Poll results: Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?
0. phoneArena 19 Apr 2013, 07:12 posted on
The poll ran 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 do with their unibody chassis, so it's a tradeoff like everything else in our mobile experience...
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42. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I like having access to my battery but I would way prefer the design of the unibody. Its ultra nice. Just make the device a little thicker but a huge battery inside and all is well.
47. Loubielou (Posts: 174; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Replace battery phones are the best idea,because the power banks are not cheap,so just to take the battery cover off an put in spare battery is really helpful,you can buy portable chargers for phones now days but there a lot Larger an Heavier to put in pockets,but batteries are a lot Smaller an Lighter to carry in pockets
48. amro99 (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
The dumbest poll i've seen on PA for looong time!
it all DEPENDS!!
1. if the battery is going to be more than enough for a day, people will prefer unibody (although this also DEPENDS on how it looks, and whether it makes the phone sturdier and more elegant)
2. if the battery sucks, then people will go for removable battery, even if the design & feel is as crappy as Sammy's!
51. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I used to be a battery replacer die-hard-fan... but with the latest waterproof phones that not necessarily are midrangers... Xperia Acro S, Xperia V, Xperia Z... I actually do not care if its unibody for having that feature... I now love to have a waterproof device over the option to maybe someday get a battery that i might not need...
And BTW I ended up buying a Mophie USB battery pack for traveling...
52. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
great choice for me replaceable or not portable charger still the best options compare to extra battery since you can use it for any type of phone
57. AFnerdTP (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 May 2012)
here's my question.. why can't a phone have a removable battery and also have great design??
59. Slammer (Posts: 817; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Because nobody knows the meaning of compromise anymore. Up until Apple made it big, removable batteries were seen in almost every electronic application. Removable batteries only make sense because the technological battery design hasn't changed; only the size. Size doesn't change the faults that accompany current batteries. Sealing them up so no one dare get to them, is enticing Pandora's box.
I firmly believe the manufacturers have the ability to provide both but fail to do so because it entraps the consumer into spending larger dollars on something that could easily be done far cheaper on their own.
64. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
Both are fine but i hate samsung's design sooo muchhh
68. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
And i also hate the ergonomics of xperia z, uncom4table to hold :)
65. uzairkhan1994 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
i have lumia 820 and i think its good because it has a compact body and a removable battery.. its a bit heavy though..
69. Dude2 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Having a swappable battery is one of the main reasons to purchase Samsung. As a power user who needs my smartphone at my finger tips no matter where I am, I can’t be tied to a power outlet. This feature is a must for a business power user. I have a Galaxy Note and have three batteries and two changers. So no matter how many meetings I have in a day or how many hours on an airplane, I always have my G Note in a usable state.
If I were a student or a stationary office worker I would be using my smartphone as most of those folks do as a consumption devise, however the G Note with S Pen is large enough to do actual productive work and that is why the 5"-6" Phablet market is the fastest growing segment of smartphones according to IDC and Nielsen.
As for design of smartphones with swappable batteries, they are all fine and to say that Samsung Galaxy line is ugly or too plastic or too plain is just silly and petty. That is like 6yr. old girls arguing over who has the cuter pony tail. How can anyone with half an education bother with making plastic looks or plastic feel a top priority especially since 95% of sealed smartphone users have their phones in a protective case.
As for battery life and never being tied down to a power outlet the swappable battery design is the only way to go. If you are sealed smartphone and use one of the many external battery packs, then you just prove why the swappable battery design is the better option.
If you use your smartphone mainly for making phone calls, text msg, listening to music taking some pictures, etc a sealed battery is fine. If you are a power business or technical professional, you need your hand set available 24x7.
72. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
Maybe most of dem are not really into design, they just cant find any reason to down samsung s4
73. cdgoin (Posts: 355; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
I like spares.. I carry 4 battery spares in my car just in case.. Hate to be stuck at a mall with wife, or at a car show, etc.. and need to surf and play on my phone for longer than normal eating up wifi.. With 4 spare batteries I can surf, play games and be on wifi for over 14 hours straight with no worries.
75. na1pir (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)
Well look at htc desire s or htc sensation, both are uni-body and both have replaceable battery & sd card. Are phone designers so dumb that they don't know how to copy that design and build? But if I had to chose battery all the way, there are days when I don't have time to put phone out of my pocket to charge it. And extra batteries al smaller to carry around(I always have one in my jacket, one in my backpack and one in my car- this is why I can get 10 days without wall socket). Ok if battery last 2 weeks on wifi + 1h talk + 1h other stuff a day, and is charged under 2h then I could settle for non removable battery.