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T-Mobile Offers the Best Battery Life in New Comparison Test

by Jacob Kleinman | August 7, 2014August 7, 2014 7:00 pm PST

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If you’re sick and tired of watching your smartphone run out of battery life there may be a simple solution to your problem. Just switch to T-Mobile. A barrage of tests from Laptop Magazine reveal that some of the top Android devices get way more mileage on T-Mobile compared to their Verizon, Sprint and AT&T counterparts.

The tests were conducted using a special Android app that uses each phone’s browser to visit 50 popular sites for 60 seconds each on a loop until the battery dies. Unfortunately that means the iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone aren’t included. For the trial, Laptop also shut off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC for each device and set the brightness to 150 nits. The results are a huge win for T-Mobile.

After testing the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, HTC One (M8) and the original HTC One, all four devices last way longer on T-Mobile. Verizon did particularly bad with Samsung phones, and the S4 and One (M7) were only able to last more than 5 hours on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, the S5 and One (M8) lasted almost 11 hours on T-Mobile, beating out the competition by a significant margin.

If you’re picking a new carrier there are a lot of different factors to consider, including signal strength where you live and the different plans each company offers. If T-Mobile has a good signal in your area, it might be worth checking out.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...