Nexus 5x Battery Life Thread

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robstunner

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I havent seen one yet (battery stats thread), and it's probably one of the top important features of a phone.

Heres what I've found so far: Edit: Will update tomorrow with better results.

Please be sure to include:

-Battery graph screenshot
-Screen on time screenshot
-Detailed battery screenshot (the one with signal strength)

Also throw in whether or not you use google now, you location settings (battery saving/device only/high accuracy) and anything else you did or didn't do to get your battery life results.
 
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I'd like to see usage stats for a full day of true mobile use (i.e. no WiFi) on LTE. I get the impression that it will be better than my Nexus 6 but would love to see evidence of that.
 
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Odd.... In according to this review, the 5x ha an outstanding batter lifetime.... They're talking about 11h and 30minutes of web surfing via LTE with the screen at 150nits)
 
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Odd.... In according to this review, the 5x ha an outstanding batter lifetime.... They're talking about 11h and 30minutes of web surfing via LTE with the screen at 150nits)
Yea its all over the place. Phone arena is putting the 5x as having the same endurance as the 6p and mxpe, which all have 2 hrs less then the galaxy s6. Again, according to their charts.

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I think the best test without actually having the phone yet is to compare the battery life of the Nexus 5X to the original Nexus 5 of 2013 under the same test conditions.

The Ars Technica test showed the Nexus 5 getting 400 minutes and the Nexus 5X getting 548 minutes using the same test. That is a 37% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

The Phone Arena test showed the Nexus 5 getting 4 hr 50 min and the Nexus 5X getting 6 hr 25 min using the same test. That is a 33% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 battery life (Ars Technica):
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-review.012.png

Nexus 5X battery life (Ars Technica):
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conte...view-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

Nexus 5 battery life (Phone Arena):
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Golden-middle-our-Nexus-5-battery-life-test-is-here_id49127

Nexus 5X battery life (Phone Arena):
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nexus-5X-battery-life-test-results-are-out_id74852


Based on those comparisons I'd expect the Nexus 5X to get about 35% better battery life compared to the Nexus 5 during actual usage. When I first got my Nexus 5 I was getting just barely 4 hours screen on time. At a 35% increase the Nexus 5X should get like 5.5 hours screen on time.

I can live with that. Plus, stand by time should be improved with Doze.

My Nexus 5X is coming late next week. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
 

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I think the best test without actually having the phone yet is to compare the battery life of the Nexus 5X to the original Nexus 5 of 2013 under the same test conditions.

The Ars Technica test showed the Nexus 5 getting 400 minutes and the Nexus 5X getting 548 minutes using the same test. That is a 37% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

The Phone Arena test showed the Nexus 5 getting 4 hr 50 min and the Nexus 5X getting 6 hr 25 min using the same test. That is a 33% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 battery life (Ars Technica):
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-review.012.png

Nexus 5X battery life (Ars Technica):
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conte...view-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

Nexus 5 battery life (Phone Arena):
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Golden-middle-our-Nexus-5-battery-life-test-is-here_id49127

Nexus 5X battery life (Phone Arena):
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nexus-5X-battery-life-test-results-are-out_id74852


Based on those comparisons I'd expect the Nexus 5X to get about 35% better battery life compared to the Nexus 5 during actual usage. When I first got my Nexus 5 I was getting just barely 4 hours screen on time. At a 35% increase the Nexus 5X should get like 5.5 hours screen on time.

I can live with that. Plus, stand by time should be improved with Doze.

My Nexus 5X is coming late next week. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
Thank for doing all the math. ☺ 5.5 hours seems like it would be on the extreme end of the scale but I would be more than happy if I could get 4.5 to 5 hours without trying.

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Personal experience, I'm very disappointed with the battery life,having used my new Nexus 5X for a couple of days. Today, I used it from about 10am and it was down to about 19% by 4pm. I charged it for maybe 20 minutes and it was back up to over 50% - admittedly a fast recovery. But I just realised (about half past midnight) it has quietly died sitting next to me while I watched Netflix. As in, it's now off. What phone does that? "Doze" my ass!

I didn't think that a Nexus phone could realistically be this flawed when I pre-ordered it. I love everything else about it (except the slippery back that's itching to escape my hand), but I'm starting to feel cheated and I don't think I can get my money back. I wonder if there's any way a software update could help.
 
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Personal experience, I'm very disappointed with the battery life,having used my new Nexus 5X for a couple of days. Today, I used it from about 10am and it was down to about 19% by 4pm. I charged it for maybe 20 minutes and it was back up to over 50% - admittedly a fast recovery. But I just realised (about half past midnight) it has quietly died sitting next to me while I watched Netflix. As in, it's now off. What phone does that? "Doze" my ass!

I didn't think that a Nexus phone could realistically be this flawed when I pre-ordered it. I love everything else about it (except the slippery back that's itching to escape my hand), but I'm starting to feel cheated and I don't think I can get my money back. I wonder if there's any way a software update could help.
Sounds like my Nexus 5 battery life.

You'd have thought there would have been a greater improvement than that considering the larger battery.

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Personal experience, I'm very disappointed with the battery life,having used my new Nexus 5X for a couple of days. Today, I used it from about 10am and it was down to about 19% by 4pm. I charged it for maybe 20 minutes and it was back up to over 50% - admittedly a fast recovery. But I just realised (about half past midnight) it has quietly died sitting next to me while I watched Netflix. As in, it's now off. What phone does that? "Doze" my ass!

