In defence of phones without expandable memory

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There is usually an outcry from the tech crowd when a phone’s specifications are announced and there is no external memory card slot on the list. Justifiably so in some cases. Still, the idea of phones without memory expansion is not without merit.

Have you ever had your entire music library on a memory card corrupted? Or everything on a card lost because the card failed? If you have, you already know one of the possible nightmares of using a memory card. Also, writing to and reading from a microSD card tends to be slower than doing same with internal memory. Observant people will notice that small speed difference. It may not be huge, but it is there.

At the end of the day, it is your call what you choose to use. While we are on this, if you are a microSD card user, here are some things you should know about micorSD cards.

Personally (but not “habatically,” courtesy of P-Square), I have owned a handful of devices that had no memory card slot. These include: HTC One X, Sony Xperia P, and Nokia Lumia 920. I didn’t miss the memory card using those mobiles. Not once. Consider too that unlike geeks and techies who tend to swap cards from time to time, the average user almost never touches the card in their phones. Techies may be loud, but manufacturers know that the market lies more with the general populace.

I believe that we will see more and more phones without memory card slots, especially at the higher end of the market where users often own a PC and can backup their files to a PC or some other device. Still, thankfully, the consumer has more than enough options to pick from depending on what he wants.

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What have been your experiences with removable memory cards? Have you used a phone that didn’t support a card? What was your experience like?

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  1. ” Have you ever had your entire music library on a memory card corrupted? Or everything on a card lost because the card failed? If you have, you already know one of the possible nightmares of using a memory card. Also, writing to and reading from a microSD card tends to be slower than doing same with internal memory. Observant people will notice that small speed difference. It may not be huge, but it is there.”

    You probably haven’t lost files stored on the internal memory of your phone due to phone refusing to boot up and needing to be reset to start working again. It has happened to me and I appreciated the fact that most of my personal files were stored on the SD card. Yet, I’ve had more SD card crash than internal memory corruption in my mobile life experience but this is not the only reason one may desire to have SD card slot on their phones.

    The difference between say 16 GB iPhone and 32 GB version is too large that if the device has memory card slot, it would be a lot more cost effective complementing the 16 version with a 32 GB memory card or even 64 GB card and still have some balance left. As a matter of fact, devices with up to 32 GB internal storage and above but without SD card slots can be used with little problem that the SD card slot won’t be missed so much but when you factor in the difference in cost, it makes sense to have it and grow the capacity with SD card.

    1. Just for your information.. Resetting a phone uninstalls all the applications ONLY…. NOT the media or document files ( or any files that are not data of the applications installed).
      And do you think people are dumb enough to buy the larger storage versions of flagship phones if they include an sd card?
      Let me know what you have to say

  2. Memory card slot is ?????f no use if d fone has a large internal memory lets say 32 to 64gig. Most phones has internal memory less dan 1gig

  3. I would always prefer devices with a memory card slot, I store all my files on a memory card (+ a backup on my computer).
    ever since I learnt to differentiate an original memory card from a fake one (way back in 2009) I never had a memory card go bad/corrupt (am still using a 4gb card that I bought in 2009).
    Storing your files in the internal memory doesn’t mean that it cannot be corrupted one day. And what if the device should fall into a pool of water what then happens to your files if restoration of the device requires it to be flashed.
    I have close to 2000 songs on my phone and 127 videos and lots of pictures not to mention some miscellaneous zip files, pdf and doc files. All of these can not fit on the 11.5GB space available on my phone. And if I should eventually upgrade my phone I want to be able to remove the 32GB microSD from the old one and pop it into the new one to move my files to the new device instead of spending an hour copying my files.

  4. Different strokes for different folks. I never missed my memory card slot because I back up my files in the cloud, on my laptop and on my external hard drive except my music and video files. I’m a music lover and my music library is huge, almost 1TB of music is stored on my WD 2TB external harddrive. My video library is around 400GB. However I delete video files I no longer feel the need to keep.
    My point is, whether phone fall inside water o, thief steal am o, memory card corrupt o, or any thing even happens to the phone, I ain’t got no worries. Every goddam thing is intact. In fact, I prefer phones without memory card slots because I feel they reduce the efficiency of my device.

  5. Hi Bro,

    Memory Card is essential Feature of smartphones and its depends on user whether they need memory card slot or not,

    Some users want more and more memory in their phones for storing large number of songs and Games. than phones without memory card slots are useless but still their are some user who only using phones for professional use and don’t need to memory card to store huge data.

  6. If the device has internal memory less than 16gb (11gb??) AND has no memory card slot, that is a deal-breaker for me. I can use a 32gb (and above) device with no memory card slot just fine….would debate harshly on a 16gb with no memory card

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