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I've recently been thinking about purchasing a new and overall great value-for-money mobile and given the wide range of phones out there, I find it increasingly difficult to overlook non-removable batteries even though I've never been a big fan of them.

I just woke up one day and was like, "But really? Beyond being replaceable and given how fast mobile tech is advancing... Am I even gonna keep my next phone for more than the average 2 year lifespan?" (Most cell batteries are good for that long).

Sure, if my phone konks out I can just remove the battery but...that's about as far as it goes and, I mean, there's nothing offered by a spare battery that QuickCharge 2.0 can't fix, or removing the battery that a soft reset can't fix as well.

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself a bit but I want to know if anyone thinks the same way I do now because I'm really really tempted to overlook the replaceable battery aspect and that will provide me with an even greater number of devices to consider from Google Nexus, Motorola and Apple iPhone ranges.
(Not really a big fan of Non-Stock Android so...sorry Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony and all you other others that add their own bloat theme stuff thingies.)
by Guru (26.2k points)
I agree with you. Non removable or removable the difference is next to nill. in other cases non-rem is even better. the phone built becomes better yet nothing much lost. even for guys like me who like digging into the phone engines our era is gone as the multilayer PCB have taken away all the fun. so a non-rem is gaining momentum pretty fast

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Different strokes for different folks I guess. I happen to like my removable battery. It's seriously convenient! My phone is getting to three years old now, and because of the distributed load on my 2 batteries, its kicking about as hard as the day I bought it. As the removable battery crowd likes to point out, I can go from zero to 100% battery in 5 seconds! All without the high voltage/amperage charger, a power outlet and 30ish minutes needed by quick charge!

Sure, it means more often than not that my phone will be fatter than newer style phones but its also more robust than quite a few of its anorexic brethren. Dust and water resistance come from a well thought out design and strategically placed gaskets. Should I ever need to make a repair, getting in there will be half done in 2 seconds. A heat gun and a suction cup will be a last resort, not a first. Skins and cases are not as necessary, a new cover can be had for a few bucks, and shifting the internals, while tricky, can be done by the likes of me.

With all that said, I won't say you are wrong for moving on. For your scenario, non removable batteries make sense, just as user replaceable ones make sense for me. Even now as I contemplate an upgrade to something with modern capabilities and the processing power and memory I now sorely lack, a removable battery is still kinda high on my checklist, as it is for a lot of others.
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