The Hallmark of Good New Technology is ...
it changes the way you work. And this product has changed the way I work.
OK, first things first. Its ridiculously expensive, at least compared to cheaper versions out there, some less than £10!
Aye, there lies the rub, for who knows what weaker batteries lurk within that plastic coil? I'm not a battery expert, and I'm not going to spend time running tests, so lets move on.
The Mugen replacement battery and back has 3 points that make it worth the money.
1. Very long battery life.
Basically, I never think about battery life anymore. I don't know if the cheaper ones would do that. I've stopped using my landline and do everything on the mobile, thus reducing to a simpler and cheaper telecoms billing model. So, this phone has already changed my modus operandi.
I also do web browsing on it, lean back computing, on the sofa at home, even though I have multiple PCs and tablets here. Sometimes its just more handy to grab the phone because its there.
Then I can continue watching a video in the kitchen or the bathroom, because the phone is small enough to fit anywhere. Why worry? I can't run the battery down in one day anyway.
2. Kickstand at the rear.
Really nice for watching videos, but even nicer than that is to prop up the phone on your desk in landscape format, access it with a bluetooth headset, then control it with one finger, making calls and so on. Its like a mini control station for all your telecoms and apps.
3. Texture of the back.
This might not seem like a big thing, but the the back has a re-assuring texture to it. Thus the weight comes across as a plus, not a minus. You feel you have a powerful mini-PC in your hands, not a phone. It changes the way you feel about the device. Here is a bit of kit you can depend on, to do phone calls, mapping, email, catch up on videos, and it will not let you down.
Am I happy? Yes, very.
Any improvements? Yes, the kickstand is offset, so when you operate it on your desk with one finger, sometimes you can push it over. I know the battery is in the middle of the device, so a simple solution is to install TWO kickstands one at each end, leaving the battery space in the middle sacrosanct and inviolate.
Should you get one? Well, if you care about being free and carefree, more than you care about your phone being small and light, then, yes.
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