Tag Archives: battery life

Can your phone deliver this level of battery life? A Day with the Honor View 20 on 4G

7am yesterday morning I was standing at Exeter St David’s station in Devon waiting for a train to London Paddington.

My Honor View 20 was at 100% battery and picking up a 4G signal on Three UK. This was going to be a true test of it’s battery life and performance as I was only going to be using cellular signal and data and no WiFi. If you connect the Honor View 20 to WiFi , the battery performance improves by 25% approximately.

The train line to London from Exeter is not the best for obtaining a signal. Other phones I’ve have used on the same line, often struggle for signal. The Honor View 20 seemed to have a signal for the entire train journey of nearly 3 hours. Not only that my dad decided to video call me, and twice. Both times the video call was held perfectly.

Whilst on the train, I used Amazon Prime and watched the latest episode of the Grand Tour using my wireless headphones. I was also getting lots of messages and was replying on and off for the entire journey. After watching the Grand Tour I was listening to Tidal music at master quality using my Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones for the rest of the train ride.

So eventually, I arrived at London Paddington, and I needed to take the Circle Line to South Kensington. Unfortunately, this line was closed at London Paddington due to engineering works, so I fired up Google Maps, and used this to give me turn by turn directions to Fulham Road. This ended up using Google Maps for one hour.

Of course, walking across London, there was no way I couldn’t stop and take loads of photos. So I did. See my previous post for photos I took of London Paddington and at Hyde Park, London. As a side point, the View 20 is a blast to use and it takes great photos without any effort.

During my walk across London, I received several phone calls, and another video call. The video call was on loudspeaker and despite the strong cross wind, I could hear my dad and he could hear me too. Phone calls were also really clear.

When I arrived at my destination, I ended up having to message various people on and off for the next 4 hours.

I then had to walk back to London Paddington station, again using Google Maps and taking a few more photos.

More messaging and emails occurred throughout the day.

On the train back to Exeter St David’s , I watched a film on Netflix. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. 2 hours and 30 mins.

Remember all the time, I’m on 4G not WiFi.

Eventually, I got back home. A whole day out in London 6 hours screen on time. And still 15% left.

The Honor View 20 and its 4,000mAh battery is a true battery champ.

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Battery Life feedback

I thought I would provide some feedback on the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S5. First test was normal usage, no power saving tricks used whatsoever, screen nice and bright too. I did plenty of podcast listening via wired headphones and or bluetooth music streaming.

Below are the results.
2014-04-21 20.46.34

2014-04-21 20.46.40

Not too shabby. 15 hours usage and 4.5 hours screen on time. Also note that my S5 is a power user setup so has everything running in the background and tons of notifications. I was not at home when I hit 1%, so I switched to “ultra power saving mode”. Several hours later, I got home and still was at 1% battery.

So my next test was to use the normal “power saving mode”.
2014-04-22 06.25.11



As you can see the usage obtained was considerably longer. I gave up in the end at 5%. It would have gone about another hour. Whilst the screen on time seems lower there was a lot of streaming and tons of background tasks on the go.

So the next option is “ultimate power mode”. This turns the S5 into a near dumb phone and can last a huge amount of hours even on just one percent.

So if you have the S5 you shouldn’t run out of battery until you get home with all the different power saving modes .

iPhone 5S – nearly perfect except for

Hardly fair to compare the iPad Air and iPhone 5S, but I am when it comes to battery life. Both got taken off the charger on Saturday at 7am. Both have been used pretty much non stop. FaceTime, gaming, web surfing, emails, twitter, background services galore.

The iPad is at 64% battery. The iPhone 5S at 43%. And it’s only 4pm. I’ve tried to use the iPad Air a bit more as it’s battery life is absolutely incredible. I have no concerns that I won’t get to midnight with the Air and still have 30% battery free. And that is with really heavy use. However, I can see my iPhone 5S dying by 6pm. It has been used a lot and it has 227 apps installed with 47 apps setup with notifications. Just as scary is there are 58 apps which could also have notifications set in some way but are off at present. So it is likely my 5S will achieve 11 hours of which screen on time will be nearly 5 hours.

Now some of you might 5 hours screen on time is great, but the iPhone suffers from a short standby time as well. And I do wish this at least 4 times better. Do you agree?