Samsung begins selling extended life battery for Galaxy Nexus

If you're one of the early adopters who waited in line for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that went on sale at Verizon yesterday, you may find yourself in a situation where the giant screen and LTE radio may leave your battery life a bit... lacking. Samsung has some help for you in the form of a 2100 mAh extended battery. It'll only cost you another $50 on top of the $300 you just spent for your phone. ($700 if you want an unlocked version.)

The extended battery requires a new cover, which is included in the kit. Unfortunately this means that the slick and curvy styling of the Galaxy Nexus will become a little more bulky looking. The original battery is still a healthy 1850 mAh, and many users who don't want the added bulk can opt for the $40 spare kit, which includes a standard size battery and charging station. Although some Galaxy Nexus owners have reported that the process of removing the battery cover is, as one review put it, "like tearing your nails off."

If you're still trying to decide if the Galaxy Nexus is the right smartphone for you, be sure to check out Neowin's review of the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Just so everyone knows, you can get this battery for 50% off right now (shown after you add to cart) from Verizon Wireless here: http://www.verizonwireless.com...12917&accessoryId=49870

Also, apparently this battery is thin enough that the original cover will still fit with it (albeit, a little tight), so you people saying "it will ruin the look" are misguided. Even with the new cover you will likely not notice the difference at all.

Perhaps the only bad thing that's been consistent with the android phones that I have owned (and I've owned a lot of them) is the battery life almost always sucked! the only exception would be the epic touch 4g which was the last android phone I owned before getting my iphone 4s, I could almost get a whole day of heavy use out of it, droid sucked, droid X2 sucked, thunderbolt was the worst, google nexus x sucked, the list goes on and on.. but I get at least 2 whole days of heavy use out of my iphone before I need to plug it in.

I will bet a dollar to a donut that of the many users that complain about battery life, you are within arms reach of an outlet (that cigarette lighter in your car.. yea POWER! -- not just for you cancer stick suckers). So between your car (even a 15 or 20 minute hit on your battery is another 30 or 45 minutes of use) and where you end up (maybe not shopping or running errands) but I will BET that most of you are simply LAZY and don't want to carry your charger.. so you complain about the battery when in FACT you could keep from USING the battery at least 50% of the time!

rijp said,
I will bet a dollar to a donut that of the many users that complain about battery life, you are within arms reach of an outlet (that cigarette lighter in your car.. yea POWER! -- not just for you cancer stick suckers). So between your car (even a 15 or 20 minute hit on your battery is another 30 or 45 minutes of use) and where you end up (maybe not shopping or running errands) but I will BET that most of you are simply LAZY and don't want to carry your charger.. so you complain about the battery when in FACT you could keep from USING the battery at least 50% of the time!

OMG, STFU you insulant little twit. Now you're just going around and insulting people with no facts or proof, calling people lazy is just retarded. You DO NOT know their circumstances (e.g. people in the field with no source of power to charge, such as construction workers, forestry workers) and to them, they NEED devices that can hold their own without power.

Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

I hope this isnt the start of things to come..

WarioTBH said,
Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

I hope this isnt the start of things to come..

it's how things have been. it's nothing new.

WarioTBH said,
Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

I hope this isnt the start of things to come..

Just wait, Seido will probably release some 2500 mAh battery to compete that will look like the phone is going to burst. It's been pretty common practice to have extended life batteries on Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry. Even the iPhone has cases that give a power boost.

WarioTBH said,
Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

Extended batteries have been getting released for years now, e.g. Seidio released a 3500mAh battery for the Nexus S. Similar are available for iPhones.

WarioTBH said,
Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

I hope this isnt the start of things to come..

The problem isn't the device, OR the battery.. the problem is YOU.. and the OTHER users out there that can't seem to figure out.. when you use a Phone it's NOT voice any more, you are texting, you are surfing the net, you are playing games, you are doing MORE stuff more often and longer periods..

