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DROID X Battery Pull Tab Changed, Is this Clear Enough?

When the Droid X first launched, there was some confusion surrounding the battery pull tab and whether or not it should be removed.  In fact, there was even a little rumor suggesting removal of the tab would be grounds for instant warranty cancellation.

Good news though!  As you can see from the shot above, new DX devices are shipping with a much clearer pull tab featuring 2 logos to remind you not to cut or remove.  Silly.

And here is the previous version…

Anyone remove their pull tab?

Photo Source:  Android Central

  • Mold

    i did wtf

  • http://www.lead411.com/Carmen_DiRienzo_1524130.html Carmen DiRienzo

    The markings look like they are suggesting that you pull it out of the phone. The new markings shown above make way more sense.It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us.

  • http://weblogs.jomc.unc.edu/talkingbiznews/?p=17690 Nightly Business Report

    Interesting post, Take everything you’ve come to know and love about Verizon’s Droid line of Android smartphones starting with the original Motorola Droid then taking a step forward…

  • Wjhguy

    Mine never had a tab, so I am assuming that the personnel at the Verizon store removed it while prepping the phone for me.

  • Jason

    yes. i did. bummer.

  • Jason

    yes. i did. bummer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    Of course this is fine, but it was clear enough the first time, honestly.

  • Cindy

    I nearly pulled mine out, too. It was a little too tough to pull so I had a second thought about doing that. My first thought was that it was a 'divider' for the electronics and removing it was necessary for the battery to function. I think it is a bad design. Shame on the designers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philip-Kaiser/534959394 Philip Kaiser

    This is why the I*hone doesn't have a removable battery. People might try to remove the battery through the screen. lol

  • Skppy

    I removed it…..i are a moron

  • janey

    Hmm… Yep, I just got my new phone, and it's the older version.

    What would *YOU* do if you got your new phone and went to install the battery, and there was a tab that very clearly said “PULL”? Wouldn't you think it was one of those tabs meant to protect contacts during shipping? Wouldn't you try to pull it out? WELL, WOULDN'T YOU???

    When it didn't come off very easily I decided to google… I hope I haven't damaged it *too* much…

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    People that pulled that tab all the way out are a bunch of MORONS!!

    • Crazyawesomeninjaguy

      screw you asshat it says PULL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RodeoFive

    My wife pulled the tab totally off. It said “pull” didn't it? Hopefully this will make it more clear.

  • Sjschwar

    I looked it over for a good 10min, trying to figure it out. But that's what i do with everything, over think it. You get so excited opening it up, then realize you are being stumped by a tiny plastic gold tab with four letters on it. I should have just thrown the battery in the back like some average joe and not followed the instructions.

  • http://YourWebsite Erica

    Thank goodness – I was actually confused by it when I got my Droid X – it looked too much like the tabs that come on electronic toys – where you pull the tab to use the internal battery. The writing and logo makes it look like you should pull it off, rather than cut it.

    Fortunately, I was so confused that I looked in the setup guide before pulling too hard.

  • http://YourWebsite KE4QPF

    I’m still trying to find the eFuse so I can light it with a Zippo. LOL!

  • http://YourWebsite Timoh

    I’ve pulled the battery 2 or 3 times and sometimes it feels like the thing is going to come off on its own.

    Kane, mine is stuck to the rubber wedge as well, The rest of the markers in the phone are fine and the paper is still white, not red. It’s also just the battery, if they try to void you based on that, just buy a new battery and have a spare…

  • KenH

    Yea, I am a stupid Moron. I saw the tab that said pull. So I pulled. But, I at least kept it. I stuck it back on, and it is just like I never pulled it. So, I am not that stupid. But, getting the battery out was challenging.

  • http://YourWebsite Shanklin07

    Did we get rid of disqus?

  • Alf4lyfe

    I did…and then I read about it here and felt like an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/11Knives Michael

    it should say “do not remove under penalty of law”… just like my bed pillows lol

  • Rain_king46

    I did not remove mine because I had read a lot about my DX before I got it. But I do understand the confusion. The tab says pull and also says do not cut. It doesnt say anything about the battery. Looking at it, it almost seems like the separators that you see on some electronics now that keep two pieces from rubbing together during shipping that HAVE to be removed prior to using the device. The markings look like they are suggesting that you pull it out of the phone. The new markings shown above make way more sense.

