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    I finally have the time to write a little review of the Seidio 2600 mAh battery as well as the extended horizontal leather case which is also available from Seidio. I had the battery for just over a week now, and I took careful notes of my day to day usage, mixing it up a bit just to see how different scenarios with this battery would play out.

    Lets start off with the battery itself. It comes in an unassuming plastic container, and is roughly twice the size of the stock battery.







    I like the “This side down” on the back of the battery…kinda funny.

    Moving on to the back cover.



    As you can see, it’s pretty thick, but it is definitely needed to accommodate that big battery.
    The rubberized coating on the cover is great, it feels good in your hand and, once installed, gives you a more secure feeling when holding the Pre. With the stock cover in place, the Pre always felt like a slippery bar of soap in my hand, and I was always very careful handling the phone out of fear I might drop it, but with this cover in place, it felt way better. The extra thickness makes the phone easier to grab and handle. Another advantage is that I no longer get sweaty/slippery hands while texting. I live in Florida where humidity is always a problem, and it didn’t take long for my fingers to start sweating while typing with the Palm back cover on, making it a bit more difficult to hold on to the phone.

    Installing the battery and the cover is a breeze. Just take the old cover off, yank out that tiny battery, put the 2600 in, and stick the new cover on. It snaps into place easily and securely and matches the Pre perfectly.

    So how difficult is it living with the new, fatter Pre? Well, it does look a little less sexy now, but really, how many people are really that concerned with how attractive their phone looks? The significantly increased battery life is well worth the slightly less attractive look of the phone, especially since it comes with the above mentioned benefits of making the phone easier to grasp and eliminating the “sweaty fingers while typing” syndrome caused by the slick stock cover.



    Here is a nice little comparison shot with the 2600 battery installed together with the stock battery and cover.



    And here is another comparison between a “normal” Pre and the Seidio 2600 battery enhanced Pre.

    With the cover installed, the Pre loses none of its balance while typing. My Pre was a bit creaky while typing with the original cover in place, but the new cover totally eliminated any creaking, I was very pleasantly surprised. The added weight of the battery isn’t much of a bother either, if anything it makes the Pre feel like a more solid device, especially since the Pre is now easier to handle due to the grippy back cover.

    My Pre really never had a problem with it shutting down when slamming the keyboard shut, and that didn’t change with the 2600 battery installed. Depending on your phone, your mileage may vary, but mine has been perfectly fine.

    Your Pre will definitely feel different for a day or two, but to me, the added weight and size were all positive things, and handling my friends Pre makes mine just feel that much more solid in comparison.

    A final observation about the cover, the phone didn’t feel nearly as hot as it did before. Whether I am surfing, playing games, watching videos or making calls, the phone just feels a lot cooler compared to before, just another benefit from that cover!

    ADDED: The cover does not work with touchstone charger yet, but from what I have observed in other threads in the Forum, Seidio is working on a version that will work with the Touchstone, hopefully they will comment and confim this soon!

    I always put my Pre into a horizontal case and avoid putting it into my pocket by all means. So far I had been using the old case that came with my Sprint Touch, but the added thickness of the battery cover was too much for that old case to handle. I was able to squeeze the phone in there, but the lid would not close all the way. Thankfully Seidio made a horizontal leather case for the fat Pres, and I must say, I love it!



    The leather feels very nice and the case is solidly constructed. It is the perfect size for the bigger Pre and it slides right in without any problems. No hard pushing required, just line the phone up and it drops right in securely, without being too lose while inside the case. The cover has a pretty strong magnet….it closes with a satisfying snap sound as soon as you let go of it, and it holds the door closed securely. I also like the cutout at the bottom of the case, it makes lifting up the phone with your middle finger possible so that you can grab the phone with your thumb and little finger, nice touch! Overall, I really like this case, now we need some more color choices!

    Ok, lets get down to the nitty gritty, the reason why we get a bigger phone to begin with, battery life!!


