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Is a replaceable battery important in a smartphone?

Do you think it's important for a smartphone to have a replaceable battery?

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Pondlife  Jan. 27, 2014 at 18:04

Me, not really any more, I've never bought a replacement for any phone so for me at least it seems silly

AhmadCentral  Jan. 27, 2014 at 21:02

Yes.

I always have a replacement battery for my phone.
I had to sell my HTC One X back when I first got it because I couldn't handle it not having a user replaceable battery.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 27, 2014 at 22:40

It's a matter of opinion and personal phone usage really.

Do you ever change your current battery for a spare? If not, then a user replaceable battery probably isn't of any great importance to you. There are plenty of phones which will easily make it through a "normal" day on a single charge. If you're a heavy user or pick a phone with a particularly bad battery life, then maybe a user replaceable battery would be important.

Pondlife  Jan. 28, 2014 at 02:47

Also worth noting the One X had a pretty shoddy battery life iirc

And is an external top up battery much worse than having spare internal one and that could be used with more than one device.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:08

Also worth noting the One X had a pretty shoddy battery life iirc

And is an external top up battery much worse than having spare internal one and that could be used with more than one device.

True. Also, an internal spare can be used instantly at full capacity, whereas an external battery has to be attached to your phone until its recharged the internal battery.

Pondlife  Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:54

Well depends how long it's been sat around waiting to be used.
External bit true of course. Other than the fugly thick case ones.
Wonder if there any of Jan's favourite "wireless QI charging" external batteries in the pipeline anywhere, find that idea quite interesting ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:55

I used to be firmly against non-replaceable batteries. I learned to live with daily charging - 'we' make such good Guinea Pigs, don't 'we'?

I'm still against them in a way... Many of today's phones with fixed batteries are that bit harder to fix. No back cover to remove for easy access to the internals can make stuff get messy.
But hey... Basically, I agree with matt, I suppose.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 18:06

I used to be firmly against non-replaceable batteries. I learned to live with daily charging - 'we' make such good Guinea Pigs, don't 'we'?

I'm still against them in a way... Many of today's phones with fixed batteries are that bit harder to fix. No back cover to remove for easy access to the internals can make stuff get messy.
But hey... Basically, I agree with matt, I suppose.

To be honest, I've been daily charging my phones for years, ever since I graduated from cheap, crappy phones to feature filled beasts. Even my old Samsung D900i could be drained in a day if you used it a lot.

As for fixing, you're right. My S2 was really easy to take apart, I'm sure the Note 2 is as well. Access to the area behind the battery door means access to the screws which hold the device together. This just isn't possible with these new, sealed devices. I guess Sony are excused seeing as some of their phones are actually waterproof, I can't imagine waterproofing a battery door and then hoping people put it back on correctly is particularly easy.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 20:57

True. Unless: remember the Wave 3 - the whole phone sliding into the stainless steel case... That could be water-proofed.
Anyhoo...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 21:41

True. Unless: remember the Wave 3 - the whole phone sliding into the stainless steel case... That could be water-proofed.
Anyhoo...

Not exactly a commonly used style of battery door ;)

Pondlife  Jan. 28, 2014 at 21:51

About the only 2 people in the country who could have a remember the wave 3 conversation...
Bet there are Samsung reps that don't

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 22:58

About the only 2 people in the country who could have a remember the wave 3 conversation...
Bet there are Samsung reps that don't

I liked Bada and all of the Wave devices. Why the hell Samsung couldn't have used the same aluminium bodies they used on the Wave(s) on their Android devices, I'll never know.

*goes off to eBay to look at Bada phones*

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 23:07

eBay looked at, couldn't find any Waves which took my fancy :(

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