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Android's Matias Duarte takes to G+ for Q&A: "SD cards are confusing for users"

0. phoneArena 30 Oct 2012, 09:54 posted on

The topics are, of course, the new Android 4.2 release, and the new Nexus devices that came along with it, the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. As you can easily guess, some of the most often-asked things are about the system buttons and status bar now consistent in Jelly Bean, as well as the lack of memory card slots in the new Nexus gear...

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posted on 30 Oct 2012, 13:50

52. PilotHead (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Apr 2009)


SD cards aren't necessarily confusing for simple things like storage, but trying to tie an SD for the OS can be a nightmare.

Example is for a lot of droids that let you use your SD to store apps. When that happens you may end up losing functionality in your app (losing widgets, losing the app if SD is removed, leaving data/files in your SD even after removing the app)

Many awesome alternatives are out there, I've hardly used much storage on my phone.

-Google Music let's you upload/store/stream 25,000 Songs free on your phone and browser for free

-iTunes Match is $25 for a year, match your songs with their store or uploads it and syncs it across your computers and iPhones.

-Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon all offer free storage options for files and photos.

The OS needs to be simple and accessible, having 2 on board storage options to manage will not reach that cause. If you really need that much more music/photos/videos on your phone, pony up for cloud options instead of bigger SD cards.

Storing your entire music collection, lots of videos, and insane albums on your phone seems more like data hoarding to me.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 13:52 1

54. PilotHead (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Apr 2009)


On that note, 8GB is a bit on the tiny side. I always felt 16GB should cover most people

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:01 1

55. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i would have liked to see a 16/32 option and screw the 8.. but hey, at that price for that kind of hardware, its a minor thing to bitch about.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:07 3

56. networkdood (Posts: 6273; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If a phone has 64 or more GB of space for storage, then fine out with the SD card. In the file explorer, have it read 'INTERNAL' and 'EXTERNAL' and that will clear up the confusion.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:09

72. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your thinking like a tech.

pretend your Gallito.. or whatever name Taco is prancing around as..

be that dumb..

now try to figure out what a file explorer.. or internal/external mean.

There are alot more dodo's than there are tech people.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:08 2

58. networkdood (Posts: 6273; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Problem with cloud storage is data use - unless you are on WI-FI

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:10

73. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if your on Tmobile, they have a "true unlimited" option now with no throttle. It's the same price as the 5 gig plan.. problem solved :)

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 02:28

77. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4063; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


^^ This. And the Nexus 4 being HSPA+ 42 compatible just makes it even sweeter.

By the way, is there some sort of list somewhere that says where all of the HSPA+ 42 markets are? I can't find any, and T-Mobile's own coverage map doesn't differentiate HSPA+ 42 from the rest.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:37 1

60. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I personally like flexibility. SD cards are a helpful way to achieve that without paying more money than I would like just to upgrade my phone as an SD card allows me to upgrade when I like versus when they want me to. I am sure storage will get cheaper as we go along but I prefer the flexibility I will have when I buy a 32GB Note 2 and increase it will a 64GB microSD card.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:56 1

61. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow MS tablets are confusing and now SD cards are confusing, no confusion here at Apple camp... on another note, SD cards are not confusing, when I had the Droid X I had an 8 gig card and was simple to use the only down side that had to take the battery out to remove the SD card.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:48

64. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Ok so here's one confusion wrt SD Card from "your" Apple world :)
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2459057?start=120&tstart=0

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:41

65. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ahhh ok i thought I was on another site... is still phone arena we only talk about phones and tablets... so can you say something related to this site and topic...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:30

62. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Confusing? Really? Or it's a long term plan to hook everyone to "Dope" called CLOUD Storage? I would rather buy a device that doesnt force me into CLOUD dope addiction.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:45 1

67. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't put such awfully small amounts of memory in their phones. The Nexus 4 is what, 8GB only? The best flagship phones like the One X only has a 16GB version in the US? Not to mention those with 32GB and up, the availability is just not there, the extra cost is astronomical compared to buying a single 16GB/32GB card, and WTF are you gonna do about budget phones that come with 2GB onboard? It may seem implausible for some software engineer who wants to streamline everything for themselves, but it sure doesn't help the consumer, or just pure reality.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 20:03

70. phil2n (Posts: 473; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


apples gonna use this reason why they dont have SD card

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 23:22

71. Thanthea (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The phone only cost 349 out right. Who cares if the most storage offered is 16gb. Owners will just have to choose what is worth storing locally and what will be stored in the cloud. I've already bought into cloud storage via drop box, and have had no need for more than 16gb on a day to day basis. I must say that I do own a tablet as well so I do not store video locally on my phone. Which helps a lot. Watching video longer than 3-4 minutes on a phone always felt silly.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 01:47

75. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Well before they go and make such flamboyant statemanets, they should bring 32GB and 64GB versions of nexus 4!!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:19

78. medicci37 (Posts: 640; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Apple just fired a couple of douchebags. Maybe they could use Matias

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 22:15

79. yazbuh (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I love my Galaxy Nexus the only problem for me is the lack of SD card slot 16 GB for me is quite small, Before most of my media files are stored on the SD like movies, music, and pictures. While the other files like games are stored on the phone memory, but now everytime I take a lot of pics I put them on my PC and delete them on my phone... That's one of the biggest hassle eversince I got my Nexus can't even store my videos anymore, my midrange phone before has more storage than my nexus rightnow... (-_-)

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