How Many Android Phones Don’t Have User Replaceable Batteries?


One thing many of us throw into the faces of our iPhone-toting friends and family is the fact that – with most Android phones – you can replace the battery in case you need to pop in a spare (or in case the battery craps out and you need to buy a new one). Our good friend Arne Hess from The Unwired pointed something out with the Xperia X10 Mini that I’d never known before: the battery is not user replaceable.


The phone has a removable back cover for the purpose of personalization and to access the SIM card slot, but there’s no battery to play around with. Obvious reasoning points to the device being small in nature: Sony Ericsson probably had to work the battery into the phone in such a way that accessing and replacing it probably didn’t work out too well (a custom-shaped battery that’s hard to replace without some light tool work comes to mind).

I fully understand their position on that if that’s the case (you only have so much room to fit so many radios into the phone and the battery takes up a lot of that space), but I’m just wondering: are there any other phones without user-replaceable batteries? I personally haven’t heard of it stateside, but perhaps some of the devices more popular in Europe and other parts of the world are iPhone-like in this regard. Chime in if you have a device that doesn’t allow you to replace the juice-packing power source that smartphone users can’t get enough of (literally).

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Nobody should be using those Sony Xperia Android devices anyway…

  2. After owning 8 Androids, I’ve luckily, never had to replace a battery.Still, this is a good point about the xperia.

  3. surprising!
    the x10 mini PRO (with keyboard) does have a replaceable battery.
    (btw, its a pretty interesting device..!)

  4. Sony: Screwing over their customers since 1946.

  5. @KK

    What’s wrong with the Xperia Android Phones?

    But yeah, I knew the X10 mini didn’t have a removable battery…this is the only phone I’ve heard of that doesn’t have it.

  6. Odd, the normal x10 has a removable battery. Btw, why should “nobody be using those sony xperia android devices anyway”? I rather enjoy mine, sure, I may be using 1.6, but other than a few apps not being available, I haven’t seen anything on my friends droids/galaxy s that would make me want to trade my x10 for either.

  7. What no body ever talks about is that it is so easy to cary a small second battery to double your battery life when you need it. Heck you could even buy 2 or three extra for a long trip. Droid batteries are $3.25 at amazon!

  8. @Daniel
    I am feeling your pain man. I am so pissed at my PS3 right now. I bought it because my Xbox 360 got the red ring of antidisestablishmentarianism just like every other person I’ve ever known that owned a 360. And the PS3 has been great in regards to NOT dying. But I am seriously pissed about no IR and no plans to implement a software upgrade that would enable the PS3 to be controlled via bluetooth with a mobile phone. On top of that, WTF were they thinking not enabling the PS3 to play 3GP videos??? EVERY phone I have ever used or seen or heard of records its video in 3GP format. So, when I setup AllShare on my Vibrant and try to watch the videos on my phone via media sharing on my PS3…I get an error message saying the video format is not supported by the PS3. What a joke. FUCK YOU SONY for not giving us IR, or at least some kind of IR/BT converter adapter, and for not supporting the most common cell phone video format on the fucking planet!

  9. *Adroidess*- 8 androids…. good God why? Did you jump on every phone since 1.5 and get bored then moved up to the next best. You Change phones more than I change oil in my truck lol, I guess if you have an itch ….scratch . I waited for the Nexus one on AT&T and think this one will last me a year at least.

  10. I love extended batteries. A little more girth goes a long way.

  11. @Contraus DAMN!!!!

  12. @contraaus yeap i’m with carlos, is there something wrong with you?? lol get a blue tooth remote if you’re too lazy to turn the controller on to play and pause media

  13. @r1edge, been fortunate enough to “get” them for free. Have only had to purchase the G1 & now, the Vibrant. I AM a happy addict : )

  14. in xperia x-10 mini there is no chance that battery gone remove on falling of hand set by mistake its the positive point of this…..

  15. I purchased 2 genuine x10 bats on ebay for 5.75 each its nice to cary spare just incase. Whydo people critisize the x10 have thy had one I think not gefting 2.1 soon. Best phone I’be had by far.

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