Fancy screens, attention-grabbing designs and razor sharp cameras. The current crop of top–end smartphones have it all.
But what’s the use of having fancy features when you spend half the day searching out a power source or desperately trying to conserve dwindling battery life?
If you want a phone that’ll last all day without having to resort to carrying a charger or investing in ugly power-boosting case, these are the five phones to go for.
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1 Lenovo P2
In general, it’s the Chinese mobile-makers that have realised that battery life trumps top–end features for most people. And it’s Lenovo that’s taken this to the next level.
Its P2 has a colossal 5100mAh battery can easily last for three days on a single charge. And in the event, you do run low it's USB–C quick-charge technology to help you get to a full battery fast.
There are more spec–laden phones on the market, but none as good as when it comes to battery–based peace–of–mind.
2 Google Pixel XL
Google’s flagship phablet has much to recommend it. But leaving aside the world–class camera and excellent voice commands-activated Google Assistant, it really comes into its own in the battery stakes.
HTC, which manufactured the Pixel XL on Google's behalf, saw to include a huge 3450mAh battery.
The result? A device that can last up to two days without charge, with seven hours of power available by using the phone’s 15-minute USB–C fast charge feature.
Makes you wonder why Google’s phones don’t sell just as well as Apple’s.
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3 OnePlus 3T
OnePlus’s handsets have rightly won plaudits as well-constructed, independently manufactured alternatives to the very best smartphones out there.
But its latest, the OnePlus 3T, is undoubtedly the best yet, thanks largely to its capacious 3400mAh battery.
That serves up a more than ample 36 hours of charge, while the Dash Charge function gives seven hours of power after 30 minutes of time spent plugged into mains.
Throw in OnePlus’s smart customisations to Google Android and an affordable price tag and this is the phone to get if you want long battery life and something that stands out from the crowd.
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4 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 Edge is set to be superseded by the much hyped Galaxy S8 in a matter of weeks.
But don’t let that put you off, especially if you value power over having the latest, greatest smartphone.
The huge 3600mAh battery means you can easily eke out two days of use if you’re economical. Or a day and a half if you just can’t stop streaming and flicking through Facebook.
Like the other phones on this list, USB–C fast–charging is on board. And with the S8 imminent, you should be able to secure the S7 Edge on a cheap deal too.
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5 Huawei Mate 9
Huawei’s burgeoning reputation for solid smartphones has been burnished further by the Mate 9.
Its features, including an octa-core processor and dual camera, make it a very viable alternative to the iPhone and Galaxy S7.
And its massive 4000mAh battery puts it head and shoulders above the crowd.
You can fully charge it in just an hour and a half and you won’t need to find a power point for as much as three days.
Only old–school Nokias last longer, and those warhorses don’t have anything like the skill set of the Mate 9.