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Samsung now offers a bigger battery for the Galaxy S II, makes it hard to battle your smartphone addiction

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Samsung now offers a bigger battery for the Galaxy S II, makes it hard to battle your smartphone addiction
The Samsung Galaxy S II hasn’t yet launched stateside, but in other parts of the world people have been enjoying it for months. The razor thin 4.3-inch smartphone packs an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core chip, but with that comes an extra strain on the battery - and many would wish it lasted a bit more. Don’t get us wrong - the battery life on the Galaxy S II is not all that bad compared to juice eaters like the HTC ThunderBolt for once, but a slight upgrade on that 1650mAh battery would be a welcome addition.

Samsung's official 2000mAh battery and back cover for the Galaxy S II

Samsung's official 2000mAh battery and back cover for the Galaxy S II

And now it’s here - spotted in the Land Down Under and on Samsung’s Italian website, a 2000mAh, uber-juicer has arrived for the Galaxy S II. Picking up the battery would require you getting a new back cover though, as it makes the phone a fraction of an inch (1mm) thicker, but even with that extra girth the phone remains among the slimmest out there. 

The only thing we can imagine holding you back is the hefty price tag - at nearly $65 (45 euro) at Samsung Italy, it’s a pricey option, but if you happen to live in Australia, it will only set you back some $40. Yet it might turn out cheaper than an external juicer, so would you consider buying it?

source: Samsung Italy, TechBuy via AndroidBlog.it (translated)

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posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:17 4

1. iphonefail (unregistered)


Awesome. Not only can you carry a spare battery but you can also now carry a longer lasting battery. Now only if Apple would get with modern times and make their new iphone have a feature where you can carry a spare battery as well.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:21

6. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Buying a spare battery is a dumb idea since it is a dedicated device. You are almost always better to get a portable external power source that uses AA rechargeable batteries or some other rechargeable source. Also, you can use a car charger if have the right tips.

My Motorola Triumph has a horrible battery life so I never leave home without an Xpal 4001.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:54 2

9. droiddoesz (unregistered)


I have a droid 2. I carry a spare battery its very simple. I have a charger that just charges my spare batteries. Takes two seconds to swap out the used battery and replace it. A external power device is bulky and a bigger battery just makes the phone bigger. When I upgrade to a new phone it would be another droid type phone I would love to get the new iphone as the ios is lessy buggy than android but the ability not to swap out batteries on the go is the deal breaker especially how much I use my phone.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:56

12. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


1) the spare battery is expensive at $65.

2) charging both batteries at the same time is impossible without a second dedicated charger. That is to say not only do you have to buy a dedicated battery, now you have to buy a dedicated charger -- most people keep their phone for less than 2 years.

I had a second battery for my old Samsung cellphone and I had to wait until the first battery charged before I could charge the second battery.

3) if you are concerned about weight or size, an Xpal 1001 (about $20) is very portable and with the right tips can charge any micro-USB, Apple products, or the legacy cell-phones. That is much more versatile and allows charging both the phone's battery and the Xpal at the same time!

4) I have an iPod Touch 4G and I bought a dedicated 1,500 mAH plug in power source for $20. I can charge the external power source while it is connected to the iTouch or I charge the external power source separately meaning I can charge both devices at the same time.

The ability to swap out batteries is a bad argument. I recommend looking into Xpal 2001 (2,000 mAh) if you have an android device but an Xpal 1001 (1,000 mAh) at $20 will convince you the swapping out batteries is no longer needed. Or you can look at other "juice packs".

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 20:50

15. droiddoesz (unregistered)


I have a charger that only charges my battery. So at night my phone charges as well as my spare charger charges. And the entire thing costs me less than 40 bucks lol it may not be the best quality battery but it does its intended job very well. go to Amazon and check it out and save your pocket space from bulky batteries and external chargers.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:27

7. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Buy a Mophie Juice pack and you get a Extended 2000mAH battery, Case and nice speaker because of design all in one. I am a heavy user and have yet kill my juice pack of 2000 mah and built in iPHone battery.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:25

2. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


I think it's worthless, regardless of that price, I wish my phones offered that.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:31 1

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Samsung should make a 200 MAH battery as an option for the Wave 3 too : )

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:39 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if the wave3 could last all day on 200 mAh, I would buy one peter. :)

Since the wave phones are nearly identical to android phones i would be suprised if they arent using the same batteries. of course, finding that back cover might prove difficult.

As far as the price is concerned, give it time. Once more online retailers get it you will start finding deals. I found an official samsung extended battery n back for my galaxyS for 18 bucks online. I didnt buy it because i didnt wanna give up my case though.. lol.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:57 2

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Misspelling there...
meant 2000 mAh.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 10:39 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i know.. but wouldnt it be cool. What is that.. like a large watch battery basically? lol

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:44 3

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


By the time Galaxy II sale in the US a newer and better phones come out from Samsung will beat iPhony.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 08:47 2

10. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


lol iPhony.

I got to use that som

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 15:53

13. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is a nice option, but its a shame they didn't decide to make this a standard option.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 20:00

16. Troy M (unregistered)


Would this work in a Samsung Focus? I know some of Samsung's batteries are universal.

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