Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007 without a micro SD card slot, critics have bellowed, as to why it was made so. Apple has been all deaf ears, still making phones without an SD card slot. Did you think they were doing it blindly?
Samsung has always been a proponent of doing the opposite to Apple. Making devices with removable batteries and most notably including space for external micro SD cards. This trend continued until the release of their latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge without a micro SD card slot. Have we ever thought to ask why the sudden switch?
You see; having a micro SD card slot is nice. It helps expand you phone storage, allowing you store more things or have more content on your device, but that’s about the only notable advantage you get.
On the flip side, using a micro SD card comes along with many issues. Asides the one ships with your device, buying a good and genuine memory card is difficult. Most of the time we buy fake ones which in turn greatly affects the performance of our phones.
Talking of performance, having a micro SD card considerably slows down your phone. Let me explain : When all apps are installed on the internal storage, they run smoother and more more efficiently with less lags. The reverse is the case when they’re installed on the micro SD card. This is because the phone takes more effort to read/write data from the ‘external’ SD card.
This is where you’re told to buy a Class 10 micro SD card, because that’s the one with the fastest write speeds, but then it still affects overall performance.
During the launch of the S6 , Samsung boasted that the device would not lag, this is backed by the fact that the phone lacks a micro SD slot.
Manufacturers should know this, If you must remove the micro SD card slot:
- Make sure the internal storage is big enough (not that crappy 16GB of the TECNO Phantom Z Mini ).
- Make sure to include the USB-OTG feature. This comes as a consolation to those that still need to be able to move files around.
Do you think scrapping the use of Micro SD cards is a good thing ? Your thoughts are welcome.