Poll results: Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?

Poll results: Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?
We ran a poll in the beginning of the week, begging the question whether the sealed battery trend that Apple pioneered with the iPhone franchise is such a dealbreaker as portrayed in phones with capsulated unibody designs.

The HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z come to mind from the latest crop, while Samsung and LG buck the trend with the Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro, which feature a removable back cover, hence swappable battery packs.

The poll results were 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 often do with their unibody chassis, so it's a tradeoff like everything else in our mobile experience.

All in all, it seems that for a lot of people (48%) having a sealed battery compartment, as long as the phone's power consumption and endurance stay on course, is not a dealbreaker, but for 52% of you the ability to access the battery would be one of the important factors in their buying decision.

Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?

I'd like to be able to take out or swap my battery any time I want, unibody designs needn't apply
52.26%
If the phone's battery lasts about the average or more, I don't care
47.74%

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78 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I prefer both, cause unibody looks nice and neat! And replaceable is more convenient! it's depends what you like, and what your needs are!

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It depends on the power capacity the battery is able to hold too. No one will want a unibody phone with a paltry battery capacity of 1500mAh powering a 1080p device.

24. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

how about have both, a replaceable body that look like unibody . it can be done.

25. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yesterday big party, navigation, photos, swap of my batteries and 100% online without any brake :-)

34. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Big party, navigation, photos, swap of batteries...without any 'break'? I'm sorry but if you swap your battery, isn't your phone supposed to be off? How can you say you swapped batteries without any break?? Please, show me that neat trick!

44. ddurand

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

he was at a big party using his phone alot. using it for vidoes, photos and navigation. his battery died and he swapped another in without taking a break from his usage. meaning hes for removable batteries. this is a good example of why people would be in favor of this design. it was not that hard to follow.

50. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why you not get me joke?? Why so...serious?

74. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Yesterday big party, navigation, photos, pulled out my 6000mAh battery pack and charged my HTC One and two lady's without a brake :-)

28. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I'd take unibody design. Battery issues? Thats why there are powerbanks.

35. yudi.nemesis unregistered

yeah powerbanks is better than extra battery just imagine if you have 2 smartphone you will need carry at least 2 extra battery and how about when you buy new phone so you need buy another extra battery geez... With One good powerbanks no matter what the device you have everything is gonna be just... Fine

38. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

great now the design of your device is gone because you have a bulky extra battery case... you just contradicted what you wanted. "yeah ill take the bmw m5 but cover it in a steel slab to make it safer"

40. yudi.nemesis unregistered

haha.. Of course not because from the first time i have a phone until this day i never use any kind of case, and since i have 2 smartphone i never have battery issues on my daily life. So i only carry my portable charger when i go for several days to remote area ''in the reality there is much more people who have portable charger than stupid extra battery''

76. just4fun

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Excuse me but a decent battery pack (10000 mah) still weighs like a small brick. WHy make phone so thin and small and carry around a huge brick to supplement it? makes no sense. Batteries are much smaller than a phone. Power packs are 2-3 times the size and 5-10 times weight of phones.

77. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Or you could supplement it with a realistically sized "decent" battery pack that gives you more versatility than a single battery for one device. How did you come to a conclusion that 10000mah is a decent battery pack size when a single phone charge is usually around 2000-3500mah...that makes no sense if you'd be willing to carry around an extra battery for the phone but would need 4x that for a battery pack.*raised eyebrow* I'd say amazon.com/dp/B00OM2EOB8 would be sufficient for anyone and most definitely wouldn't be classified as a huge brick, and there are many others from 3000-10000mah that are quite slim and light for their capacity versus a specific phone battery that offers a lot less flexibility in its use. I'm not opposed to extra phone batteries either, but being narrow-minded and spewing misinformation to try and make a point is always useless.

55. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

What if the charging port breaks on your phone out of warranty? how much are you willing to pay to get you up and running? Maybe this hasn't happened to you but, I am thankful that I had the option to swap batteries until the end of contract. It saved my tail in dollars. Dollars used to purchase a new phone. It really is that logical. John B.

61. yudi.nemesis unregistered

good thinking and logical enough yes that never happened to me but the extra dolar you used to buy extra battery can be use to fix your phone oh if your phone breaks that easly just find another one with better build quality portable charge is better option than extra battery because it can be use to charge any devices and usualy pack more power than extra battery

53. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

nerds will be nerds I guess...

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, I will still stick to my choice, and that's the unibody design! :)

4. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I'm right, as usual and the other 48% of this community is wrong.

5. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

how can you say who is right and who is wrong if the poll is all about own preference?

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

He must think he is a god of some kind, sincerely looks like a spoiled brat to me.

6. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Theyr not wrong dude. . They want a unibody one, opinions are not wrong unless marked w/ hatred and bias and innocence :)

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The world doesn't need ignorance from people like you.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Role Reversal (Meant especially for _PHug_): You're wrong, as usual and the other 48% of this community is right!

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Everyone is right, and you're the only one who is wrong! :P

29. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Please try not to be Chuck Norris. Not even close.

46. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

sound a lil like mitt romney haha

7. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

It is still convnient and future proof for me to have replaceable battery..

8. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think both of them has their own superiority. my previous phone had a replaceable battery but i rarely took out its battery and i did it only to deal with sudden hangings. this problem is solved in new phones with unibody design and so we can enjoy their beautiful design.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As I've said many times before, design doesn't matter to be because I always wrap my phones in Otter Box cases. Plus, on my GS3, when one battery dies, I just pop in another one. :)

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