Hm, your selection is getting smaller then. HTC, Nokia and Sony all tend toward phones without changeable batteries.
Practically only Samsung left among the top tier manufacturers who still let you open up the device yourself to get to the battery.
Interesting, I've had Samsungs so I hadn't noticed this. It seems a strange trend to me. I like to be able to open things up and fix them myself, I hate having to rely on others to solve my problems. Especially with a cell phone which have such crappy batteries to begin with, and which sometimes require removal of the battery to "reset" the phone if something goes haywire (though that hasn't happened to me in a long while), it just seems like a strange trend.