With phablets becoming increasingly common, we’re slowly getting accustomed to trading in some portability for increases in mobile firepower. And what’s one very simple way to add functionality to your device? Give it a bigger battery and some additional storage, of course!
To that end, XDA Forum Member 白い熊 used some incredibly basic tools to make his Galaxy Note II just that much more useful. Armed with a high-capacity aftermarket battery, a generic donor case, an SD to micro SD adapter, and a rather large 256 GB SD card, he set off to pimp his phablet.
While not technically a true device modification per se, this is a really cool and simple modification that we can encourage you to try. However, in the process of making things work, not everything went as planned. It was quickly discovered that an alternative solution was needed in order to close off the back of the device. This is where the generic case comes in.
A couple of snips (to allow for the battery bulge) later, and the back was covered once again. Unfortunately this also means that the device is much less insulated from the elements. Furthermore, when looking from certain angles, you can see the underlying hardware, so it’s hardly the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, this is still pretty cool for those who will be careful enough to not splash their devices and don’t mind the looks.
To get some inspiration for your device, head over to the original thread. We’d love to see what you come up with, especially if it involves creating your own sealed enclosure using vacuum forming or other means. If you have your own Franken-device, let us know in the comments below!_________
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