Recent rumors regarding the next Google Nexus have pointed to two device design failures which have me concerned: embedded batteries and a lack of storage. I like being in control of my own destiny and when I cannot do something as simple as replace my battery or store all of my information on my device, it irks me. While the possibility that both of these “issues” are rumors, the fact that they are even being mentioned as a possibility has me aggravated.
In my opinion, embedded batteries are as useless as non-alcohol beer and decaffeinated coffee. In case you are scratching your head about what I am talking about, embedded batteries are batteries which cannot be removed from the device by the user. Some manufacturers believe this is the route their customers want them to go down.
I believe that the ability to replace your current battery, especially with a more powerful battery, is a huge plus and selling point for Android smartphones. Android smartphones are notorious battery hogs and power users often feel the need to increase their battery capacity. While not everyone may feel the need to increase capacity, if someone is constantly on their Android smartphone at some point they will probably need an added boost in the battery department. Between OEM and aftermarket companies, there are usually a lot of choices for users who want to increase their battery capacity
So, why would manufacturers think it is a good idea to move towards making Android smartphones with embedded batteries?
Because they think everyone wants the thinnest smartphone and it makes it easier for that manufacturer to comply with their line of thinking. Having a 1 piece design makes it simpler to slim the smartphone down. Also without the restriction of having to use a traditional battery, manufacturers can use all sorts of shapes and sizes of batteries to power their smartphones. Batteries don’t have to be placed in a traditional location so that the battery can be removed when it's sodered in place.
The problem is with this line of thinking is that not everyone cares about the thickness of their smartphone. People like me who could care less about that big bulge in the back of their smartphone would rather have the choice of having or not having the bulge that a large capacity battery creates. Personally I don’t care to sacrifice my ability to control what size battery is in my Android Smartphone in order to have a thinner device. Most of the time my smartphone in my jacket pocket or in a holstered case.
Even talking about creating a Nexus without a 32GB storage option or no ability to add an SD card to increase storage is, in my opinion, ridiculous. While I understand that the world is moving toward cloud based storage, there is one huge bump in this road – GREEDY carriers. Unless a user is spending most of their time on wifi, that user will have to use their data plan to use cloud based storage. With carriers moving toward “Share Everything in your wallet” plans, more and more users will have to pay more to access their information. Storing that same information on internal storage or an SD card cost them nothing to access.
Unfotunately, cloud based storage plays into carrier greed and increases their shareholders profits at the expense of their customers. Fortunately, I am on an unlimited data plan right now, but at some point, I along with countless others, am going to have to switch to a “Share Everything in your wallet” plan and be at the whim of certain carriers. If it wasn’t for the carriers constantly trying too squeeze every nickel out of me, I would be a bigger a fan of cloud based storage for my smartphone.
I like keeping my information on my phone and my money in wallet. If there is in fact, limited on board storage, on the new Nexus, it will be huge fail in my opinion. While it has been widely reported that Google does not like removable storage on their Nexus devices, they should at least make sure a 32GB version is available. Personally, I would pay extra for this option.
Unfortunately, I could end up stuck in a paradox, where, on one hand I may really want a new Nexus, that may have internal storage limitations and requires me to be creative with storage, or should I sacrifice not having all of the benefits of owning a Nexus to achieve my storage needs? This is why it is a great idea to have more than one manufacturer making Nexuses. The Android community is very diverse and choice is one on the benefits of owning an Android Smartphone. What I see as design flaws, may be appealing to someone else.
What are your thoughts on embedded batteries and potential storage issues? Please leave a comment in the comment section below.