Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: Droid gladiators

Droid gladiators

GSMArena team, 04 June 2014.

Battery life

The Sony Xperia Z2 goes in this chapter with a small advantage - it houses a 3,200mAh battery, compared to 2,800mAh for the Samsung Galaxy S5. That 400mAh worth of an advantage accounts for just over 14% of the total capacity but the real difference will be made by how power efficient each phone is.

The Xperia Z2 sits near the top of our battery life table with a massive 89 hours of endurance rating. That's nearly four full days on a single charge. In comparison, the Galaxy S5 "only" lasts three days, with a 72 hour rating.

The Z2 isn't just a marathon runner though, it bested the Galaxy S5 in each of our three tests. It was a relatively slim victory in the call test with just under an hour more.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    46:44h
  • Nokia Lumia 625
    30:58h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    28:34h
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    26:53h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    25:45h
  • LG G Pro 2
    25:37h
  • LG G Flex
    25:19h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    25:16h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    25:12h
  • Alcatel Hero
    25:02h
  • Oppo N1
    25:01h
  • LG G2
    25:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    24:52h
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    24:23h
  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    22:42h
  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
    22:16h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    22:13h
  • HTC One Max
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    22:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    22:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    21:20h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    21:18h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985
    20:45h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    20:42h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    20:24h
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    20:07h
  • HTC One (M8)
    20:01h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    20:00h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    19:55h
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
    19:54h
  • Sony Xperia SP
    19:49h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    19:14h
  • Oppo R819
    19:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    18:12h
  • LG G2 mini
    18:11h
  • Oppo Find 7a
    18:11h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    18:03h
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    17:48h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
    16:57h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    16:56h
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
    16:41h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    16:40h
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    16:40h
  • LG Nexus 5
    16:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z
    16:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    15:32h
  • LG Optimus G E975
    15:30h
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    15:22h
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    15:17h
  • HTC Desire 816
    14:46h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    14:46h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    14:31h
  • Pantech Discover
    14:17h
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    14:17h
  • Oppo Find 5
    14:17h
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    14:17h
  • LG Nexus 4 E960
    14:17h
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
    14:15h
  • Motorola Moto G
    13:41h
  • HTC One
    13:38h
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    13:36h
  • Nokia Lumia 520
    13:33h
  • HTC One X+
    13:31h
  • Sony Xperia C
    13:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    13:20h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    13:10h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082
    12:45h
  • LG Optimus GJ E975W
    12:39h
  • HTC First
    12:31h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR M
    12:31h
  • Sony Xperia M
    12:31h
  • Sony Xperia L
    12:30h
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    12:30h
  • Nokia Lumia 928
    12:27h
  • HTC Butterfly
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy S III I747
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note N7000
    12:14h
  • HTC One mini
    12:04h
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    11:58h
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    11:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260
    11:52h
  • HTC Desire 500
    11:31h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
    11:30h
  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
    11:25h
  • Asus PadFone 2
    11:20h
  • Nokia X
    11:13h
  • HTC DROID DNA
    11:07h
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3
    11:07h
  • LG Optimus L9 P760
    11:07h
  • HTC One SV
    11:07h
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X
    11:07h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
    11:06h
  • HTC Desire X
    11:03h
  • Meizu MX3
    11:02h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    11:01h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    10:46h
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    10:18h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    10:15h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2
    10:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
    10:00h
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    10:00h
  • HTC One V
    10:00h
  • HTC One mini 2
    09:58h
  • HTC One X
    9:57h
  • HTC One S C2
    9:42h
  • HTC One S
    9:42h
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    9:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    9:32h
  • HTC Sensation XL
    9:30h
  • Sony Xperia J
    9:14h
  • Nokia Lumia 810
    9:05h
  • Acer CloudMobile S500
    9:05h
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    9:05h
  • Motorola ATRIX HD MB886
    9:04h
  • HTC Vivid
    9:02h
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    8:56h
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    8:51h
  • HTC Rhyme
    8:48h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    8:42h
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720
    8:42h
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    8:41h
  • Meizu MX
    8:39h
  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    8:35h
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562
    8:28h
  • Nokia Lumia 800
    8:25h

The decisive victory in the individual tests comes in the web browser department, where the Sony Xperia Z2 enjoys a nearly two hour lead on its rival. It lasts nearly half a day of constant browsing so even after extended web sessions you'll have plenty of battery charge left. The Galaxy S5 tried to put up a fight, but just couldn't keep up.

