With their zippy quad-core processors and big screens, smartphones have never been more powerful–or more power hungry. Yes, specs and apps matter, but what good are they if you’re hunting for an outlet by lunchtime? If you want a smartphone that endures, check out the handsets that made our list.
These devices lasted at least 8 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over 4G LTE. We set each phone’s display to 150 nits to normalize for brightness and make sure each handset is receiving at least 3 bars of service. See for yourself which smartphones keep going and going.
A $299 unlocked Android phone that blows away the competition in terms of battery life, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 truly makes the most of its huge 3,900 mAh battery. This 6.1-inch phablet lasted a very, very long 14 hours and 43 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. In fact, the Ascend Mate 2 can charge other gadgets (with an optional cable). The 720p screen is quite bright, and the mid-range Snapdragon 400 processor provides good performance for the price.