How about use common sense, troll, instead of blaming the hardware.. maybe YOU are the problem, not the phone. If we go back to the days when phones were JUST phones, I will GUARANTEE your battery life will be excellent.. but that's NOT how we use the phone!

rijp said,

The problem isn't the device, OR the battery.. the problem is YOU.. and the OTHER users out there that can't seem to figure out.. when you use a Phone it's NOT voice any more, you are texting, you are surfing the net, you are playing games, you are doing MORE stuff more often and longer periods..

How about use common sense, troll, instead of blaming the hardware.. maybe YOU are the problem, not the phone. If we go back to the days when phones were JUST phones, I will GUARANTEE your battery life will be excellent.. but that's NOT how we use the phone!


Calling others trolls when you're the one trolling posts here yourself? Talk about a hypocrite...

You are correct, phones do much more these days than just make calls. In fact they are barely used as a phone anymore, and more as a media centric device. As such, manufacturers should understand this usage and not only develop the HARDWARE (battery) to accommodate this, but also make the OS kernel and background processes more conservative in their power drain.

And your comment is total BS BTW, because there ARE phones on the market that DO last DAYS without charging while being used heavily! These are the phones who've actually been tweaked to run with such longevity, and all developers should strive for this. In those cases, the users are using them based on what they were designed to do, and are very happy customers. A customer who purchases one of these shouldn't be forced to NOT use the features they were given because of low battery life or performance.

WarioTBH said,
Why didnt they just put a decent battery in the phone? or am i missing something?

I hope this isnt the start of things to come..

You have to understand a few things, as phones "evolve", battery technology has not. Android phones of today are consuming more power because a) the screens are bigger b) 4G LTE consumes more on those select devices c) the use of these phones have grown. We are not just texting and calling people anymore. We are checking multiple emails (which run in the background); were installing apps that are constantly updating in the background such as Facebook, Google+, Foursquare, Twitter, playing games, tethering, listening to streaming music, making phone calls, etc...

Also presentation has a lot to do about buying a phone. Why would anyone buy a phone that looks bulgy? I'm just grateful that Android manufacturers are not dumb like Apple not having a built in battery. In the end of the day, carrying a spare battery is no big deal. I do it when I'm traveling because I'm always on my phone.

I've had this phone for almost 24 hours now. I love the phone. Battery performance is excellent with moderate to heavy use. I think I'll just opt for a second standard battery since I am getting fantastic results.

Are you using 4G or just 3G? I should have mine on Monday so I cant test it until then so I would like to know what I am in for.

Zippo7 said,
Are you using 4G or just 3G? I should have mine on Monday so I cant test it until then so I would like to know what I am in for.

I am using 4G. However I'm in a much better situation than you might be. Here is why:

1) I live in NYC. There have been reports that some users are reporting connectivity issues and dropped calls. However this seems to be a regional thing due to the Verizon Radio on the SGN. Depending on your location, this can have an adverse effect on your phone. Luckily NYC hasn't been affected. By the way, there was a Thunderbolt update that screwed a lot of users in different regions before. This didn't affect me in NYC what so ever so be on the lookout for that.

2) I work in JFK Airport. If you remember, when Verizon deployed 4G LTE last year, they not only deployed it to the "Football Cities" they also deployed to the airports of those respective cities as well. Meaning I am right by a 4G tower. Remember the stronger the signal, the less power your phone uses. Just to put it to you in another way, I never had a problem with my Thunderbolt yet a lot of users complained about battery life on that phone.
a) My 4G speeds with the SGN are amazing in JFK Airport check this out: http://speedtest.net/android/114504118.png
b) Now check out the results when I'm outside my house (Still in NYC): http://speedtest.net/android/114641965.png

You see the difference in speeds when you are next to a 4G LTE Tower and when you are further away? It could impact the battery results. But from most people chatting about this phone on the android central forums and at XDA, you shouldn't be disappointed.

Anyway when you get your phone, instal Speedtest to test how fast your phone network is. It also gives you pings so you can see how much of a delay you are getting.

Wow a whole 13.5% improvement.
And for that you have to destroy the look and feel of the phone.

