Originally Posted by chris2k5
Not really. The market for removeable battery and SD slot account for very little of the target audience.
Both removable battery and SD slot are easily fixed:
1. Instead of carrying that spare battery around, carry an external battery that is around the same size.
2. HTC gives you 32GB out of the box instead of 16GB already. More than enough.
Nah, not even close to a fix. Removable batteries means you can get a new one when the original declines in its ability to hold a charge and lots of people don't like carrying a spare battery anyways. Also 32 gigs may be enough for you but I already have more than that just on my 64 gig card without even accounting for whats actually on the internal storage of my phone and I'm not alone. Like many people my phone is now also my personal music player and I use it to cart files as well. Both usages are not going to get less for most people but increase as phones become more and more the primary device with which we interact with the digital world. In other words you are speaking for yourself when you say 32 is enough and among the real world people I know a sealed battery means no sale because most people have been through an ipod or other device that was perfectly fine except for that pesky little dead battery issue and they dont really feel like going there again.