Hands-On with the HTC One
In speaking with HTC an hour ago, I was told that no one cares about having a removable battery. So, I asked the rep if they don't care if I'm removable from the HTC frequent purchaser group?
I've been waiting for an upgrade and have had my hopes on this new phone. It let me down. Tomorrow, I welcome a different brand that offers the removeable battery. It really is a big deal to me.
I'm glad that Samsung seems to listen to the market.
Have you given the S3 (or soon to be out S4), or the Note II any thought? The S-Pen adds a lot of neat features & functionality.
I have the Samsung Droid Charge, since October 2011, and my micro-usb port doesn't work properly. I have to use desktop chargers that I bought on Amazon.
The sales of the iphone hasn't been dependent on removable batteries because that has how it has been implemented since day one as far back as the ipod. This doesn't mean it doesn"t happen. I have four friends with dead ipods because of batteries non removable and charging ports failed. I also have a friend that recently had this problem with his iphone and was subject to paying more dollars than he wanted spend three months before his contract ends. If the battery was removable, he could've nursed it until his contract was up.
A micro-usb port is definitely something I am concerned about in the long term.
My next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy S4 and I intend on keeping it for a long while.
Certainly there are several valid reasons why a user might want a removable battery.
But there are also several valid reasons that many companies (not just HTC) seal the battery inside. The biggest one is that it helps them cut the size of the whole down. They can make the battery an unusual shape and/or put it behind the circuit board. That's what HTC does now, and it's how they get the thin design with the curved back. There's no way to do that and have a removable battery. Plus when they seal everything up tight it makes feel more solid and high-quality. It also helps keep dust and moisture out, improving reliability.
You are in a position that employs using multiple devices at regular updates, thus limiting long term issues that may occur. Not saying you do not hear of issues, but my wife has an Epic, I have an Evo, two of my friends have an iphone and a droid(not sure which models) and Jayshmay has expressed this same issue. I've heard countless similarities on other sites. This is wear and tear on a vulnerable part that is not covered under insurance. Who wants to pay upwards of 100 dollars for insurance claims when the contract is up in a few months?
I agree that it is an issue with the port and not the device. However ,it is not a perfected hardware item and in just my small nucleus of people, to experience the same problem a year and a ...
Actually, I take that back. Two other of my friends have made comment that they purchased cases for their iphones because the light weight made it feel "Fragile."
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