There's something to be said about removable batteries. They just save you time, which is often worth a lot! If you're looking for the best phone with a removable battery, the LG V20 is your best bet.

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LG V20

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The V20 is probably LG's best phone ever, and that's not just because it has one of the most coveted features for many phone enthusiasts: a removable battery. No, the V20 is a powerhouse, featuring a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and all the audio and camera features to satisfy the most hardcore of spec heads.

But if you're looking for a phone with that replaceable cell, the V20 is the tops: the back metal cover is easily removed, and the battery replaced in a snap. And because LG sells verified replacements, you can rest safe knowing that it is safe, and charged quickly, either inside the phone itself or through an optional external charger.

Bottom line: The V20 is one of the best smartphones of the year, period, but it's definitely the best choice for someone looking at buying a high-end device with a replaceable battery.

One More thing: The V20 can shoot 4K video with SteadyShot 2.0, which keeps tracking and panning ultra-smooth. Of course, 4K video uses a lot of battery, which is where a second cell, and a tripod, could come in handy.

Why the LG V20 is best

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If you're buying a phone with a removable battery, you likely know exactly why — because you don't like the new trend towards sealed devices and the potential issues they cause. Imagine if the Note 7 had a removable battery, and how much easier the recall could have been.

The LG V20 has a 3,200mAh battery on its own, but the fact that the battery cell can easily be replaced with another fully-charged equivalent negates the need for fast charging. That the V20 still supports fast charging through its USB-C port is an added bonus, because it means you don't necessarily need an external charger for the second battery. Just plug it in for an hour to top it up to 80% or so, and put back the primary cell, and you're good to go.

Aside from battery life, the V20 is an amazing phone, with a unique Second Screen experience, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and all the specs you could want from a top-tier phone.

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LG G5

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The LG G5 is better than the reviews let on. In fact, there's a lot to like about LG's first modular phone, its Friends notwithstanding: it has a beautiful 5.3-inch display, excellent performance, and great cameras. It also has, yes, a removable battery. While the 2,800mAh cell may not be as big as that inside the V20, who cares? This smaller phone has all the juice needed to power you through a whole day, and because it has been on the market for a few months already, it, and replacement battery cells, are easy to find for less.

Bottom-line: The G5 may not be the great follow-up to the G4 many were hoping for, it's still a great, powerful phone with an awesome removable battery and plenty of character.

One more thing: If you are a fan of photography, the LG CAM Plus is a camera grip add-on with an additional 1,140mAh of battery power, along with a two-stage shutter button and more.

Conclusion

The V20 is the best phone with a removable battery you can buy right now. And because it seems like LG is the only company making high-end Android phones with removable batteries, it may stay that way for a long time.

Best overall

LG V20

See at AT&T See at Verizon See at Sprint See at T-Mobile See at B&H Photo

The V20 is probably LG's best phone ever, and that's not just because it has one of the most coveted features for many phone enthusiasts: a removable battery. No, the V20 is a powerhouse, featuring a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and all the audio and camera features to satisfy the most hardcore of spec heads.

But if you're looking for a phone with that replaceable cell, the V20 is the tops: the back metal cover is easily removed, and the battery replaced in a snap. And because LG sells verified replacements, you can rest safe knowing that it is safe, and charged quickly, either inside the phone itself or through an optional external charger.

Bottom line: The V20 is one of the best smartphones of the year, period, but it's definitely the best choice for someone looking at buying a high-end device with a replaceable battery.

One More thing: The V20 can shoot 4K video with SteadyShot 2.0, which keeps tracking and panning ultra-smooth. Of course, 4K video uses a lot of battery, which is where a second cell, and a tripod, could come in handy.