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Old April 5th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Micro SD Card Disappearing in New Android Phones

Hi everyone!

I'm new to this forum, so a big hello to everyone! I currently have a LG Optimus 3D which I love (unfortunately my carrier hasn't released the Gingerbread update! but I am looking to upgrade soon. I'm in Europe too!

I really like the new Galaxy Nexus, but something which puts me off is the fact that there is no micro SD card for storage. Is this really something that is a trend in new Android phones?! I have noticed that the new HTC One series doesn't include the micro SD card either!

For me, 16GB isn't really enough as I have that in music an then for apps for the phone, it just isn't enough. I'm thinking of going through my music collection and having playlists for the things I want to listen and frequently syncing music but I'd rather have all of it in one! What do you do to get round this on the phones that don't have a micro SD card? I am aware of Google Music, but I'm not very familiar with how this works.

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yes its a trend and its why I did not wait to upgrade to the new HTC One series. Also non removeable battery. But I have seen some carrier may have sim card and rem batterys version on their networks becasue of exactly what your concern is.
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Welcome to the forums, droidnico!

I don't think all manufacturers are going to the "no sd card slot" movement any time soon. You're not alone in thinking that a missing sd card slot is a big turn off. IMO, it's probably close to 50/50 when it comes to this issue. I think most people can probably live with only 16gbs but I think people will miss having the choice of having an expandable memory. That's my stance on the issue. Give me the choice to buy a 16gb phone and let me expand the memory if needed.

Google music and cloud service is great but having to depend on data to access all of my media is something I can't get used to just yet. I'm getting there though.
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At this point a phone would need to have some pretty compelling features to make me overlook the lack of a Micro SD card slot (or lack of a removable battery). I consider both of these the be "boxing me in", or limiting my options. I don't like being boxed in, regardless of the size of the box. If my Bionic suddenly disappeared and I had to buy another new phone (subsidized or not), I would get another Bionic.
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Historically, Nexus phones never had card slots, so never expect on them. As far as I can see though, while Sony launches the Xperia S with no card slot, I don't expect Samsung to (HTC has already shown that it will have a slot on its next gen devices). Samsung is yet to release a phone with no card slot to my knowledge.
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Well, if Apple can do it and kick our collective butts, then we better do it too!
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Apple isn't kicking Android's collective butts, since Android owns over 50% of the US smartphone market.
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sd card slot is important to me.

When I get a new phone, I like to just be able to put my card that was previously in my old phone into my new one. No fuss or trouble.
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Luckily android are many phones. I think the time is not right to lose the card & removable battery. But, saying that, my android kicks the butt of my old SPV (early windows smartphone) in that I can actually play music & browse the web simultaneously for much of the day. But I think we're still not there with a sealed battery that can last a whole day with normal use, so we'll still have removable battery.

It follows that if you have removable battery then you will have somewhere for a card, which is tiny anyway. There's no point having a battery compartment but no card slot.

There should also be a minimum requirement for built in storage. It would be fair to say android is the phone that makes people think of pocket computers, more than pocket PC ever did. An iPhone is just an iPhone. I'm not a fan of marketing so called 'budget' handsets with only 8gb, when memory is cheap, so I say just make phones with 64gb & a long life battery & have done with it.

But no, they want us to keep begging for more, & charge us for 'premium'!!!
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