LG G3 Winning the Battery Life Contest, Despite Power Hungry Specs (Corrected)

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. dgstorm
    Offline

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,965
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    [​IMG]

    Updated: PhoneArena issues correction to LG G3 Battery Life tests in which the G3 is no longer the top dog: Correction: new battery life results of G3 and S5

    The picture we have chosen above is rather appropriate. While the LG G3 is definitely not lying down when it comes to the features and specifications race, there is one way in which the phone is taking a nap, but that actually helps it beat its competitors. Apparently, the phone uses its energy so efficiently it is actually beating all of the big competitors at the moment in battery life tests, and this is despite the monster specs, like the 2K QHD display.

    [​IMG]

    In fact, it beat the next closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, by 30 mins in PhoneArena's "real world-like" battery usage tests. Here's a quote from PhoneArena describing these results further,

    On top of the long lasting battery, there is another optimization that LG has made to the G3. According to their testing, it also charges faster than many of its competitors. It's amazing to see just how far LG has been pushing their technological evolution in recent months/years. They are obviously very serious about gaining ground against Samsung and Apple.
    3 people like this.
  2. SpeJ3435
    Offline

    SpeJ3435 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    Are they comparing this to the Droid Maxx or the Droid RAZR Maxx which is two years old?
    2 people like this.
  3. FoxKat
    Offline

    FoxKat DF Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    8,606
    Likes Received:
    820
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Yeah... Chart says RAZR MAXX. Not really a fair comparison. The Droid MAXX is even more battery savvy than the RAZR MAXX was.

    Also, any of the manufacturers could make their phones charge faster. The tradeoff is shorter battery lifespan. In fact, most manufacturers typically try to charge their phones slower for one very important benefit. Slower charging and charging not near actual battery capacity will extend the life of these batteries. This is less of an issue for phones with removable batteries but a big issue for those that don't.

    Since most people charge their phones overnight from the time they go to bed, charge time isn't really a big concern for the great majority of phone users. The ones that really have a concern with how fast the phone charges are generally going to be those who run short on power mid day and need a quick boost.

    Still, even a quick boost can be accomplished with 15 or 20 minutes plugged in, even with slower charging phones, and give you a considerable portion of power for the late afternoon and evening. Personally I trade longer charge times for longer run times in every instance.

    What most people don't realize is that unlike older forms of rechargeable batteries such as nickel cadmium and a lesser extent nickel metal hydride, charging in multiple shorter bursts over the day actually result in a better battery life rather than one long charge each night. My advice to everyone is to practice the same procedures that I do. Plugin whenever and wherever you can, and keep your battery in much better condition for the day and also allow it to last longer. Mine is plugged in the moment I'm in the car and again when I reach my desk at work. I never run short..


    Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk
    4 people like this.
  4. trestevenson
    Offline

    trestevenson Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Messages:
    459
    Likes Received:
    27
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Florida
    That's a good question! The former is nearly a year old and has a 3500mAh battery, while the latter is over two years old and comes with a 3300mAh battery. The graph states that it's the Razr Maxx, which doesn't seem like the correct device to use in a comparison with the others on the list.
    1 person likes this.
  5. Dusty
    Offline

    Dusty Premium Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    808
    Likes Received:
    130
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    DC/NoVA
    Does anyone know what the root & bootloader situation is with the LG G3?
  6. bkdodger
    Offline

    bkdodger DF Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    3,333
    Likes Received:
    564
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Brooklyn, New York
    I don't ..but I doubt it will be bootloader unlocked ..I hope I'm wrong ..I'm waiting it out till I see what development looks like ...very very happy with this M8 fully unlocked ..

    M8 tap'd
  7. dgstorm
    Offline

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,965
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    They had a list of multiple devices that you could choose from. I just threw that one and the Galaxy Note 3 in the mix to show an older option and a bigger phone.
    1 person likes this.
  8. wicked
    Offline

    wicked DF Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    4,029
    Likes Received:
    352
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Nice. Can't wait to check out this phone. Thanks David!
    3 people like this.
  9. droidprincess
    Offline

    droidprincess Premium Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    2,680
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    VA Beach, VA
    I am so ready for the G3!

    sent from my hot Note 3
    1 person likes this.
  10. Bara65
    Offline

    Bara65 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2014
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    It's nice to see G3 doing well in this test but it would be better if PA revealed more details on their testing method.
    It seems odd that G2 does almost 30% worse than G3 here though it beat G3 on GSMarena battery test, especially on browsing. They noted that KK update nicely improved G2 battery life. This makes sense as G2 has the same battery size but slightly smaller screen and 1080p resolution with the same generation chipset 800 vs 801.
  11. Jeffrey
    Offline

    Jeffrey DF Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Messages:
    2,239
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Thailand
    The international version is Sim unlocked but the bootloader is locked. You can be sure the US version is totally locked.
    1 person likes this.
  12. Vepaot
    Offline

