I also found that the battery indicator shows level worse than it really is. Yaesu or a 3rd-party battery supplier could easily double the battery thickness and yet retain a reasonably slim profile and remain comfortable in the hand. If Yaesu doesn't do it, someone else will -- probably on eBay. Necessity is still the mother of invention. I am now using my FT-70DR with the SharkRF OpenSpot2 hotspot. One can use the FT-70's low transmit power setting which improves battery life and still get good range around the immediate neighborhood. The OpenSpot2 works so well that Yaesu could add a fourth ultra-low-power transmit setting of say 50-100 mW. That would substantially extend battery life in between charges for users like me who are gravitating more toward hotspot devices.