Google recently released a new Nexus model, the LG Google Nexus 5 with amazing killer specs, the new Android 4.4 KitKat and a better camera. The main attraction of the phone is that it has the best in the market specs at the most competitive price. It is priced at $349 internationally and INR 28,999/- in India when it is set to release soon. But with this price, Google did scamper somewhere to balance it all out and that resulted in a smaller battery in the device compared to other flagships in the market.
So to check out how the battery of the Google Nexus 5 performs, we made it go through a battery test by performing various tasks on it to check out how great the battery lasts. But before that so that you all know, the battery on the Nexus 5 is a 2300 mAh which on paper does not look that bad, but with the high power hungry specs of the phone and the Full HD 1080p display, it does get hard to keep the phone up and running for long.
Another point to be noted here is that the device before starting the test has been fully charged to 100% and the battery has been through the breakdown period. So the battery efficiency is at its highest. Also the screen brightness was kept on Auto so the ambient sensor had adjusted the brightness perfectly and we were indoors with not much light, hence the brightness was on a lower side.
For this test we decided on some medium heavy to heavy games which are the popular titles and we chose Subway Surfers, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger and Fifa 2014 to play on this and we played each game for half an hour exact continuously non-stop without even quitting any game or putting the phone on sleep even for a second. So the screen also has been on the entire time. While playing of course this device has the best gaming performance, so we thoroughly enjoyed our time but our battery reached 1% in 4 hours and 56 mins. So we had run to the charger very quickly in the short time and so we were not much impressed here.
Secondly we went on to the web searching for anything that would amaze us. Since due to technicalities there was no 4G connection available so we were able to test it only on Wi-Fi. So we connected to the Wi-Fi here and started surfing the web from Google to checking mails, to browsing FB, twitter, etc. checked out deals on eBay, used Wikipedia continuously without any break again and our battery reached 1% in 8 hours and 12 mins. This seemed pretty apt and was quite cool.
Then we went on to the chatting test, again we were online on all chatting apps like BBM, Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Hike, FB Messenger and our ol’ SMS. We were continuously chatting on the phone non-stop and our battery reached 1% in a matter of only 7 hours. We were not taking any breaks, typing ling messages and using Mobile Data and not Wi-Fi. So overall it is fine if you are chatting with breaks, this phone can last you easily for a day.
This was a very important test as we use our phones for a lot of videos and music. As for the video playback, the battery lasted us for 10 hours which was pretty cool. As for the music playback, the phone lasted for complete 125 hours and some minutes ahead until the phone went dead due to no more juice in it. So overall we were pretty impressed with the multimedia handling of the battery.
Voice Calls Test:
This was a very important test because this is exactly what the cell phones were made for in the first place. As for the calling test we were at a location with a full network and on 3G coverage and we made calls to various people talking to them catching up with friends to see how long the battery would last. Google has claimed the battery to last for 17 hours, but for us it lasted only 14 hours and 44 minutes which is not that bad since we are going to talk for this long in a single day at a stretch.
So all in all our conclusion is that the battery on this device is quite small compared to what others are offering in their flagships, but for the price it is a great device with quite mediocre battery with some smart use and battery saving techniques can make it last for a single day with medium use. Though you will always be running for a charger after a 12 hours day that is for sure, so unless you are ready to compromise on the battery, the LG Google Nexus 5 is the device for you.