Pros and cons of a non-removable battery in a smartphone

Apple initially began to produce smartphones where there is no slot for a memory card, and you can replace the battery only if you disassemble the device, which only a service center can do. But Android smartphones, on the contrary, were produced from the very beginning with removable batteries and memory card slots. But time goes on and today on the shelves you can see smartphones based on Android, both without a memory slot and without a removable battery. We’ll talk about the latter in more detail and find out what advantages and disadvantages a non-removable battery has.

As an example, we will show you a couple of smartphones, the first with a non-removable battery, the second with a removable one. And although there are few differences in appearance, the difference in design is huge.

iPhone 6 with non-removable battery:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 with removable battery:

Advantages of a non-removable battery

  • Lower device manufacturing costs. True, this usually does not affect the cost of a smartphone in retail – only the manufacturer saves.
  • A large degree of freedom in the design. So, the manufacturer can use the battery in any form convenient for him.
  • Using a non-removable battery often reduces the thickness of the case due to its design.
  • As a rule, the back cover with a removable battery is made of plastic, which does not break when opened, but only bends. If the battery is not removable, the back cover can be made from anything, even from glass – you can still remove it only in the service center.
  • The absence of a removable back cover allows you to make the assembly of the device much better: squeaks and backlashes are absent.
  • The non-separable housing has improved tightness, that is, dust enters in smaller quantities.
  • Tightness of the case can be used for water protection. So, many smartphones-smartphones have protection against dripping inside the case, and sometimes withstand immersion in water.
  • According to manufacturers, the lack of the ability to change the battery, oddly enough, allows you to extend the life of the smartphone. Why? The fact is that users often save on batteries by purchasing a fake, and sometimes buy a fake under the guise of the original. Such batteries can damage the device, sometimes even explode.

Disadvantages of a non-removable battery

  • You can only charge the battery using a USB cable; there are no alternative charging methods.
  • In rare cases, a removable battery helps reboot the device. For example, the smartphone freezes, and the POWER button does not work for you. To restart the gadget, you will have to wait until it is completely discharged, and then recharge it.
  • There is no way to hot swap the battery with an extra battery. Fortunately, now this is decided by the purchase of an external battery.
  • The battery capacity decreases over time, which means that the device holds a charge much less. To change the battery will have to contact the service center, and this is often an expensive pleasure.
  • If water accidentally gets into the smartphone, the likelihood of resuscitating the device with a removable battery is higher, since after disconnecting it, it is easier to dry.

What to choose?

It’s up to you to decide on a topic for thought..

As for our opinion, here it is: you can often hear that the lack of a removable battery is a real evil, because you can not replace it. And one could partly agree with this, if it weren’t for one thing – statistics show that the average replacement time for a smartphone rarely exceeds 1.5-2 years, and during this period it is difficult to completely “kill” the battery, to put it mildly. Therefore, in our opinion, there is nothing terrible in non-removable batteries. But the lack of a slot for memory cards is a serious minus, but this is a completely different story..