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

Replaceable battery or unibody design - which one do you prefer?
Apple started the trend with sealed batteries in its iPhone franchise, and a lot of manufacturers are following suit now with pretty unibody designs that don't give us access to the battery compartment on the go.

HTC with its sleek aluminum One comes to mind from the latest crop, the Sony Xperia Z whose battery had to be sealed to likely achieve the waterproof status of the handset, as well as the flagship Lumia 920 from Nokia's portfolio.

Actually the ones still bucking the trend from the top tier makers are Samsung and LG, which always provide a removable back cover that gives you access to the battery plus a microSD slot for storage expansion, making them the perfect handsets for those who look for flexibility in that regard.

Still, we were wondering how many people actually would carry a spare charged battery with them at all times, and to what extent the presence of a sealed battery compartment in the latest unibody designs would hinder their purchasing decision towards those handsets. 

After all, there are pretty compact portable juicers now that can fit in your wallet or on your keychain for the unibody types as well, yet the ability to take out the battery might be important for some during those rare complete freezes of your handset, or after battery quality has deteriorated with prolonged usage. Take your pick in the poll below and sound off with the arguments in the comments.

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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162 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I have voted for unibody design. :)

20. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

im with you, i have galaxy s3 with 3 extra batteries. they give me cushion to use as much phone as i want BUT i would defiantly go for none removable back if it means better looking phone. like sony xperia z stamina mode is great example. why use battery when there is no need! plus portable charger exist with 2amps output. that will charge phone in 20 mins

63. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Stamina mode of Z is crap. A phone hardly running 5-6hrs run for 2 more hours. Sony made a lovable phone but didn't bless it with enough juice that many users hoped for.

73. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Stamina Mode is a bit Rip off from the Snapdragon battery guru.

89. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

I could care less who copied who, i am talking about apps and settings that shut off service when its not needed and as for eisenbricher: yes the battery is small and some customers complains are stamina mode isnt good but i hope it starts function as its supposed to, if it does that then it should save ALOT of battery.

90. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

When the battery goes "dead" (for good), after years of charging, a unibody phone is a brick... But i can give my old Samsung to my little bro... Simply buy a new battery, open and replace the dead one, and it's a new phone. After a while a battery won't take a charge anymore = brick.

142. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agree with you 100% topcat488. I've been saying this very thing for years.

165. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Especially in the cases of phones like the one. It's one thing when you have something like a nexus 7 without a removable battery because it is still easily changed out. But when you are talking about something like the one there is practically no way to even change it. So that phone might be good for 3 years max.

29. Brutus

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

+1.... Uni-body is the wow these days. With manufactures giving +2000 mAh batteries in their flagships, there is no need to worry about juice. By the time the battery gets weak (min. 2 years), the technology would've moved so ahead that we'll get a new one.... Simple....!!!!

30. MobileJunkieJr

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I knew this poll was coming sooner or later. I'll take the unibody... I have a phone with a removable battery cover, but i haven't needed any extra battery, i just carry my charger or mini-USB around.

33. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Why all the down vote? Vote for whatever you want. Its just his opinion. Mine also Unibody Design.. CHEERS :)

54. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

this poll should be named : do you prefer galaxy s4 or the htc one

84. Avicktim

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Wack!

87. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

unibody is good until u get a battery life note worthy! whats the use of a smartphone when its battery dies when u really need it!

143. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Amen to that.

88. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Which is stupidity.... I travel so I need: Navigation Internet Camera With unibody I can forget about traveling and have to have more devices Unibody =stupidity

94. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Your comment = stupidity Navigation - smartphone Internet - smartphone Camera - smartphone Smartphone = Smartphone therefore that is all one device and away you go on your travels. All of which could have a unibody or removable backs.

115. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Forget to survive with Nexus 4 like I use Galaxy Nexus when traveling ;-) Think a little :-)

128. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I have the Galaxy Nexus as well but you get all three of those things plus a good battery life from the Maxx line from Moto. I'm just saying there a lot of counters to your argument.

150. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, you can not replace the battery so you have to charge and can not use the phone, do you get it all, finally??? ;)

103. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

... What? Since when does unibody mean you can't have those things?

114. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

You will see ;-) Just think a little: The best phones have big batteries, Big batteries + uni body = ? Guess what ;-)

130. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lolwut? xD

136. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Big batteries + unibody = the Razr Maxx and Razr Maxx HD.

146. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's right and as a MAXX HD owner i assure you anywherehome i use my camera, browser and navigation excessively.

149. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Big batteries + unibody = the Razr Maxx and Razr Maxx HD. = non replaceable battery so I was right, thanks for confirmation ;) you dont get it, right? :) are you able to understand a term "replaceable battery"? do you know what it could mean in reality? it still seems you dont :)

152. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't think you're getting across real well to anybody so how about you just start being more specific about what you're saying here. how does having a unibody design mean you have to forget about traveling and have more devices? you're also gonna have to just tell us the answer to big batteries + unibody because the only answer i can come up with is "win-win" and i don't think that's what you're looking for.

154. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so again, unibody means non replaceable battery for better phones with bigger batteries = have to charge a phone = do I have to wait 2 hours somewhere to charge the phone? do you get it now??? ;)

161. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't think you comprehend how long a Razr MAXX HD lasts my friend...and besides the MAXX HD many phones with unibody designs now can get through the day with the kind of usage you describe just fine. the only time you'll really have to worry about charging these things is when you're sleeping anyway.

155. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You are making no sense. Since when do non removable batteries mean you can't travel?

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