Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 by flexible power

By Alan Ng - Nov 23, 2012

When buying a new smartphone for the first time, it used to be features such as camera, display screen size and storage space that many consumers would look for above any other specs. Now though, with the media features continuing to get more and more impressive with each release, battery life is now taking priority above anything else and often if a smartphone doesn’t have a removable battery – consumers aren’t interested.

Having that said, it’s a well known fact that Apple doesn’t allow you to tinker with the battery on the iPhone in any way, and that hasn’t stopped people flocking out to buy them. As a result, many consumers complained about battery life on the iPhone 4S and Apple had to really put battery life as a priority when building the iPhone 5 – a task which they seemed to have coped with pretty well so far.

Being able to actively remove a battery yourself though is still the deciding factor for many Android owners though, which is another factor in why the Samsung Galaxy S3 has become such a hit with consumers. Samsung has allowed for the Galaxy S3 battery to be removed, so that consumers can buy a spare if they need to and avoid any of the problems that other Android devices and indeed the Apple iPhone have endured over battery life complaints.

While the freedom to take out the battery is good in itself, many consumers are now starting to take that to the next level, with a flexible power battery pack instead – proving just how crucial battery life is if they don’t mind decreasing the sexiness of a device by carrying around a big power pack attached to their usually slick phone.

Mophie has become a popular company for providing ‘juice packs’ to smartphones, which aim to offer almost double the battery life that you would normally get, at the expense of a battery pack adding a little extra weight to your phone. Having said that, juice pack designs are getting thinner by the day and the Galaxy S3 juice pack from Mophie doesn’t actually look too bad.

If you are willing you give Mophie’s Galaxy S3 juice pack a try, you’ll be rewarded with an extra 2300mAh of power to use on your device. One of the smart features of these packs, is that there is a toggle switch located at the bottom of the pack, so you can simply switch it on to start utilizing the extra power when your built in battery is starting to run low.

This luxury comes at a price though and $99 for the Galaxy S3 juice pack certainly isn’t cheap. Where does the iPhone 5 factor in all of this though? Some users may be starting to grow frustrated with the lack of a removable battery, but you’ll be pleased to know that Mophie is working on improving this situation for iPhone 5 users for the future.

On their website here, they confirm that they are working on juice packs for the iPhone, but unfortunately they are still unavailable at this time so consumers will have to hold on a little while longer to get their Mophie fix on the iPhone 5.

Is battery life the first area that you look for when purchasing a new smartphone? If a device doesn’t let you remove the battery, do you tend to ignore it and look for an alternative? Let us know if you have used a Mophie juice pack in the past and if you would recommend it to others or not.

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