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Poll results: Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?

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Poll results: Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?
We ran a poll in the beginning of the week, begging the question whether the sealed battery trend that Apple pioneered with the iPhone franchise is such a dealbreaker as portrayed in phones with capsulated unibody designs.

The HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z come to mind from the latest crop, while Samsung and LG buck the trend with the Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro, which feature a removable back cover, hence swappable battery packs.

The poll results were surprisingly tight, with slight preference - 1864 on 1703 votes - going to the flexible designs with a removable battery Samsung and LG are betting on. Of course, nobody can say those two are nailing it in the eye candy department like HTC, Sony and Nokia often do with their unibody chassis, so it's a tradeoff like everything else in our mobile experience.

All in all, it seems that for a lot of people (48%) having a sealed battery compartment, as long as the phone's power consumption and endurance stay on course, is not a dealbreaker, but for 52% of you the ability to access the battery would be one of the important factors in their buying decision.

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Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?
52.26%
1864 votes
(1864 votes) I'd like to be able to take out or swap my battery any time I want, unibody designs needn't apply
47.74%
1703 votes
(1703 votes) If the phone's battery lasts about the average or more, I don't care

3567 votes

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:16 17

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I prefer both, cause unibody looks nice and neat!

And replaceable is more convenient!

it's depends what you like, and what your needs are!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:20 18

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It depends on the power capacity the battery is able to hold too.
No one will want a unibody phone with a paltry battery capacity of 1500mAh powering a 1080p device.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:23 18

24. alila2 (Posts: 157; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


how about have both, a replaceable body that look like unibody . it can be done.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:28 9

25. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Yesterday big party, navigation, photos, swap of my batteries and 100% online without any brake :-)

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:17 6

34. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Big party, navigation, photos, swap of batteries...without any 'break'?
I'm sorry but if you swap your battery, isn't your phone supposed to be off? How can you say you swapped batteries without any break??
Please, show me that neat trick!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:23 7

44. ddurand (Posts: 7; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


he was at a big party using his phone alot. using it for vidoes, photos and navigation.

his battery died and he swapped another in without taking a break from his usage. meaning hes for removable batteries. this is a good example of why people would be in favor of this design.

it was not that hard to follow.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 13:14 3

50. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Why you not get me joke??
Why so...serious?

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:53

74. MattyP (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Yesterday big party, navigation, photos, pulled out my 6000mAh battery pack and charged my HTC One and two lady's without a brake :-)

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:45 6

28. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I'd take unibody design. Battery issues? Thats why there are powerbanks.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:22 6

35. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


yeah powerbanks is better than extra battery
just imagine if you have 2 smartphone you will need carry at least 2 extra battery and how about when you buy new phone so you need buy another extra battery geez...
With One good powerbanks no matter what the device you have everything is gonna be just... Fine

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:12 2

38. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


great now the design of your device is gone because you have a bulky extra battery case... you just contradicted what you wanted. "yeah ill take the bmw m5 but cover it in a steel slab to make it safer"

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:48

40. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


haha.. Of course not because from the first time i have a phone until this day i never use any kind of case, and since i have 2 smartphone i never have battery issues on my daily life.
So i only carry my portable charger when i go for several days to remote area
''in the reality there is much more people who have portable charger than stupid extra battery''

posted on 28 Feb 2015, 07:57

76. just4fun (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Excuse me but a decent battery pack (10000 mah) still weighs like a small brick. WHy make phone so thin and small and carry around a huge brick to supplement it? makes no sense.

Batteries are much smaller than a phone. Power packs are 2-3 times the size and 5-10 times weight of phones.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 07:32

77. MattyP (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Or you could supplement it with a realistically sized "decent" battery pack that gives you more versatility than a single battery for one device.

How did you come to a conclusion that 10000mah is a decent battery pack size when a single phone charge is usually around 2000-3500mah...that makes no sense if you'd be willing to carry around an extra battery for the phone but would need 4x that for a battery pack.*raised eyebrow*

I'd say amazon.com/dp/B00OM2EOB8 would be sufficient for anyone and most definitely wouldn't be classified as a huge brick, and there are many others from 3000-10000mah that are quite slim and light for their capacity versus a specific phone battery that offers a lot less flexibility in its use.

I'm not opposed to extra phone batteries either, but being narrow-minded and spewing misinformation to try and make a point is always useless.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 17:24

55. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


What if the charging port breaks on your phone out of warranty? how much are you willing to pay to get you up and running? Maybe this hasn't happened to you but, I am thankful that I had the option to swap batteries until the end of contract. It saved my tail in dollars. Dollars used to purchase a new phone. It really is that logical.

John B.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 22:59

61. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


good thinking and logical enough yes that never happened to me
but the extra dolar you used to buy extra battery can be use to fix your phone
oh if your phone breaks that easly just find another one with better build quality
portable charge is better option than extra battery because it can be use to charge any devices and usualy pack more power than extra battery

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 16:01

53. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


nerds will be nerds I guess...

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:18 6

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, I will still stick to my choice, and that's the unibody design! :)

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:20 3

4. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I'm right, as usual and the other 48% of this community is wrong.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:23 14

5. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


how can you say who is right and who is wrong if the poll is all about own preference?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:29 10

9. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


He must think he is a god of some kind, sincerely looks like a spoiled brat to me.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:23 5

6. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Theyr not wrong dude. . They want a unibody one, opinions are not wrong unless marked w/ hatred and bias and innocence :)

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:32 3

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The world doesn't need ignorance from people like you.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:41 1

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Role Reversal (Meant especially for _PHug_): You're wrong, as usual and the other 48% of this community is right!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:00 2

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Everyone is right, and you're the only one who is wrong! :P

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:46 4

29. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Please try not to be Chuck Norris. Not even close.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:14

46. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 222; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


sound a lil like mitt romney haha

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:26 3

7. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


It is still convnient and future proof for me to have replaceable battery..

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:28 4

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I think both of them has their own superiority.
my previous phone had a replaceable battery but i rarely took out its battery and i did it only to deal with sudden hangings.
this problem is solved in new phones with unibody design and so we can enjoy their beautiful design.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:38 2

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


As I've said many times before, design doesn't matter to be because I always wrap my phones in Otter Box cases. Plus, on my GS3, when one battery dies, I just pop in another one. :)

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