Samsung Galaxy S3: Screw Specs, A Real Battery Test

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most amazing phones of the year and it rapidly ousted both the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X from their thrones back in the summer.

Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life review

However there has been a lot of criticism when it comes to battery life as many users complain that what Samsung has stated on the specs sheet in terms of usage doesn’t quite match up to their units.

The guys at GSMArena have tested the Samsung Galaxy S3 to see how its battery performs during some everyday tasks. The 2,100mAh battery stands up pretty well on a single charge, so let’s take a look at the results.

With 3G talk time, the Samsung Galaxy S3 gives 10 hours and 20 minutes – only the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (3,300mAh) and the Galaxy Note (2,500mAh) beat it. It outdoes the iPhone 5 (eight hours) and the Galaxy S2 (eight hours and 35 minutes).

Web browsing gave some so-so results. The Samsung Galaxy S3 managed five hours and 17 minutes, which is poor compared to the iPhone 5 (eight hours), but around the same as the HTC Sensation XL, the Note and the HTC Rezound.

Battery life test

Battery life test

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes into its own with video playback, though, with a mega 10 hours. It falls just behind the RAZR MAXX here, which is no disgrace.

So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 should last you a day with medium usage with the major culprit being web browsing. So if you mainly use the Samsung Galaxy S3 for surfing the web, it could explain why you feel the S3 battery life doesn’t measure up to the official specs sheets.

While there’s no companion core like the HTC One X Tegra 3 to help to conserve battery power, it does have other measures there to stop the quad-core processors siphoning up all the good stuff. Have a look here for the full GS3 battery review.

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