Apple iPhone 7 has worst battery life in its class: new report

Apple’s iPhone 7 sure is snazzy — until it turns into a doorstop.

According to a recent study of the latest high-end smartphones, the iPhone 7 is worst in class for battery life, running out of juice faster than its rivals during calls and web browsing.

“The iPhone 7 may be touted by Apple as its best smartphone ever, as is tradition, but sometimes your best just isn’t good enough,” said a blog post by Which, a U.K. firm that conducted the research.

The firm measured the iPhone 7’s battery life — making calls and surfing the web — against that of competitors’ Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5.

“The results were staggering,” according to Which.

For making calls, the iPhone 7 lasted 712 minutes, compared to 1,492 for the Samsung, 1,579 for the LG and 1,859 for the HTC.

During web browsing, the iPhone 7 stayed alive for 615 minutes. Here, Apple was closer to its competitors than it was with making calls. But it still lagged considerably. The LG went for 640 minutes, the Samsung for 677, and the HTC again came out on top, with 790.

The research firm blamed the iPhone’s relatively poor battery life on the size of the battery.

“Smartphone batteries are measured in milliampere hours (mAh),” the company’s blog post said. “The iPhone 7 has a 1,960mAh battery, whilst the HTC 10 has a 3,000mAh battery: it should hardly be surprising that one battery nearly half the size of another offers roughly half as much charge.”

Apple already got grief from The Guardian over the iPhone 7’s battery life — and charging time. Although the online newspaper described the phone’s performance as “snappy,” it condemned the battery life as “poor,” saying it was worse than that of the iPhone 6S.

“To get through 24 hours, you’ll be forced to have a power adapter close by, shove it in a battery pack or charge at your desk, which means you won’t be able listen to music at the same time via cabled headphones – more on that later,” The Guardian said.  “To make matters worse, the iPhone 7 has the worst of all worlds: short battery life and tediously slow charging. Even using the 12W charger that came with the iPad Pro it took well over two hours to fully charge the iPhone 7.”


Photo: Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about Apple’s iPhone lineup during an event to announce new products, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)


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  • sweeterman

    I would dispute this nonsense vehemently. I am more than impressed with the battery life of my 7+. Haters look for anything.

  • Bob T

    I have had no concerns with the battery life. Not sure of the reason for this

  • foroa

    i have stopped charging my iPhone between 7 am and 7 pm, that’s how good the iPhone battery has become. With its blazingly fast speed, i’m at least 300% faster in doing things on my iPhone, greatly freeing up my precious time allowing me to do a lot more with a lot less. For once, the smartphone is as fast as i am. one more thing, my iPhone battery never heats up unlike the Asian brands.

  • Giant Dynasty

    Haha, IPhone 7 battery life is great considering battery size is smaller than all others u listed. The engineering feat of the A10 is amazing

    • foroa

      absolutely! imagine if iPhone uses only a tiny watch battery and still gets 600 minutes of battery life! i mean… Apple engineers are just amazingly cool 🙂

  • Matt

    They did these tests in England where they still use 3G. When tested in the USA with 4g lte, the iPhone got second place in calling and first in web browsing. This article is misleading.

    • foroa

      iPhone battery life used to be last place, being second place with only half the mAh of competitors simply blows my mind.

    • Jason W

      That doesn’t make any sense. Several years ago when 3G was the norm in the USA, it was well known that phones connected via LTE got significantly worse battery life. Now you’re saying the tables have turned and LTE modems are now magically giving better battery life than 3G?

      • Matt

        Yup 4g lte is more efficient

  • AlwaysATexan

    If Apple goes back to using Qualcomm integrated modems they will improve battery performance on the iPhone.

  • Unfortunately our intrepid reporter here failed to notice that the Which test did NOT compare iPhone 7 to members of its class – but rather to larger phones. This was exposed :
    — Which? iPhone battery life comparison test deeply flawed

  • donzoab

    The sales speak volumes about the quality. Apple is selling phones at an incredible rate. Those who can afford the beset ALL use apple products. I find these constant stream of negative articles from the likes of Forbes and others boring and it will have no effect on sales. Enjoy

  • Robert J Miskines

    The overall iPhone experience is better its competitors. Apple will continue to improve the iPhone battery life and may once again be a leader.

  • kalyan

    Mostly when iPhones or android smartphones are upgraded to the most recent OS version, their Battery Life can fall by as much as three hours. In one incident, two-year-old iPhone 6 lost 38 minutes of battery life when updated to the most recent Apple’s iOS software version, iOS 10. Google Nexus 6P smartphone went from 12 to nine hours of battery life when the latest Android version was installed in the smartphone. Both the Android and iPhone software claim that elements and features available latest version of the smartphone OS improve the battery life, rather than harming