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