    I charged the battery for the full recommended 8 hours. There is no way that you can charge the battery in the Pre without the Pre being on (turns on automatically as soon as you plug it in), and since I don’t have a stand alone charger, charging it while in the Pre was my only option.





    I kept a bit of a log day by day (using the Memos app).

    Day 1:

    Got a late start, removed the phone at 11 AM.
    Made just a few calls, very light usage, by 2 PM battery still at 100%
    6:15 PM, battery at 76% after heavy web usage, a few phone calls and texts
    Did a bit more texting and played that stupid blackout game for a bit, battery landed up being at 65% when I put it back on the charger at 1 AM! Not bad for the first charge!

    Day 2:

    Again, day started at 11 AM
    One longish phone call, 15 text messages, about 6 mins of YouTube, and the battery is at 87% at 2:30 PM
    3 PM I enter an area with poor Sprint coverage. No calls, just texts and some surfing.
    Left the poor coverage area at 7 PM, used Navigation for 15 minutes
    7:30 PM, back in poor coverage
    Did a few calls and some texting, nothing really crazy
    9 PM, out of bad coverage area again, battery at 64%
    Did some more surfing, texting and some YouTube.
    Ended day at 4 AM with the battery at 45%

    Day 3

    Off charger at 1:20 PM (It was a Sunday!)
    Did a bit of texting and some surfing
    At 84% start listening to MP3s for 1.5 hours, battery now at 77%
    Went to bed at 2:20 AM, battery at 72% did not charge the battery over night

    Day 4

    By 2:15 PM the next day, without charging over night, and after doing some talking and texting, battery at 53%
    Enter bad Sprint area at 2:15 PM
    More average texting and some surfing, battery at 33% at 5:25 PM
    Leave bad Sprint area at 6 PM, battery at 30%
    Go to bed at 3 AM, did some light usage, battery now at 23%








    Day 5

    Phone off charger at 9 AM
    Light browsing and 10 phone calls, by 11:45 AM phone at 92%
    Turning on AIM during the day for the first time
    2:46 PM at 80% after a few calls, texts, and taking some pics and some browsing
    5 PM more browsing, picture taking and a couple of calls, 73%
    9 PM more texting, some MMS and browsing, 65%
    2:36 AM, did 2 more calls, phone back on charger with 55% left

    Day 6

    Off charger at 8 AM
    Heavy texting and calls with some browsing, battery at 74% at 3:35 PM
    Rest of the day fairly average usage
    3:35 AM back on charger at 56%

    Day 7

    Off charger at 8 AM
    Enter weak Sprint area at 10:30 AM (battery at 96%) and stay there until 8 AM, roaming almost the entire time.
    Did a lot of surfing and watching videos on WiFi, but not many phone calls. By 4 PM battery at 60%
    Leave bad Sprint area at 8, do some more texting and two more phone calls.
    Back on charger at 2 AM with 23% left.

    I think I wasted my money buying that Sprint car charger because unless I plan on going on a 10 hour trip using navigation, I don’t think I will ever need it again. The last day was really a rough one with the phone roaming almost the entire time. Add to that the fact that I was surfing a lot AND was watching one 26 minute video, and you can’t help but walk away impressed by this battery! I still do have that car charger in my car, just in case I need to use Navigation for an extended period of time. But for daily use, even as a power user, this battery will easily make it through a busy day. For me it even made it through two days of normal usage.

    I really can’t say enough good things about this battery. It feels great not having to worry about your battery while browsing and playing some games. I can leave AIM running all day now (although I don’t use it that much) which I was afraid to do before with the standard battery.

    In conclusion, the combination of the bigger battery, the grippy back cover, and the leather case is something every Pre owner should consider. I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but I really have nothing negative to say about the bigger back cover. No more sweaty/slippery fingers while texting, no more creaking, and it makes the phone easier to handle and feel cooler. Of course the one big problem with this cover still exists, and I had problems with it too, and that’s the issue with the flash. Some people say that they had no issues with the flash over exposing pictures, and even Seidio themselves had a hard time recreating it, but I definitely have that issue and I can only take pictures during the day in good lighting conditions. However, I will not mark that against Seidio, because they listened to their customers and are busy designing a new cover which they will send out free of charge to anyone that asks for it.

