Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Daniel 'Codeworkx' Hillenbrand on why he's not going to work on cm10 for the Galaxy SIII anymore: "Before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II we were promised support and devices. We received the S2 and the whole community was praising Samsung. To me, that was nothing but a good PR stunt, because there has not been even the slightest bit of support ever since. Actually Samsung vehemently refuses to hand out any information or even a single line of code to us. Our contact at Samsung seems to be willing to support us, but gets blocked by his superiors." His advice to prospective Android buyers is clear. "All manufacturers have an equally bad update policy, so if you like a Samsung device, just buy it. If you want to use AOSP or CyanogenMod on the other hand, you should stay away from Exynos devices, because they just don't meet the requirements. Instead I recommend you to buy Nexus or Qualcomm/OMAP devices that haven't been completely botched by the manufacturer."
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MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't understand why people want a removable battery. By the time it wears out the phone will be a few generations old and obsoleted.

My wife and I have owned a number of mobile phones with removable batteries, so have people at work. The only phones for which I ever ordered a new battery were a few BlackBerries.

The battery of my iPhone 3G (no S) still works fine. hell, even my Nokia E90 still holds a charge all day.

Personally I'd give up a removable battery for any advantages that would bear.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I don't understand why people want a removable battery.


Some people don't have access to a charger during the day (or say you go camping, or something), and with heavy use, can run out of juice. In that case, it's easy to pop out one battery and pop in another.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Or just pop in a larger capacity battery.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Indeed, some people. Likely most people won't encounter such situations. For this rare or unlikely event you need to buy an extra battery (money), have/keep it charged (hassle) and take it along (hassle).

Why not buy a general purpose mobile charging device? It would work with any gadget, provide more power and you don't have to swap batteries. If the phone breaks you wouldn't be left with a battery that doesn't fit the new model phone.

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znby Member since:
2012-02-03

Depends, sometimes a device can be made with a low quality battery that conveniently dies outside out of warranty, and you either like the device and don't want to upgrade it, and/or you can't afford it to replace it.

I've been in that situation at least once before, and if my current phone (HTC Desire Z) were to die, I would be in that situation once more, as I don't feel that any new phone currently available would make me want to spend a few hundred [insert local currency units] when I can get a new battery for $10-20 off eBay from China for a phone that I am very fond of.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

That's a very valid point.

But you'd need to know in advance if you're going to like the phone so much and apart from the battery there are more weak points that can break like hardware buttons, the screen, the casing, components on the inside, USB/charging connector, the SD card slot.

I guess it's a personal evaluation of the risks vs benefits/disadvantages mixed with feelings and experience.

Most likely by the time the phone is out of warranty and stuff breaks, which can take a long time if handled with care, better and improved models are around that valid an upgrade to them.

There are still many iPhone 3GS's around that are years old and still work. If they break down the iPhone 5 is a huge upgrade.

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