Mar 1st, 2010

nexus-one-batteryAre you a prolific Nexus user who streams videos while listening to music while using location-based apps connected to 37 social sites that all feed you status notification updates? Or maybe you just use your phone quite a bit. Either way, you’ll probably be interested in learning that you can now buy Nexus One batteries directly from Google. Check out their sales pitch:

Choosing Nexus One: Additional Batteries

One of the great things about the Nexus One is that you can easily remove and replace the battery. If you would like to be able to carry a fully charged spare battery, we recommend official Nexus One batteries for performance and reliability.

Please note that there is a purchase limit of five batteries per customer.

Technical specifications:

  • Removable 1400 mAH battery
  • Charges at 480mA when installed in Nexus One phone connected to USB, at 980mA when installed in phone connected to charger
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, Up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, Up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Instructions for installing a battery are available from the Nexus One User’s Guide.

Note: Package includes battery only; does not include charger. Battery charges only when inserted in Nexus One phone that is connected to USB or phone charger.

Interesting to note that last line – there should bean easy way to charge spare batteries, even if it just means providing a dock that has a place to dock both your phone and a spare battery. Or I suppose they could make batteries big/powerful enough and OS/apps nimble enough to last a long time. The main problem is our hardware and software demands grow so quickly it’s hard for battery life to keep up (at a reasonable size).

Google is charging $25 for the battery compared to these alternatives:

I’m thinking $25 looks pretty good – you just charge up an extra when you’re in your house and bring it with you when you expect to be out/gone for long periods of time. Although patronizing Phandroid isn’t such a bad idea and what the HECK would your phone look/feel like with a 2800mAh battery?


I’m guessing they don’t really show you the whole profile because it makes the phone chunky as heck. But on the other hand… if you like the heft/thickness of the Motorola Droid then you might not mind the added weight/bulk. Anyone out there rockin’ this?

Unfortunately Seidio makes no battery life claims in the product description – I’d love to hear a few first hand reports.

[Thanks jdavet!]

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