I didn't think that a Nexus phone could realistically be this flawed when I pre-ordered it. I love everything else about it (except the slippery back that's itching to escape my hand), but I'm starting to feel cheated and I don't think I can get my money back. I wonder if there's any way a software update could help.

You have good service where ever you were at from 10am to 4pm today? Or even while it was down while you were watching Netflix. Cause poor service is going to kill any phone's battery.
 

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Personal experience, I'm very disappointed with the battery life,having used my new Nexus 5X for a couple of days. Today, I used it from about 10am and it was down to about 19% by 4pm. I charged it for maybe 20 minutes and it was back up to over 50% - admittedly a fast recovery. But I just realised (about half past midnight) it has quietly died sitting next to me while I watched Netflix. As in, it's now off. What phone does that? "Doze" my ass!

I didn't think that a Nexus phone could realistically be this flawed when I pre-ordered it. I love everything else about it (except the slippery back that's itching to escape my hand), but I'm starting to feel cheated and I don't think I can get my money back. I wonder if there's any way a software update could help.

Just letting you know, Google's return policy is 15 days from receiving the phone. You'll get a full refund, plus they'll provide you with a free return label.
I am trying the Nexus 5X because I can't stand the lag of the Galaxy S6. If I don't like the 5X, I'll probably just buy the 6P.
 

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Just letting you know, Google's return policy is 15 days from receiving the phone. You'll get a full refund, plus they'll provide you with a free return label.
I am trying the Nexus 5X because I can't stand the lag of the Galaxy S6. If I don't like the 5X, I'll probably just buy the 6P.
Would you mind sharing your thoughts when you get a bit of use out of the 5X? I also am sick of my S6...thanks.

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Just letting you know, Google's return policy is 15 days from receiving the phone. You'll get a full refund, plus they'll provide you with a free return label.
I am trying the Nexus 5X because I can't stand the lag of the Galaxy S6. If I don't like the 5X, I'll probably just buy the 6P.

Ill be doing the same thing with my Moto X Pure I got a few weeks ago. I really like what I have, but the 5x is tempting as the 5 was such a great device.
 

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Seems good so far. Have only had it 4 hours. Will revisit this thread in a week to better surmise
 

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    I think the best test without actually having the phone yet is to compare the battery life of the Nexus 5X to the original Nexus 5 of 2013 under the same test conditions.

    The Ars Technica test showed the Nexus 5 getting 400 minutes and the Nexus 5X getting 548 minutes using the same test. That is a 37% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    The Phone Arena test showed the Nexus 5 getting 4 hr 50 min and the Nexus 5X getting 6 hr 25 min using the same test. That is a 33% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    Nexus 5 battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-review.012.png

    Nexus 5X battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conte...view-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

    Nexus 5 battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Golden-middle-our-Nexus-5-battery-life-test-is-here_id49127

    Nexus 5X battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nexus-5X-battery-life-test-results-are-out_id74852


    Based on those comparisons I'd expect the Nexus 5X to get about 35% better battery life compared to the Nexus 5 during actual usage. When I first got my Nexus 5 I was getting just barely 4 hours screen on time. At a 35% increase the Nexus 5X should get like 5.5 hours screen on time.

    I can live with that. Plus, stand by time should be improved with Doze.

    My Nexus 5X is coming late next week. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
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    No need to do a complete drain and full charge cycle on modern batteries. That's a relic from old times. Actually it's best not to let the battery drain completely.

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    Hi

    Do any of you feel that having ambient display on will hurt the battery. I've held my phone upside down (like it would be in my pocket) and I can shake the phone and get the screen on. So, I'm wondering how often it's turning on in my pocket.

    From what I can tell when the phone is covered ambient display doesn't come on as the proximity sensor knows it is covered up, try it with your hand over the sensor and pick up the phone, no ambient display, so no it will not turn on in your pocket, happy days. :D

    Regards

    Phil

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    Hi

    I'm not understanding how ambient display works anyway given the display is lcd. Highly inefficient no?

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    Ambient display is nothing new, you used to be able to set Android phones to turn the display on when a notification came through yonks ago, the only difference today is they can optimise the power draw on AMOLED displays by making it all black with white text, add features like pick up to wake etc.

    For an LCD display you are correct in that ambient display uses the same power as if the screen was full on, but it is only on for a few seconds so overall isn't going to make very much difference, and if it is on a desk or table and we can see the notification isn't important, we've saved some power anyway from not going into the phone and reading it. I'm pretty sure as well doze mode will turn off ambient display, so it's not lighting up at night when the phone has been idle for a while and we are unlikely to be with it, plus it doesn't operate when it's in a pocket or covered case.

    If we say ambient display is on for 4 seconds and it gets triggered 100 times a day (unlikely for most), that's around 7 minutes taken from our screen on time, so probably not noticeable overall, but if that has saved us turning on the phone and reading irrelevant messages some of the time, we've probably broken even or gained some.

    Just enjoy the feature I say and not worry about battery power.

    Regards

    Phil
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    I find it pretty disappointing. Mine is coming next week but if that's the kind of battery life if get I'll likely send it back. Can't even managed a full 4 hours of real usage?

    Wow. I'd suggest cancelling the order now. Ended up with almost 4.5 hours of SOT, and it far exceeds my expectation.

    Really not sure what I would be doing to need more SOT. It's a phone.
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    150 nits is how much on the brightness scale? 50%?

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    PA showed the display on the 5X to have 487nits. So maybe 150 is about 31%?