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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I read that there is no SD card slot for the GNexus so basically whatever memory comes with the phone is it.

Which is fine. But I also read in a review on google that you can't easily attach the USB to the phone/computer and transfer files that way either. Is that true?

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I read that there is no SD card slot for the GNexus so basically whatever memory comes with the phone is it.

Which is fine. But I also read in a review on google that you can't easily attach the USB to the phone/computer and transfer files that way either. Is that true?
Yes it's built in storage. No it's not difficult to mount as USB storage. Also, transferring over cloud services is always an option.
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I read that there is no SD card slot for the GNexus so basically whatever memory comes with the phone is it.

Which is fine. But I also read in a review on google that you can't easily attach the USB to the phone/computer and transfer files that way either. Is that true?
Its not really difficult, but you need a USB On The Go adapter. That turns the microUSB port into a normal female USB port.

Amazon.com: Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter: Cell Phones & Accessories

They are pretty cheap to get though. Also at this point and time, as far as I know, you need to root the phone to use flash drives with it.
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I read that there is no SD card slot for the GNexus so basically whatever memory comes with the phone is it.

Which is fine. But I also read in a review on google that you can't easily attach the USB to the phone/computer and transfer files that way either. Is that true?
Because there is one unified glob of memory, it can't do mass storage mode like most phones, which make the SD card inaccessible to the phone. Instead it supports something else, that shares the storage.

It works poorly on Linux machines (unbelievably slow transfer), and you have to use a client on OSX. Supposedly it works great on Windows, but I can't confirm that. That said, I presume it will get better over time.
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Because there is one unified glob of memory, it can't do mass storage mode like most phones, which make the SD card inaccessible to the phone. Instead it supports something else, that shares the storage.

It works poorly on Linux machines (unbelievably slow transfer), and you have to use a client on OSX. Supposedly it works great on Windows, but I can't confirm that. That said, I presume it will get better over time.
I can confirm it works fine in Windows XP and 7.
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Works fine for me too. I use a standard micro USB to USB cable with no issues. Just make sure you have the right drivers installed.
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Win 7, Win XP, Mac OS 10.7, Mac OS 10.8... all work fine. Linux is supposed to be easier because no driver is required.... haven't bothered hooking up to a linux box though since I don't run any a desktop.

The adapter a previous poster mentioned would be if you wanted the phone to work as a USB host - not to be able to read the phone from your computer (aka, the normal use).

To say it another way. The storage in the phone is obfuscated so you can't just read it raw. But, hooked up to a modern OS the computer gives you a view that you can read what looks like an SD card. If you're a power user this is a bit of a pain because it's obvious it's hiding things from you, and there are some odd delays in when things become visible on occasion.

If you're a normal user (copying photos, mp3s, etc.) you'll be fine.
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