Lately I've been taking a lot of things into consideration. There’s less than 3 months before I’m due for an upgrade, and besides deciding whether I want to stick with Sprint or move on to another provider I'm also at a crossroads for what phone I would like to get next. While I've narrowed it down quite a bit an important factor to phones that I had completely forgotten about since getting my iPhone was brought up - removable batteries.

When I was using Android having a removable battery was essential for when your phone froze up. Half of the time people came in to Sprint and asked me why their phone wouldn't turn on all it required was a simple battery pull. However, this isn't the reason that removable batteries have become so important all of a sudden, because although the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery and has frozen up on me more than a few times there is the power button + home button reset mechanic that has worked for me every time. The real reason I'm bringing up removable batteries is because of the potential for extended battery life.

My first experience with an extended battery wasn't really an extended battery at all, but instead was a spare battery that came with my Samsung Instinct. It was a (social) life saver. The problem was sometimes I forgot the battery at home. That problem was solved once I got my EVO 4G and discovered the 3500 mAh extended battery. Did it bulk up the phone? Yes it did - exponentially. Did it get the job done? Heck yes it did. My phone would last past the 24 hour mark and then some on moderate to heavy usage. It was a real game changer for me and my EVO, and although the bulk took me a while to get used to it was worth it for the extra battery life (something I am now considering after being so avidly against larger smartphones for some time).

So why am I just now remembering that removable batteries are important? I actually came across a YouTube video that was reviewing a 7000 mAh extended battery for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Many reviews claim that they get as much as 3 days of battery life out of this particular extended battery and couldn't be happier with the result. And why wouldn't day? 3 days is nothing short of a miracle when it comes to smartphone battery life. The only real drawback to the device was that it made the device really chunky, but surprisingly not much chunkier than any other extended battery would have made it.

And this is where I have to take things into consideration.

In a previous article, right after the Galaxy S 4 was announced, I made a comparison between the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Ultimately I had decided that I would prefer the HTC One because I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the features the Galaxy S 4 offered and I’m partial to Sense more so than I think I ever could be with TouchWiz. However, now I have to decide what’s more important – potentially more battery life or a phone that better suits my features? It’s not that Galaxy S 4 isn’t workable, but after seeing countless reviews of both I feel like the HTC One is more suitable for me.


It has been a long time since I’ve had a Samsung device and perhaps it’s time to give them another try. Before my iPhone I had the HTC EVO 3D, and before that the HTC EVO 4G. It might just be time to give Samsung another chance (or a Windows Phone 8 device, who knows anymore?) but if nothing else that removable battery has suddenly become an enticing feature for me, because at some point some company is going to make some fantastic battery compatible with that phone. I want that.

I feel like I’m switching everything I’ve ever said because I’m on that aggressive study to find the perfect phone for me to carry for the next two years – I can’t be the only one that studies which phone I want for months on end, am I? Don’t lie.

