There are enough worries in the world. You do not need to add worrying about your phone’s battery to the list. While battery life is notoriously iffy in high end devices, you can get a good phone with very good battery life without blowing too big a hole in your bank account. So if you are on the lookout for a phone with a big battery and do not feel too inclined to invest too heavily, we would suggest one of the following. They would make very good back up devices for those with a high-end phone, and excellent primary ones for just about anyone:
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 – Big power, Big Battery
Rs 12,999 onwards
Do not get taken in by the slim and stylish glassy exterior of the latest phone from Asus. Behind that 6.26 full HD+ display (which has a notch too), lies a massive 5000 mAh battery, which can comfortably see you through two days of hefty use and with careful handling can even get you through three. And it is not just about battery – the phone has perhaps the most powerful processor in this collection, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and comes with 3 GB and 6 GB RAM variants too. The 12 and 5 megapixel rear cameras are decent in good light conditions and the 13 megapixel front camera takes good selfies. All of this with stock Android on top – although it is the older 8.1 version at the time of writing. If you are looking for a great balance of power (especially in terms of gaming) and stamina, this is perhaps the best phone out there for you.
Motorola One Power – Solid and substantial
The Motorola One Power represents everything that you would expect from a Motorola device – reliability and sheer stolidity. No, it is not as light as the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and does not look remotely as stylish but many will find its solid metal frame more reassuring. The 6.26 full HD+ display is a good one and powering the phone is a Qualcomm 636 processor with 4 GB RAM to ensure smooth operation. This being Motorola, the device comes with stock Android (Android Pie) and it works smoothly as well. The 16 and 5 megapixel rear cameras are good enough for most good light snaps and the 12 megapixel front camera can take some very decent selfies. But the star of the show is a massive 5000 mAh battery that if carefully handled can get you through a week of usage on just two charges! And it charges very fast too, thanks to Motorola’s Turbo Charge feature.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro – All Rounder Supreme
Rs 13,999 onwards
In terms of battery size, this is the smallest of this collection – the Note 6 Pro boasts a 4000 mAh battery – but in terms of overall performance, it is perhaps the best device in this group. And that 4000 mAh battery can get you through a day and a half of hefty use easily. The device has a very good 6.26 inch full HD+ display, and perhaps the best set of cameras in this group – 12 and 5 megapixel at the rear and 20 and 2 megapixels in front, all of which come with some very good effects and shooting options (including Studio Lighting). Then there is also Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 operating system, which in our book is one of the smoothest operating systems on a phone. If you can manage with a day and a half of battery life per charge, this is easily the phone for you.
Motorola E5 Plus – Battery on a budget
Rs 9,999 onwards
This might be the weakest device in the group in terms of general hardware – its 6.0-inch display is not full HD and it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which is efficient rather than spectacular, and it does not have dual rear cameras (12 megapixels at back and 5 megapixels at front) – but if it is a very good battery life you want on a super tight budget, then the Moto E5 Plus is definitely the way to go. The display is not the greatest but its lower resolution and very good power management by the processor means that the huge 5000 mAh battery in the device is capable of lasting close to three days on a charge. Do not even dream of high-end gaming or multitasking on this, but if all you want is a smartphone for most basic tasks and a lot of battery, this is the one for you!
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 – For them that love movies!
The oldie in the room. The Mi Max 2 was actually launched in mid-2017 but it remains a very good proposition for those who want a big screen phone with great sound…and yes, great battery life. Its Snapdragon 625 chip might seem old as might its 12 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera, but you will forget all that when you see that magnificent 6.,44 inch full HD display with dual speakers for stereo effect sound. And then there is that massive 5300 mAh battery which makes sure you can carry on using the phone for almost two and a half days on a single charge. The software might seem a little dated as do some of the specs but if you are a film and/or music lover, then this is the perfect big screen phone for you.
Traveller’s Tip: When buying a big battery phone, do also check if they support reverse charging – the ability to charge other phones. If they do, all you need to do is buy a USB OTG adaptor and you can use these big battery phones to charge those that are less endowed in that department.