6 great phones with removable batteries

6 great phones with removable batteries
With its latest Galaxy S6 and Note5 highlanders, Samsung finally threw in the towel, and joined the movement that sealed off access to the battery compartment of current Androids. Phones with removable batteries are becoming a rare commodity these days, especially good ones with a swappable juicer, as flagships are increasingly turning their attention to the slim and premium design paradigm.

A lot of folks still prefer smartphones with removable batteries, though, and for various reasons, chief among which is the possibility to carry a charged spare in your wallet when you will be away from the plug for a while. Granted, you can carry a power bank or a battery case, too, but it's not the same thing, as you either have to wait for the charge to trickle in, or the phone gets bulky and uncomfortable to handle. The spare is easy to carry, plug-and-play, and can be swapped within a few seconds when the original juicer dies down.

Furthermore, instead of improving on battery life, manufacturers are standing still or actually regressing this year. That is why we are rounding up a few of the best phones with replaceable batteries you can get right now, for those who are into it. This list used to read like a who-is-who of Samsung phones, but a few others are trying to wiggle into that marketing niche now.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 ($220)


Xiaomi's newest value-for-money warrior in the big screen fight is not the best of the present bunch in terms of specs, but it offers removable battery, dual regular microSIM slots, and a separate microSD slot - the ultimate in flexibility. It also puts the fast phase detection focusing technology in a sub-$200 phone, and you simply can't go wrong with a 5.5" 1080p display, Helio X10 chipset, 13 MP/ 5 MP cameras, IR blaster, and a 3000+ mAh battery at this price tag. It can be had for about $220 over at Newegg now, for the 32 GB version.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($540)


The Galaxy Note 4 should be on the top of your list when shopping for a phone with a removable battery, too, as it might just be the high-end Android phablet with an accessible battery compartment, given the current trends, Samsung included.



LG G4 ($450)


The LG G4 uses a high-res Quad HD display that is not of the power-sipping variety, hence its battery life is not all that, even though it does come with a hearty 3000 mAh juicer, just like its predecessor. LG, however, has equipped its 2015 darling with a swappable battery, and even throws in a second juicer in the box, depending on the region you buy the G4 from.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha ($300)


The paper-thin rear cover of the Galaxy Alpha makes it seem almost a sealed-battery phone, but don't be fooled. A "merely" 720p 4.7" display means you are getting a pretty good battery life out of the 1860mAh juicer, and still you can carry a spare and last a whole weekend away from the outlet with the Alpha. In addition, you will be getting a snappy processor, and a great 12 MP camera with phase-detection autofocus.



Microsoft Lumia 950 ($549) /XL ($649)


Not only did Microsoft equip its first Windows 10 Mobile phones with the latest and greatest in screen, processing and camera technologies, but it also provided removable back covers that give you access to the battery units - a 3000 mAh unit for the 5.2-incher, and a 3340 mAh one for the 5.7-incher, both with Quad HD resolution and 20 MP cameras with OIS.

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42 Comments

1. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Where's Lg V10?

13. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

LG V10 is the best phone and should be on this list. Only an idiot buys a phone without a removable battery.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That's wrong to say. The beauty of Android products is that it appeals to the masses because there are so many options for different people to choose from. Shoot, some people don't even like smart phones and still prefer a flip phone (I honestly don't know how but that's their prerogative). So far, I haven't needed a removable battery with my Note 5 and if I do, I could always get a fast charge battery bank for $30. The LG V10 is sweet though and I'd like to see how the additional notifications screen benefits an user.

17. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

samsung fanboy trolling here

25. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I can't really see how they're trolling.

27. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"The beauty of Android products is that it appeals to the masses because there are so many options for different people to choose from. " Unfortunately there's ALWAYS a compromize. You NEVER find that one device that is build exactly the way YOU want it! I had hoped that Android phones would be build like PC's by now. Exactly as users see fit. For instance I would rather have FHD screens than QHD-screens on e.g. that LG V10 or Galaxy S6. Because I rather want more FPS in games than a super hi-res butt-ugly flat UI. "I haven't needed a removable battery with my Note 5 and if I do, I could always get a fast charge battery bank for $30." Thinking like this is very selfish. If you charge your battery every day then it'll need replacement after 2 years. After 2 years a flagship device like a Note 5 is still a very powerful and very useable device. It can be handed down to a less fortunate family member or friend. Lots of people would love to have a 2 year old Note 5 or SGS6 or any other high-end device. Which becomes a problem when the battery is at its end. Powerbanks are no substitute for aged bateries. Unless you're a selfish rich bitch who can afford to throw expensive gadgets in the thrash after a year with no regards for others. Some of these decadent people even film how they burn, smash or shoot these devices just for the fun of it.

32. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

After reading the first part your post, the modular phone aka. Project Ara came to my mind. There's a lot of benefits for it and sounds like would solve your predicament along with many others. Prior to my purchase of the Note 5, I had the Note 2. At the end of its life, it was a lagging nightmare and battery life was also crap (I had 2 battery backups and wall chargers which was nice to go from 0% battery to 100% in seconds). Verizon had a deal (along with most carriers) that if you turn in a working smartphone, they'll give you $200 credit towards your next bill or to apply it towards a new phone. Me being the cheap-ass I am, I ate that deal up. At no point would I ever throw something like that away without getting some money for it or someone else benefiting from it. It infuriates me too when I see these kids purposefully destroy a $800 phone just for fun or for "science". So at the end of the day, I'll be holding onto my Note 5 for at least 2 years. If and when the battery goes to crap, I can simply go into a Verizon store and have them replace it (I'm hoping anyway). Then once my 2 years is up, a new deal will be right around the corner for the Note 7 Fold!

30. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

A battery bank won't help your sealed battery when it stops taking a charge... i.e. when after a couple year the battery NO longer takes a charge a battery pack won't work. O.o

33. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. However, when I had my Note 2 and the battery was going to crap, I went into a Sprint store and they replaced the battery. Simple as that. Obviously with a Note 5, they'd have to take it apart and replace it but it's still an option that I think most carriers provide.

40. beggerking

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

which is dumb, stupid and a waste of time and resources. just get LG g3 or g4, it works great and has replaceable battery. or get a samsung galaxy s5, it has replaceable battery + waterproofing + wireless charging.

44. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Agree.Two batteries you have infinite charge.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Hail the King ♔ Note 4....

6. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

The king what? You can save nearly $100 for a better and newer one, LG G4.

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Sure 4 the price.. But In terms of device overall functionality and productivity Note 4 beats G4

11. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

It was really a toss up between these two when I got my last phone. Went with the G4 because the camera stomps the Note 4s imo. LG couldn't have made the manual controls any easier.

10. TheoryOfChaos unregistered

And G4 has much worse battery endurance than N4

12. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

if your interested in rooting and modifying your phone the note 4 is much better device also the exynos version is much more powerful than g4 *the s-pen is a nice tool IMO as well the battery is much better and it has fast charging the screen is super amoled and it is much brighter under the sun and it is much bigger with no soft buttons the phone is more durable it has finger print scanner & HRM & UVO sensors

14. srk_s_rao unregistered

I thought snapdrogan is powerful, my exynos lags a lot, not that responsive. my previous G2 was way better than my present note 4, only the pen is a bit practical. finger print scanner, you can't use it with single hand. no double tap to wakeup. forget raw. no manual focus. just over hyped by fanboys.

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Soft button is like doubling the bezel size and it ruin the look of apps interface.

24. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I have had both the note 4 is a way better phone than the G4

31. DDM22

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Minus s pen...G4 is superior to note 4 in every other aspects.

34. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

are you seriously saying that LCD is better than AMOLED ?? or that plastic is better than metal ? the fact is that note 4 is more than a year old and it is still comparable to other flagships is a huge thing IMO

35. DDM22

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

LCD provides better color accuracy than AMOLED whrereas AMOLED provides vibrant color reproduction. So each has its own advantages. Diffrence is negiligible seen by naked eyes. And G4 provides pure premium leather back option as compared to fake leather on note 4. And you can grab G4 60-100 bucks less than older note 4 makes it a truly a great deal.

18. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Samsung fanboy. without a brain and mind

3. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And IF only if the software gets optimized and the apps come and the phones become more available across carriersand the camera gets almost perfect auto shooting mode algorithms , the Lumia 950/950XL will be the best of this bunch and a serious contender for the first half of 2016 most likely.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Software is almost there, the video showed a non floor unit with updated software smoking it.

4. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I have a Galaxy Alpha and the performance is great, screen is good enough but the battery life is pretty inconsistent like most days I average 2 hours 45 minutes screen on time but sometimes I get weeks where I average 4 hours

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung sell an extended battery for it, it doesn't look bulky and it increases capacity to 2500mAh.

5. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm pretty impressed with the design of the back cover of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. Seemless!

20. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Numbers on paper mean nothing, can have 100,000 AnTuTu score ...it is known that Samsung railroading the results of the AnTuTu test , when notes 5 and every other samsung when touchfiz bags and lags after a short time, note5 is cluttered with bloatware, plus you have to use the cloud to note 5 because it does not support memory expansion, samsung you looking and spying data and files in the cloud. The truth is very painful

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