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The best smartphones with replaceable batteries

Update: New devices added

Smartphones with removable batteries are a controversial topic. Many readers want this feature to return to more flagship devices. But so many Android devices don't feature this, and it doesn't look like there will be many more on the horizon. But never fear, here is a list of the best smartphones of the moment with removable batteries.

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LG V20

LG really tried to distinguish itself last year with the modular G5 and the V20, a unique 5.7-inch phablet. The LG V20 has a dual screen and ships with the latest Android version, Nougat. While a lot of phones are moving away from removable batteries and even headphone jacks, the V20 keeps both, despite also having the modern USB Type-C port.

The LG V20 offers a high definition (1440 x 1560 px) 5.7 inch IPS LCD screen, with a pixel density of 513 ppi. In theory, the device should be able to withstand being dropped from about 4 feet, as it has a MIL-STD 810G military certification. Similar to other 2016 flagships, it includes the Snapdragon 820 processor with an Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4GB of RAM.

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A powerful phone that ships with Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: LG V20

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Galaxy Note 4

This is an older device (2014) but it's still on of the best smartphones with a removable battery. More of a phablet, this stylus-holstered bad boy still packs a punch even compared to some of its Samsung contemporaries. And now that new generations have been unveiled, you can get it at a low price.

When we compare the display of the Note 4 to some of the newer devices on the market it still looks good, and in some cases, better. The 5.7-inch AMOLED screen comes with a 1440 x 2560 resolution (518 ppi) and does it ever look crisp. It delivers some rich colors and vivid detail.

The removable battery is 3,220 mAh and performed well in our benchmarks. And that battery needs to be big to handle the Snapdragon 805 backed up with 3 GB RAM. And I personally still love the design of the Galaxy Note 4 with its good balance of metal and plastic.

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The display of the Galaxy Note 4 is sharp, even for today's standards. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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LG G5

The LG G5, released in 2016 and unveiled at MWC, certainly packs a ton of features but is still more of a niche device. It has modular expandability that only really appeals to more heavy smartphone users and not the casual buyer.

But don't let this dissuade you from buying the LG G5, even if you aren't the kind of buyer who needs extra modular abilities. It comes with some impressive specs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 backed up with 4 GB RAM and 23 GB internal memory. And it comes with Android Marshmallow right out of the box.

The biggest drawback for the LG G5 is the price. It started around $800, and while the prices have changed, the device is still pricey. That's due to how new it is and the fact that there isn't a successor yet from LG. Unless you need the benefits of its 554 ppi display or the modules, I would choose one of the other devices on this list.

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A solid design for the modular device. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: LG G5

Best price

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is a bargain for its current price to performance ratio. The performance and battery life are still very good and the device takes decent pictures. Getting this smartphone, even today, is a smart idea. This 2014 released device still packs enough power for everyday use.

While the design of the Galaxy S5 is a bit homely, it still is about as ergonomic as it gets. And even if you do manage to drop it you probably will still be okay because of its plastic body. And while the screen has the lowest resolution on this list (432 ppi), it's still enough for your daily needs.

The removable 2,800 mAh battery will keep you going for a long time. And you can get a replacement for very little money (less than $10).

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This older device is still good enough for everyday use. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S5

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Moto G4 Play

The Moto G4 Play is a new member of the G4 family. This device is Lenovo's attempt at offering a no-frills, inexpensive smartphone. If you want something simply for normal daily use, it gets the job done.

It has a few strong pros as well. It is splash-resistant, has a long-lasting removable battery and dual SIM card slots. Its drawbacks include the mono speaker and the lack of a fingerprint reader. If you're looking for a simple phone at a cheap price, this could be the one. 

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The Moto G4 Play is simple, but good. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Motorola Moto G 4G

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Do you have any more smartphones with removable batteries you like? Which manufacturer needs to adopt the removable battery? Let us know in the comments.

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  • A good decent phone with removable battery Motorola Moto G5

  • Beware of LG G4 serial # models that begin with 504-509, they are prone to boot-looping (infinite loop to LG start logo screen), otherwise other LG G4 models past the 509 seem to be still doing well. I was an owner of an LG G4 and after 1 year and 8 months, the LG G4 randomly froze on me one day and began boot-looping ever since.

