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Old 01-31-2007, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After reading Mike's review (SanFrancisco) on Seidio's extended battery for the 8100, I just had to purchase one for myself.

Color Matching:
I'm not the picky type so the shade of black of the battery cover is slightly different from the Pearl itself. Also the finish of the battery cover was made to prevent fingerprints unlike the OEM battery cover. Like Mike, I placed an invisible skin on the battery cover for better grip.

8100 Battery Cover Latch Poorly Built?:
The speaker holes makes the volume project a bit more loud and clear. The cover is perfectly cut out and had no troubles snapping it into place. I noticed that a few members have complained that pushing up on the cover leaves a 1-2mm gap. If you try that with the OEM cover, it does the same too. So it's not the fault of Seidio's battery door but the built of the Pearl itself.

Battery Life:
I too was shocked (in a good way) that Seidio had used Japanese cells for the extended battery. I have not charged the extended battery yet. Current status is at 51% and it has been 3.5 days so far with 100% brightness, BT on for about 2 hours, talk-time for about 7 hours and about two hours worth of games/taking pictures. So far very impressed with the battery life as Seidio claims the performance will improve after 5-6 charges! I'm expecting the battery will reach (near) 0% by Sunday night.

Bulky?:
Again, pictures are deceiving. Though the extended battery looks like it adds bulk, it does not. It's still easy to slide in and out of my pocket. (I apologize that the pictures are at the end of this long post as I'm having trouble with my ftp server).

Weight:
I know I'm not a scale but I really can't tell the weight difference between the OEM battery and Seidio's extended battery. As Mike had already weighed, the extended battery is less than 1 ounce heavier for 250% battery capacity than the OEM (2400mAh vs 900mAh).

Downside?:
I can't use my rubberized case

Conclusion:
Highly recommend the extended battery. Who knows when you'll be without a charger for a few days, possibly even a week? Even when hiking or camping. Add the Energizer Energi-To-Go and you can camp out for at least two weeks! Who knows, maybe Seidio will have a special for BBF members or even a group buy.

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