    Vepaot Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    34
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    KCMO
    Most people that buy flagship phones though, are people that get new phones at least once a year. By the time they've ruined the battery, it's on to the next phone anyway. And a lot of these carriers have trade up programs that don't check the status of the battery. Most likely when they refurbish it, putting a fresh battery in it is part of that.
    1 person likes this.
  13. cr6
    Offline

    cr6 DF Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    637
    Likes Received:
    192
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    NW Rocky Mtn region
    Very impressive! Thanks Mr Storm! :thumbup:

    ...on a side note...
    Hey bkdodger....You have developer edition M8 right? What do you think of the camera in real world use?
    I thought it was odd the Google Play Edition M8 still has a locked bootloader.
  14. FoxKat
    Offline

    FoxKat DF Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    8,606
    Likes Received:
    820
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Vepaot, I would agree with all your points. IMHO though, the issue is that "most" people don't buy flagship phones, and "most" people don't upgrade at least once per year. Those that do are the type that are on the "cutting edge" of technology, and would often be on forums like this, and for them (us), it better be the most powerful, fastest, highest resolution, longest-lasting, cutting edge, and often most expensive or they (we), are not happy. Virtually any of the metrics we gauge phone popularity and success by would have severely skewed results if we only based those categories on what those on the cutting edge do. They (we) aren't the bulk of sales and aren't the widest in the profit margins of buyers.

    It's the masses that the manufacturers try to cater to most, and for good reason. It's because they buy the greatest percentage of phones during the highest profitability periods - after the production runs have increased, the production costs have dropped, parts sourcing has expanded at lower price-points and the re-tooling expenses have been recovered, and before the prices have been slashed so dramatically that it's obvious they're simply trying to liquidate excess stock in advance of the next up and coming phone. Or in other words, during the 3/6 month to 1 year period of a particular phone's production run. Those people are also (IMHO), the ones most likely to charge once per day, overnight, and are less likely to be "battery gurus" carrying portable power packs, having multiple wall warts all around the house, plugging in whenever and wherever possible.

    I still say, give me a phone that charges in no less than 6 hours, but that lasts both all-day and into the next on one charge, and also will still do that at least 1 - 1.5 years from now. Now, when this (This Battery Could Charge Your Smartphone In 30 Seconds | Innovation | Smithsonian), or this (Charging portable electronics in 10 minutes: New architecture for lithium-ion battery anodes far outperform the current standard -- ScienceDaily) makes it to market then we'll be looking at battery life in a whole new way. We may ultimately go backwards in battery size and capacity to save weight and size, simply because charging can happen in from 10 minutes to as little as 30 seconds.
    1 person likes this.
  15. bkdodger
    Offline

    bkdodger DF Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    3,333
    Likes Received:
    564
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Brooklyn, New York

    I have a retail AT&T actually..you can unlock the bootloader through the htcdev website and terminal commands ..I was also able to s-off ..I'm hearing some peeps not able to s-off on a few of the latest updates ..but you can unlock no problem..camera is good for me ..but I'm hardly the photo type user to go by ..I thought the N3 took better pics ..but this phone is not as bad as some advertise either ..I don't use half the settings. Haha

    M8 tap'd
    2 people like this.
  16. Jeffrey
    Offline

    Jeffrey DF Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Messages:
    2,239
    Likes Received:
    392
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Thailand
    Let's face it. Tests are tests and real world is real world. How much time we get on a single charge will vary as we all use our phones differently.
    2 people like this.
  17. acousticshade
    Offline

    acousticshade New Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    397
    Likes Received:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan
    Have to say that LG has been impressive over the last year. Everything about the G2 rocks and after having 2 HTC phones, the G2 is a dream when it comes to battery life. Wish I had the cash to upgrade to the G3.
    2 people like this.
  18. bkdodger
    Offline

    bkdodger DF Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    3,333
    Likes Received:
    564
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Brooklyn, New York
    Loved the G2 in my small time with it.. And great battery .. We are definitely looking forward to G3 release... And I've never owned htc till just now I'm very surprised with the battery on M8.. They got it right let me tell you..

    M8 tap'd
  19. xeene
    Offline

    xeene Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    161
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    usa
    I don't think there is a single smartphone in the world that can outlast droid maxx on a single charge.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Beat that samsung, LG, htc and Apple!
    1 person likes this.
  20. bkdodger
    Offline

    bkdodger DF Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    3,333
    Likes Received:
    564
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Brooklyn, New York
    MaXX is solid for sure ..I think overall the devices are getting so much better with battery ..finally seems manufacturers are paying attention

    M8 tap'd
Search tags for this page

battery benchtest droid maxx lg g3

,
droid maxx battery life
,
g3 vs moto x battery test
,

lg g3 batery life span

,
lg g3 battery dgstorm
,
lg g3 battery issues
,
lg g3 battery life
,
lg g3 battery test
,
lg g3 bootloader
,
lg g3 contest
,
lg g3 life span
,

lg g3 specs

,
unlock vs980