Or am I missing something and this 13.5% capacity brings more then 13.5% improvement in battery life???

Yet another Android handset with hardware design flaws and poor battery life. Owned a Nexus One, loved that phone, but also had poor battery life; about 2 hours in one day of web browsing, email and texting, by the end of the night I had 35% left.

-=MagMan=- said,
Yet another Android handset with hardware design flaws and poor battery life. Owned a Nexus One, loved that phone, but also had poor battery life; about 2 hours in one day of web browsing, email and texting, by the end of the night I had 35% left.

Hi I'm pretty sure you can eat this one. Get your facts straight. Phones been off charger since installing the rom and it was not even at 100% when it was done. Left on all night not charging.

http://i.imgur.com/SOnxVl.png

acidic-e- said,

Hi I'm pretty sure you can eat this one. Get your facts straight. Phones been off charger since installing the rom and it was not even at 100% when it was done. Left on all night not charging.

http://i.imgur.com/SOnxVl.png

Even my Thunderbolt with 4G on and the latest Radios does just fine. Verizon has so many towers in Seattle that I am at a constant -67 dBm. The phone does get down to 30% by the end of the day. It would be great to get better battery life, but for the speed you can't complain. Galaxy Nexus is an LTE phone, it's not going to last a whole week. It has a 720p screen and a brand new radio. The 1850mAh battery will do even better than my measly 1400mAh that gets me through the day.

However the screenshot is not an accurate showing of average use. Seeing as the system used up more battery than the display and doesn't even show the usage graph http://i.imgur.com/O37An.jpg your phone gets awesome battery but there is no need to make it seem like it can go 4 days at a time.

-=MagMan=- said,
Yet another Android handset with hardware design flaws and poor battery life. Owned a Nexus One, loved that phone, but also had poor battery life; about 2 hours in one day of web browsing, email and texting, by the end of the night I had 35% left.

Yup you are stupid. The devices are not flawed.. people WANT to do more, so they actually are just living up to what people desire, it's not a design flaw, people are more demanding.

I have a Skyrocket, and the battery life is actually not bad.. it's not AS good as OTHER people EXPECT, but I for one don't think it's bad, considering I leave my Wifi on, LTE is on and I have my display set to 10 minutes.. I get good battery all things being equal. I get about 2 hours (continuous use), but that's why they MAKE extended batteries or external devices to give more power...

My previous phone (also a Samsung) had a 1150 Mah battery, that sucked, now I have 1800 Mah.. I wouldn't call THAT a design flaw, they are doing what they can with a device to keep it small light and thin without making it heavy.. Why don't YOU come up with a better design instead of complaining about it?

As soon as I am doing using my phone, and I go on to something else, I put it on the charger.. how long does that take? Charge more frequently fool.

-=MagMan=- said,
Yet another Android handset with hardware design flaws and poor battery life. Owned a Nexus One, loved that phone, but also had poor battery life; about 2 hours in one day of web browsing, email and texting, by the end of the night I had 35% left.

Yup you are stupid. The devices are not flawed.. people WANT to do more, so they actually are just living up to what people desire, it's not a design flaw, people are more demanding.

I have a Skyrocket, and the battery life is actually not bad.. it's not AS good as OTHER people EXPECT, but I for one don't think it's bad, considering I leave my Wifi on, LTE is on and I have my display set to 10 minutes.. I get good battery all things being equal. I get about 2 hours, but that's why they MAKE extended batteries or external devices to give more power...

My previous phone (also a Samsung) had a 1150 Mah battery, that sucked, now I have 1800 Mah.. I wouldn't call THAT a design flaw, they are doing what they can with a device to keep it small light and thin without making it heavy.. Why don't YOU come up with a better design instead of complaining about it?

rijp said,

Yup you are stupid. The devices are not flawed.. people WANT to do more, so they actually are just living up to what people desire, it's not a design flaw, people are more demanding.

I have a Skyrocket, and the battery life is actually not bad.. it's not AS good as OTHER people EXPECT, but I for one don't think it's bad, considering I leave my Wifi on, LTE is on and I have my display set to 10 minutes.. I get good battery all things being equal. I get about 2 hours (continuous use), but that's why they MAKE extended batteries or external devices to give more power...

