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Are you OK with the lack of memory expansion slot trend of flagship phones?

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Are you OK with the lack of memory expansion slot trend of flagship phones?
Apple has been doing it for a while now with its iPhone editions, but recently most major phone manufacturers outed or will have flagship models without microSD card slots.

In the slideshow below we have listed some major handsets that force you to make do without more memory than their makers supplied internally, and upon making it we realized that this is getting epidemic now.

That is why we wanted to ask if you approve this obvious trend, and to what extent the good ol' memory card can be swapped for the newly-minted cloud storage services most major smartphone manufacturers are now trying to make us stomach. 

Is it all an evil plot to make us sign up for cloud storage and tied up even further in the respective mobile ecosystem, so that we never leave, or is it just for cost-cutting/space saving reasons? Fill in our poll below and sound off your arguments in the comment section.

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Are you OK with the lack of memory expansion slot trend of flagship phones?
25.85%
420 votes
(420 votes) No biggie, 16/32GB locally are more than enough for me
6.03%
98 votes
(98 votes) With the new cloud storage services, the lack of memory card slot is irrelevant
25.97%
422 votes
(422 votes) I'm a digital hoarder, so I need all the space I can get, both online and offline
42.15%
685 votes
(685 votes) I'll never buy a phone without memory card slot, more so since I don't use the cloud for privacy reasons

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posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:53 3

1. LahiruRD (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


Sony also offers 50GB Cloud storage via BOX :)

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:08 1

8. Daniel.P (Posts: 106; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Is this still working? It was supposed to be a one-time promo by the end of December...

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:10 2

10. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yeah it still works!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:19 1

14. Daniel.P (Posts: 106; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Thx, added.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:35 1

29. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Oh? Is this available on the Tablet S and Xperia S? If so, how do I get it? Thanks!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 11:41 1

39. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Download the Box application then register and you will get the free 50 GB :)

I think it only works with the Xperia phones though, but I am not sure.

I have a SEX Arc and Sony Tablet S and I just use the account I made on my Arc.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 12:19

42. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


it works with my Desire S.. i think it's for all android, but for a limited time.. idk about SE or Sony, though.. they may have it continually..

So, if i get the One X, i will have 32 GB onboard, 25 GB dropbox, 50 GB Box.. So, yeah, 107GB.. more than enough.. too much, probably, for me..

i don't think i will ever use up the 32 GB onboard, let alone the cloud storage.. and if Google Drive really kicks off, i don't know how many more GB it will have in total..

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 22:53 1

60. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Not really...the 50GB offer for all Android finished on March 23Rd

Sorry mate :/

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:58 4

2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


There's a huge difference between 16 and 32 gigabytes...

16 for me is not enough at all where as 32 is more than I need.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:58 8

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


SD cards is important to me for file transferring concers. I don't wanna bring my USB cable always. lol

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:57 2

34. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yup thats also my main issue.. i like to be able to just put the sd card in the computer and goo .. its great cuz i can do it in any computer

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:58 6

4. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I personally wouldn't use cloud storage but we have seen instore alarming data limit usage rises and battery drainage from people using cloud storage,especially the icloud for instance as most people have it turned on and not know its running

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 12:23 1

43. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yeah, i think the problem with cloud is that it uses up too much data, especially if you turn on the instant upload, and it's quite slow and expensive if you are using Network Data..

So it's better if storage providers start to tell users their options and how to manage the storage so as to reduce battery and data drain..

i personally only sync when there is wifi available.. and that's usually when i am home, so charging port is always available too.. i save up my data only to download important stuff on the go..

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:01 13

5. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I'll never buy a phone without memory card slot, more so since I don't use the cloud for privacy reasons.

SD cards shouldnt be killed. There's nothing more reliable than physical storage.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:03 12

6. android_hitman (unregistered)


i like SD cards, i don't want to be limited.. + i don't like cloud storage

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:33 8

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Me too, if your stuff is in the cloud, it's really not yours. You are at the mercy of the cloud. So if the cloud ever goes down, all your pics, music, books & everything else is lost. You essentially would be sh*t out of luck!

MicroSD cards are coming down in prices daily, & 32GB MicroSD cards are now fairly priced (there are great deals out there if you look online) There are now 64GB cards available also. Still expensive but they are out there.

I am 100% with android_hitman "i like SD cards, i don't want to be limited.. + i don't like cloud storage".

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:41 4

31. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 481; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Another problem is when you can access the cloud you're at the mercy of the data caps imposed by your carrier. Public Wifi, when available, isn't always the best idea as far as security goes.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 11:04 4

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are right, there are so many reasons why the cloud is really not that great of an option. I was going to list those also but then it would have become an essay! lol

+1 for you!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:03 5

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


hell no I have a 32gig card I dont want to just throw away

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:10 8

9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I would never buy a smartphone without memory expansion both because I am a memory hoarder and I would not use Cloud Storage for privacy concerns; I would also never want to be at the mercy of ever-changing policies of Cloud Storage guidelines and rules.

If I wanted a phone with liMiTations, iWould have bought an iPhone a long time ago.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 12:00

41. bucky (Posts: 2690; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


or half of the new android phones coming out nowadays. difference is apple seems to make it a bit easier to access that storage and offers a 64gb model.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:12 3

11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


No, the lack of memory card slot is the main reason I will never buy an iPhone and also the reason I didn't buy the GNex. Buying a SD card is cheaper than buying the phone with more onboard storage. I don't like to rely on network based storage like iCloud or some s**t like that, makes my phone useless when I'm disconnected

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:56 1

51. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


This is crazy, my dream phone HTC One X, I will have to past, because one big reason I never bought an iPhone is because it has no removable battery an expansion slot. Even though I have everything MAC, but I'm a Fandroid. However if this is a trend and I see nothing compatible to the Google Nexus or HTC One X, I will gladly jump onto the iPhone s**tty bandwagon if this is the way it's gonna be. This SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:16 2

12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I owned a iPhone for a short time and that was my biggest issue, no sd slot. I had to pull content off my 16GB phone all the time. I had no interest paying the increased price tag for just storage. Now with my Vivid, I will be getting a 32GB card. My job requires a lot of picture taking so it fills up a lot of my space

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:16 2

13. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


to buy a phone with no sd card, for me its NAY AND NEVER

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:26 2

15. ryq24 (Posts: 737; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


what happen when the phone goes crazy. cloud is still new and unproven. i prefer a phone with sd card. damn you apple for staring this trend! :-)

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:30

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


cloud does OK for me, I have 50GB on drop box and 50 on Box for my stuff, and my music is on Google Music, and my Pictures on + I can schedule backups of all my apps to the cloud overnight in case of a loss. quite nice

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 15:02

52. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I look at it this why, if these company wanna follow crapy iPhone trend, Oh I will to do this, but because I own every MAC except an iPhone. I'm all android, however if this crap is a trend, I am going to jump onto the iPhone crap bandwagon. I'm sure I'm will not be the only one.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:26

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Thanks to cloud Im fine, but I would like an SD on a new phone, but if its getting removed, I hope is for the better

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:13 2

28. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


A feature 'getting removed' is never for the better.

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