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    Default Why no replacable batteries in Tablets?

    Only one tablet that I know of has easily accessible batteries (Toshiba Thrive). All the others that I have seen have sealed backs.

    I have to ask what is the reason for this odd, almost universal omission. Is it planned obsolescence? What if a battery goes bad? Many batteries' have a half life of less than two years. What will happen to our favorite $500 to $700 tablet when that battery starts getting a little tired two years from now, but otherwise is still fully functional? Will our only option be replacement of the tablet?

    Opinions and observations please.

    Cbill
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    Its not a permanent battery it can be replaced if it warrents it. And like PC and cell phones you'll b replacing it with a newer model before batteries die.

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    Moosc: Have you any experience in changing the battery in a tablet? I suspect not. Of course it can be replaced. But can it be replaced by the average person, with reasonable effort and tools? I think not!

    Evidently you have no qualms about replacing a $500 item, every 1 1/2 to 2 years. If that is the case, I am not sure you would be considered representative of the norm.

    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.

    Cbill
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    Ive taken my xoom cover off its T5 torx and a spudgle. Thin piece of plastic. Rear cover slides down. Them a T7 torx. Total of 10screws plus 2 more T5 torx .where u buy a battery is another issue.
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    You replace your phone every two years. Current generation tablets are nothing more then a phone over sized.
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    Default Re: Why no replacable batteries in Tablets?

    Moo: Why of course! You are right. Sounds like something anyone can do on the kitchen table. How idiotic of me.

    And only an ***** would want to keep a $500+tablet (not Phone) over two years. Especially in bad economic times.

    I am not sure you are in contact with the real world. One thing for sure. If people like you are willing to pay that type of money for a throw-away product every 2 years, then they will keep making disposable, costly products.

    Thanks for the enlightenment

    Cbill
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    Man cbill, you must be having a bad day or something.... People will be more likely to respond or help you around here if you are polite and treat them with respect.

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    Default Re: Why no replacable batteries in Tablets?

    Pete:

    Thanks for your comment and observation. You are, of course right.

    Generally I do try to avoid and discourage confrontational dialog on the forums,

    The message I was attempting to convey in my post was to stimulate people to think before spending a premium price for an item with, basically, a two year life.

    I was not looking for help; just an answer to my query attempting to find out if any other persons are bothered about the fact most tablets are apparently built in a manner requiring expensive service charges just to change the batteries; thereby rendering otherwise servicable tablets no longer usable. Toshiba has shown that this is not necessary by making the "Thrives'" battery easily accessible (replacable).

    The problem I had with Mooscs' comments is, in my opinion, his comments trivialized the effort required to change the battery in a tablet. I know what is involved in accessing and replacing the battery in most of the tablets being marketed today, and I can say without hesitation changing of the battery is not a trivial task for the average person. Take a look at one of the videos on "youtube" if you wish to see what is involved.

    After some consideration I agree my responses to Moosc were a bit too testy, therefore I apologize to him, you and the forum if I offended you.
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    Thank you for your observation.

    Cbill
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    I fully agree with Cbill - I'm sure that tablet manufacturers have kept the battery out of bounds so that users will have no option but to change the tablets once the battery runs down...that way the market will expand no doubt - but the average consumer will feel a tug on the purse srings...BTW Dell has recently come out with a tablet that's repaceable,..

    Dell, First Major OEM with Removable, Extendable Battery For Windows 8 Tablet - HotHardware

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    Why no replacable batteries in Tablets? This a good question. If there are tablets have easily accessible batteries, i am glad to get one.
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    Indeed about unremovable tablets batteries.., I am very disappointed, and I am thinking having a slim laptop again, since my DANEW tablet batterie died after 15 months..
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    I'm not sure why , but even the glorious iPad won't let you change batteries. Never heard of your brand. The manufacturer probably took shortcuts to save money and put an inferior battery in it.

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    Cbill has a point in this conversation, you buy a seal back tablet and once the batterys are done, that's it
    and say good by to $500.00+
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    I agree that it is very frustrating that nearly all modern tablets come with batteries that cannot be quickly swapped out.
    I would like to be able to carry a spare battery with me.
    I am interested in buying the Galaxy Note 8, but removing the battery requires about 15 screws to be removed, and 5 cables to be disconnected.
    I have an old HP Tablet PC. - It takes about 4 seconds to do a battery replacement !!!
    You may be interested in www.newpower99.com
    They supply batteries for modern tablets. They also have videos on their website showing how to replace the battery for each device.
    Of course another source for battery change 'how to' videos is YouTube.
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    I bought a Prestigio tablet from QVC 16 months ago, the battery has now stopped charging, having just looked at the user manual on line as you do not get one with the tablet, it says that the battery is a consumable item and therefore not covered under warranty. Does this mean that I have bought a throw away tablet for 200 ? (great). I am waiting a reply from my email I sent to Prestigio to try to get an answer to my problem. If anyone has any ideas as to what I should do to get a new battery fitted to my tab, I would be very grateful, thanks

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