Poll results: Do you care if your phone has a replaceable battery?

Poll results: Do you care if your phone has a replaceable battery?
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.

Still, out of the major smartphone manufacturers, only Samsung and LG seem to have remained loyal to the removable battery concept this flagship season, with the Galaxy S5, and the G3. That's why we asked you last week 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 unibody flagships that includes the One (M8), or the Xperia Z2.

As you can see from the results below, our 4163 respondents are quite evenly split on the matter. The 53% majority says that a phone has to be very convincing to woo them without a replaceable battery, and they would rather opt for one where they can take the juicer out, and swap it at will. The other ~47% say they don't really mind a sealed battery compartment, as long as the battery life is still decent, which bodes well for the new crop of unibody flagships, like the Xperia Z2, or the HTC One (M8). Still, the preferred option for most respondents is that they'd rather have a replaceable battery in their handsets.

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
No, as long as the battery life is decent, I don't care if I can swap the juicer or not



1. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I used to be pro-removable battery, but I've never ever bought a second battery. I usually don't own a phone long enough. On top of it, I know that I could turn any battery into a removeable one with a little research and effort. It's not a big selling point and a phone like the Moto X couldn't exist with a removable battery, and for that I'm grateful for motorola.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, it really is only for people with the patience to last with a device for at least 2 years. Other than that I really don't see the need for it in my current lifestyle (plus I have a padfone so the tablet kind of acts as a battery).

21. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The battery on my first phone died completely in a little over a year and a half. At the time, I was eligible for a hardware upgrade, so I got a new phone instead. I was going to order a new battery, but it would have taken longer than I could wait (as I was heading out of town on vacation the next day). My current phone which I had for almost 2 years needed a new battery. I ended up getting an extended battery for it as I plan to use my phone for another year at least. It's nice to be able to order a replacement battery when needed.

24. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you use your smart phone for business or professional use then having a spare battery is a must especially if you're in airports. If your smartphone is for fun and games or entertainment then you can get away with a sealed battery and be tethered to a wall outlet or charging case with it's bulk and heft.

26. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If you use you're phone for business and you phone can't hold out at least a day than you probably have the wrong phone and it would be wise to get another one. I use my z ultra for business and fun. Everyday i use it to play audio in the car for around 2-3 hrs. Synching 4 emails every 15 min. Having wifi on almost the whole day use some navigation around 30min a day and watch some youtube going on the internet etc. And get almost 2 whole days without charging my phone. Was thinking about getting the cover with the 5000mah battery inside from sony self but for me it isn't worth it as 2days is enough but with that case i woukd get around a week (5days) on a single charge. But allot of people don't have enough space to fit a z ultra in their pockets. But i guess there are enough of those kind of covers for other phones. My colleague has one for the s4 cause it didn't even last a day before the cover now he reaches around a day and a half

6. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

There's more pros to have a removable battery like the ones mentioned above, I do believe it's possible with with the Motox and other designs... Why settle?

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because is easier to make non-removable battery, and batteries have less warranty than the device and that can bring profit to the OEM

10. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

As the removeable batteries have so many pros, and you pay so much money for the phone, why sholdn't you have it- in case? Even if you didn't use it yet. Or this your comment is just iDefend? LOL

16. Beijendorf unregistered

Removable batteries means reduced capacities compared to non-removable. That's all the reason I need.

17. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Having a removable battery is not only about having a spare part (which is a great thing for power mobile users). It is about renew your battery after some time (that depends on your usage pattern) when the original one is loosing power. Ans you can do this very easy and a friendly cost.

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I can only say: I Don't Care.

2. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I WANT & NEED EXTENDED BATTERIES for My Phones since I Use them So Much. I could kill My Battery in less than 4 Hours. You may ask WTF! When your phone is constantly looking for a Signal where you have Little to None, It Dies Quick! Away from where I Live, My Battery lasts a LOT Longer, but still Not as long as it Should. Give Me an Option of Extended Batteries that become part of the Phone and not one that is a Case or Cover.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No, I have access to power at most times and have a power pack in my carry bag if I need it.

4. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I have power bank!! So not a problem!!! Cant wait for z ultra 2

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Power bank wouldn't do you good if your phone battery chemical is depleted. Battery are chemical electricity. Constant daily charging depleted and destabilises its ability to hold charges. I like to let my battery rest at 15% charge for about month and when I use it again its good as new. Please buy original battery, fake batteries are at best 80% of the original. I have buy enough china battery and original to know the different.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Myself, the phone is old hat long before battery is not capable of holding 90% charge. My old windows mobile phones still will last a whole day, I don't get rid of old phones, I cycle some of them as back ups. What problem? Some get or develop a bad or weak battery, is their first phone? If its in first year it should be no problem, even after, just a bit of time without phone is not end of world really, there's old phones everywhere to fill gap.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i don't know how some ppl have the time to run it out dry... but hey i assume it's mobile OCD or something... i could deal with a non-removable battery...i mean they have battery saving modes and cases that could extend the life if it's that crucial

9. Sauce unregistered

Better be replaceable for a big phone with a big battery that only lasts 5-6 hours lmao. Cough cough Note 3

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Disagree. Samsung Note 3 has the best battery live compare to all the other phones that i own.

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I mainly use the replaceable battery to completely shut down the phone in case it hangs. Other than that I don't really need it

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Long pressing power cuts battery on the majority of phones out there these days.

13. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I used to care, back in the Froyo/Gingerbread days when stability was still an issue. There were definitely times I had to remove a battery from a locked up phone. Now that I don't have that problem I don't really care about removable battery, as long as I can make it through a day without it dying

19. wilsong17 unregistered

nothing beats the note 3 zero lemon 10000mah battery

20. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Like others I used to care, but honestly I have only really bought a replacement battery once a long time ago in the days of flip / slider phones. I rarely keep phones long enough for them to run down their battery and as for daily discharge needs on the off chance that I am away from an outlet I have a mobile power brick or a battery case. If a sealed battery will last even slightly longer I'm all for it now.

22. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I'm not sure why authors of articles or cell phone users, always ignore the customer service end of the reasoning. What about cost of replacing batteries? As comment number 17 points out, Cicero makes reference to fact that other things are just as important as single charge duration or back up battery. John B.

23. Imaxxacre

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

I really only dislike sealed batteries if they are short-lasting or take a long time to charge.

27. Pirschjager

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Missing the point? People can get external backup batteries, but it's pretty hard to reset your phone without a removable battery when the OS flakes.

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