    All in all, the battery and the case make a great combination for the Pre. I can only highly recommend every Pre owner looking into upgrading their phone with this product.

    Sorry this was so long, but I am a wordy kinda guy. I hope everyone found it informative, so please post your opinions and questions!


    Manny
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    Last edited by MannyZ28; 08/22/2009 at 01:04 PM.
  2. #2  
    Nice review!
    My Phone & My Wife's Phone Two Unlocked GSM Treo Pro's

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    Quote Originally Posted by palandri View Post
    Nice review!
    Thank you sir!
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    Worth the wait. hehehe

    I ordered mine earlier Friday afternoon. I ordered the same combination. I found it cheaper elsewhere but thought it was smarter going through them so I could later provide an order number in case I need the updated back cover.

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKatman View Post
    Worth the wait. hehehe

    I ordered mine earlier Friday afternoon. I ordered the same combination. I found it cheaper elsewhere but thought it was smarter going through them so I could later provide an order number in case I need the updated back cover.

    Dave
    Yeah...sorry it took me a while to upload the pics and write all that. But, you won't regret ordering it!
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    "they listened to their customers and are busy designing a new cover which they will send out free of charge to anyone that asks for it."
    Busy or not busy?that's a problem.
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    Nice review... I wonder if the fatter pre will fit in the Spring Clip Holster? I have that and would love to have the extra battery life to go with it. The Holster is a bit more important to me. Maybe the Seidio folks can comment on that.
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    Great review and spot on. I can go 2 days with moderate usage on 1 charge and the phone still looks good. Just waiting for the innocase for it ( If it dosent really add bulk) .

    Againt great review.
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    Spring holster will only hold stock size pre.
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    Great Review!
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    Nice review, gonna wait to see if they make it touchstone compatible.
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    So where did you buy that extended case? I didn't see it in the accessory store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mourningshadow View Post
    So where did you buy that extended case? I didn't see it in the accessory store.
    It's this one right here....

    Horizontal Leather Case For Extended Battery

    Thanks for the positive comments on my review
  14. #14  
    Excellent review, but have a question:
    Does this work with the touchstone charger? Maybe you did mention and I missed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aviator View Post
    Excellent review, but have a question:
    Does this work with the touchstone charger? Maybe you did mention and I missed it.
    Thank you. You are right, I forgot to mention that it doesn't work with the Touchstone charger. I assumed it was common knowledge already, and it never really crossed my mind since I don't have a touchstone charger. I believe that I read in one of the other threads that Seidio is working on a version that will work with the Touchstone, but no word yet about availability.
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    It uses the Sanyo cell, should be better than the Korean cell
  17. #17  
    Great topic dude. I probably would have bought this if not for the flash issues.
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    Looks like the host for the pics decided that too many people looked at this review... I will upload them separately.

    Admiral,

    You can still buy it.... Seidio said that they will replace the current cover with the redesigned one. All you have to do is tell them you want the redesigned one and they will ship one out to you free of charge, at least that's what I have read.
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    Hello All,

    Just to reaffirm that MannyZ28 has mentioned. We will be sending out a replacement battery door to anyone who requests it, free of charge.
    As with all of our products, we're very committed to your satisfaction. We are absolutely working on a modification to eliminate this issue. If you'd like to go ahead and put your name in now, please send an email to forum@seidio.com with the following information:

    Email Subject Line: Pre 2600 Battery Door
    Your Name
    Order Number
    Ship to Address
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    If they make a touchstone version of this, I would certainly consider it, even if only for times when I know I'll be traveling. The convenience of my touchstone is far too good to give up.
    Palm III -> Palm M100 -> Palm VII -> Tmobile MDA (The 3 year mistake) -> Palm Pre

    Hello, Palm. Good to have you back. Let's just pretend that the whole "me leaving you for WinMo" thing never happened, OK?
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