Sorry, Samsung: Latest iPhones beat Galaxy S9 on battery life

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Samsung used to brag about its phone's battery life, but now the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and 8 Plus all last longer.
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The iPhone X and iPhone 8 significantly outlast the Galaxy S9 on a single charge. Samsung once mocked the iPhone for its battery life, but the shoe is on the other foot now — benchmarks indicate that the the iPhone X goes more than an hour longer than the Galaxy S9.

Beyond bragging rights, few aspects of a phone make a larger day-to-day impact on the user than battery life. The best device in the world is useless once the battery goes flat. And tests show that those wanting longer times between recharges must pick any of Apple’s 2017 models over either of Samsung’s newest smartphones.

And the winner is … Apple

In its tests, Phone Arena found that the Galaxy S9 lasts seven hours and 23 minutes on a charge, and the larger Galaxy S9+ goes for eight hours and five minutes. The iPhone X solidly beats them both, lasting for eight hours and 41 minutes.

When benchmarking battery life while web browsing, AnandTech found that the iPhone 8 Plus goes for 11 hours and 49 minutes, noticeably outlasting the Galaxy S9+ that made it 10 hours and 28 minutes.

In this same test, the iPhone 8 lasted 10 hours and 24 minutes, while the iPhone X survived nine hours and 45 minutes. The Galaxy S9 lost again, going nine hours and 39 minutes.

How sweet it is: iPhone battery life wins at last

These benchmark results must be music to the ears of anyone who remembers Samsung’s “wall huggers” advertising campaign. Several years ago, Samsung mocked iPhone 5s users for clinging to electrical sockets because of their phones’ short battery life.

Now Galaxy S9 owners are more likely to be searching for electrical sockets, and iPhone users can worry about it less. Still, even with a longer time between charges, it’s handy to know some tricks to extend your iPhone battery life.