Do you only buy phones with removable batteries?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: August 5, 2013

On August 7, chosen LG executives will take the stage and unveil the Optimus G's successor. Interestingly enough, it won't sport that Optimus title at all, which is a shame for all those Transformers fans out there. But, that aside, the newly minted "G2" is certainly one of the devices that many people are eager to see unveiled, thanks to all the rumors and speculation swirling around.

Actually, a lot of what LG has done with the G2 has been interesting leading up to its unveiling in a couple of days. Instead of keeping every little detail under lock and key, a few of the major pieces of info have already been "leaked," but by the company itself. Like, for instance, we didn't learn that the device would be called the "G2" from some buried document somewhere. No, the company told us. Because they're cool like that.

The processor, of course, is what matters to most these days, so it wasn't a surprise that the G2 would come equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, considering that's all the rage these days. It was surprising that LG confirmed the configuration long before they took the wraps off the device. Teasing the nitty gritty, basically. Getting us all excited for the proper reveal.

And now that we're two days away, I would have imagined they would have teased a bit more, to keep up the anticipation, but it turns out we're back to the good ol' days of legitimate leaks and speculation. Earlier today, for instance, we saw the purported owner's manual for the unreleased device land on the Internet, which revealed a little of what we already knew, but in clearer detail.

We already knew the LG G2 would have an interesting button configuration. The volume rocker, along with the Power button, has traditionally been placed on the side of the device, or at the top of the handset, hopefully for easy access. LG decided to change it up with the G2, apparently, and put the Power button, and the volume rocker on the back of the handset. Right there under the camera. It's probably one of the most interesting hardware configurations I've seen in a long time, and I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it quite yet.

The owner's manual also confirms another detail: that the G2 will have a removable battery. Now, we've heard that the battery is measured at 2,610mAh, which isn't small, but it's also not huge, either. It should be enough to get through a day for a moderate user, maybe even a heavy user. So, hearing that the handset has a removable option is interesting to me, simply because I thought LG would lean more towards the permanent option.

We all know that batteries still aren't as good as we want them to be. Companies like Motorola have put a lot of effort in making their "Maxx" devices function for a very long time, thanks to huge batteries shoved inside, and Samsung has followed the same path with their Galaxy Note "phablets," but other companies haven't really followed suit. The HTC One has a relatively "small" battery, but it's non-removable. The iPhone 5 is the same way. There are others, but these are the biggest examples.

Samsung would have us believe that having a removable battery is a good thing, and obviously I think other companies would want us to believe this, too. I can see where they're coming from. Having a second --or third-- battery is a good idea if you're a really heavy user, maybe even what some would call a "power user." Just being able to put another fully charged battery into your device and go about your business is nice. Maybe that gives you the opportunity to charge the first battery on a charging cradle of some kind, without tying you down to one area.

But, I can't remember the last time that I've had to do that. I'm a power user on some days, and I've run my phone's battery down the red in a matter of hours without a second thought. But, I just plugged it in and didn't pay any real attention to it. i waited until it was charged, took it off, and then went about my business. But, moreover, I can generally get plenty of life out of my devices, including the iPhone 5 and the One, despite their small battery size.

So I can't help but wonder if a removable battery is still something that we're all chomping at the bit for. And, by all, I mean the majority. Is a removable battery something you look for when you're buying a new phone? Or do you just go with what phone works for you, and the battery is something you figure out later?

When I say that, I mean by either getting a car charger, a juice pack (if they make it for your phone), or extra batteries if the situation calls for it. Do you pay attention to the size of the battery when you're buying a phone? Or is that just something you can figure out after the fact? Do you want more removable batteries, or are you okay with them being secured and non-removable? Let me know!