When it comes to what we are looking for in a new smartphone, battery life is usually at the top of the list. In 2015, some smartphones performed very well when it came to the battery life aspect, and some performed less than expected. When it comes to battery life, the size of the battery isn't the entire story, most of the time. It also comes down to how well the software is optimized. Some manufacturers optimize their software very well, in terms of power consumption, while others need a bit more work. It's important that we also note that battery life won't be the same for everyone, as it is based on your usage. Some users usage is a bit higher than others.
Each year, we here at Android Headlines give out awards to the best smartphone. But we also give out awards for smartphones with a few other features that were better than the competition. Here are our top 3 best Android smartphones with the best battery life in 2015.
3rd Place – Lenovo Vibe P1
The Lenovo Vibe P1 was announced in China in September of this year and was released the next month in China, as well as other parts of Asia. It's a great looking smartphone with a huge 5000mAh battery inside, from the company that now owns Motorola. Coupled with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and powered by the lower-powered Snapdragon 615 (that's a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 1.0GHz Cortex-A53 processor), the Vibe P1 had fantastic battery life as the Snapdragon 615 and that 1080p display only sipped power. Unfortunately, the Vibe P1 never made it into Europe or even the Americas, which is not surprising considering the majority of Lenovo's smartphones don't. It was still a great smartphone, if you were looking for great battery life. The Vibe P1 wasn't a slouch in terms of other specs either, sporting 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Along with a 13MP camera around back which took some pretty fantastic pictures, to be honest. The Vibe P1 wasn't just a good phone, it was an all around good phone. And for anyone that was looking for a smartphone that could last them the full day, no matter what their workload was, this was the phone most chose.
2nd Place – Motorola Droid Turbo 2
Also known as the Moto X Force, the Droid Turbo 2 is the successor to Verizon's 2014 exclusive flagship, the Droid Turbo. The main selling point of the Droid Turbo 2 is the battery life, as well as the unbreakable display. Motorola has 5 layers on the display, which keeps it from breaking no matter how often its dropped, or how high its dropped, even how hard its dropped. The Droid Turbo 2 has a 3760mAh battery, which Motorola touts as lasting 48 hours on a single charge, of course that's mixed usage so your mileage will vary, and it definitely did for us during our review. The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 also has another feature up its sleeve that not everyone else has, which is Moto Maker. Being able to customize the frame, the back, the front and even the material used for the Droid Turbo 2, really allowing you to make it your own. The Droid Turbo 2 doesn't have the best battery life, hence it's spot on this list, but it is a fantastic smartphone on Verizon and available elsewhere in the world as the Moto X Force. And will definitely last you at least a full day of usage, if not longer.
1st Place – Google Nexus 6P
Coming in first place, and this shouldn't be a huge surprise, but the Nexus 6P built by Huawei. Google turned to a Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, for the Nexus 6P this year. Making it the first time they've had a Chinese built Nexus, and also the first Nexus to have an aluminum unibody. The Nexus 6P was the first smartphone to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, aside from the Nexus 5X, which has one very, very important feature to help improve battery life, which is Doze. Doze allows your phone to go into a deep sleep and improve your standby which in turn allows your Nexus 6P to last even longer on a single charge. While standby may not be as important to some people, it means you can squeeze out just a bit more battery on each charge, especially at night.
Along with Doze, the Nexus 6P has a 3450mAh battery inside, which is also the largest battery ever put into a Nexus device. With that size battery, it's easy to last the full day and then some with the Nexus 6P, thus earning it the number one overall spot for the best smartphone in terms of battery life. The Nexus 6P has a few other things going for it as well, including it's fantastic 12.3-megapixel camera as well as the front-facing speakers making for a pretty fantastic smartphone. It's also a Nexus, which means you get updates first, before any other smartphone, and it's currently running on Android 6.0.1, the very latest from Google. In our review, we found out that Huawei and Google partnered up to create a pretty amazing smartphone here in the Nexus 6P. Not only that, but it's a great looking smartphone with top of the line specs, all for a pretty decent price. We also learned from speaking with Huawei on our media tour, that the Nexus 6P was a dream of their engineers. And they wanted to create the best Nexus phone ever. Many would agree that they certainly did make the best Nexus smartphone, so far.