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  1. Yellowpants

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    As we all know the battery life on the D3 is not great, so i was looking into getting an extended battery, but the only problem was i cant find any cases that will fit it. I really need the extra battery life, but i dont want my baby to be without a case! Anybody know of any cases that will fit it?
     

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    I bought the hard plastic snap on case from the Verizon store when I purchased the D3, and it fits just fine with the extended battery.
     
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    Oh, that is the one i have currently! Thanks!:D
     
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    Hey quick question, how much bigger is the extended battery over the stock battery? Is it possible to get the original case over the new battery?
     
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    Are you referring to the original battery cover, or the case that you have to buy separately? If so, the original battery cover can be put on, however it leaves a bit of a gap along the side and doesn't fit snugly or properly, so I wouldn't recommend using it that way. I read somewhere that the extended battery is 2mm thicker than the original one.
     
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    There's a reason why they provide larger covers for larger batteries - batteries expand when they heat up. So even if it appears as though the standard cover will fit, you're just asking for a world of problems by using it. If the standard cover fit without any problems, wouldn't it make sense, in this world of "slim is in," for Motorola to want to include that?
     
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    i asked the Verizon store rep that and they said it was a bad idea and that it could damage the screen. They'd apparently killed the screen on their Droid X that way.
     
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    It is not the same as the Droid X and X2. It's not even the same battery. The extended battery cover raises the back a full 2mm. Don't worry, it doesn't look bad at all, and actually looks "stock". There is ZERO chance of reusing the stock cover, though. The Droid X had problems with putting too much pressure on the screen if you tried to use the stock cover, causing discoloration and potentially ruining the screen over time. The Droid X2 was able to use the stock cover with a *slight* tweak to the door legs. It was tight, but worked and didn't have the screen problems that the original X had. I used mine that way for 2 months without problems.

    The larger cover won't bother you on the D3, and it actually makes the camera "glass" recessed by 1mm instead of protruding by 1mm, hence adding a layer of protection to it while you have the phone laying on a table or desk. That (perhaps unintended) feature alone made using the extended cover worth using.
     
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    Has anyone found a hard cse (or really any case) for the Droid 3 which accomodates the extended battery? I got this one from Amazon and it held on for a little while (one side couldn't quite grip on).

    (I can't post a link, so search Amazon for B0057YQAVW)

    However, the tab recently broke, so I'm looking for a more permanent solution.

    Thanks!
     
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    People have said theres one you can buy from Verizon fits with the extended battery. I haven't personally tried it though.
     
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    The only one that I know if is the Verizon branded one that has the kickstand. I have both the Verizon one and the Qmadix one. The Qmadix is much nicer IMO to the Verizon one but does not accomadate the extended battery. The qmadix case is also much slimmer (obviously).
     
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    I have the Verizon Store Hard case with the built in stand, it works with the extended battery. Wish it wasn't that bulky but I am used to it now.
     
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    I'm using the Qmadix with the extended battery and stock backing plate... works just fine.
     
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    I just got the Verizon one. Accommodates my extended battery and its cover nicely. Only complaint is that the slide is significantly stiffer. I plan on sanding down some parts of the case to try to alleviate this. Will try to post results.
     
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    please update us as soon as you do! post before and after pics too so we can replicate the results should it go over well!
     
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    Yeah, it would fit, but would put extra pressure on the device internals. What about using the Qmadix case with NO battery door? Seems to fit just fine; doesn't seem to notice the extra thickness of the battery as I don't see the case back being pushed up anywhere.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    How i posted the comment twice I dunno :-(
     
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    One possible problem is that the battery covers are designed to hold the external SD chip down into its slot. Without a cover in place, there would be some risk that the chip, if you were using one, could slide up and lose contact.

    Regarding using the stock battery door instead of the extended battery door, well, it does snap on, yes, and it sure isn't going to damage the SCREEN on a Droid3, eh ?