Web browsing

  • Sony Xperia C
    12:45h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    12:37h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    12:30h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    12:17h
  • HTC Desire 816
    11:48h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    11:32h
  • LG G2
    11:22h
  • HTC One Max
    11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    11:07h
  • LG G2 mini
    11:02h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    10:58h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    10:04h
  • HTC One
    9:58h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    9:58h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    9:56h
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
    9:54h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    9:48h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    9:47h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    9:43h
  • Alcatel Hero
    9:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    9:37h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    9:36h
  • LG G Pro 2
    9:31h
  • LG G Flex
    9:31h
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    9:16h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    9:12h
  • HTC One (M8)
    9:06h
  • Oppo N1
    9:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    9:05h
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    9:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    9:04h
  • Motorola Moto G
    9:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    8:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
    8:48h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    8:42h
  • Asus PadFone 2
    8:20h
  • Nokia Lumia 810
    8:20h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    8:17h
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
    8:17h
  • HTC One mini
    8:12h
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    8:01h
  • HTC One X+
    7:56h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    7:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    7:43h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR M
    7:42h
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    7:42h
  • Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini
    7:38h
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    7:37h
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    7:35h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    7:24h
  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
    7:23h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    7:23h
  • HTC Radar
    7:17h
  • Nokia Lumia 520
    7:15h
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    7:13h
  • LG Optimus GJ E975W
    7:11h
  • Oppo Find 7a
    7:09h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082
    7:09h
  • Sony Xperia M
    7:09h
  • Meizu MX3
    7:09h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
    7:09h
  • Nokia Lumia 625
    7:07h
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    7:06h
  • Sony Xperia J
    7:06h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    6:58h
  • Apple iPhone 4s
    6:56h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    6:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260
    6:54h
  • HTC One V
    6:49h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985
    6:40h
  • Sony Xperia L
    6:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
    6:40h
  • HTC DROID DNA
    6:40h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
    6:40h
  • Motorola ATRIX HD MB886
    6:40h
  • BlackBerry Curve 9380
    6:40h
  • Sony Xperia E
    6:40h
  • HTC First
    6:39h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    6:38h
  • Sony Xperia Z
    6:37h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2
    6:35h
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    6:34h
  • HTC One mini 2
    06:33h
  • HTC Desire 500
    6:31h
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    6:30h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    6:27h
  • BlackBerry Z10
    6:27h
  • HTC Butterfly
    6:24h
  • Sony Xperia SP
    6:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy S III I747
    6:16h
  • HTC One SV
    6:15h
  • Samsung Focus S I937
    6:15h
  • Nokia Lumia 510
    6:13h
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    6:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500
    6:03h
  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    6:02h
  • Oppo R819
    6:01h
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X
    6:01h
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    5:59h
  • Sony Xperia ion LTE
    5:56h
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810
    5:55h
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    5:53h
  • Pantech Burst
    5:51h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    5:50h
  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
    5:48h
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G T769
    5:45h
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    5:40h
  • Nokia Lumia 928
    5:36h
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3
    5:34h
  • Pantech Discover
    5:33h
  • Oppo Find 5
    5:33h
  • Samsung i927 Captivate Glide
    5:33h
  • Sony Xperia T
    5:33h
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    5:28h
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    5:25h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note I717
    5:24h
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    5:23h
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562
    5:23h
  • HTC Sensation XL
    5:20h
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    5:19h
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
    5:17h
  • HTC Desire X
    5:16h
  • HTC Rezound
    5:16h
  • Sony Xperia acro S
    5:16h
  • LG Optimus G E975
    5:15h
  • HTC Rhyme
    5:08h
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    5:07h
  • LG Optimus L9 P760
    5:02h
  • Nokia X
    4:55h
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
    4:50h
  • LG Optimus Vu F100S
    4:49h
  • LG Nexus 5
    4:46h
  • HTC Vivid
    4:46h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S6802
    4:45h
  • Meizu MX
    4:35h

