iphone battery

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by johnee, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. johnee macrumors 6502a


    People don't realize that the battery cannot be changed by the owner themselves as it's tucked underneath electronic circuit boards. They must send/take it in to get the battery replaced.

    any thoughts?

    anyone else know anything more about the battery other than apple's/atts propaganda?
  2. RyanF2009 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I don't really know how to respond... :confused: You covered it all right there in your post, people will have to send it in to get it replaced.

    I doubt many people know about this right now, but I'm sure they won't be happy when they find out :D
  3. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    i think everybody realizes this. stop trying to spread your hate for the phone. everyone already knows the flaws of the phone and our opinions obviously aren't changing based on them. :rolleyes:
  4. iprincess macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    people don't know? it's only in every review that's been released. personally i don't see the issue with a locked battery. i have never, ever had to replace the battery for any of my cell phones and don't anticipate i would need to for an iphone either.
  5. RyanF2009 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah, I agree with you about never having to replace a battery in a cell phone, I've never had to do it either.

    However, I'm not in full agreement about the everyone knowing, because not everybody reads the reviews, I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of people who just walk into an ATT/Apple Store and buy an iPhone because they saw the commercials and such, not everyone reads the reviews.

    But I guess I'm kind of contradicting my thoughts here, because I don't see why there would be a need to replace the battery, even though those stupid reviews say that you will need to... :confused:

    Oh well, I'm still going to be in line on Friday for one! Can't wait :D
  6. mhannis macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007

    Uh tucked underneath the electronic circuit boards? I'll believe it when I see it. Yes I do realize the battery is not user replaceable but I think you are making it into a bigger deal then it is.
  7. Jimmyz macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    Holy ****, people need to stop being so sensitive when people point out flaws in the iPhones or even flat out bash the iPhone.
  8. LillieDesigns macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I actually just replaced mine for a Samsung A920. It was under warranty at Radio Shack and they didn't even send me a factory battery...the new one is noticeably heavier and gets scorching hot. I rather bring it to the Apple Store for a half hour and get it replaced with a real, stable, factory battery anyway.
  9. cmschmidt macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    well let's put it this way. the iPod has no replaceable battery and it's one of the most widely owned pieces of electronics owned today. Somehow i think people will not care or get over it pretty quickly just like they have with the iPod.
  10. tttexxan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    cmschmidt very very very very good point...I was not liking the idea of this but your point is valid
  11. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    I've had at least a dozen cell phones over the years, and generally I've just used them with the battery that came with them for a good long time. There were a couple exceptions though: I used to like having a spare battery that I could charge and keep in reserve (though that was more an issue with energy-hungry analog phones), though I don't do that anymore, and I did have one phone where the battery crapped out on me early and I had to replace it.

    None of this is a deal-breaker for me with the iPhone though; I have high confidence that the battery that comes with the iPhone will work fine and last a long time (just like the one in my 3 year old iPod), and if it doesn't I'll just get it replaced by Apple. In the unlikely event the original battery is defective and dies early I'll argue for them to replace it under warranty, and if it lasts a long time before it has to be replaced that's ok with me -- I don't expect them to last forever, and I think I can find a way to live with the inconvenience of having to have Apple replace it.

    Come to think of it though, what is the advantage of a non-replaceable battery? Aesthetics is the obvious answer, I guess, plus it protects the battery (and the iPhone's innards) from contamination and abuse. I wonder, though, why Apple doesn't extend this philosophy to their laptops? Hmmm.
  12. taberrr macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    Good point, but I replaced the battery myself on my Gen3 iPod when I had it for a year... hopefully the iPhones will have a similar process/battery location. There are some third party battery sites out there with instructions on how to do it, it wasn't THAT hard... it was kinda tricky, but oh well. We'll see. Either way, yeah I'm not worried. :)
  13. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    I think the big questions are:

    1. Can you take it to an Apple Store and have them replace it on the spot?

    2. AT&T Store?

    3. What's the turnaround time?

    4. How much will it cost? (Hopefully it won't be another $99 ripoff like the first iPods.)

    I'm not sure why they think they have to do it this way. The battery is supposed to last for 300-400 charges which should be at least two years which isn't bad but still.
  14. johnee thread starter macrumors 6502a


    I think all of you are missing the point.

    The iphone is going to appeal to people that are used to changing their own battery in their phone. They will find it absurd they can't buy a replacement/backup battery.

    A phone is COMPLETELY different than a music player. A phone can be a lifeline in situations. I doubt anyone will consider listening to a song after they've been in a car accident or have been ruffed up by the monkeys at the zoo.

    Given the electronics involved and the predicted heavy usage, it's crazy to have a battery that can be only be replaced by a tech.

    and yes, i hate the iphone.
  15. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Plus it's a PHONE. Not an iPod. I don't know anyone who's willing to send their phone away just to get its battery replaced. In the store would be okay, though.
  16. eskimayo macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    remeber all those iPod extras that you can plug in to add extra bat life?, and car adapters ... and all that jazz....

    keep a modded altoids box with 4AA and a usb connection in your car... problem solved

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