Nextbit Robin XDA Review: The Cloud Phone That’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Have we found a new Nexus?
Battery Life and Charging
The battery capacity on the Nextbit Robin is 2,680mAh which is about on par with the Nexus 5X at 2700mAh. With a similar screen size, you would expect the device to last about as long in real-world use. Well, it does, but in this case that’s not exactly a proud selling point. In my real-world use, the battery on this phone lasted me anywhere between 3.5-4 hours of moderate screen-on usage. Moderate in my case usually includes browsing XDA and Reddit on Chrome, about an hour playing podcasts over bluetooth in my car, and some miscellaneous chatting on Hangouts/Skype/IRC as well as the standard e-mail and RSS news reading. All this is done while having a decent LTE signal on T-Mobile. Having used the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 in the past I’m rather used to this kind of battery life, but it’s a step down from one of its main competitors – the Moto X Pure – which gets comparatively battery life results both in real-world usage and in benchmarks. At least with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the upcoming improvements in Android N, you won’t have to worry all that much about stand-by battery life due to Doze mode. Indeed, in my day-to-day use the Robin did not lose much battery due to rogue apps polling updates in the background.
Real-world battery life usage depends entirely on individual use cases, though, so I also ran a few battery life stress tests to verify if my findings were accurate. Using PCMark’s work battery life test, Geekbench’s battery life test, and GFXBench’s battery life test, I found that the battery life while the screen is on would last around 4 hours for moderate gaming purposes and between 4-5 hours of average day-to-day tasks. Keep in mind though, that these results are lower than most flagship models from last year as well as this year. I’m a bit disappointed in the battery life of the device but the lower price point may prompt you to look past this blemish on an otherwise great upper mid-range device.
Thankfully, the Robin comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 which allows you to rapidly top up your battery in a jiffy. Those of you with any current generation flagship devices know just how useful this ability is, and it’s certainly a welcome addition to the Robin that at least alleviates some of the pain associated with its inadequate battery life. In a rather disappointing twist, the Robin does not actually come with a quick charger in its retail box. You’ll have to purchase one of those separately on the store for $15. At least you’re given a USB Type-C to Type-A cable that will enable you to charge with any standard charger, but I would recommend grabbing a quick charger box to compliment the device.
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