The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, launched one year ago, was terrible due to the fact that it was 1750mAh and the device had the large high resolution display and the TI OMAP chip that wasn’t efficient. So can the LG Nexus 4 with its 2100mAh battery do any better, along with the 28nm chip from Qualcomm?
LG Nexus 4 battery life test results (GSMA)
GSMArena put it to the test and found that when it came to talk time tests four of the 1.5GHz Krait core remained idle and the battery did well with 14:17 hours. However it was 1 hour short of the Optimus G, which the LG Nexus 4 is based on.
In regards to the web browsing test on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, this was the worst ever seen. The LG Nexus 4 therefore didn’t have to do too much to beat it. It went on for 4 hours and 34 minutes on just one charge. If you look at the larger picture however this is still a poor score when you consider that the iPhone 5 was two times as long.
The LG Nexus 4 didn’t too much better when it came to the video playback test. From a fresh battery charge the device went down to 10% in 4 hours and 55 minutes. The Galaxy Nexus came out better than this thanks to the Super AMOLED display and its efficiency.
For endurance the LG Nexus 4 was mediocre at 32 hours. This means that you would have to charge the device every 32 hours if you were to talk, browse or watch video for 1 hour. The Samsung Galaxy S3 came in at 1 hour less, so it seems that Google is not making the best progress.
Of course the endurance of the LG Nexus 4could be better if you just used it for talking. However a smartphone isn’t made for just talking. One has to wonder why Google chose to drop the replaceable batteries in handsets. Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners on the other hand can rely on a spare battery.