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Battery Compare: Benchmarking tool for battery performance comparisons

September 20, 2012

So, you bought yourself a new device the other day, let’s say, an Android phone. You’ve worked day in, day out just to save up for that gadget. When you finally got it, you followed all the things you should do to take good care of the phone. But one day, you’ve noticed that the battery drains awfully faster than in the other day and you weren’t even playing games on it. What gives?

I’m sure some of you have been in this kind of situation and you ask yourself, “Did I get the right gadget? What if I bought blah blah instead? Maybe its battery would have lasted longer than this.” Battery life is just one of the factors someone should consider when canvassing for a potential gadget purchase. And, knowing how your device performs against other devices is definitely one of the things you want to to know. Luckily, an app can help you in that department — the Battery Compare app.

Battery Compare is a battery benchmarking tool that informs you of how well your device’s battery fares among other devices. Preferred settings (like setting Power Saving), the use of custom ROMs, and frequent heavy use of the device may be some of the reasons why your friend who has the same device seems to have his device’s battery drain a lot faster than yours. There was never a way for users to get a comprehensive presentation of details about their battery. Now, Battery Compare can give you just that.

Battery Compare has three tabs on its main screen: Benchmark, Publish, and Compare. In the Benchmark tab, you let the app get valuable information about your device’s battery, more like obtaining metrics about your battery for it to be compared to others later on. The process usually takes about an hour, so the app tells you to go about your day as it records information. You can choose to set the app to stop the benchmarking process automatically after one hour or you can just come back after you’re done doing some errands or whatnot.

After benchmarking is done, head on to the Publish tab to set some minor tweaks to your device’s battery. In this tab, you’ll be providing more information about your battery. Usage level (light, moderate, or heavy) and other relevant information are included to better gauge your battery’s performance against other devices’ batteries. Useful data like your device’s battery type, current OS, manufacturer and more are also presented. After you have provided the other needed information, hit the Publish button so that you can proceed to the next tab.

The Compare tab houses all the results of the comparisons and benchmarks done by the app. This tab shows comparisons in terms of percentages. You can also set filters to only show results according to your preference like by duration, models, battery age, OS versions, and more. If you only want to see results according to the device model (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Note), the app will only show you battery comparisons that span only the same device model you currently have.

With all the information you get from this benchmarking tool, you should get the idea of how well or how poorly your device’s battery is performing. From there, maybe you will also be given the idea of switching to a better performing gadget, battery-wise. If you are the type who uses a gadget for almost anything and you want to know if the gadget you have in your hands can meet your demands, use Battery Compare. You won’t have to ask various people because you get all the needed information with this app.

Battery Compare can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. It also has a pro version where you can reload recently saved benchmarks for comparison. Know how your battery performs with Battery Compare and make wise purchases from here on.