With their zippy quad-core processors and big screens, smartphones have never been more powerful–or more power hungry. Specs and apps matter, but what good are they if you’re hunting for an outlet by lunchtime? If you want a smartphone that endures, check out the handsets given below and see for yourself which smartphones truly go the distance.
LG G2 (Multiple Carriers): It’s clear that LG built its latest flagship phone to last. If its blazing fast Snapdragon 800 processor wasn’t enough, the G2’s 3,000 mAh battery lasted a record-setting 13 hours and 44 minutes on a battery test. The AT&T version lasted 10 hours and 42 minutes, while the Verizon model lasted 9:14. All of these runtimes are great. While the back-mounted power and volume keys aren’t for everyone, overall the G2 is a formidable Android phone that’s built to go the distance.
Nokia Lumia 1520 (AT&T): Nokia’s first phablet is a doozy, offering a glorious 6-inch 1080p display, a zippy Snapdragon 800 processor and an excellent 20-MP camera. Not bad at all for just $99. It gets better. The Lumia 1520 lasted an imprssive 11 hours and 28 minutes on a battery test. If you’re thinking about Windows Phone and want a big screen, this will be a better bargain.
LG G Flex: The LG G Flex is one of the most unique smartphones yes, sporting a curved and bendable display and a backside that can heal itself from minor scuffs and scratches. But don’t forget about the endurance. The T-Mobile version of the G Flex lasted nearly 11.5 hours on battery test, which will give you that much more time to enjoy videos on the rich 6-inch screen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (T-Mobile): In addition to sporting one of the biggest and brightest 5.7-inch screens on the market, the Galaxy Note 3 offers superb battery life. During test, this phablet lasted an epic 11 hours and 15 minutes. That gives you a lot of time to enjoy Samsung’s new S Pen features and the Note 3’s improved multitasking capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5 improves on its predecessor in multiple ways, including a water-resistant design, fingerprint reader and even a heart rate monitor. But this powerhouse can also go the distance. The T-Mobile version of the S5 lasted a whopping 10 hours and 57 minutes on battery test. The AT&T (9:28) and Sprint (8:34) models also delivered great endurance. The Verizon S5 lasted 7:30, which is still above average.
HTC One M8: The HTC One M8’s gorgeous metal design, powerful performance and booming speakers make it one of the best Android phones yet. Another big reason this device earned a 4.5-star rating from us? Its 2,600 mAh battery lasted 9 hours and 52 minutes on battery test over Verizon’s network; an even longer 10:50 on T-Mobile and a still-excellent 9:26 on Sprint. The AT&T version lasted 8:42.
Motorola Droid Maxx (Verizon): The Droid Maxx is beefier than other Motorola phones on Verizon’s network, but its battery life is well worth the $299 asking price. On the battery test, this handset’s 3,500 mAh battery lasted a very impressive 9 hours and 52 minutes. Plus, the Maxx has one of the brighter 5-inch screens on the market and excellent touchless voice controls.
HTC One Max: Not everyone wants a ginormous 5.9-inch display on their phone, especially when it weighs a hefty 7.7 ounces. But if you do decide to buy the HTC One Max you’ll be rewarded with nearly 9 hours of battery life. Other highlights include a built-in fingerprint reader that lets you launch the app of your choice with a swipe.
Sony Xperia Z1s: The Xperia Z1s sports a waterproof design allows you to snap photos while it’s submerged. And you don’t have to worry about running out of juice mid-snorkel. The handset turned in a runtime of 9 hours and 19 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. Add in a pre-loaded PlayStation app and swift performance you have plenty of reasons to consider this T-Mobile phone.