Introduction: Permanent vs. Removable Batteries
Is usability of portable devices better when their batteries can be removed on the fly? Definitely. But there are many schools of thought on this topic – both regarding Apple’s products specifically and regarding product strategy in general. There are five reasons device manufacturers do this, and there are three why they shouldn’t. But this is not a typical numbers game: I feel in this case 3>5. Let’s explore the pros and the cons of device usability in the context of fixed – or permanent – batteries in portable devices.