The best phones for battery life: Android and iOS

When looking for a new phone, one of the biggest factors to consider is the battery life. Whether you're an iPhone fanatic or a life-long Andriod user, we've compiled a list of the best phones for battery life, including budget, midrange, and luxury buys. Keep reading to find out more!

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Best budget phone for battery life

If you're on a tight budget but you're desperate for a change in device, don't worry! There are still plenty of phones that offer great battery life while keeping a low price. Here are our Android and iPhone top pick phones with long battery life for those looking to cut costs:

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Didn't expect to see a relatively new 5G phone within the budget range, did you? The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G isn't one of Samsung's flagship models, but it's sure to impress with its battery life!

Released in Spring of 2021, this Samsung device is one of the newest on the list. You'll find features such as face recognition, 5G capabilities, and a quad-camera set-up on this device, along with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display and the Snapdragon 778G processor.

In terms of battery performance, prepare to be impressed. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G has up to 16 hours of internet usage time(Wi-Fi/LTE), up to 20 hours of video playback time, and up to 124 hours of audio playback time!

Best of all, you can save more when you switch to a refurbished Samsung phone at the musicMagpie Store.

iPhone XR

Released in 2018, the iPhone XR is affordable, a reasonable age, and is still very much a great phone to use. Although Apple has upped its specs since the XR was released, all its features, including the battery life, are still more than capable.

The iPhone XR has up to a moderate 16 hours of video playback and up to 65 hours of audio playback, so it will last for most of the day. It also has Fast Charging that matches the iPhone 14 Pro and even beats the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max models!

As this model is slightly dated, you'll have to make do with the A12 chipset, less cameras, and a Liquid Retina HD display. However, you'll still get a 6.1-inch device equipped with Face ID, and Qi Wireless Charging.

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Best midrange phone for battery life

Want a phone with an incredible battery life that's not too dated? If you're looking for a device that's more midrange in price but with a battery that still gives as good as the newest models on the market, these picks are for you:

Samsung Galaxy S21

Android enthusiasts will love the Galaxy S21, with its reasonable price and huge 4000mAh battery. While Samsung doesn't give us specific battery time estimates, we can safely say that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will last the whole day, if not longer, depending on usage.

The Galaxy S21 has a power-efficient display and the processor pushes the Intelligent Battery to last beyond the 24-hour mark. As for features, you'll get the Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 chipset, a 6.2-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, and a triple-lens camera system.

As the Samsung Galaxy S21 was released in January 2021, it's a pretty recent model and so you'll still see most of the improvements and benefit from some of the latest features.

Save by purchasing a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S21!

iPhone 11 Pro Max 

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the premium model within the iPhone 11 range that Apple released back in late 2020. Since it's a Pro Max, this device has a few extra extravagant features, such as a bigger screen, more cameras, and of course, a bigger battery life.

Compared to newer models, the iPhone 11 Pro Max's battery life is pretty powerful. Its battery life is better than the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Mini, the same as the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models, and is just 2 hours less than what the iPhone 13 Pro offers.

You'll get up to 20 hours of video playback, up to 12 hours of video playback (streamed), and up to 80 hours of audio playback. Using an 18W charger, you can use Fast Charging to charge the device up to 50% in just 35 minutes – which is just five minutes more than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 take.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display and some impressive triple cameras. As it's not the newest model, you'll have the older A13 Bionic chip and have to do without MagSafe charging for now, however, Qi Wireless charging is still an option!

Get more for your money by switching to a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max for less and check out our other refurbished iPhone 11 models.

Best luxury phone for battery life

For those that want the best phone for battery life regardless of the price, we've got you covered! Here are the iPhone and Android models which have the best phone battery life:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

If you're looking for the newest Samsung device with the best battery life, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra! It has up to 99 hours of audio playback, up to 26 hours of video playback and offers both wireless and fast charging. 

Samsung released this model in February 2023, so it's fresh on the market and will most likely have to newest (and best) features that Samsung has to offer. You'll get a new Snapdragon chip, improvements to the quad camera system, and even more storage options.

As far as Samsung models go, this one is the best on the market and rivals that of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, so if you're looking for the best of the best in the world of Android, this is it.

You can expect to pay around £1250 for a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra as the model is still pretty new, but once refurbished models are available the price tag should drop!

iPhone 14 Pro Max

Released in September 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the best phone for battery life within Apple's iPhone range to date and has all of the latest and greatest features. 

The iPhone 14 Pro Max has video playback of up to 29 hours, video playback (streamed) of up to 25 hours, and audio playback of up to 95 hours. You'll be able to charge up to 50% within 35 minutes uses Fast Charging with a 20W charger. 

Feature-wise, you'll get a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion technology and an Always-On display. This model also includes the new Dynamic Island, A16 chip, and offers both Qi Wireless and MagSafe charging.

The price for a refurbished iPhone 14 Pro Max depends on the condition and storage size. If your eyes are watering at the sight of that price but you still want something newer than our midrange iPhone suggestion, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has an almost identical battery life and would be a slightly cheaper alternative!

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