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Poll results: Would you buy a phone for its battery or design?

We live in an era of smartphones where it seems that beautiful design and decent battery life are mutually exclusive. There are a variety of phones on the market, each with specs to suit anyone's preferences, but once you see the options, you realize you can't have it all. We asked in our recent poll whether you choose based on design or battery life.

Design vs battery life

This is a primary concern of anyone looking to buy a smartphone in 2017: Should you choose a phone based on battery or design? Among higher end smartphones, it seems that battery has taken a back seat in favor of modern, sophisticated design. The Galaxy S8, for example, has a decidedly average battery capacity (3,000 mAh) and arguably the most beautiful design on the market today. The audience for relatively lower end phones still prioritizes battery life, but fewer and fewer smartphone models offer truly generous battery capacity. The Moto Z Play is an example of a more mid-range device with much better battery capacity (3,510 mAh).

Design and battery no longer go hand in hand with each other anymore

Given the current trend of market, users now have to decide between design and battery, so we asked which is more important to you. The results were decisive. A landslide 69 percent of respondents declared that they will choose their next smartphone based on its battery life, rather than its design. This is a practical choice. After all, a smartphone is just a pretty paperweight and not useful if the battery dies halfway through the day and you don't get the opportunity to charge it.

Nevertheless, for 25 percent of respondents, nothing beats the excitement of a sleek design. After taking one look at the Galaxy S8, it's easy to understand the feeling - even if your budget does not. Another 6 percent responded that another element was their deciding factor, and in the comments of the original poll, AndroidPIT readers rallied for the return of removable batteries - a cause many fully support. In the end though, if more phones had decent battery capacity and were optimized for better battery life, we would all be better off.

If you haven't had a chance to chime in on this issue, be sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Where can I see the results of the poll?


    • Mark
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      3 months ago Link to comment

      Read the article they are in there.

      A landslide 69 percent of respondents declared that they will choose their next smartphone based on its battery life
      Nevertheless, for 25 percent of respondents, nothing beats the excitement of a sleek design
      Another 6 percent responded that another element was their deciding factor,


  • That is what consumers want more from there phones,longer batterylife, as playing games and searching the internet,can be battery draining items on there phones,it is still amazing with all the modern technology, that no one as come out to solve the battery problems on smartphones or pc or laptop and tablet,just wish the batteries in phones were the same as watch batteries,were when it's losing strength,you could just call into a jewellery and get the battery changed,Samsung had a superb function on the S5 and Note 4 the removable battery option but because Apple didn't offer this on iPhones, we lost this option and people just laughed at Samsung with the Note 7 saga,and it cost Samsung a bad reputation and a loss of money,if the Note 7 offered the removable battery option, a easier solution could have been resolved, Note 4 and S5 still vey popular because easy battery changing


  • ive been using android 4yrs, lots of improvements but still the same old compromises..
    all those really cool features like AI and voice assistance, AR, VR, infinity display, duel camera are worthless unless you can use them, larger screen with more pixels needs larger battery more features require more power..
    still waiting hopefully for a practical design, made with suitable materials that's also premium with top specs and guaranteed software support..
    that's probably gonna be a Pixel,
    made with metal with a glass panel on the rear and definitely impractical underpowered and overpriced..
    but if I purchase at the right time at least I'll be able to enjoy monthly updates for 3yrs..


  • I'm still waiting for a rugged smartphone with decent internals, a good camera, and of course a great battery life. How it would look is not so important.


    • Mark
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      3 months ago Link to comment

      Then you should look at LG V20. It is a rugged phone with one of the best cameras if not the best camera. It has a removable battery so battery life is limitless with and external charge and a spare battery. It is my next phone just waiting for the V30 so the price will drop.


      • its almost unbelievable ..
        smartphone users really shouldn't have to accept last year's tech just for something practical like a removable battery, and I can't think of anything else that compares to the V20.


      • Dean L. 3 months ago Link to comment

        I've been eyeing the V20 but am waiting for the price to drop as well. Not sure it's going took do enough though.

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