The EU aims to bring back easily replaceable phone batteries

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    By Rob Thubron 26 Feb 2020
     
  2. trott3r

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    Glad to hear this and i hope the EU really push it.

    Nothing worse than buying a new phone just because the battery only last half a day :(
     
  3. Stefan Froberg

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    Same here, my phone battery is starting to last less and less after heavy use (mostly as wireless hotspot). It has 5000 mAh battery and could easily last 2 - 3 days before recharging.
    But now (after almost 4 years) I have to charge it almost every day.

    This Asus phone has really served me well and had less s***t preinstalled than my old Samsung.
    I will use this till it croaks and then hope there is then some non-chinese made phone with 5000 mAh or greater replaceable available by then.
     
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    The next thing would be decent prices for OEM replacement batteries. Usually OEM batteries from the manufacturers are $30-$50 even on $100 & less phones.
     
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    Four reasons why a removable battery for the iPhone is a horrible idea
    February 29, 2020
    https://www.fastcompany.com/9046963...able-battery-on-the-iphone-is-a-horrible-idea
     
  6. Stefan Froberg

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    I smell industry loppied article in here but anyway...

    How much bulkier exactly? 1 millimeter thicker? 2 millimeter thicker? or (*gasp*) 3 millimeter thicker?!
    Why there is no comparison published anywhere?

    And if your hand is too weak to lift phone that weight few grams more because replaceable battery mechanism
    then you have some serious muscle problem ... :D

    I, personally, don't care about "sexy" image ...

    The main argument here is again that the phones would be not look as "sexy". Battery capacities continue to improve. That's a fact. No matter if it is replaceable or non-replaceable.
    Again there is no real comparison how much smaller exactly the replaceable battery capacity would be. 100 mAh less? 300 mAh less? 500 mAh less?

    Also, if I have a choice, to choose between two otherwise equally phone, with one replaceable (and less capacity) and another no-replaceable, I would always choose replaceable because it guarantees that I can keep using the device even if the battery dies.

    With no-replaceable, I have two choises 1) buy new phone (and dump my old whole phone and produces more e-waste than with just buying new battery) 2) go to some special store to have my non-replaceable battery replaced with special tools and pay the price of new phone.

    In the old days, before smartphone fad, Nokia made phones that were water resistant (and dust resistant) and had a replaceable battery. For example Nokia 5210. And water resistance and removable battery don't exclude each other even in bigger, smartphone category.

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/8/2...cover-pro-rugged-smartphone-removable-battery

    That thing has a whopping 6,3" inch screen (bigger than my phone) and even it's battery is not super bad (4050 mAh, I would not go less than 3800 mAh in any smartphone).

    So the only truth in that writing is that, yes, it will make phone thicker and weight little bit more. But how much? Nobody knows because
    no real comparison is ever made by industry (surprise surprise).

    EDIT:
    Also, the nagging of few millimeter increase in thickness sounds really strange when you think of the insane trend of smartphone makers to increase the screen size (which consumes of course more battery...) of these things because hey, it's soooo convient to take out your slim and sleek 6,5" monster out from your jacket pocket ... :D
    Smallest laptop screens are around 10". So maybe in future everyone is carrying their slim, sleek and "sexy" 8 -9" smartphones :argh::argh::argh::argh:
     
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    I don't consider those good reasons. Pretty weak if you ask me. :thumbd:
     
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