Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 goes through our battery tests, here’s how it did

The Nokia Lumia 920 brings big innovations in mobile tech with its PureMotion HD+ display and optically stabilized Carl Zeiss camera lens, but what about the battery? It’s a 2000mAh unit – more or less on the same level as the Android flagships and the biggest Nokia has put in a smartphone.

But is it enough? How does it compare with the Lumia 820? Armed with a watch, a calculator and patience we set off to find out.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is officially rated at 10 hours of 3G talk time though our tests show it lasts just under 9 hours. This puts it above all other Lumia phones except the 710, which stayed on a few minutes more. It’s also ahead of the iPhone 5 (which has a smaller battery) but behind the Android flagships, some of which managed to last substantially longer.

Talk time

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Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)21:18
Motorola Atrix HD9:04
HTC Vivid9:02
Nokia Lumia 9208:56
HTC Rhyme8:48
Apple iPhone 58:42
Pantech Burst4:46

All previous Lumia phones we’ve tested hover around the 4 hour mark in our web browsing test (even the new Lumia 820), so the 5 hours and 40 minutes that the Nokia Lumia 920 achieved are the best in that range by quite a margin. Again though, most high-end Androids last longer on marginally bigger batteries and similarly-sized screens.
Web browsing

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Apple iPhone 59:56
HTC Desire V5:44
HTC Evo 4G LTE5:41
Nokia Lumia 9205:40
Samsung Wave 3 S86005:34
Sony Xperia T5:33
Samsung Galaxy Nexus3:01

The Lumia 920 has a large, sharp display that’s suitable for watching videos and it will last you around 6 hours and 20 minutes (in Airplane mode). That’s comparable to the Lumia 820′s time and around average compared to other smartphones.
Video playback

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Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)16:35
LG Optimus Vu6:23
Samsung I9103 Galaxy R6:21
Nokia Lumia 9206:19
HTC Sensation XL6:12
Samsung Galaxy Pocket6:06
Nokia Lumia 7103:27

Standby proved efficient enough and the Nokia Lumia 920′s endurance time came up as 44 hours – that’s the time between charges if you do an hour each of talking, browsing and watching videos per day. It’s 4 hours longer than the Lumia 820 score, so that’s that base covered.

If your phone usage habits are similar to our hypothetical usage, you can get two days out of the Lumia 920′s battery. Keep in mind that web browsing over LTE will eat the battery quicker (we do the tests over Wi-Fi), but with a wireless charging pad (which comes in the box for free in some regions), you can easily top off the battery.

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