No matter what you’re looking for in a smartphone, one thing’s certain, you’ll want to make sure it offers decent battery life.
It’s no good having a phone with a killer display for streaming video or a top-notch camera if it turns into a paperweight after only a few hours of use. For some, long battery life is essential, whether as a means to stay connected to someone or if you’re one to venture out, away from a viable power source, for days at a time.
Bad battery life on smartphones is something we’ve all grown to tolerate. While Apple’s iPhone was once the cited device that needed charging by lunchtime, it was never the only culprit; and while strides have been made on Apple’s part, the iPhone is still nowhere near the head of the pack in this regard (as our rundown reveals).
You can, of course, charge during the day if that doesn’t bother you or even carry around a power bank to top up your phone when away from the wall plug, but if you don’t want to keep checking that percentage icon, then here are the phones that you should look to.
- Pros: Resilient design | Extended warranty | Clean Android user experience | 5G
- Cons: Middling performance | Only 60Hz display | No power adapter in box
- £399 (4+64GB) | £449 (6+128GB)
Battery test score: 18:48
Battery capacity: 4470mAh
Despite being pricier than the 2021 Motorola Defy, we found the Nokia XR20 to strike the right balance, in terms of what those after a rugged phone might be looking for; with battery life being a particular highlight.
It offers better raw performance compared to its most like-minded rival – the Defy – and an impressively hardy design that doesn’t look all that bad and also comes with a great extended warranty.
5G, a headphone jack and Nokia’s characteristically easy-to-use Android user experience are highlights too.