When buying a new phone, priorities can differ. One person might want the best gaming phone that money can buy, while another wants a crisp, stunning display on which to manage their Instagram profile. A likely consideration for all of us though is battery life.
In this guide, we break down the best phones for battery life in 2022 and analyse what makes them better than the rest. Check out our range of wireless chargers that you can use at home or on the go, and if you’re also in the market for a change in device, our contract phones are available from a wide selection of brands, including Apple and Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of Samsung’s premium phones, and it brings with it the battery life to back it up this status. The capacity of the S22’s battery is a huge 5000mAh, which, whilst not the largest of the top smartphones, makes use of some intelligent AI to push its battery life further.
Enhanced AI is a process by which the S22 Ultra can save power when you are not using your phone. If you watch YouTube videos consistently at the same time each day, for example, the phone will recognise this and save battery life for that period. This power-saving process helps the S22 Ultra get the most out of its 5000mAh battery each day.
When it comes to recharging, the S22 Ultra is a significant upgrade from the S21 series, boasting 45W wired charging compared to 25W. This gets the S22 Ultra back up to 100% battery in just over an hour, a comprehensive step-up from previous models.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is undoubtedly near the summit when it comes to battery life. With intelligent power-saving and extremely fast recharging, Samsung pushes this battery past its already impressive limits and cements it as one of the best battery life phones.
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhones have historically not come with the best battery capacity or charging power to match their performance, but things are different with iPhone 13 Pro Max. The big advancements come in the form of battery life, thanks to a larger 4352mAh capacity. This improved longevity means around 12 hours of use, a sizeable increase over the 12 Pro Max’s battery, which could clock in just over 10 hours 30 minutes. Considering how power-hungry 13 Pro Max can be with its processing power, exceeding 12 hours of use is a big win for this phone.
With a recharge rate of 50% in around 30 minutes, 13 Pro Max is on the lower end of the charging scale. On the other hand, given how demanding its visual output can be, it still has a battery to be proud of.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Pixel 6 Pro is another phone that showcases a battery with vast improvements in capacity and length of use over its predecessor. This will be music to the ears of photographers in particular, as the Pixel 6 Pro is capable of capturing some stunning imagery with its camera array; a longer battery life to take even more photos.
The capacity of the Pixel 6 Pro’s battery is a massive 5003mAh, putting the increase into perspective when compared to the Pixel 5’s 4080mAh battery. This improvement is nothing short of superb; the Pixel 6 Pro can last most of the day before requiring a recharge, even when streaming videos for a long length of time.
Charging the Pixel 6 Pro isn’t quite as notable. With a recharge time of around two hours to reach 100%, the 6 Pro isn’t hitting it out of the park, yet much like iPhone 13 Pro Max, this pales in comparison to the hugely improved battery life.
Despite not being a household name in the smartphone industry, the Honor 70 is a hidden gem, as it includes some of the fastest charging available for any phone. Included in the box is a truly excellent 66W wired charger, which is capable of charging to 80% in around 30 minutes. This blows many phones out of the water and is even more remarkable when factoring in the sizeable battery capacity of 4800mAh.
Due to this potent combination of capacity and charging speed, the Honor 70 can last a full day of heavy use, even when streaming or gaming. For those wanting to play games on the go via their Xbox for example, the Honor 70 should be near the top of the list.
In sheer performance, the Honor 70 is not a powerhouse and so the demands on its battery are reduced compared to its peers. Its capacity and recharge rate however are second to none, making it a must-have phone for gamers and when streaming videos.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
We reviewed the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and came away impressed with its advancements in the foldable phone market. One such area that has seen great strides forward is the Flip 4’s battery, with a capacity of 3700mAh. Taking into account this phone’s unique but unorthodox clamshell design, packing in a battery of this capacity is worth shouting about.
The Flip 4 isn’t breaking new ground when recharging, but we once again see a big progression from the previous model. Samsung has upgraded the charging rate of this range to 25W with the Flip 4, so whilst it is unlikely to last the full day when streaming video content or gaming, as a phone designed with versatility in mind, it can survive browsing and general use without breaking a sweat.
This phone’s design introduces a conundrum. Due to its need to unfold, the battery also has to do the same, which necessitated the inclusion of two separate battery cells. To have included a battery with this capacity and lifespan makes the Z Flip 4 the ideal choice for those seeking a foldable phone that can go the distance.
Battery life on iPhone 14 is similar to previous models, yet still superb. Up to 20 hours of video playback is possible and can recharge back to 50% in around 30 minutes.
A larger battery capacity is available in the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is capable of up to 29 hours of video playback. MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W is also possible on iPhone 14 devices.
Google Pixel 7
The Pixel 7 excels with its Battery Saver modes. 4355mAh is the capacity here, which puts it just under the Pixel 6’s battery size. It is also capable of up to 72 hours of usage in Extreme Battery Saver mode, a significant improvement over previous models.The Pixel 7 Pro also offers this in Extreme Battery Saver mode, albeit with a 5000mAh battery capacity.
The Pixel 7 range can get back up to 50% battery life in approximately 30 minutes, courtesy of 30W wired charging. If you are someone who uses a phone regularly during the day, the Pixel 7 Pro in particular is a must-have, as few phones can match its combination of capacity and recharge rate.
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