Tablets Go Head-To-Head On Battery Life, iPad Comes Out On Top

Consumer weblog "Which?" tested the most popular 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to compare battery life and found quite a bit of variation. If you're looking for a new tablet, here are some things to watch out for.

You can never really tell how an advertised battery life relates to real-world battery life, so "Which?" is here to help. Unsurprisingly, the iPad and the iPad Mini took first place in the 10-inch and 7-inch tests respectively. If you aren't an iPad fan, there's a lot to glean about Android and Microsoft too. For example, the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab does a bit better than the Nexus 10, and a lot better than the Asus Transformer Prime (at least without they keyboard, since the keyboard contains an extra battery). At the same time, however, the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 seem to do significantly better than the 7-inch Galaxy.

Obviously, battery life isn't everything, but it is something to keep in mind. Hit the link for more info on how the tests were run and for other details.

Which tablet has the best battery life? [Infographic] [Which? via TUAW]


    "Unsurprisingly, the iPad and the iPad Mini took first place..."

    Unsurprisingly because we're all fanboys, or for some other reason...?

    Personally I'm a little surprised - I though the new iPad had worse battery life than the iPad 2.

    Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

      Yes. You are wrong.
      If you look at the iFixit tear down, the new iPad battery is about 1.75 times bigger then the iPad 2; and while the resolution is twice the iPad 2; it only drains full power when using full HD video or 3d gaming.

      Apple is well known to push the largest batteries available into their tablets so they can get ahead of the market.

        Wish they did this for their phone line as well.

        Its also well known that the iPad mini has a lower resolution screen than either the nexus 7 or the kindle hd. hmm coincidence? i think not. yeah apple puts in big batteries, but that doesn't always mean you get longer battery life either. it all depends on the other hardware components.

        I find this hard to believe.. My other halfs iPad 2 always lasts longer than my iPad 3 and all I generally do on it is surf the web! They play a stack of games and surf.

    Galaxy tab 7.7 with the OLED screen has by far the best battery life. I hate to think that is missing from the list so the iProducts can rank better.

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