Readers, what are your thoughts on removable or non-removable batteries? Is it an important feature to you or are you faring just fine without it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Lona Bremer
Lona Bremer LG Spectrum 2 has removable battery. Also have jellybean update now. Battery is long lasting too. Samsung can take a leap!
Melissa Doucet
Melissa Doucet I can't remember the last time i had to replace a battery in my cell phone. It last long enough for my next upgrade every time...
Anonymous I would prefer NOT to have a removable battery. This is 2013. Get with it.
William Speich
William Speich I bought the phone, I will root it when I want to, change the battery, unlock it or do any other action
Robert Jones
Robert Jones Not having a removable battery is a deal breaker for me.
Nikolas Manuelides
Nikolas Manuelides no
Sean Watson
Sean Watson ya especially cuz the vast majority of people don't have 600-700 bucks of spare cash to just blow on toys every 6 months to a year. also i have had my thunderbolt for over 2 years now (cuz i'm waiting for the htc one, or a variant of it, to come to vzw) and i have carried insurance on my phone the entire time. so you sir are just an idiot
Sayed Hassan Ebrahim
Sayed Hassan Ebrahim Not that much, cause if it is then no one will buy the iPhone, but you see every body is buying the iPhone even when it's not having a removable battery.
Arvind Katiyar
Arvind Katiyar Yes
John C. Cole
John C. Cole If the battery fails, it's good to be able to purchase a replacement and install it yourself.
Anonymous Nope. I actually dislike removable battery. Everytime you have to open the battery cover while the phone freezes during a ROM flashing. I enjoy flashing ROM on my One X bcoz pressing Power button to force shut down is so much easier than removing battery!
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens How do they not count? Just throwing out a population because they down own the newest thing is ignorant and selfish. Open your mind and you might learn a few lessons about humanity.
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens 5 years. Dont have the money to buy a new phone every 2 years.
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens When my phone got submerged in water, the battery changed shape preventing it from making contact with the terminals. I got a new battery and the phone worked just fine. Why throw the entire thing away when you can fix one component and it works again. That is like saying ok we just dropped this entire 500lb of really high quality meet on the ground and throwing it out because it hit the ground instead of washing it off or cutting off a small section of it and enjoying the rest. Having a removable battery helps the device survive certain impacts by removing a large portion of the energy from the impact when it flies off.
Marc Brooks
Marc Brooks Absolutely. Yet another reason I won't by Apple products.
Eddie Bombay
Eddie Bombay Very important
Nathan Sheaffer
Nathan Sheaffer removable batteries is important to me.
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer It always has to be removable for me.
Danish Kharuddin
Danish Kharuddin Yes cause if the phone freezes,you can just take out the battery and put it back in plus most devices that have removable batteries have expandable storage
Jozef Sakac
Jozef Sakac Yes i love how i can keep using my S3 constantly without it havi g to sit on a desk charging i just pop in a freshly charged battery
Josh Avondoglio
Josh Avondoglio Very important. Much easier to carry around a spare battery than a charger everywhere you go.
Dayne Kameron Neidlinger
Dayne Kameron Neidlinger I hate removable batteries. Thoroughly useless feature that ruins the possibility of a premium feel. Just get a portable charger.
Jessi Taylor
Jessi Taylor the only reason i skipped on the electrify 2 - not quite sure i'm glad i did, as my s3 shuts itself off and i can't turn it back on without popping the battery out... like, if i bought the electrify, would it have worked perfectly and never had the problem? or would it have had the same problem and me be unable to restart it?
Jerry Goldbaum
Jerry Goldbaum Overrated. Very overrated.
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. Of course its important. That's one of the reasons Samsung is kicking everyone else's asses.
Frankie Ramos
Frankie Ramos Yes very much. I like the idea that I can put a bigger battery, since I'm listening to pandora, using gps,while working all day. :-)
Jeff Winter
Jeff Winter Yes! Having a removable battery is a game changer! I have a Zero Lemon 7000mah Battery, it's remarkable! I leave all power/battery saver features off, I recharge my phone 2 or 3 times a week! Its fabulous! Highly recomended!
Elias Ortega
Elias Ortega Never needed to swap batteries so nope, just give me a car & home charger and I'm good
Davon Loftin
Davon Loftin yes
Kelly Tanaka
Kelly Tanaka No.
Shali H. Urquhart
Shali H. Urquhart YES!!!
Jesse Huertas
Jesse Huertas No
George Millhouse
George Millhouse Timothy that's a soft reset
Ijaz Azlam
Ijaz Azlam Not really. I got the nexus 4 from watching your videos. Its great! I love it. And it doesn't have a removable battery and I'm doing fine. Of it does bother you its a sacrifice you need to make for pure android and all the updates for nexus 4 first. :)
Allen Redman Mackey
Allen Redman Mackey Nope.
Andre Martian Frederick
Andre Martian Frederick Yes it is. When my Galaxy Note II battery finally dies I will just buy another 3100mAh one from Amazon for $39.
