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Thursday Poll: Deal Breaker if a Phone Doesn’t Have a microSD Slot?

During last night’s Droid Life Show, we talked at length about the storage choices that have been made for the newest crop of Android superphones. Google decided long ago that they were no longer supporting expandable storage through microSD card slots, so seeing only internal storage in the Nexus 4 is not a surprise. But with the DROID DNA¬†and One X, HTC also seems to be moving in a similar direction, one that many of you have voiced concerns over.

We went around the panel and asked if it would be a deal breaker to not have a microSD slot for expandable storage. The entire DL team was fine with internal-only, because most of us are heavily invested in the cloud. After reading through comments over the last couple of days, it’s clear that not all of you agree with that idea. So, let’s poll it.

Tell us if you can live with internal only or if you won’t even consider a phone unless it has expandable storage.

Deal Breaker if a Phone Doesn't Have a microSD Slot?

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  • PetiePal

    The real problem is that that the cellphone manufacturers, Google and the service providers want you to have everything live in the cloud. Unfortunately unlimited plans are no more, unless you’re grandfathered in….and Wifi ISN’T everywhere…and if it is, it’s not always free or open.

    Until THAT happens…I’ll need the local space. Unless those Samsung 64GB chips they just cranked out get like 2-3 put in a phone!

  • Pete Samson

    Absolutely a deal breaker. Reason of privacy, for one.

    You see, there is no way you can erase your old data from a flash memory, if you go to sell the phone. I have tried erasing and rewriting 5-6 times, and I was still able to recover everything that was on there. Flash memory doesn’t work like a hard drive. Hard drive you can erase. Flash memory, you can’t.

    Don’t let some Ebay pervert play with your pictures or videos. No way No how that you can remove internal memory from a phone. With a micro sd card, you just pull it out and use it in your new phone. Thats just one reason. There are many more. External cards are cheap and will get cheaper and larger.

  • Accessing stuff in the cloud eats into stoopid un-unlimited data.

  • joejoe5709

    I’d love to have the choice. That’s really what this boils down to. And Google hasn’t given us a good enough reason to omit it thus far. It’s getting obvious that they want us to use cloud storage as much as possible and that’s just B.S. And if you asked me a year ago, I would have said it’s a pretty major convenience feature. But now that I’ve lived without it for a year on my Gnex, I don’t it’s really all that necessary as long as there’s decent storage on board. Personally, it’s a much bigger deal for a tablet where you might be more likely to store movies, games and such. Otherwise, most of my music is streamed and when I want to move something to the computer, all I have to do is plug it in. Not a big deal.

  • Robert Hicks

    32gb or more internal memory without SD and I’m okay. 16gb of internal and a SD slot I’m okay. 16gb or less without a SD slot, I’ll buy another product.

  • Sparxx2k7

    I am probably repeating a point, but for me it depends on internal storage – if it is 8GB or smaller, then yes it is.

    If the device is rated @16GB or higher, then it’s not that big of a deal.

  • overclock

    If the price difference was less then maybe so. But to charge $100 to go from 32GB to 64GB is ridiculous. It only costs the manufacturers $10. That’s some markup! So drop the expansion slot but make it more reasonable to buy the 64GB. Or how about this, only produce the 64GB model so that you get such a huge discount that the cost differential is minimal.

  • SoWhy

    Yes, as long as phones have insufficient internal storage. I currently use 48 GB (16 GB internal and 32 GB SD) and it’s not enough because with limited data plans currently still being the standard for providers I can’t store stuff in the cloud efficiently.

  • Missing Option: Only if it supports USB OTG Mass Storage AND has 32GB internal.

    Being able to read from a memory card is more than just having additional storage, it’s about having access to removable media

  • deltatux

    As long as there is enough space on the phone, like 32 GB, I wouldn’t care about MicroSD. It’s preferred but not a deal breaker.

  • The only thing that makes me forget external storage is 32GB+ of internal storage. That’s proven to be enough for my Galaxy Nexus.

  • NemaCystX

    For me, I have DropBox and HTC phones gain more storage space for free. For me, the space on my phone is mostly used by music, ROM backups, ROM mods, App backups and Pictures I take.

    I think in the technical “cloud” era were in, we can better manage our data stored on physical devices, this could be an important “need” to overcome. Plus most smartphones support OTG Hosting so, thumbdrives could very well be a good backup storage option if no microSD slot exists and there is no data connection to download/stream from the cloud.

  • Sqube

    If you put at least 32GB (64 please!) of storage on the device, I’ll forgive you for not putting a microSD slot in there.

    But the issue that I have is when storage is gimped and the cloud is pushed while unlimited data plans are being taken away. If you want to screw me, you could at least buy me dinner.

  • A phone without expandable storage is one thing. I’m holding my own just fine with the VZW GNex with 32GB… a tablet on the other hand, would be a deal breaker without expandable storage

  • PhoenixPath

    Nope. Not at all. But 32Gb on-board is the minimum I will accept on a device without one.

  • schoat333

    There needs to be another option. I’m ok with 32GB onboard with no SD, but I would never buy a phone with less than that unless it has SD.

  • michael o’brien

    I just wish that we could transfer music from our phones onto our google music account. I have not yet figured that out, and I have 5 gigs of music on my phone that I want to put up in the cloud. No PC access either…

  • Alan Paone

    Deal un-breaker. I won’t buy a phone with an SD after using nexiises. SD is a surprising pain in the ass.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I agree. In that same breath though have you seen how windows phones use SD cards? Much easier and a brilliant way of incorporating them.

  • Landshark

    I have 96 GB on my S3. I spend a lot of times in tbe mountains and sailing off the California coast where there is no cell or wifi reception which means no cloud. I switched from HTC to Sammie because of no SD so its a deal breaker. You now have tablets that are wifi only and no SD…not good when your anchored 12 miles off the coast at tbe islands for a 3 day weekend and want to listen to a lot of music or watch a lot of movies. I also have like 350 aps…games for the kids and stuff so no way would 32 GB work for me.

  • S2556

    I would buy a phone with out an SD slot however if there was an equal or better one out with one that would get my money. I dont care if it is nexus sense or touch wiz as long as it has good dev support because AOKP stole my heart away

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    Like we didn’t know that the popular vote would be 32gb internal. C’mon how many of us own the G-Nexus!!! I for one am happy that there is such a thing of cloud storage now…

  • Shane

    The bigger issue for me is the completely ridiculous price increase between the different size models. No SD slot is a deal-breaker for me only because I refuse to be ripped off by paying 5x more for memory than what it is actually worth. On the average, moving from 16 to 32 GB on a device raises the price about $100.00. I got my 32 GB Samsung class 10 micro sd for $22.00. Why should I pay an extra hundred bucks every time I get a new phone or tablet for memory that I already purchased for $22.00 for life?