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Do you like removable batteries in cell phones?

Do you like removable batteries in cell phones   104 votes

  1. 1. Do you like removable batteries in cell phones

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Do you like removable batteries in cell phones

 

 

My personal opinion is yes.  Because the phone hardware will almost always outlive it's battery. Now I get that a lot of people upgrade their phones, once a year. But personally I like to keep hardware around for a while. I also like to have the option if the battery does go bad prematurely to just buy another one and not have to send the phone in.

 

I think it's pretty sad and wasteful that the new trend is for everything to have batteries that are non removable.

 

Then again that's my opinion. What do you guys think about cell phones that have removable batteries?

 

Lets also take the time to talk about how to take care of that battery built into your phone that you can't replace and are stuck with

 

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I don't like cell phones that have the battery removable. It feels like a blackberry.

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For me its all about choice! Built in batteries just take away my choice of what I want to do with the phone or the battery. 

 

I can't run a larger battery for more life, cant use the battery in other phones (if needed or able), cant sell the battery once the phone is done but the bat is still good (friend just mentioned this one I dont personally do). etc

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What's not to like?

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I don't hot-swap batteries in my Samsung phones but as soon as I buy said phone, I buy a 7,500 mAh battery, so I guess I like phones with removable batteries, even though I only "remove" batteries once :p

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Removable batteries just add bulk to the device, but they can also be a godsend. Just today, my wife's phone crashed (Lumia 820) - so much easier to pull the back off and just pull the battery out for a few seconds.

 

I haven't owned a device with a removable battery for quite some time, so it isn't a deal breaker for me.

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I like the option. Given batteries are a common point of failure it makes changing them easy.  I once also bought an extended battery for my S4 when I went on a trip. The phone would last 3 days, with 12 hours screen on time. 

 

Plus with the removable back it opens up the market for new back covers for your phone. 

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Don't mind having the option, but think the last time I've actually taken advantage of that was back with a Motorola MicroTAC way back when. My current phones go all day with zero issues, so *shrug*. It's a plus on a buying decision, but not a deal breaker, voted "don't care."

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Removable batteries just add bulk, and the removable casing was prone to breaking. I don't miss those days.

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I prefer batteries with removable cellphones.

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I know this isn't a cell phone story, but I gave my parents, a 17 inch dual core laptop I had laying around that had 6gb of ram and an SSD I added. the thing's battery was pretty much shot, couldn't unplug it and walk across the room without the thing dieing. I replaced the battery, but what if the battery was glued in? The laptop still works great.

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It's always nice if the phone has a user removable battery. However, it's no the end of the world if it doesn't have it. My iPhone 5S doesn't have it, and my HTC One didn't have it. There are other options like battery cases or portable chargers, for phones without removable batteries. I used to require them when I first started using smartphones (back when 1500 mAH was the norm). Nowadays it doesn't matter anymore for me. 

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Removable batteries just add bulk, and the removable casing was prone to breaking. I don't miss those days.

 

 

I don't really get the breaking argument. Then again I have my S3 in a otterbox Case. So I guess i'm not one of those people that have to have thin lol.

 

But at the same time if the back did pop off, I call that a feature. It works like this. You accidentally drop your phone into a puddle and BOOM, it hits water the back flies off and the battery pops out. Thus saving the phone :D

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I prefer it, but it's not a dealbreaker.

Hence I have a HTC One... Thought it would be a bad idea, but it's been fantastic. (Y)

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I prefer it, but it's not a dealbreaker.

Hence I have a HTC One... Thought it would be a bad idea, but it's been fantastic. (Y)

 

Ya it is fantastic, it makes for a great looking thin phone but when the battery no longer holds a charge and the battery takes a ###### ..... You'll probably be upgrading by then anyway.

 

Although, being able to remove the battery also lets you get really great deals on eBay without worrying the battery is shot :)

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Ya it is fantastic, it makes for a great looking thin phone but when the battery no longer holds a charge and the battery takes a ###### ..... You'll probably be upgrading by then anyway.

For me anyway, phones fall more or less in the disposable category. Own a One M7 myself, if I accidentally backed my truck over it now, I'd shed a tear and then "meh, I'll get the M8 tomorrow." Really isn't a factor for me, if it dies it dies. (That said, the One's been a champ for me so far.)

About your previous post about the laptops, yea I totally concur there. I go for durability and performance.. looks and those few extra ounces are dead last for my criteria.. extra credit for being sturdy enough to crush other laptops with. I've had my fair share of laptop batteries take a dump over the years.. removable or don't want it.

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Ya it is fantastic, it makes for a great looking thin phone but when the battery no longer holds a charge and the battery takes a ###### ..... You'll probably be upgrading by then anyway.

 

Although, being able to remove the battery also lets you get really great deals on eBay without worrying the battery is shot :)

I think you are underestimating battery technology. I still have my first smartphone which still gets some use and battery life is almost as good as (slightly degraded due to aging) it was 4 years ago. On a laptop, I'm used to removable batteries, until I got the Asus S200E laptop (no longer own this), Surface Pro 2 and Macbook Pro. Both the SP2/MBP get excellent battery life, and my use case for both laptops is at home or at work or business trips, so I'm always close to a power source. Meh to removable cell phone batteries, and yay to removable laptop batteries. 

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Non removable phone batteries introduce a dangerous precedent because the only likely alternative would be unsafe alternatives. I would love if my iphone had an easily replaceable battery. It's coming up to 3 years since I brought it new and the battery is showing signs of degrading.

The only alternative is to have it replaced at a phone shop with a questionable aftermarket one whereas if the battery was easily replaceable, I wouldn't have much trouble sourcing a genuine one.

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I have never replaced a battery in a cell phone. Not saying others haven't, just saying I have never needed too. 

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I definitely want to have the option. I have a spare battery and it really helps on trips when finding a place to charge up can be hit-or-miss. I rely on my phone for entertainment as well as the travel apps, which tell me about flight delays and gate changes often before the signs in airports do. It's also good for troubleshooting if you're having issues with it and need to perform a hard reset. I wouldn't buy a phone I didn't have that much control over and flexibility with. (Coincidentally, most phones with built-in batteries don't allow the user much control or flexibility with any aspect of it... so there is that.)

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Ya it is fantastic, it makes for a great looking thin phone but when the battery no longer holds a charge and the battery takes a ###### ..... You'll probably be upgrading by then anyway.

That was my thought too, so I figured it was worth a risk.

 

After 15 months it's still going strong, feels near-new still. I'm happy! (Y)

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That was my thought too, so I figured it was worth a risk.

 

After 15 months it's still going strong, feels near-new still. I'm happy! (Y)

 

My Original PS3 wireless controller back from the fatty days has finally died. Won't hold a charge. So I took it apart and found the battery Now I just have to get a new one.

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I just carry one of these if I'm traveling or will be away from a charger for really long. I can use it with multiple devices so I don't need to buy a new battery if I switch phones. Also, I don't need to power off my phone if it's running low on power and needed to swap batteries like with a removable battery, just plug in the charger and keep talking.

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Removable batteries just add bulk and additional battery life, and the removable casing was prone to breaking. I don't miss those days.

FTFY.

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I like modularity in anything.  If I'm going to spend $500 on a phone that appears to only contain about $25 worth of hardware, then I should be able to replace the battery.

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