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Our latest survey reveals that removable batteries aren't all-important to you

Most AndroidPIT readers don't see a removable battery as an essential smartphone feature, our recent poll has revealed. Despite many comments being dedicated to the virtues of them, the majority of our readers said they either didn't care about removable batteries or didn't see them as a vital feature.

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Here are your thoughts on removable batteries. / © ANDROIDPIT

Before we discuss the poll let's have another glance at the key arguments. Basically, removable batteries can be useful because they allow a user to swap a depleted battery with a fully charged battery, quickly. 

What's more, since batteries have a finite number of charge cycles (before they lose their ability to hold the charge) and smartphones are charged often, many see a removable battery as necessary to keep using the smartphone after its first battery starts to dwindle: simply buy a replacement battery you can use your phone like new.  

External power packs allow for something similar: they can boost your phone while you're on the go. They are relatively inexpensive and can be bigger or smaller in capacity than smartphone batteries, so some people prefer them. However, they are almost always bigger in physical size and they must also be connected to the smartphone to charge them.   

We asked how you felt about removable batteries and this is how you responded.

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The odd number of responses means that our poll has one percent unaccounted for. / © ANDROIDPIT

As you can see, 70 percent of the votes were for removable batteries as a non-essential feature. It's also interesting to see that 29 percent of people, more than a quarter, said they wouldn't buy a smartphone unless it had a removable battery. That's a high percentage of the votes, especially considering that only a handful of recent Android handsets support removable batteries.

What you said

The reader comments section was filled with insightful thoughts on this subject. Àlex B asked, "Where is the answer: I don't want a phone with removable battery?"

This comment stood out because it hadn't occurred to me to add this option into the survey. I didn't expect that some users would actively seek out a phone which specifically did not support removable batteries – though there are a number of reasons why you might like this.

IP certification for dust and water resistance being one desirable factor that can be limited by a removable battery. Attractive unibody designs are also a smartphone facet that removable batteries sometimes prevent.

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You can't make one-piece smartphone designs with a removable battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Marc Wilson said, "So, you have spent your money on the latest smartphone that does not have a removable battery. You are now limited to the life of that battery, period." 

This is also true and it's particularly important to consider for owners of Nexus devices. Google supports these devices with three years of security updates. It's possible that the battery life of the device will start to falter before a user can even enjoy it throughout its complete update cycle. With a removable battery, you could simply replace old one. 

Thanks for all the votes and responses. Shout off in the comments if you have any more thoughts on removable batteries.


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  • Warren JB 4 months ago Link to comment

    This is beginning to sound like some political pundit's vendetta. I almost expect replaceable batteries to be linked to illegal immigrants, or falling house prices, or rising taxes.

  • Ivan C. 4 months ago Link to comment

    unless you're changing or upgrading phones every year it really wouldn't matter to you. But, if you love one particular phone so much then you'll wish it has a user replaceable battery.

  • I've never cared much about a removable battery. 95% of the time I am close enough to a charger. I've never swapped batteries when I had phones with removable batteries.

  • How many people did you survey? What was the age range of the participants? I find it very hard to believe that 74% of users did not care about a removable battery. Were these people surveyed iphone users? I really think this news story is more bs than fact. If you cant print the stats on your sample numbers the news story is opinionated garbage contived frome fantacy rather fact. Where can we as readers fact check your information.

  • I think phone manufacturers should consider flooding the market with more replacement for embedded battery

  • How does 74% saying they would at least like to have a removable battery translate to they aren't all that important?

  • Paolo 4 months ago Link to comment

    WTF? Y'all know that mobile phone batteries can lose 25% of their charge capacity IN LESS THAN A YEAR? So in two-three years, your shiny new Samsung will be literally nothing than a paperweight because your precious embedded battery has gone to pot!

    I am NOT going to buy a phone that will literally become a paperweight in under three years. Removable, Replaceable batteries for LIFE.

  • 25% don't care...
    74% do care about battery life span and if its removable or replaceable...
    I'm with the 74%...
    as a Nexus 6 owner, charging daily I'm not sure the battery will last as long as software support...

  • My main problem is with guarantees and profits, if a phone manufacturer like Samsung or LG can build a phone with a non removable battery and guarantee that the battery will last a minimum of 2 years i would have no problem buying one. This would guarantee the phone and batteries would last until the next upgrade which could be 2 years ( i. e. Note range) or for the life of your contract maybe 2 years with the dearer phones. Also where do we stand if a phone has a non removeable battery and has a 2 year guarantee but a battery only charges 360 times or once a day before it starts to drop off quickly ? That means the battery will last half the life of the phone guarantee, can you return the phone based on this? If they cannot give this guarantee with the battery we have no choice than to stay with removable batteries? I wonder how much adding a non removable battery to a phone will boost phone sales profits, is the non removeable battery issue just a financial decision by the phone manufacturers to ensure we upgrade sooner and part with our cash ?

    • Except they won't. Look at the S6 as a perfect example. The first Samsung phone to get rid of the removable battery put in an embedded battery that was smaller in capacity than not just the S5, but also smaller than the battery in the S4. It was designed to be barely good enough brand new and I have little doubt the reason that was done was because they wanted people to be looking to upgrade the phone when the S7 hit the shelves.

  • Mark 4 months ago Link to comment

    I agree with Gary J. your title is very misleading and should read 74% of us want the removable battery. Todays flagship phones are so powerful they will be able to function the current and future Apps for years, Removable batteries are more essential than ever. Why buy a phone that could last 5 years with a 2 year life span battery. People wake up, you are shooting yourself in your wallet.

  • riaan 4 months ago Link to comment

    Who in this age still wants a removable battery in a phone?

    • Mark 4 months ago Link to comment

      Evidently 74% of the people your the minority not us.

    • People that don't want to buy a new phone every two years. One of the reasons why I bought a new phone was the crappy battery life of my nexus 5. I would probably still be using it if the battery was better

    • Gary J 4 months ago Link to comment

      Families who hand phones down to kids where phones with removable batteries stay in use for 5-6 years because of handing down.

    • Many people still do. Lots of people are on the go and don't sit around in a car or at a desk or anywhere close to a wall outlet. Battery packs are not convenient when you are on the go. And yet many others would like to keep a phone beyond two years. Yes, an embedded battery can be replaced, but at a much greater cost than a swappable battery. Sometimes the cost of replacing the embedded battery in a sealed phone can come close to costing the upgrade price to a new phone so even though it's possible, the cost factor still makes it a disposable phone.

      In my opinion the only people who wouldn't at least like to have a removable battery see their phones more as a fashion accessory.

    • Is that a serious question?! If it is then I question your intelligence. What don't you understand about people wanting to have the peace of mind that they can change their battery if it breaks, instead of having to send the phone in for repair or even having to buy a brand new phone? Or wanting the option to replace the battery if it doesn't last as long as it used to? How is that difficult to get your head around? It may not bother you, which is fine, but I fail to see how it's not clear why some people WOULD want those things

  • Àlex B 4 months ago Link to comment

    "IP certification for dust and water resistance being one desirable factor that can be limited by a removable battery. Attractive unibody designs are also a smartphone facet that removable batteries sometimes prevent."

    Exactly ^^

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