ Association magazine.
The iPhone 7’s battery life compares most poorly to the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5 when it comes to making calls and browsing the web.
Whilst the iPhone 7’s 712 minutes of call time (nearly 12 hours) may sound acceptable, the rival Samsung Galaxy S7 lasted twice as long – and it doesn’t even have the longest lasting battery. The HTC 10 lasted an incredible 1,859 minutes (that’s almost 31 hours).
The iPhone 7 also ranked last when Which? looked at Internet browsing time:
The 615 minutes of battery life offered by the iPhone 7 is 25 minutes less than its nearest rival, the LG G5, and 175 minutes less than the top performing HTC 10. In fact, the HTC 10’s 3G internet browsing time was even longer than the iPhone 7’s 3G call time.
Which? concludes that the iPhone 7’s “comparatively tiny cell” is the reason for its poor battery life. For example, The iPhone 7 features a 1,960 mAh battery compared to the HTC 10’s 3,000 mAh battery.
I have no doubt that the Which? tests are accurate. However, a better test would have been to compare the other models with the iPhone 7 Plus, which includes a 2,900 mAh battery.
As an iPhone 7 Plus owner, I’ve been unimpressed with the battery life on my device, at least two weeks in. It’s possible that my usage has increased compared to my iPhone 6s Plus. It’s also possible that time will resolve this issue, courtesy of an iOS software update.
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