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Removable vs Non-Removable Batteries. What's the difference?

You are probably well aware of the fact that nowadays, many smartphones comes with a non-removable Battery, which doesn't allow the user to replace the battery or to use a spare one. The fact is that most people don’t prefer to carry a second battery with them. I agree that having an option to do so is a good thing though. Some say that by removing the battery we are actually reducing the life span of the device due to dust entering into the battery chamber and damaging the phone and thereby reducing its lifespan. I’ve read many negative opinions about the top flagship mobiles from people about not having the option to replace the battery. Is it a big issue or not ?

I wanna present to you some of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, which will help you decide whether it's something you need to worry about or not. Removable batteries gives you convenience and in fact some people do carry an extra battery with them mostly while going on a long journey. There are options to extend the battery capacity even double it with a battery case. For example, you can use the Mophie Juice Pack for the HTC One ($99.95) that doubles the battery life of the HTC One. As you know, the HTC One doesn’t have a Removable Battery and many people complained about it. The disadvantage is that the cover thickens the phone profile. It’s not that bad though and a hard case with integrated rechargeable battery might be your best bet here.Take a look at the next set of images and see the difference in size for yourself:

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You can see that the battery case adds to the overall size of the phone quote a lot, but you get twice the battery life (HTC One battery life) and I think that for some people that’s more important than aesthetics. The good thing is that you can still continue to charge and sync your phone via USB and the lens and LED flash visibility are not compromised in any way.
I don’t like it when I drop the phone the cover detaches from the phone and I need to attach it again.I also think that in some cases this helps protect the phone, especially if you drop the phone accidentally in the sand or where there are lots of dust and other particles which can actually damage your phone if they get inside it.
No doubt that a uni-body mobile design looks better and I think that many people love it. A slick aluminum zero-gap aluminum phone looks and feels great in the hands. You’ll have less parts that can break when you drop the phone, less gaps for dust to enter the phone itself. Let's list out the major pros and cons of the non removable batteries.


  • Less breakable parts
  • Slimmer mobiles
  • Battery door can break
  • Zero-gap unibody design looks slick and more solid
  • In some phones that also means lack of micro SD card slot too (HTC One doesn’t have a microSD card slot)
  • There is always an option to purchase a battery cover, but that adds bulkiness to the phone and doesn’t come cheap (Samsung Galaxy S4 battery costs between $10-15 depends on the brand and capacity).

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It seems that most people aren’t convinced with that, and for them the cons outweigh the pros. The two most concerned cons are:
  • What happens a year when my battery performance is degraded and I want to replace it with a better one? (does the phone manufacturer can replace that battery?)
  • What happens when my phone freezes? With a removable battery I can just take the battery out and put it back (hard reset?)
  • Not having the option to use a spare battery, which is also the cheapest option out there
Many people who travel a lot like to keep a pair of extra batteries which they can put on whenever required. Power banks are also useful but many take loads of time to get charged. It’s worth mentioning that with phones with removable battery you also have the option to use an extended large-capacity battery with a dedicated cover. 

The advantages of having a removable battery/cover?
  • Easy to replace the battery with a newer on when the battery performance decreases
  • Can buy a spare second battery and use it when the first one it out of power
  • Most of those phones do offer a microSD card slot
So you can see that there are very affordable options out there. The most easiest, more convenient and cost effective option is to have a phone with a removable battery/cover. All you have to do is to buy a cheap spare battery and get it over with. For most people this will be more than enough. People don’t like buying a phone and be worried about what may happen in the future. They want to be assured that their phone’s battery will continue to operate at high capacity and offer optimal performance even after a few months after purchasing the device. Who wouldn't want to when you investing a huge amount (wink). At some point in time you might consider selling or upgrading your mobile to something more powerful and having more features. Having a non-removable battery might make those phones less attractive for buyers that are searching to buy a second hand phone.
Always Remember, batteries wear out long before anything else on the phone. Some people don’t replace their phone every year and can hold it for more than a couple of years or so. For many people it’s easier to just get a phone with a removable battery and not worry about all this nonsense. Others won't mind having a phone with a non-removable battery as they will be upgrading to a newer model in the future.
I also think that for businessmen, having a spare battery is the best option. When it comes to business, there are crucial times that you just can’t offer to be unavailable.

Everyone of us makes its own choice. I think that most people prefer having a removable battery even with all those cons that I’ve mentioned. I personally have a phone with a removable battery that fell dozen of times, got dust in it and even after a mild abuse is still working perfectly fine and battery life is still in its best. So for me that’s some kind of evidence that maybe this all non-removable battery advantages just doesn’t stick (at least from my own experience). 

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Powerbanks are also an easy alternative option.It's up to each individual's choice whether to go with a removable or a non removable battery. But as far as the recent mobile trends are concerned, we may not be able to see removable batteries in mobile phone in the future.

 Do share your thoughts in the comment section below. Remember, "Computers follow your orders, not your intentions". See ya in the next post!

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