Folks...I need to pull the trigger on either a Droid 4 or a Maxx pretty soon. However, the non-removable battery seems like a source of pain in the future.
Let's say I go for a Droid 4. Sixteen months into the contract the battery starts to crap out. If I put it on a Amex card, they'll pay UP TO the initial cost of the phone ($300). But Verizon tech support tells me today that the phone battery can't be replaced, you have to replace the entire phone ($600?+).
Has anyone yet tried to replace a battery in any of these non-replaceable battery phones? Any thoughts on how to get around the possibility of having to shell out big bucks just because of a bad battery in 18 months?
Mike Nassour / Austin TX
There are numerous videos on you tube showing the razr being disassembled. So it is do-able. The comments indicate it is not a hard task. Not sure I'd want to try it, but just saying it is being done. There will surely be batteries coming out as well for these do it yourselfers.
That said tho, I can't recall the last time I had to replace a li-ion battery. The usually last the length of a contract. Guess I'll see. I picked up a maxx 10 days ago.
Worst case scenario...give up my real keyboard and go with the Maxx. At least it should last for a day after running two years!
Here is a thread on how to upgrade the Maxx battery to the RAZR, which just dropped to $99
Nice project....I wonder if the OEM parts are available?
Read comments on battery stuffs above. I get the impression these aren't real stable cells and that is the reason for nonremovable nature. May need to be careful if doing a swap yourself even in handling the cells. I doubt it's a huge deal so much as they can't be thrown around and tortured physically to anywhere near the degree cells we are used to and they don't want a liability so are advising against replacement even though it's probably mostly safe if you keep in mind they aren't durable handle-able cells and are build in for this reason.
I appreciate the info on the Nexus' mic. My friend with the ears () said it sounded "raspy", like I was talking with my nose closed.
But I've got to tell you, I have switched more than a couple of LiIon batteries in my time and have found those I've used to be dog-reliable and steady. I'm concerned the recent trend toward non-removable cells has more to do with design and styling than with any technical issue. Just my opinion, not trying to start anything!
Still need to investigate the Rezound, a project for Monday.
I hate them just for the simple fact that I like to play with different roms and modifications to my phone. I have needed to battery pull on numerous occasions when a flash went wrong or I messed something up or needed to wipe data after bringing my DX back to Froyo from GB etc... I don't trust the hard reset technique on these non-removable battery phones to work plus it kills the ability carry spare batteries and swap them out. I see them all going this route eventually though... I did read an article where there are new batteries being developed that last 5x as long as today's batteries and will be in everything in 4-5 years so I guess as far as longevity goes it won't matter at that point.
I typically keep all my phones to the point of needing to purchase a second battery. I pre-ordered the OG Droid when it first came out and just upgraded (gift) to a DX a month ago. The DX (used) already needs a battery, it only lasts about 4-5hrs on a full charge with normal use. Moto is really heading the wrong direction with me. First The Bootloaders being locked, now everyone is trying to be an iFail look alike with non-removable batteries etc. If Moto keeps this trend up, when i decide to upgrade (which I have been eligible for quite some time now) it will NOT be a MOTO and all but one phone, I have ever owned for Cell phones have been Moto's (FLEX-Gold pager, Star-Tac, Razr, Razr Maxx, V750, OG Droid, Droid DX) and the the DX is the only one I have had given to me, all others I have either bought on contract or bought outright. Mabye with Google in the process of buying Moto, they will change some things...We can all Hope anyway!
Yeah That Worked Well...NOT!!!
Non removable batteries are not a big deal. Realistically, how many times is a battery getting replaced? Once a year for the heaviest, and most abusive users and battery conditions maybe?
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In less than10 seconds, while holding some key combo, the damage would already have been done.
Perspective instantiates reality.
( By DX w/HoFo app. )
BTW...I finally settled on the Razr Maxx. Nice phone, well built, but with 4G/LTE you STILL need to charge every day. 3G will give you two days.