Yuone David
Yuone David yes. but im so in love with my one x so screw that! haha..
Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon You just have to be able to remove the battery sometimes... it can really come in handy should you want to go extended periods without a charge, if you want to store your phone for a while, if your battery fails to hold a charge, if you get some moisture in it and want to dry it out, etc, etc...
Krishna Karthik
Krishna Karthik And yes its a problem if you're phone hangs n you can't remove your battery to restart
Krishna Karthik
Krishna Karthik Not a big deal as long as it lasts for a days heavy use....
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas No. I never take it out. What's the point
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson Yes. I won't consider a phone if it doesn't offer a removable battery and a micro sd card slot
Matthew Swanson
Matthew Swanson Yrs!
Michael Shiver
Michael Shiver Yes and Samsung is the only one who seems to care.... Plus gives u expandable storage.... Who else does this anymore?
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz not really but i alaways carry an extra battery . i rarely use it
CharityCase Toobumto Getitonyourown
CharityCase Toobumto Getitonyourown Anyone who cares about a removable battery doesn't buy the new phones when they come out. Don't have insurance on their phone & don't pay full price for phones. So they don't count. Buy a new phone & evolve. Name one high quality phone that came out in last 6 months that doesn't already have a decent battery life
Shawn Gergler
Shawn Gergler YES
Ross E.
Ross E. Yeah cause what if something were to happen to the battery and you needed to take it out you couldn't then your phone is ruined..
Dino Dimakopoulos
Dino Dimakopoulos yes its important. I wouldnt have a phone on right now with my heavy usage
Susan Hugus
Susan Hugus Yes, my husband got and HTC phone that did not have a removal battery. Sorry, don't remember which one. The second day the phone froze. We had to take it back. Not good. Plus I don't want to pay to someone to replace the battery.
Marlon Milligan
Marlon Milligan People act like you don't have to charge swappable batteries
Nathan Klade
Nathan Klade Yes it is
Debbie Kains-Coupal
Debbie Kains-Coupal Yes, its easier to swap out a battery than to be tied down to a charger and outlet!
Tym O Tee Ola-tuneday
Tym O Tee Ola-tuneday Not at all. Every phone that i've had since flip phones has had a removable battery and I have yet to ever keep a spare battery with me. As far as resets, whenever I need to reset my computer, or ipad, I use the master reset (hold power button or power button with central home button.) It's really a non issue.
Tiffany Earl
Tiffany Earl Yes I will not own anything else
Miles Justin McNairy
Miles Justin McNairy Only if the battery got bad and in need of replacement...
Karl Wuscher
Karl Wuscher Yes
Timeka Vershae
Timeka Vershae Yes
Mark E
Josh Nthecity
Josh Nthecity Yes
Guillermo De León
Guillermo De León What's with all these questions?
Joe McDonough
Joe McDonough yes it is expecially for androids cause they crash and freeze more than i phones and the only way to turn them off is take out the battery
Joseph James Gabo
Joseph James Gabo No
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic yes
Martin Martinez
Martin Martinez Yes it is
Marlon Milligan
Marlon Milligan No it's not important for me. I get 1-2 new phones a year. I used a swappable extended battery once and it made my phone bulky. I don't need 3 days battery life & I have a normal work schedule. I have a car charger & I'm always around an outlet. Battery Life is user dependent ...adults should manage it better
Erik Gostonj
Erik Gostonj It depends. But I'm probably going to buy LG Optimus G, which has non removable battery.
Spencer Tillman
Spencer Tillman Don't care...
Jolly Macwan
Jolly Macwan
Abdul Aldarbi
Abdul Aldarbi 100% YES
Chris Kang
Chris Kang not a dealbreaker, but a reaaaaallllyyy nice option to have
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski yes.
Ricardo Alexandre
Ricardo Alexandre Yes I have 2 in my note 2 so 60h battery xD
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez It's ok if you're willing to carry the spare battery and charge it separately. I'd rather just have a car charger or usb cable to plug in. I don't have battery issues with my Note II but my Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4s do require frequent battery charging.
Cody Nathaniel Arrington
Cody Nathaniel Arrington Yes IT IS! Because if stuck in a root process it calls for a pull battery sometimes!!
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter It depends
Mick Jetten
Mick Jetten Very much so!
Andy Chen
Andy Chen better have a back up than a charger with me all of time
Andy Chen
Andy Chen yes
Rafael Wartim
Rafael Wartim No.... how often did you ever owned a phone in your life and actually switched it for a fresh one, instead of getting a newer model?
Sharon Copeland
Sharon Copeland yes it is. i don't want to make that trip to the store just to change the battery.
Brian Curtis
Brian Curtis Absolutely
Dave Bristel
Dave Bristel Eric: If you compared Europe to the USA, that might be very different. When you have to pay $650+ out of pocket to buy a new phone, you would keep it longer.
Ken Hoey
