Tests reveal T-Mobile smartphones have better battery life than those from other carriers

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 5 Aug 2014

An interesting smartphone battery test by ptop Mag shows that T-Mobile smartphones last longer than smartphones on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T. ptop Mag doesn’t have a firm explanation for the results, but suspects it may have to do with the efficiency of T-Mobile’s network relative lack of pre-installed apps

The test consisted of installing an application that surfs through 50 websites pauses on each for one minute until the smartphone runs out of battery. NFC, Bluetooth, -Fi are turned off as a part of the testing procedure, brightness is set to 150 nits. The Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), One (M8) were all put through their paces for all four major U.S. carriers. In each test, T-Mobile smartphones bested the competition, sometimes by a wide margin. 

The test revealed that the average battery life for a T-Mobile smartphone was 8 hours 11 minutes, with Sprint in second place at 7 hours 34 minutes. These findings were averaged out over a year’s worth of reviews from ptop Mag.

laptop mag battery chart ptop Mag

No matter what phone, T-Mobile smartphones have the longest battery life in this chart.

The big question remains: y does a T-Mobile Galaxy S5 last 11 hours 16 minutes when a Sprint Galaxy S5 can only muster 8 hours 32 minutes, with AT&T Verizon falling somewhere in between?

If you’ve purchased an Android smartphone recently from one of the four major U.S. carriers (Nexus 5 excluded), you’ve likely seen a ton of bloatware applications that you may never use. Unless disabled or deleted, these apps can run in the background.

One possible reason T-Mobile smartphones last longer is that the carrier adds fewer bloatware apps than others. ile this may be partially responsible for the better battery life, it does make one wonder how much background data is consumed by these pre-installed apps. 

Another potential reason T-Mobile smartphones last longer is it’s network. As ptop Mag suggests, the network bs T-Mobile uses could be more efficient at sending receiving data, or it could be the fact that since the carrier has fewer customers, there’s less network congestion, allowing for faster data transfers puts less stress on a smartphones battery.