It’s been just a few weeks since Apple released its newest iPhone models and it is quite plausible that you might have already read most of the reviews about the devices. Both the new iPhone models – the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, are arguably the best iPhones ever made by Apple. Both the devices feature cutting edge hardware, an awesome camera, most features any smartphone users would love to have, and a very reliable, stable operating system. However, there seems to be one area where people, consumers and reviewers alike, seem to agree on. The smaller screened iPhone – the iPhone 7 – has really poor battery life. And if we are to believe a recent study carried out by a UK based consumer group called “Which?” the iPhone 7 has the worst battery performance when compared to its contemporaries.
In a blog post made by the company, the author writes that they compared the battery performance of the iPhone 7 with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, and the LG G5 – all of which are fairly new devices that run on Google’s Android platform. All the phones were made to perform normal tasks that any average smartphone user would do – you know, making calls and browsing the web. Now, just to be fair to each handset involved in the test, all handsets were running the latest, public stable version of their respective operating systems.This meant that the iPhone 7 was running iOS 10 and all the Android were on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. (Android Nougat is around – but it is yet to be released for most Android phones out there).
Anyway, coming back to the performances of each of the devices, the first test that they did was to check how long each of the phones lasted when used for calls. The iPhone offered a very decent sounding 712 minutes of call-time. However, this is nearly half of what the Samsung Galaxy S7 had on offer (it got 1,492 hours)! The best performer among these four handsets was the HTC 10 which offered an incredible 1,859 minutes of call time. The LG G5, famous for its modular battery, also did well offering 1,579 hours of call time.
Moving on to internet browsing on 3G, all the devices offered much lesser usage time. However, the iPhone came last in this test as well. Leading the charts again, and offering over 790 minutes of 3G usage time, was the HTC 10. The HTC was followed by the Samsung Galaxy S7 which gave 677 minutes of 3G usage. The LG G5 came third after offering 640 hours of 3G usage. The iPhone 7 came last and offered 615 minutes of 3G usage. While the difference doesn’t sound that huge in this case, it still doesn’t make a pretty reading for Apple, the publication notes.
All said and done, is the iPhone 7 really such a poor performer when it comes to the battery performance? In absolute terms, while it may lag behind most of the handsets here, one thing to be noted is the fact that the battery used by the iPhone 7 is of much lower capacity than what the others use. For example. the HTC 10 uses a 3,000 mAh battery compared to the 1,900 mAh unit used by the iPhone 7. Also, Apple has had a policy of not mentioning the battery capacities of the iPhone because according to them, at the end of the day, the performance of the device matters. If that was not all, some readers have pointed that a more fair comparison would have been with the iPhone 7 Plus because the larger iPhone 7 Plus also houses a larger capacity battery which should offer much better results. This has prompted several people to question whether the test was done to make the iPhone 7 look bad.
Do you own an iPhone 7? Is the battery life really as terrible as this report made it out to be?