"I suspect that fans of removable batteries and microSD card slots will throw up their arms in revolt over the embedded battery and absent expandable memory...and then I suspect that they'll get over it. Those physical traits are now more the rule than the exception these days, and those meatier storage options will certainly calm the sting."
Straight quote from Review-Powerhouse-Christ-The-Second-Coming-CNET
such a crock of shit... Where you were you guys when innovation, variety and standards were dropped?
>>46817511 Because what else are they going to do with the 200 GB dies where 99.5% of the cells are bad? Seriously, low capacity cards these days are high capacity cards that didn't come out right. They can manage almost zero unusable dies on a wafer. That's how SD cards are so dang cheap.
Also, you need 2 GB or less for old stuff that doesn't support SDHC, and you don't need more if you only want to put a handful of albums on an mp3 player.
If I were designing a smart phone. I would use a permanent battery.
Assume two handsets that will be obsolete in 3-4 years.
Exhibit 1: Galaxy 4S REMOVABLE battery - made with Korean cells - assembled in Vietnam - Decline in charge held: 25% annually - First year failure rate of 0.5% - Second year failure rate of 2.5% - Third year failure rate of 5% - Replacement battery uses cells made in China with even worse specs.
Exhibit 2: Iphone 5 - made with Japanese cells - Made in Japan - Decline in charge held: 12.5% annually - First year failure rate of 0.005% - Second year failure rate of 0.25% - Third year failure rate of 0.5%
All this is hypothetical, but pretty must sums up my experience using mobile phones with and without replaceable batteries for the last 10 years.
TL;DR: Having a permanent battery forces a company to ensure a much higher quality component is used. The cost is offset by not having to engineer a battery socket or do testing with multiple third part replacements.
If a permanent battery device is truly valuable enough to warrant using it beyond it's expected lifetime, then it will be economically feasible for someone to replace it.
Every smartphone replacement battery I've ever purchased was of sub par quality to the original.
There was a time when having a replaceable battery was a good thing -- like 10 years ago when some phones still have NiMH batteries that took 8 hours to charge, it was a necessity to have a back up you could swap in.
Nowadays, with that batteries that charge in under 30 minutes, I'd much rather have a permanent high quality cell that is strong for 2 years and ok for the 3rd year instead of a replaceable battery that is strong for 6 months and then I try to replace it with Chinese dog shit cell that are strong for 1 month and piss me off.
S5 masterrace. No need to update. The S6 is literally a gimmick
>Blatant iPhone clone >only real difference is the camera which sticks out at the back >castrated so you can't replace the battery or use a large SD card >Qhd screen with pixels you can see under a microscope if you want to check. S5's screen looks the same pretty much from most if not all use cases. >Glass on the front/back. Drop that baby once and you have a double whammy.
They went full Apple on this. The S5 is better in every way. The only real improvement is getting rid of the OS bloat. You can do that yourself by rooting your S5.
That statement is not as bad as what the head of Android said when in response to concerns of the Nexus line no longer having microSD.
>“Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users,” begins Duarte. Well, confusing for some, but a deal-breaker for others. Need more than 16GB storage on your smartphone? Forget about the Nexus 4.
>Duarte continues: “If you’re saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt everytime? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It’s just too complicated."
>“We take a different approach. Your Nexus has a fixed amount of space and your apps just seamlessly use it for you without you ever having to worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing.”
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