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Re: Epic v. Apple Exhibits - Part VI May 9, 2021, 14:44
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Verno wrote on May 9, 2021, 10:50:
jdreyer wrote on May 8, 2021, 03:28:
ALL mobile devices should have user-replaceable batteries. I have tablets and phones that are otherwise completely useable except their batteries died. Heck, my monitor died after 12 years and my TV after 15. In both cases, the backlight went out. If I could replace the backlight myself, I'd still be using these devices.

You aren't going to get the form factors we have now without compromises. Companies and consumers prioritized convenience and form factor over user serviceable parts awhile ago in the phone market. I feel like you know this already, the few metal/glass backed phones without sealed batteries ended up being disasters like the G5. We could definitely have user serviceable parts back but it would also mean a return to chunky phones again and that would also mean we don't get other features consumers want like better water resistance.

I personally don't care that much about thin phones but the overwhelming majority of the market does and spoke a long time ago. I value battery life and repairable parts when I'm buying a personal phone but the market went in the other direction entirely, driven by consumer choice. There isn't much I can do about that, consumers don't care anymore. What is more important to me is that the companies ensure these things don't just end up in landfills by at least offering a battery replacement program instead of forcing consumers to upgrade every year. That is something that Apple used to do and thankfully no longer does.
I dunno, my Samsung S4 isn't really much thicker than my Note 9. That said, I suppose you're right. Although I feel the non-user-replaceable battery was foisted upon the public by Apple and Samsung, consumers didn't really complain about it because so many people upgrade their phones 2-3 years before the battery becomes an issue. Also, the phone hardware industry still has enough competition that there are still battery swappable phones being offered. Kind of sad to see LG leave the industry though. My wife had an LG phone for a few years, and it was a great phone for the money.

All that said, there's promising battery tech on the horizon that might make this a moot point with batteries that can withstand 10,000 recharge cycles.
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