Samsung Galaxy Note II mod adds 256GB storage, much more battery life

Samsung Galaxy Note II mod adds 256GB storage, much more battery life
What would you do to add extra battery life and storage capacity to your smartphone? Are you willing to, let's say, sacrifice some of the portability and sexiness of your handset? This XDA-Developers member surely would, and you might be surprised by the benefits he got in return for his cash and effort. 

The smartphone that you see in the photos below – a dual-SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II sold in China, has been equipped with a much larger battery made by a third-party manufacturer known as ZeroLemon. With a capacity of over 9000mAh, this new cell would drive the device about three times longer than the stock battery would.

But that's not all. Behind the replacement back cover for this Galaxy Note II is tucked another modification, namely a microSD to SD card converter. After outfitting a 256GB SD card into the device, its owner now has 288GB of storage at his disposal – enough to store gazillions of photos, thousands of music albums, and days' worth of HD video.

This pimped Samsung Galaxy Note II is now much thicker and heavier, however, and it surely doesn't look as nice as it once did. Besides, the 256GB SD card and the beefier battery must have been costly to obtain, so the total cost of this mod could be well over $1000. What's your call on this, was the investment worth it? Let us know down in the comments!

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1. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

worth it? not in my book. I am very happy with the note 2 external charger. I prefer swapping batteries. As far as storage is concerned , a 64 GB class 10 does all the chugging for me. No need for this ugly contraption that kills the purpose of having a portable device.

2. farhanmohdyousaf

Posts: 16; Member since: May 21, 2012

mod couldnt be over $1000, coz the battery pack is like 40-50 bucks (look it up on amazon),the SD card would be $300 tops .. and the modified converter would be about 20-50 bucks making it at about $400 mod and no where close to $1000

3. Dadler22

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I think they are including the cost of the device, which is still about 700 w/o subsidies

12. Retro-touch unregistered

The 256GB SD card alone was $1000: Got that from the XDA thread he posted about this, he spent well over 1000 dollars excluding the price he had to pay for the phone itself

17. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

19. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

No shopping allowed when you're trying to be outrageous!

20. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@farhanmohdyousaf Thats what i did as well. Its so much simpler to swap out the battery when it gets low and have a few extra batteries on hand.

4. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

overkill much?????

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Like sports cars, wife & 3 lovers, 9 shots of tequila, 3 Big Macs or a MacBook, everybody likes an overkill in some way.

9. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Incidentally all the examples that you've quoted "looks" awesome.. This thing in the photos looks like a swollen abomination

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm fine with a case to protect the phone but this is against the philosophy of looking good + functionality. I'd rather equip myself with an extra battery and another 64GB card...

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

why would you want that much storage capacity in a mobile device? if it gets damaged then you are bound to lose so much data. 64GB or even 32GB should be enough. it's a mobile device after all. you will be sharing what you have with it to more reliable storage. the battery is a very good mod, though.

8. FlushGordon unregistered

I'm currently using a Class 10 64 gig Kingmax + 64 gig sandisk class 4 usb otg....waay more than enough to satisfy my multimedia needs whenever I go travelling.

10. Adithya7184 unregistered

as ugly as hell

16. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Yes, dumb and ugly... Probably heavy and super bulky, too. Defeats the purpose of a portable device.

11. Retro-touch unregistered

Here's the original thread with more pics Definitely not worth it, but still an interesting idea

13. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

such baby minds note 2 + 9000 mah + 288gb + ubuntu = portable mini computer

14. horsecock unregistered

That's awesome!!! I'm rocking a "Anker 5200mAh battery" in my GS4 right now. Sure It might not "sexy" any more but I think its amazing that I can go 3-5 days without charging my phone and that's with VERY heavy use. I definitely would try a 9000mAh battery in my S4!!!

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if it was affordable with cases to cover it then yeah, i might would do that. o:

18. aliaselchore

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 13, 2010

im rocking that 9000mah battery and its awesome...... i got 2 stock bats and this one and its 2 times as thick and heavy but i can go almost 4 days on a charge.

21. SwamiAchyuteshananda

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Why spend unnecessarily and add bulk? Go for extra power Cenda 9000 Mah for $50 and seagate wireless 1TB for $250. You csn use the same with any smart phone on the Go!

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