The Xperia Z2 takes its third victory in the video playback test. The advantage here is about an hour, but if you think about it in reverse, the Z2 will be left with more charge in the battery after watching the same movie on both phones.

Video playback

  • LG G Flex
    19:57h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    16:35h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    14:17h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    13:32h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    13:12h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    13:12h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    13:12h
  • HTC One Max
    13:11h
  • Sony Xperia C
    12:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
    12:51h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:31h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    12:30h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    12:28h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    12:18h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    12:16h
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    12:10h
  • LG G2
    11:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    11:38h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    11:37h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    11:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
    11:27h
  • Oppo N1
    11:15h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    11:15h
  • HTC One (M8)
    11:14h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    11:05h
  • HTC Desire 816
    10:34h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    10:31h
  • LG G2 mini
    10:23h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    10:12h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    10:04h
  • HTC First
    10:03h
  • HTC One
    10:02h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    10:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
    10:00h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
    10:00h
  • Nokia 808 PureView
    9:53h
  • Alcatel Hero
    9:49h
  • Sony Xperia M
    9:49h
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    9:42h
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    9:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    9:30h
  • HTC One S C2
    9:28h
  • HTC One S
    9:28h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    9:27h
  • Apple iPhone 4s
    9:24h
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500
    9:22h
  • Oppo Find 7a
    9:19h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    9:17h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    9:03h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR M
    9:00h
  • Sony Xperia E
    9:00h
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
    8:59h
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    8:45h
  • BlackBerry Z10
    8:44h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    8:41h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985
    8:40h
  • Nokia N9
    8:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
    8:34h
  • HTC Butterfly
    8:28h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note N7000
    8:25h
  • LG Optimus GJ E975W
    8:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy S III I747
    8:14h
  • HTC One X+
    8:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082
    8:11h
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    8:11h
  • Sony Xperia J
    8:11h
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    8:10h
  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    8:00h
  • Samsung Focus S I937
    7:55h
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3
    7:52h
  • HTC Desire 500
    7:50h
  • Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini
    7:46h
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    7:45h
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    7:41h
  • Asus PadFone 2
    7:38h
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    7:38h
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
    7:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G T769
    7:33h
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    7:30h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260
    7:30h
  • HTC DROID DNA
    7:30h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2
    7:30h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note I717
    7:30h
  • Sony Xperia SP
    7:27h
  • HTC One mini
    7:23h
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    7:23h
  • LG Optimus G E975
    7:16h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    7:06h
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    7:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    6:55h
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    6:55h
  • HTC One SV
    6:55h
  • Pantech Discover
    6:55h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    6:54h
  • Nokia Lumia 928
    6:54h
  • HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE
    6:51h
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    6:49h
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    6:43h
  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
    6:40h
  • Motorola Moto G
    6:37h
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    6:37h

In the end, the Sony Xperia Z2 will likely last you a day longer than the Samsung Galaxy S5 in an identical use pattern. Both phones will last you through the day, but if you forget to charge your phone you can get away with it easier with the Xperia than with the Galaxy.

Both phones have power-saving modes that disable some of the phone's features to extend the time to the next charge.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

Winner: Sony Xperia Z2. The composite endurance rating gives the Sony a solid lead but, equally important, it also managed to beat its rival in all three of the individual tests.

The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is certainly not bad, but you will need to charge it more often.

Reader comments

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