    I have bought a Nexus 6P since then and have never looked back.

  • You forgot Samsung J7 2016 (Chinatel) with 3 gb RAM. Best buy currently.

  • Just remove that S5 from that list.

    I bought a used galaxy S5 2 month ago, first 3 days was woking fine but at day 4 I noticed that the screen is not resonding after I turn it off and on many times and sometimes does not work at all only sounds and black dead screen. I tried to fix it for days but no luck and huge number of people had the same issue.

    I replaced it with another one ( S5 ) and used it a little and found that the screen flickers on low brightness, I tried to fix it again and read tons of threads on the net ( flashed it, Factory reset, taking off the battery and hold power button I even smashed ! ) but no luck !!

    Then I went back to my little monster S4, after a month I figured that the screen of the S5 is easy to get damaged from the phone falls and it get worse by time to reach higher brightness levels until it completely start to be dead like my first S5

    So if you think about buying this crap, run away !

    • Bad luck.
      That I what you have. Did you buy a second hand one? Twice?
      If do you do not know what the previous owner did (like rooting and over clock cpu wich is in many cases unnecessary and harmful for hardware) with the phone.
      Even when they were new I can not understand all flaws you describe.
      S5 has several models with different specs.
      I have the S5 Plus (SM-G901F kccat6) and I do not recognizable ANY of your troubles.
      Sadly enough Samsung says S5 would not be " compattible" (?? !! ) with Android Nougat so in Stock Rom it will stay on Marshmallow.
      How strange it is Samsung talking about the phone being incompatible to Nougat since on XDA-DEVELOPERS Forum there are 2 developers who have succesfully made their own version Nougat.
      There are just a few minor bugs wich I expect will be solved in a few weeks.
      Anyway. On Marshmallow the S5 performs great an reliable and I do not recognizable your story.
      I asked 3 friends who have different models than I have from S5 and they do not have the troubles you describe.

  • I can vouch for Galaxy Note 4. They are even better than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

  • Aren't phones with built in batteries a fire hazard because the batteries can overheat like the Galaxy Note 7?

  • tmax2000 8 months ago Link to comment

    Yep have my note 4 great phone and an LG g5 that's excelled all I need

  • Let me make it easy for you. Samsung Note 4 & S5, LG G3, G4, G5 V10. Done.

  • My family and I have and still love 2 S5s and my Note 4, a friend and his son inlaw both have V10s. I am curious about the V20. I wish that someone else would compete with a stylus.

  • Madars G 9 months ago Link to comment

    i disagree, samsung s5 was one big peace of shit. S6 was good phone, but with removable battery. i will say good phone is lg g4 and lg v10

  • Abhyuday 9 months ago Link to comment

    where the hell is the v10?

  • I have the LG V10 and it's the best phone I ever had. When I got it it also came with a extra battery and a 200 gb card. I don't understand why it's not on this list.

  • Bought the S5 (SM-G900F) last year in January. Don't have any regrets about my choice. Device is extremely fast, no lag in any games I play, battery lasts forever (yesterday replaced it as old was starting to lose charge and shut down when it said it had juice left), rooted with lots of xposed modules enabled + greenify. My advice to anyone having lag or short lasting battery life is to immediately install the Greenify app on his rooted phone. Did wonders for me, phone fast as ever, battery lasts forever ( ͡o ͜ʖ ͡o)

    • Madars G 9 months ago Link to comment

      why you are a lier. samsung s5 isn't fast in gameplay. it gets extremely hot when you play a games

      • Did you have Greenify installed on your S5? Did you run 10 apps at once and expect flawless gameplay? I'm just sharing my own experience, and i said it doesn't lag in the games i play, not that it can run anything ...

      • Acusing anybody for being a liar is inmature and shamelessly rude. How dare you! (@ Mr Maders G)

        She is sharing her own expirience wich differs from yours. So what? That makes her a liar? Are you crazy?
        And maybe you installed b.s. apps running on background on yours causing overheating.
        Just giving an example for reasons possible your phone performs bad an hers (and mine) perform great.
        It would be nice to show some respect to other people here, instead the bad behaviour you are showing. Shame on you.

    • if you think about buying this crap, run away !! Read my full comment to know why.

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