The LG Nexus 4 will be launched soon and this has led to many comparisons between the device and some of the major competitors, whether they are on Android, iOS or Windows Phone 8.
Battery life: LG Nexus 4 & iPhone 5 on opposite ends of scale
AnandTech recently took the Nexus 4 through its paces in benchmark tests, along with the Nexus 10, and today we put the main focus on the battery life of the handsets. It has been said the LG Nexus 4 will not offer great battery life despite the fact that it doesn’t support LTE. This happens to be interesting when you consider the fact that Google did state that the battery efficiency was one of the main reasons why they didn’t include LTE on the Nexus 4. At the same time they tried to downplay the real reason, which is their relationship with carriers.
AnandTech put the devices through complex tests which mimicked everyday use of the devices, so as to come close to what the results of battery use would be. Web pages were loaded at a fixed interval and this continued until the battery run out. Many factors were taken into consideration, such as the aggressive browser caching and workload of the CPU. They said that they had increased the workload of the CPU along two vectors and the end result was that the usage profile of the CPU copied constant heavy use that went past just web browsing. They said they did everything that users do with the phone to causes usage peaks of the CPU. This includes opening apps and looking around the OS and using the apps. Therefore the test showed not just idle content use of data from web pages.
The tests were carried out using 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, with all of the tests being performed on the Chrome browser along with Wi-Fi at 5Ghz.
The results of the test showed that the LG Nexus 4 typically offers around 4.18 to 6.27 hours of browsing the web on 3G and Wi-Fi. The device came out on below most of the competition on the Android platform, which included the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and the Razr handsets from Motorola. The iPhone 5 came out at 8.19 to 10.27 hours of browsing using 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, making it sit at the top.
These tests lead to the question of how can the LG Nexus 4, without LTE, offer only half the battery life of the iPhone 5, which comes with support for LTE?