Do you prefer a user-replaceable battery (function over form), or slim design (form over function)?
Which I prefer is described in this >3000-word article with all the reasons.
(If you have any suggestions on how to improve that article, please let me know.)
This also applies to laptops, but thankfully, laptops with user-replaceable batteries are not a dead breed yet, while most mobile phones have fatal planned obsolescence built in since 2015. The Galaxy S6 was an utter disappointment to me, and two years later, LG also fully succumbed to this tragic Apple-made design trend.
In the early 2010s, I was utterly glad that only the minority of mobile phones had a non-replaceable battery.As a child, I already understood that non-replaceable batteries are a despicable idea. And now, the nightmare has spread across the entire mobile phone market.
The only mobile phones with user-replaceable batteries since ~2017 are mediocre low-tier 1080p@30fps + 10W slow charging mobile phones, no high-tier 2160p@60fps 25W fast charging mobile phones.
I cherish fast charging, watching that battery percentage meter shoot up within minutes. But sadly, that wears down the battery faster. I also don’t like limiting my battery charging state between 25% and 75% instead of charging all the way up to 100%, just for the sake of postponing the battery’s inevitable demise.
This design trend has robbed users a lot of freedom.
But what do you prefer?