Does the iPhone 7 have a battery problem? The consumer-product reviews site Which and The Guardian say it does.
Which published the results of a test into the iPhone 7’s call time and internet use time, and it found that the phone performed worse than the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5, and the HTC 10.
It tested the phones using a phone network simulator, a 3G call, and a web page that continually refreshes.
The iPhone 7 lagged far behind the Android phones on the 3G call time test. It managed only 712 minutes, compared with 1,859 minutes for the HTC 10 and 1,759 and 1,492 minutes for the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7.
It also lagged behind the Android phones for internet use, but the difference was nowhere near as dramatic. The results are pretty shocking, but they don’t tell the whole story:
The iPhone 7’s battery is still an improvement over the battery found in the iPhone 6 and 6s. But Apple is getting a whirlwind of negative press coverage for its batteries from publications covering the Which? report. “The iPhone 7 has worse battery life than HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5,” Betanews says. “The iPhone 7 has the worst battery life compared to competition,” Inquisitr says. And Geek.com says, “iPhone 7 comes last in battery testing.”
The Guardian also claimed the iPhone 7 had a small battery. The headline for its review of the phone reads “how good can a phone be if the battery doesn’t last even a day?” It even claimed that “the iPhone 7 has worse battery life than the iPhone 6S when new.”
That’s a surprising claim. Which’s testing and Apple’s own product specifications show that the iPhone 7 has a higher-capacity battery than the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 has a 1,960 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6s had a 1,810 mAh battery. It’s not a huge leap, but it is indeed bigger.
A larger battery doesn’t necessarily mean longer life. How efficiently the phone’s hardware and software use power is also a factor. But generally, the bigger the battery the more life you can pack into it.
Even if the battery comparison by Which? turned out to be overblown, these reports are likely to hurt Apple. Bank of America Merrill Lynch conducted a survey of US consumers and found that longer battery life was a reason cited by 65% of consumers for upgrading to the iPhone 7, ahead of the phone being waterproof (59%) and improved camera quality (54%).