I was going to rant about this but after thinking on this post it has become more of a funeral dirge and a time to lament of what I have come to love, that is, removable Android phone batteries. The phones above are my wife’s Samsung J7 that has a removable battery, my old (dead) Samsung Note 4 that had a removable battery and my current LG V20 that also has a removable battery that when I travel can even use a MEGA battery that can last for four days without charging (even when watching movies in the air)! That is flexible power.
For you iPhone folks non-replaceable batteries is nothing new since Steve Jobs way back made the decision that you have no choice. Then they got caught being devious and slowing down your old phones and to make you loyal iOS folks not sue them, gave you the option to replace your battery for under $30 (vs. the normal cost of ~$80).
But for us Android folks we like choice. We like doing things our way. We like being able to use any APP we want that has not been blessed by the mothership. And we, clearly, like the option of a replaceable battery. Even in a post that we should get over this, the voting you see above shows that readers WANT to have replaceable batteries (the comments are brutal as well).
My LG V20 just got the update to Android 8 and I really love it. I like the idea of keeping a phone more than 2 years considering the cost of new phones these days and the best way to keep them “fresh” has been a new battery. I guess now that LG, the last hold out with phones with replacement batteries, has given up the future for me will mean always traveling with a fully charged 20k battery bank at the ready (I do this anyway but I save it for other things like my sweet cordless noise canceling headphones)!.
Maybe the advances in phone tech will be worth it and I need to just live with the fact that every 2 years I will need to buy a new phone. Either that or I take it to a phone shop for a replacement and that is not cheap (or simple). I have a great friend who runs such a shop and he told me the average price to replace a phone battery is $100-150 with some even higher. Also:
“It’s gotten ridiculous because [of] all the layers are glued so you have to de-laminate it from the back [of the phone]” – A cell phone repair pro
I don’t know – maybe I just don’t get it and it is time to move on. But maybe not. I would love your input and you tell me. batteries – even if it limited some features. Vote in my poll below.