Phones If Samsung goes the route of non-removable batteries

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Ev0d3vil, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Would you still get one? I doubt I would=/ The plus point for Samsung phones were the fact that I could swap batteries out at anytime. And they have already done so with the A3 and the A5.
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    So what would you get instead considering Samsung is the last manufacturer to use them so predominantly?

    You place removable battery above everything else when choosing your smartphone?
  3. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    The Note 4 is my first phone with a removable battery and because of that, I find myself using it more than I ever did with my iPhone because I can always replace the battery MYSELF when it starts losing capacity.

    I doubt that it would keep me from buying my next phone though. I like my Note 4, it's the best phone I have ever owned so far.
  4. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Removable battery isn't even a consideration when buying a phone. Neither is an SD slot. They're nice to have but by no means a requirement.
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    Same here.
  6. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    replace yourself when it is going bad? you can do that with an iphone too.

    good thing about swappable battery is to be able to carry an extra one, charged, for emergencies.

  7. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2013
    I've never cared about the removable battery.
  8. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    its not a requirement, but it is a positive


    I'm too scared to open up iphones, for me it's about device longevity too
  9. rhinosrcool macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    On my Note 3, I love my removable batteries. Hopefully, the Note 5 will still have this option. If not, I'll still get it, but I won't like it.
  10. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    So you would never get a smartphone again? They are going away, like it or not. Honestly, I don't know of anyone who buys a Samsung phone with the removable battery being the sole reason.
  11. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I would actually prefer to NOT have a removable battery. I'd love to see an all metal design like the iphones have and get rid of the plastic backs that will always look and feel a bit cheap. I find the Note 4 battery life more than sufficient for 2 days and don't really need any more. Worst case people can use those piggyback battery cases like the iPhone has.
  12. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    As of now, swapping batteries doesn't mean anything to me, since the S5 is so good on battery life and I'm a heavy user, even better now since I run DynamicKat rom. I did have a separate battery for my S2 though. Battery life tech has made nice strides and with newer options like fast/quick charging (as rumored for S6 and other manufacturers phones) don't see the need now. Hell as is my S5 charges from 0 to 100% in like an hour and a half if that, my S2 was like 3-4 hours.
  13. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
    Very happy with the battery life on my S5 and how fast it charges and the ability to change the battery if needed is a plus.
  14. Klyster macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2013
    I used to swap batteries, never had to on S5 or on my Note 4. If the battery stays the same or improves, it's no longer an issue for me.
  15. Darrensk8 macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    Isn't a requirement 'for YOU' ;)
  16. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

    Aug 22, 2014
    Yes I would, if I liked its other features, provided also that the battery itself is long-lasting. You can buy mobile chargers that can charge a non-removable battery on the go. I've done it many times during trips.


    True. Not the general public. All they care about is how good the camera is and the name Samsung (less so than Apple of course). I've only seen mostly us nerds and geeks who salivate at the thought of being able to swap batteries.
  17. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Replacing an iPhone battery is easy, however sourcing an original battery which is warrantied against damaging your phone is somewhat impossible (unless you pay top dollar and let Apple change it).
    With a lot of Samsung handsets you can purchase a genuine replacement battery which will be covered should it damage your phone.

    If you're a heavy user it's nice to be able to bring your battery life back to 'as new' specs by purchasing a relatively cheap battery every 6-12 months. Samsung can assist here, and you won't need a screwdriver. This to me is an awesome 'feature' and no, it's not a dealbreaker. I have never had it down as my no.1 requirement from a phone but if Apple introduced the capability to iPhones then it would certainly be a plus point.

    Oh and you wouldn't need a plastic casing! I'm sure that Apple could engineer a slide-in battery just like the SIM tray. They would rather you upgrade absolutely no later than every 24 months though...;)
  18. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    wouldn't it be good because when people drop their phone the case comes out, and once my friends battery got damaged.
  19. DigitalRev macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    yes, that's pretty the only differentiating factor aside from the AMOLED screen.
  20. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Samsung has a terrible habit of advertising higher storage options before release. Then they either make it for only international models or release it for the US very late. I personally would need a 64gb or 128gb model if they got rid of the SD slot.
  21. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    There is absolutely nothing I do or need on my phone that requires that much storage. What do you keep on there that requires so much? The only thing I'd probably want on my phone that I don't already have is my music library. I have enough space but I stream it anyway. Sometimes it'd be nice to have it offline so I don't kill my battery using LTE.
  22. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Large games can eat up plenty of space. Although I don't play them a lot, I rather have them already installed rather than waiting for re-downloading them again when I get the sudden urge to play.

    I have a about 30gb of music mixes/remixes from various sources and many I mixed myself. Not something you can find from any streaming app. And I don't want to stream them from a cloud or server, especially when hitting a slow or dead signal spot.

    A ton of documents and pictures. I also travel a lot, so even the HERE maps app takes up GBs when downloading offline maps. Same goes when rooting and doing a TWRP backup. Then you have 4K video which will eventually be standard on all premium/flagship devices. I can go on and on. All these things add up pretty quickly.
  23. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    For virtually all my friends and colleagues who got a Note or S phone, they did so primarily for the larger screen. I don't think they have ever swapped batteries before (much less have a spare battery to swap with) or needed the external storage.

    These are not tech-savvy users by any stretch, so I think they are using their phones as they would a larger iPhone. I doubt it would affect sales of Samsung phones much, if at all.
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Removable batteries is a plus to be sure, but its not part of my decision matrix. I don't consider this as factor to avoid or buy a phone.
  25. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Would be big for thing

    Removable Is one of the most important things for me

    That said I would still buy the phones of course

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