A lot of Samsung fanatics are a bit disappointed when they sealed the battery deep within their flagships. Well, it doesn’t really matter if only the battery is at its prime – only if they made the kind of superior thing in it.
As they stepped up their design game with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the South Korean company’s flagship smartphones switched from cheap plastics to high-quality metal and glass. However, this decision didn’t come without compromise. Samsung was forced to get the battery inside the phones’ chassis fixed in order to pull off its design goals.
And with the prior user-replaceable battery, many stick-in-the-mud Samsung fans are howling in displeasure. But what’s behind their discontent? Let’s find out.
As for the record, the Apple iPhone is among the first major smartphones to ship with a fixed battery. And since their released in 2007, their batteries has been sealed up tight, leaving owners with no ability to swap out the power cell.
Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of BlackBerry when Apple pioneered the original iPhone, skewered Apple for the decision and touted BlackBerries’ removable batteries as a significant benefit.
But later on, HTC followed suit. Yes, they also sealed the battery in place so it could reach their more appealing smartphone design goals. HTC’s One X, One M7, One M8, and One M9 all have fixed phone batteries too. Google also moved to sealed designs with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 6 smartphones.
While almost every manufacturer is jumping on that bandwagon, Samsung still kept the designs with removable batteries. Every Galaxy S handset, from the 2010 original to the 2014 S5, has featured removable batteries. And just like Blackberry’s co-CEO, Samsung’s executives were sure to point out the benefits of this choice over sealed designs.
What are the benefits of removable phone battery?
First is you could simply pull the battery to reboot it. Second and more importantly, removable batteries allow users to trade in a spare if the main power cell runs dry. These arguments may have made sense in 2007 and maybe even 2010, but they no longer do in 2015.
If an iPhone locks up, a long press of both the power button and home button will reboot it. Most Android devices have similar reset functions. This reset feature has worked without fail for years, opposing the first dispute completely.
As for the second, well, there’s more than one way to look at it. Let’s say you like the idea of carrying a spare battery just in case your device loses power. To do this, you had to buy the exact battery for your device.
Nearly all smartphone batteries are different – size, shape, capacity – and they aren’t exchangeable. Such spare batteries often cost $40 to $60. Then you had to have a way to charge the spare battery. Some companies sold charger cradles for spare batteries (again, at extra cost), but most didn’t. This meant you had to charge one battery in the phone and then pull it out to charge the second.
Why non-removable batteries are hardly convenient?
For the last few years the consumer electronics industry has sustained the idea of non-removable batteries by churning out portable battery packs. Prices for these packs range from $10 to $150 depending on capacity, number of ports, and charging speed. And among the most affordable battery packs is ChargerSticks Pink Portable USB Charger which only costs $21.98.
The flexibility and portability is beyond compare. While many offer enough capacity to fully recharge two or more smartphones, ChargerStick sleek and fashionable design can still keep you going while on the go.
Not to mention, it can also recharge tablets and even laptops. The fact that it also works with most battery-powered devices via standard USB ports and can be tossed easily into briefcases, backpacks, and purses makes them an ideal solution.
Source: Information Week