The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage.
Still, the Nokia XL was within half an hour of the Nokia X that we tested (also the dual-SIM version) and matched the Apple iPhone 5s almost exactly. Eleven hours or so is a pretty good result, considering the price range.
Note that while one SIM card is in a call, the other shuts down so it shouldn’t harm the battery life and we’ve seen phones with 2,000mAh batteries do better.
Talk timeThe web browsing time surprised us – the Nokia XL lasted 12 hours, which is among the best results we’ve seen. Other dual-SIM phones are near the top too, the Sony Xperia C and the HTC Desire 700 dual sim.
Part of Nokia’s plan for its entry level devices is to connect as many people as possible to the Internet and the Nokia XL will do an excellent job at it.
Web browsingWeb browsing is typically the heavier load on a phone, but Nokia XL’s old chipset is fairly limited when it comes to video decoding. Video playback time was just over half the web browsing time.
We use an AVI/DivX video for the test and we guess a different container and codec combo might have drained the battery slower. The Nokia XL camera shoots 3GP videos so that may have been a bit better, but we can’t think of a video service that offers movies and TV shows in 3GP.