Ken Hoey There are a host of choices to charge devices with closed circuitry. I could use any phone removable battery or not...removable storage or not. I don't sell out a phone because of those features..to me they're meaningless in my selection process. What I think is many people lose out on getting a great device because they're so worried about something that's really not terribly important. If you want a removable battery than you're right if you don't want one you're right...we all win!
Verlon L. Carroll
Verlon L. Carroll Yes it is!
Ricky Bonilla
Ricky Bonilla Actually, yes. Even with moderate to a lil heavy use. I get back home with at least 40% left. You shud close your apps when you're not using your phone, it helps me alot. A trick I use alot is turn on power saving when its not in use, you shud add it to your notification toggle shortcuts so its much easier
Austin Newsom-Beale
Austin Newsom-Beale Yes I need a removable battery because sometimes phones and tablets stop responding so I have to be able to take the battery out, and I keep a spare battery with me just in case because you never know what can happen and I also like to have it for when I'm playing games that kill battery. Also overtime batteries become weak so I like to replace them by myself. I have a galaxy nexus so I'm able to use an extended battery for my phone.
Dave Bristel
Dave Bristel Ken: For those who replace phones quickly it is personal preference. I would have held on to my last two phones by at least one more year each before replacing them if the battery could last me 8 hours. I loved the new phones, but I didn't want to spend the money on replacement batteries either. It WAS still an option. So, if you held onto your phone for 3 years, you would probably feel being able to swap the battery was a more important feature. I don't NEED the ability right now, but I like having the option, and others might not care one way or the other.
Aamer Tayeb
Aamer Tayeb Not for me
David Morgan
David Morgan had my first nonremovable battery type phone, the nexus 4 for the last 4 months and I havent ever felt the need to take out the battery. I have a car charger that is usually used daily but when I need to do a "battery pull" to fix a freeze I actually just have to poke a lil paperclip in the sim card hole! simple and I think i've only done it a few times overall
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell Are you able to go a full day with the Note 2. I'm not able to even get close to a full day with mine.
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell And most people don't even keep the same phone for 3 years.
SaSi Ramachandran
SaSi Ramachandran no
Nole Lazaroff
Nole Lazaroff No. Having a second battery is a hassle,you always need to have it charged separately,and constantly opening and closing the backcover could break it.
Charles W. Y. Wong
Charles W. Y. Wong Yes... if you plan to keep the phone for more than 3 years, you can always change it and many other factors. After thousands of charges, if the battery goes bad in the iPhone or any phone without removable battery.. you're screwed
Ken Hoey
Ken Hoey It's a matter of preference. That's why half think it's important and the other half couldn't give a crap...so it's a wash! Which leads me back to external chargers like power skins and morphie juice pack
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon I disagree. I've have my original 07 iPhone for 5 years before it stopped working.
Bryon Barnes
Bryon Barnes YES ...
John Jackson
John Jackson very
Nick Chimento
Nick Chimento Yes
Zaka Ur Rehman
Zaka Ur Rehman no
Francis Singh
Francis Singh Not really, got a portable battery charger from frys for 20 bucks.. allows me to go a whole day without a plug :)
Dee Ross
Dee Ross Yeah Iphones just break and need to be serviced well before that point.
Rok Vrtacnik
Rok Vrtacnik im not buying a phone if it does not have that feature...
Jeremey Brown
Jeremey Brown I love having the option to replace a dead battery with a charged one.especially when im out away from a power source,like hiking or going to amusement Parks or just out and about!!
Dave Bristel
Dave Bristel One thing people forget about is that after 3 years, most batteries have lost the ability to hold a good charge. Those who are big on phones tend to replace their phones after 1.5 years or so, if not more often, so that doesn't matter, but some people DO hold on to their phones, or pass them down to other family members, and being able to REPLACE the battery after a couple of years is a big positive. How many iPhone users buy a new phone EVERY YEAR? Those are the ones who don't care about replacing the battery, because they retire their phone often.
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Yes for all phones because I've had friends and even apple has battery issues some time lol. And it just give the consumer more control because they most likely have access to removable sd also and the sim if your carrier has it
Travis J Dobynes
Travis J Dobynes yes, yes it is
Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto Moreno Yes. I use it heavily
Javed Sheikh
Javed Sheikh ya it helps most of the times is you have samsung device which got hot put the battrey hot 4 cooling it down
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams Also, I have my phone in an Otterbox. There's no way im going to remove the case every time just to swap batteries.
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams No, I've never swapped batteries in my SIII, nor have I ever needed to.
Edgar Rodriguez
Edgar Rodriguez Yeah
Bryan T Miller
Bryan T Miller Its important only if the battery life sucks to where u need to replace the battery on a daily basis
Nick Truskowski
