A Closer Look: Nexus 7 (2013) Battery Life, Why Won’t This Thing Die?

| August 17, 2013 | 4 Replies


We’ve already done our full review of the new Nexus 7. But we’re going to be taking closer looks at different aspects of the device. This time we’re taking a look at the battery life. Now if you owned the original Nexus 7 from last year, then you already know how great the battery life was. Well the new Nexus 7 has a smaller battery, more pixels to push and a faster CPU yet it gets a ton more battery life than the original did. I charged up my Nexus 7 on Thursday and used it all day Thursday and Friday to get ready for this article, and man was I impressed. Now normally I can get a few days out of a charge anyways, and if I’m watching Netflix or some movies from another place it’ll last even less. But this charge cycle really impressed me.

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As you can see from the images above, I was able to get 11 hours of on-screen time. Keep in mind that my Nexus 7 is unrooted, stock, and even the bootloader is still locked. So this is without things like Battery Guru, Greenify, Juice Defender etc., this was also with WiFi on the whole time, except when I was sleeping. Brightness was set to auto, and location was on. So if I was really trying to get as much battery life as I could out of this thing, I could probably get a good 15 hours or more on screen time.  So getting about 28 hours, with 11 of those being on screen, I can’t really complain now can I? Battery life has always been the Nexus tablets strong point. Unfortunately the Nexus phones like the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus have always been pretty bad. But that might be partly because it’s connected to your carrier all the time and depending on where you live and what your signal is like it could use a lot more battery trying to find a signal. The original Nexus 7 and even the Nexus 10 had crazy battery life and now the new Nexus 7 is continuing that tradition.

What kind of battery life is everyone getting on their new Nexus 7? Is it as good as mine is? Let us know in the comments below, we’re always interested in what our readers have to say.

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • Stuart Grant

    I’ve been getting about twice the battery life on my 2013 Nexus 7 as opposed to my 2012 model.

    • Mickey A Valentine

      Me too, I got about the same battery life and it was due to currents running. I just force stop it after I’m done reading for the day and it seemed to help.

  • Brandon Schulze

    my Note 2 does that easy on Verizon 4g

  • Anthony Fazio

    But currents is probably my favorite app on android… so addicting once you get your feeds set up properly it’s so awesome to read on. I am not seeing any media server on my second gen nexus 7. I only see Google services at 8%.