Do you care if your phone has a replaceable battery?

Do you care if your phone has a replaceable battery?
Out of the major smartphone manufacturers, only Samsung and LG seem to have remained loyal to the removable battery concept this flagship season. The HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 both sport premium designs, crafted out of metal or glass, but offer unibody sealed chassis that precludes you from swapping the battery.

LG G3, on the other hand, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5, stick with fancy plastic solutions, but you can easily replace their units at will, and the S5 managed to be water-resistant, too, despite the removable back cover. LG's G2 flagship from last year had a sealed juicer, at least in its international reincarnation, but with the G3 the company is back to providing a more flexible design, while Samsung has never betrayed this concept, ever since the Galaxy S line inception. The Xperia Z2, however, sports a stellar battery endurance, almost as good as the Galaxy S5, while the One (M8) also provides battery life that is much above the average in our battery test.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)

Having access to the battery compartment of your phone means that you can carry a spare or two with you when you know you will be away from a charger for a while. Also, it might be helpful if your phone freezes to the extent that only taking out the battery might help, though these cases are rare. Last but not least, a removable back cover and replaceable battery usually means that third party companies can issue extended battery solutions which add less bulk than a charging case, or they might offer rear covers made of a more premium material.

That's why we wanted to ask you if you care about a replaceable battery in your smartphone that you can swap on the go, or if you are fine with a sealed battery compartment, as long as the battery life of the handset is in the acceptable range, like in the current crop of flagships. Checkmark your preference in the poll below, and tell us your argumentation in the comments.

Do you care if your phone has a replaceable battery or not ?

Yes, I care, and would barely consider a phone without a replaceable battery
53.04%
No, as long as the battery life is decent, I don't care if I can swap the juicer or not
46.96%

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91 Comments

1. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

oh yes I care. removable battery and micro-SD slot. no need to make excuses about these.

30. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Agree. But with this stupid polls in the tech media, where mostly iboys are voting,and the Sansung owners are baned, is not sure the result. :-)

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

FYI, most of us here on PA hate Apple. Maybe hate is a bit too strong word, but at least don't like iPhones

42. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL How do you know? Just because all apple's armys here and all tech sites, pretend to be "android users" or "disappointed samsung fans", couldn't make those polls valid.

47. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

true, 1000%.

64. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Please show us some evidence to back up your claim that Samsung owners are banned from voting on that poll. Some of you ppl amaze me with your completely illogical conspiracy theories. Do you seriously have to include your immature hate of Apple in every post you make?

69. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why would you ever bother with a phone that doesn't have a replaceable battery. Any serious business professional or power user these days needs their smart phone at their finger tips, not tied to a wall some were.

75. steedsofwar unregistered

Just buy a phone which lasts dude.

44. almostdone

Posts: 416; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Yes I care too. The problem is batteries degrade and lose there capacity over time. Why should I pay x company $$$ to have a replacement when it should only cost about 1/10th. Also when it comes to selling your phone, your buyer is screwed sooner or later. I also prefer not to help the NSA.

58. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I can take a non removable battery but not no SD card. The RAZR showed me a non removable battery is fine, the Moto G showed me I have to have an sd card slot.

76. steedsofwar unregistered

EXACTLY!

80. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Chuuch! I went from the RAZR Maxx to the DROID Maxx. I loved all of the improvements from the former to that latter but no SD card support caused me to get the Note 3 instead. I really miss Motorola's UI but until they add SD slots again I'm good with the Note 3 unitl I see the G3 or Note 4.

59. feza08

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2014

yeah it would be better if all the phones'd a replaceable battery. But if 1 day usage is enough i don't mind that much a replaceable battery. And yes for some extreme conditions a replaceable battery would be great definitely.

73. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Removable battery is a big plus

74. steedsofwar unregistered

It's currently 50 50 on the poll. I voted no. Previously, i used a spare battery for everything on my galaxy device. Since owning my G2, i've realised that they produced such an awesome battery that lasted really long and charged REALLY fast that carrying a spare meant putting it in in the late evening, which didn't make sense.

77. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I have the Samsung Galax Note 3 with the 3200mA battery so I already have one of the best and largest batteries in the market today, but it is still not enough as I use my smartphone all day long for voice, email, texting, internet research, internet radio, video, etc. (which is something easy to do with a 5.7" screen) and many engineering and business applications. It last 24 - 36 hrs with heavy use and 36 - 48hrs light use. If you travel on planes and in airports at all, having a replaceable battery is essential to staying productive. When I simply change out my battery and keep going with work in the airport it never fails that 1-3 iphone users come up and ask what type of phone I am using. Even as an Engineering student in collage I'm not sure how you could survive without a replaceable battery. I guess if your in high school student, liberal arts major or education major you don't need your smartphone so much. Also having two or three batteries keeps them performing at their best and lasting longer as they are rotated at the end of each use. We have several 5S's, a 5C and other iPhones on a family share plan and all of them complain about plugging in while I just swap and keep going. With the Samsung charger and 2A plug it can charge the 3200mA battery in about 2:30hrs. Replaceable battery is a must.

81. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Very interesting and informative comment. for an active guy always-on-the-move a replaceable battery is mandatory. and even for the normal person like myself who can find a wall plug it's necessary as sometimes I go on trips and even with great battery life it's not enough, plus I like to use my phone's full brightness and I dislike power saving. What you said above is true, most people do need the battery to be replaceable.. and the USB 3 port on my Galaxy S5 makes a big difference and so it does on your Note I guess ...

82. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

As amazing, informative and accurate as your post is, many people ignore logic. It does make perfect sense to keep a key component readily available for quick access and replacement. I've been fighting for this logic to be seriously evaluated through local government and manufacturers for almost a year now. HTC failed to listen and their lack of sales have proven it. LG is starting to realize that there may be relevancy to removable batteries and sd cards after all. Samsung has proven the effectiveness of retaining this choice. Yes Dude2, as an engineering student, your logic plays out just as other engineers have stated yet the people that fall for pretty, shiny phones feel they know better. In fact, they know not what many symptoms resemble device failures are actually just faulty or failed batteries. John B.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I can have an external battery pack anyways, so not important to me.

11. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Along witha cable. "...you can carry a spare ... away from a charger for a while. ...helpful if your phone freezes to the extent that only taking out the battery might help.... that says it all

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well Z2 has a reset button for that horrible freeze situation.

51. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Only the most retarded phones would not have a seperate logic for the power button to cut the power when held in.

67. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Exactly. When my phone freeze, I have to take out the battery to power cycle it. Battery capacity dosen't matter to me, as long as it last full day. But, removable battery makes the different when your phone freeze.

16. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Agreed, I used to care but even when I got some android phones with removable battery, I never got any additional. Having an external battery is much more practical and can be use with more devices. Also it is not the rule, but non-removable battery phones tend to have a tougher build quality

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yep. On my old Nokia I had 2 batteries but never used the second one. Just simply didn't need it.

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

With Z2, I can used my phone heavily through the day and still have about 25% when I get home

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah. It won't fully drain before you get home. Though it is possible to drain it night if I really use it a LOT.

72. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

This. All day. That's wassup!

3. jinxtabator

Posts: 20; Member since: May 19, 2013

no- more important to me is getting better battery endurance in the first place, aswell as thinness, aesthetics & waterproofing

13. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

the problem is, batteries weaken overtime

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