So it’s a bold statement that starts off this post about the Samsung Galaxy Note. Let me tell you though, the statement is completely and utterly true. Anyone with a top end smartphone knows there are some features which are notorious for battery drain; screen display, wireless connectivity and auto sync.
These three things are the primary cause of battery drain but the Galaxy Note simply excels. Join me as I take you on a journey of the best battery life I have EVER seen on a smartphone device. The Galaxy Note is powered by a whopping 2,500mAh battery and here’s my findings.
It begins with the glorious 5.3 Super AMOLED display that the Galaxy Note possesses. When I’m reviewing devices, I don’t believe in turning screen brightness down or using auto brightness. I mean, I want to experience the full quality of the display. With the Galaxy Note, I keep the brightness set to maximum. This should normally drain battery but the Note just shrugs it off and stays strong and powerful.
This brings me to my next point; wireless connectivity and in this post especially, WiFi Hotspot tethering. I can hear the groans now. The key feature above all that can suck the life out of any battery. At least I used to think that. Until today.
Due to some unforeseen network outages, I’ve been using the personal hotspot feature of the Galaxy Note to provide my iPad, multiple devices and even a few laptops during the day. Sure I could have used a MiFi, but where’s the fun in that?
I first took the Note off charge at 7am yesterday morning and at around 10am, I hooked up all my devices to the Note’s personal hotspot and let them all sync as normal. Around 2pm, I was impressed. The Note was still going really strong. This was with Bluetooth turned on and the device syncing all day long. I even did some web browsing, made calls and played music.
At 5pm, I thought the Note had died. Nope, it was still powering strong. That’s 7 hours with all the features turned on and brightness set to maximum.
To cut a very long story slightly short, the device finally ran out of juice at 2am this morning. That’s around 19 hours powering all my devices and running at full tilt. In comparison, no decide I have ever tested has come close to half that distance with the same features on. There’s most definitely enough battery power for all the free content you can get!
Sure there are some pitfalls to the device, which I’ll discuss in my upcoming review but let me say that the Galaxy Note is extraordinary just for the battery life it can offer. It is quite simply the best battery life I have EVER had the pleasure of experiencing on a top-end smartphone.
Don’t forget to check out my unboxing gallery and look for my review which will be out very soon!