Nick Truskowski Depends on the phone.. most have a good software that still restarts or powers off if needed, that it don't matter. Most have a bigger battery that I don't need an extended.
Stefan Sutter
Stefan Sutter Yes, because replacing an aging battery is the easiest thing to get another year or two of use from your phone.
Mario Lujan
Mario Lujan not since like 2003 lol
Kristoff Lewandowski
Kristoff Lewandowski No and No.
K.j. Littlejohn
K.j. Littlejohn No
Lance Bell
Lance Bell I would like one so i can bring a spare battery with me to play
Paul Battle
Paul Battle For me, yes.
Sai John
Sai John i only buy phones with removable batteries...incase i need to reset the device myself
JayR Yambao
JayR Yambao Most definitely.
Ken Hoey
Ken Hoey No....if that were the case people wouldn't buy an iPhone! They have external battery options like power-skins and morphie juice pack...so it's not a big deal..people just have preference to things so whatever you personally do will always be right for you and not so much someone else!
Zia A. Wahab
Zia A. Wahab No. If my phone dies it dies.
Andre Roberts
Andre Roberts Yes
Hernan Sebastian
Hernan Sebastian Nope
Tony G
Tony G I've always had one. The htc one will be my first ever non removable battery phone and I think I'll be ok. Il always around a charger
Tom Minear
Tom Minear My phone battery life is terrible and it's internal... FUCKING SONY.
Brian Jones
Brian Jones sometimes yes
Carlos Ramirez
Carlos Ramirez YES Tom Minear.
Kenneth Li
Kenneth Li fool! you must be a damn kid! if you have a job, sometime you too tired, you just want to go to bed and forgot to charge the phone! if it's out of battery, you just replace with the spear battery!
Gary Acebuche
Gary Acebuche I would say yes, unless the standard for android phones has 3000mah batteries
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon Android needs removable batteries because they're the only phones whose batteries poop out after a while. Some reliability.
Clifford Warner
Clifford Warner see, my 2 phones that i have had (htc evo 4g lte, and sgs3) both got amazing baattery life, and still do, so i have no problems
Chenou Xiong
Chenou Xiong Yes
TuCan Dan
TuCan Dan Nope! Just make the battery able to last a full day and good customer care if the battery ever stays to Crap out on me.
Jonathan A Velazquez Gore
Jonathan A Velazquez Gore I originally thought it was a useless but now I love having a removable battery. I've been in a few situations where I forget to charge my phone at night, but luckily have a backup battery that's already been charged. Also, it's great if you're on a road trip or far away from home and you've wasted the juice in the original battery. You simply swap it and you're done.
Andres Ventura
Andres Ventura Yes ,I have a samsung galaxy s3 and I installed a 3200 mah and I only charge my phone every two day.
Ricky Bonilla
Ricky Bonilla Since my Note 2 already has 3100 mAh, I'm good but it's good to know if I want, I can carry an extra spare battery
Austin Boyd
Austin Boyd Just knowing I have that option.
Stephen Andreala
Stephen Andreala probably THE most important feature for me
Babak Rezai
Babak Rezai Yes it is, that and a accessible sd-card slot are primary factors.
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams I only consider it an important feature if you have something with the battery life of a first gen LTE device, where you're looking at maybe 8 hours of moderate usage before it completely dies. I've gotten 12 to 14 hour stints out of my Nexus 4 with moderate usage, and even more with light, so it's not nearly the issue that it was before.
Ben Neeme
Ben Neeme The answer is yes
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon Why the hell would I need to remove my battery? I've owned plenty of phones and never did I need to remove the battery.
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu No. I hardly care for it.
Jonathon Gillis
Jonathon Gillis very
Clifford Warner
Clifford Warner ive never carried an extra battery, oh, and i had the htc evo 4g lte, and had no problems with not having a removable battery
Geoff Sauder
Geoff Sauder Yes
John-Mark Christmas
John-Mark Christmas Nope
Miroslav Babic
Miroslav Babic yes
Anthony Evans
Anthony Evans very important to me. I like the ability to switch me battery out any time I need to not just to put in a fresh one but also easier to reboot it.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Not unless its an android
Amer Ahmed
Amer Ahmed Only if the battery sucks
Steven Basso
Steven Basso no
Dietrich Brown
Dietrich Brown Yes I carry 3 extra for gs3 I
Ebadullah Bhurgri
Ebadullah Bhurgri Def it is.. Non Removable battries suck they stop working properly after some while and to change the battery one has to go thru a hectic process on the other hand removable battries are easy to replace and one can have option of using multiple battries..
Erek IamUpzkale McKay
Erek IamUpzkale McKay no iphones are successful and they have never featured a removable battery the con though is when the phone sometimes freezes removing the battery is always the best fix..instead of waiting for the phone to somehow die out on its own
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell It never was an important feature for me because I don't carry extra batteries, so I have no need to take it out. I'm fine with phones with non-removable batteries as long as they provide SD card support.
Felix Molano
Felix Molano think again
Clifford Warner
Clifford Warner no

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