T-Mobile smartphone have longest battery life, while Sprint phones run out faster

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Here’s an interesting tidbit for your Tuesday afternoon: Laptop Mag has run extensive battery tests on a variety of smartphones from all four national carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint), and it has found that identical phone models on T-Mobile typically last 1-3 hours longer on a charge than the rest. This isn’t new, either, as the study has been measuring this for over three years.

AT&T comes in second, while Verizon and Sprint phones go back and forth for the last position.

There are some theories posited as to why T-Mobile phones last longer on a single charge: it could be that T-Mobile’s network is more efficient at sending and receiving data because of the bands it uses and the fact that there is less congestion on its network, which eases the strain a bit. Another possibility is the fact that T-Mobile loads less bloatware on its phones, which means fewer things are hogging phone resources right off the bat. Another interesting factor at play is that AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM carriers, while Verizon and Sprint are CDMA.

It would be interesting to test would be to compare phone in marginal signal areas to see if certain networks can help the battery last a bit longer. In any case, this is a very interesting study – and it is yet another confirmation that I made the right choice in switching to T-Mobile from Sprint.

What do you make of this?

[Laptop Mag]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.