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The HTC Mogul From Sprint: Great Phone, Awful Battery
Sprint's HTC Mogul smartphone is an excellent phone. It's got a high-quality screen, great multimedia capabilities, and a suite of excellent features that make it an excellent phone to own. However, a high quality battery life, in keeping with the quality of the rest of the phone, is not something it has. At only 1500 mAh, the standard battery dies fast, especially if you're doing some of the many more intensive things the phone is capable of doing so well, such as browsing online, watching videos, etc. The phone can only be counted on for 4 hours of talk time, not counting the many other things you may want to do with it.
If you've got an HTC Mogul and you find you're constantly running out of power, or if you're thinking of getting one and the battery concerns you, you may want to think about picking up a more powerful battery. There are so many extended batteries out there, though, so which one should you choose? Here are two of the best options, each with different amounts of battery power depending on the way you want to use your phone.
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Seidio Innocell 1650 mAh Extended Life Battery
Many extended batteries are bigger than the one already in the phone, and as a result, they force you to add a new, bulkier battery cover to your phone. Available from Seidio, this 1650 mAh Battery boasts a slight extension of battery life with a battery of identical size that fits underneath the standard HTC Mogul battery cover.
Admittedly, this isn't going to boost your battery life by much. The difference between 1500 mAh and 1650 mAh is about what it sounds like. However, it is an increase, even if it's only a small one. And since you'd have two batteries if you kept your original one handy, as long as you made sure to keep them both charged, you'd have the ability to switch in the standard battery if you did ever get caught with this one dead. This is worth considering if you don't need much of a boost in power and if switching between the two batteries doesn't sound like too much of a hassle to you. With a $40.90 price tag, it's also a bit cheaper than the much larger option, and the added bonus of not making your phone any bulkier is nice. Still, if you're looking at paying for an extended battery at all, you might want to go even bigger than this.
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Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh Extended Life Battery
This 3500 mAh battery, also available from Seidio, is an absolute powerhouse. It is bigger than the battery that comes with the phone, so it does widen your phone by a little less than 4 mm, but that's not a huge amount, and it does come with the new battery door to fit over the top of the new battery. Also, the new battery cover comes painted with Seidio's "signature soft touch coating," which is just their fancy way of saying it has a matte finish. Everyone has their own preferences, but a matte finish has a nice texture, and is a lot less likely to get noticeably scuffed or covered in fingerprints than the standard battery door.
At $57.30, this is a bit more expensive than their smaller model, but it's not really that big a difference in price, and with the added power it provides, even if you are constantly watching videos, and downloading and using some of the best Android games and other applications available, you'll have a hard time draining this battery all that quickly.
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Rapid Battery Charger
A bigger battery is going to take longer to charge. It will still charge just fine with the standard charger you've got, but it's going to take that much longer. You may want to consider a rapid charger if you're looking at getting an extended battery, especially if you're looking at getting a much bigger battery. It's not necessary, so if you have the means to charge often, you may not need it. However, if you find you're draining it closer to empty before charging each time, and you just don't have the time to plug it in for the long periods of time it needs to charge up after that, you might want to pick up a more powerful charger to go with your more powerful battery.
As with batteries, there are plenty of these on the market. Naztech makes one of the best choices for a rapid wall charger, and it comes with the added bonus of being more than just a wall charger. In addition to the standard AC wall charger, the Naztech N300 3-in-1 charger comes equipped with a USB charger for your computer or laptop, and a car charger for when you're on the go. Available for $24.99, the price for what is essentially three different chargers is more than reasonable.
There are plenty of other accessories available for the HTC Mogul, of course, but the list above covers everything you should need to extend your battery life and wash right over the phone's biggest weakness so you can get started enjoying your experience with an otherwise excellent smartphone. Good luck!