    • Drdisco69

      That's exactly what I thought. I tore the plastic a bit, but didn't rip it entirely out as I realized what it is for. Glass house dwellers, begin throwing stones.

      • janey

        Yep, that's exactly what I thought too. It seriously looks like it is supposed to separate. I thought it was one of those safety tabs meant to cover contacts during shipping.

    • JTE

      Yep, definitely thought it was to cover contacts on the back of the phone. If they didn't want people to remove it, then they shouldn't have put the words “pull” on it. They should have put nothing at all, or if they really needed to put words, how about “do not remove” ???

  • DroidXuser

    ok…..when is 2.2 coming out for the Droid X?….I am sick of this low volume and I want the update to fix it, otherwise I might have to switch to the Droid Incredible……..

  • Adrian

    Good to know. I'll be nice and gentle with mine when it comes, I just ordered it today. Funny story, I wasnt due to upgrade until Sept 20th, but I didnt wanna wait and I knew that if I tried to order the DX on the 20th it still probably would be in stock so it would just be more waiting. So I emailed customer support and told them I was having problems with my phone (Im not) and asked if I could upgrade early. They said the phone was still under warranty, and I said I'd rather not go through the whole warranty process since my upgrade is so close. Long story short I ordered my DX today over 2 weeks ahead of time, cant wait til it comes!

  • ajbattaglia83

    Yea I definitely pulled mine off the first day I got and didn't know I wasn't suppose to until I tried to take out the battery a month later and was like what the he'll how does this come out so I googled it only to find I shouldn't have pulled the tab that's says pull…now I have to use a credit card to get it out

    • Greghdavid

      You can also use a suction cup :)

  • villian1998

    So the scissors mean… I cut it, right??

    • Timoh

      Yeah, cut a circle out, then cut the circle in half. That's what I got out of it.

  • Timoh

    I've pulled the battery 2 or 3 times and sometimes it feels like the thing is going to come off on its own.

    Kane, mine is stuck to the rubber wedge as well, The rest of the markers in the phone are fine and the paper is still white, not red. It's also just the battery, if they try to void you based on that, just buy a new battery and have a spare…

  • EC8CH

    Where's the bootloader release pull tab?

    • evltwn

      That's the best comment of the day!

  • kane

    i've had to do so many battery pulls due to the X just freezing up that the paper that shows that water got on the battery peeled off and stuck to the phone. Soo.. guess my warranty is void now anyways, which is ironic that i voided my warranty due to a fault in the phone.

  • kellex

    I've heard from at least a half dozen people that removed it. And yes I laughed at them. :)

    • EC8CH

      There was a similar dilemma with the Droid and a clear film on the back of the screen when the keyboard is extended. That turned out to be something that WAS supposed to be removed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

        Got my Droid back in March, and just removed that film about a week ago :) HAHA. *face palm*

        • Flyinion

          LOL I didn't even KNOW there was a film back there until I read something about removing it when looking for cases and came across some skins that also put a skin piece on that area.

      • The_Other_Ray

        I've left that on this whole time until I read your post. And I've been thinking that it was a little annoying. Thanks man.

        Face palm for me also.

      • http://twitter.com/vannmann vanhicksjr

        Dude you rock, I NEVER noticed that. Thought the back looked ugly, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    Why would you want to remove your battery pull-tab?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RFDMAGYGZE7CFWXWBIZE3RTW2A -=Hacku=-

    I've heard of people that pulled the tab completely out. They must be missing a few brain cells…lol

    • Paulcalvinkennedy

      I did it and I'll admit it.

  • http://twitter.com/Ludacrosse05 Ludacrosse05

    First thing I'm going to do when I get my Droid X on September 10th is going to remove it.

    I hate being told what to do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chad-Ramey/743058655 Chad Ramey

      the battery is a bitch to get out if you do

  • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

    and here i thought android users were the smart OS group

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philip-Kaiser/534959394 Philip Kaiser

      You took the words from my mouth.

      • TheWizKid95

        but you have to remember, this is the motorola side of the OS

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  • jutley

    The first employee I bought one for did…

  • Kierralj

    Damnit I pulled it…ummm what now?