It has been many years since the release of pda devices with removable batteries. Older PDAs would hold charge for a while for a wide variety of reasons, but the biggest one was that the devices were not equipped with any kind of radio (thinking back to my old HP Jornada 520). As times evolved, so did these devices which started getting more capabilities (wifi, bluetooth, phone, FM, GPS, etc). However, the batteries were always kept the same or at least they did not grow at the same rate as the device’s power requirements did. Take for instance the HTC EVO, which is the device I currently have as my daily driver. When I first bought it, if the battery lasted for longer than 15 hours, it was a miracle. The device basically had to sit idle and be used solely for phone calls (and heaven forbid that your GPS was on). Shortly after, I decided to root it and installed a custom rom and kernel, which made this battery last for a full day with usage. Everything was fine and I was ok with its performance, but lately the battery has been draining a bit faster than before, which makes sense as batteries lose charge capacity over time.
So, that threw me in the market to purchase a new battery. A quick Google search for EVO +battery returned several results regarding stock batteries and others, which claimed to have far more capacity for the same amount or even less money that a regular battery bought from Sprint or even HTC. I was faced with many options to choose from and after reading a bit about customer feedback and doing a bit of research, I learned that not everything you see floating out there is good. I am no stranger to extended batteries, but I figured that a small guide for those who are not familiar with them may help when the time came in order to make an educated decision.
So, the cons are not too bad. However, there are things that you need to be aware of:
Well, I think that about sums it up. Hopefully, some of these pointers will help you in your decision before buying an extended battery. Now, my question to you: if you have purchased some of these before, what was your overall experience? Please leave a comment. Thanks for reading.
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