A smartphone can have the most wonderful features in the world, but they don't mean anything if your phone can't stay on.
This, understandably, makes the battery one of the more important features in your phone. And while battery technology may not appear to have moved the leaps and bounds that many other aspects of our phones —such as cameras and displays — have in recent years, batteries and the technologies charging them up have started to make a splash. While some of our editors have firm opinions on what battery features are the most important, we wanted to see which of the battery and power features are the most important to you, our readers, in a device that you're always using, and quite frequently charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 brought about more than a few battery debates, and that comes as no surprise considering that Samsung made some significant changes in their battery this go-around. The battery isn't removable, which was long touted by many users as being a deal-breaker, but this loss was offset in part by the addition of wireless charging — both Qi and Powermat — and quick charging. Even with these additions, many AC readers turned away in disgust, refusing to give up the ability to simply switch batteries halfway through their incredibly hectic days.
The LG G4 went relatively "old school" instead — removable battery, no branded quick charging, no wireless charging out of the box, but available using add-on cases/parts. This, too, disappointed some users, many of whom thought that quick-charging was going to be standard. The wireless situation felt like stagnation to US readers and like a step backward to many European readers, including our own Alex Dobie during last week's podcast. But at least the G4 has seemed to last all day during our (admittedly short) time with it, and that's another battery feature that seems to have ebbed ever so slightly in a lot of users minds.
The GS6 is not lasting a full day on anything more than light use for many users. As a Moto X user, I'm no stranger to charging my phone either during lunch or dinner. Quick-charging makes that a little more bearable, but nothing replaces having more capacity, which is why phones like the Droid Turbo still draw users.
So, which one sings out to you the most? Do you need more than anything else: a bigger battery, a removable battery, a phone that supports quick-charging, or a phone with wireless charging? What wins out in your heart, and why? Vote and chime in below in the comments!