My previous phone (also a Samsung) had a 1150 Mah battery, that sucked, now I have 1800 Mah.. I wouldn't call THAT a design flaw, they are doing what they can with a device to keep it small light and thin without making it heavy.. Why don't YOU come up with a better design instead of complaining about it?

As soon as I am doing using my phone, and I go on to something else, I put it on the charger.. how long does that take? Charge more frequently fool.


Think before you go insulting someone you twit, shows your own stupidity...

iPhone 4 w/ iOS 5.0.1 with about 3 hours of data use a day - 3 days of power WITHOUT charging
BlackBerry Tourch 9810 that a friend of mine has, uses it around 4 hours a day - getting 3.5 to 4 days out of the sucker without charging

The whole point of a "portable" device is being able to use it all-day as the device was meant to be used (e.g. play videos, listen to music, make phone calls, browse the web) without the fear or need of having to carry around a freaking charger because the battery cannot even last you the whole day!

Even Android phones that get moved over to third-party ROM's such as Cyanogen or Android Revolution HD 6.2 show MARKED improvement in battery life, because of the power optimizations they have introduced. The handsets when they are released by the manufacturer usually have horrible optimizations, making these "extended batteries and chargers" need. This should not be the case of their developers had a clue about actually making ROM's for these handsets.

My wife's Desire HD barely lasts the day, coming home usually left with 10%, and all she uses it for is e-mail and web.

NAT1V3 said,

Even my Thunderbolt with 4G on and the latest Radios does just fine. Verizon has so many towers in Seattle that I am at a constant -67 dBm. The phone does get down to 30% by the end of the day. It would be great to get better battery life, but for the speed you can't complain. Galaxy Nexus is an LTE phone, it's not going to last a whole week. It has a 720p screen and a brand new radio. The 1850mAh battery will do even better than my measly 1400mAh that gets me through the day.

However the screenshot is not an accurate showing of average use. Seeing as the system used up more battery than the display and doesn't even show the usage graph http://i.imgur.com/O37An.jpg your phone gets awesome battery but there is no need to make it seem like it can go 4 days at a time.

Yet I stated I had not used the phone much as well. The fact remained that the battery life I do get is far better then what was originally stated by the original poster was what I was getting at. True I didn't show the rest but there was no need to do so being as outside of txt msgs and email accounts syncing as well as other things the battery life was great. My phone on a normal day lasts very well from the time I unplug it at 6am till I either turn it off at night around 10pm or I run it down into the ground myself around the same time while playing games.

-=MagMan=- said,

Think before you go insulting someone you twit, shows your own stupidity...

iPhone 4 w/ iOS 5.0.1 with about 3 hours of data use a day - 3 days of power WITHOUT charging
BlackBerry Tourch 9810 that a friend of mine has, uses it around 4 hours a day - getting 3.5 to 4 days out of the sucker without charging

The whole point of a "portable" device is being able to use it all-day as the device was meant to be used (e.g. play videos, listen to music, make phone calls, browse the web) without the fear or need of having to carry around a freaking charger because the battery cannot even last you the whole day!

Even Android phones that get moved over to third-party ROM's such as Cyanogen or Android Revolution HD 6.2 show MARKED improvement in battery life, because of the power optimizations they have introduced. The handsets when they are released by the manufacturer usually have horrible optimizations, making these "extended batteries and chargers" need. This should not be the case of their developers had a clue about actually making ROM's for these handsets.

My wife's Desire HD barely lasts the day, coming home usually left with 10%, and all she uses it for is e-mail and web.

Just so it's known yet again. I do not Run Cyanogen. My install is a Stock "tweaked" version of Samsungs TouchWiz.

weedo3 said,
I'll just opt for a second standard and keep the thickness

Yeah you are right in the middle of something something and you are going to "remove" the battery.. RIGHT!

Extended battery can ALSO mean external.. not a replacement..