If you hated the idea that the Apple iPhone has a non-removable battery, you're not going to be happy about today's news - Motorola and Nokia will be embedding the battery in their new Droid Razr and Lumia models.
In addition to the obvious slimmer cases, you also get these advantages:
Embedded batteries are also harder to lose and less likely to sustain damage, since there's usually no door to pop off when you drop the phone. More than that, sealing the back cover means you're protecting the internals from the elements, which could make the phone more rugged.
Apple retail stores offer on-site support for Apple products, a situation that extends customers a certain safety net closer to home.
Without the same option for Motorola and Nokia phones, owners would need to lean more heavily on the carriers and manufacturers to fix or replace handsets with defunct batteries. In some cases that could leave the user without a phone for days or even weeks.
The new embedded batteries would at least have to have a life span equivalent to the typical length of a 2-year contract, and phone makers would have to establish a process for addressing failed battery issues while minimizing the length of time that people are separated from their phones.
It's time to kiss that removable smartphone battery goodbye -