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

August 17, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

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.