    That said, I've been running mine that way for a week or two, and I have noticed maybe a problem...when typing longer stuff on the slide-out keyboard sometimes I am now noticing "ghost" keypresses causingg doubles (see?) or stuck-down keys ! Sometimes, even, the backspace key will come on and eat up a bunch of my recently typed text. I also get an odd screen come up displaying foreign alternatives to a key I just hit, which I then have to clear to continue.

    I had not considered these might be related to battery size pressure, but may be. The reason I used the smaller battery cover with the extended battery is because the black nobby rubber 2-part case Verizon sold me with the Extended battery, saying it would fit together fine, does not. The larger part, the back cover, will NOT stay on over the extended battery door, it pops off over the upper right corner of the phone's back. Fits fine over the regular battery door, regardless of what battery is in.

    It looks and sounds like the Qmadix case is the same thing.

    Glenn
     
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    Hmm. The verizon case works fine for me, but it's really hard to remove ...
     
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    I bought the otterbox case and it fits the extended battery but only if you leave no battery cover on the phone...
    but the case seems to actually fit better on the phone with the extended battery and without the back cover on..
     
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    Yah, that's what I thought about using the Qmadix case w/out the door, but Glennj had a good point, and I looked at the battery door and SD card and what he said makes sense. On the other hand with 16GB of internal storage, I suppose you could go w/out the SD card.
     
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    Well, your Verizon rep isn't too bright, then. On the D3, the screen is on a separate, slide-out unit. It's not like the Droid X, where the battery sits against the display. Think about it. For the battery to expand enough to push against the display, it'd have to push the keyboard up, then hard enough against the back of the sliding display (metal) to affect the display. That's not going to happen. Obviously you wouldn't be able to slide it open if your base unit was puffed up that much.

    I will give an entirely different take on this. Note that the battery is in an extremely hard case, itself. There isn't going to be much expansion in there. The the battery case itself is going to resist a lot more of the expansion than the flimsy back phone cover. Thus, I can't imagine that installing the original cover will have much effect on the battery function even when warm. Nor will it expand much against the phone... that battery case is too tough to expand much in any event.

    That being said, I use the stock cover with the extended battery, and I install the Verizon gel case which only works with the stock battery cover. Then WHY would Verizon provide an expanded back cover? Because the little clasps are just a bit harder to close over the extended battery, and thus there is a slightly higher chance the back battery door could partially pop off during normal use when using the extended battery. So, if you don't have a case, use the expanded back cover. If you're going to use a snap-on case anyway, it'll hold the hold the stock battery cover tight. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Neall
     
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    Hey, that's pretty good common sense there. ;) Why did that never occur to me?
     
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    Yep. That's what I was trying to get across in my post above. I was worried though that the battery expansion might be at least partially the cause of my slide-out keyboard starting to have sticky keys, so I tried the "leave off any battery cover so the case will fit" trick - (it really won't stay on with the extended battery cover on the back under it. The upper right corner won't seat.) Since I have done this, I have noticed two things. One is that the key-sticking problem has been reduced, but not eliminated, and the other is that others are reporting that the key-sticking is a software issue that the leaked OTA corrects (waiting for the release here).

    Well, that makes sense, but its not exactly what I see. I see that the extended battery DOES expand some when it is hot from either charging or discharging. Its case is not extremely hard, really. It looks like a nice hard plastic covers it, but if you peel up the label corner left of the hologram strip, you'll see that it is a standard foil-wrapped gel pack below the plastic frame.

    It would still pop off the plastic battery cover before it would damage the phone. Sometimes I have seen it bulge the cover a bit in the middle when its warm.

    That is what I was doing too, using the regular battery case with the extended battery. I agree with what you are saying, particularly since if the extended battery does really expand a bit and is already a tight fit, it might pop off the regular battery cover but that's not a big deal if I have the black nobby rubber case on behind it. I think I'll go back to that.

    Nice thinking !

    Glenn
     
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    Hilo, HI

    Regarding the sd card.. so far i havent had any problems with that. I use my phone as an mp3 player probably more than any other feature and I havent run into any issues with the card slipping out or anything.
     

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