Save up to 74% on microSD cards from Amazon
0. phoneArena 22 Jul 2014, 01:34 posted on
HTC might have propped up the microSD card market by adding a microSD slot to the its new flagship model, the HTC One (M8). Owners of the device that need more memory, can put a microSD card into the slot and immediately add more storage space for their pictures, songs or video. Suppose though, that your device does have a microSD slot, but you don't own a microSD card, Hey, those things can be rather pricey. What can you do?...
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1. techperson211 (Posts: 1234; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
This is the advantage of Android they have micro sd for expanding the memory hopefully Android L brings back the functionality were you can move apps to sd. I'm seeing midrange phone with kitkat than can do this but other flagship phones are not able to do so. Last thing OEM make your minimum internal memory to 32gb. Nevertheless happy with android.
3. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
The SD card restriction marked the dawning of Google's greed. I don't know why the hell they did it. I doubt it if that ''feature'' will ever be abolished.
But of course there's always an easy root for every unlocked phone, it's the carrier phone owners that suffer the most.
5. techperson211 (Posts: 1234; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
That's the option that we have rooting the device but not everyone is fond of rooting their device.
7. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
some android flagships including google's own nexus 5 doesn't have an sd card slot and if google doesn't continues to ignore sd card, then the oem will also lose interest in it and we may not have many phones with sd cards in future...rooting provides a solution today but everything lies in google's hands.
personally, i don't care about it if my phone has enough internal memory.
11. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
(there are a few mistakes in comment no 7...it's too late, can't change them now...sorry for that)
17. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
it was supposed to be..
"some android flagships, including google's own nexus 5 don't have sd card slots and if google continues to ignore the sd cards, then android oems will also lose interest in them(they may not be interested in making phones with sd card slots)....rooting provides a solution(to move apps to sd card) today, but everything lies in google's hands."
and as i have said before, i don't care about it as long as the newer phones come with more internal memory.
26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4372; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I wouldn't say that, Google started this on the Nexus S, which came out 4 years ago. Last year a few of the flagships didn't come with SD card slots, but now they do. I think OEMS saw a bit of a backlash over their exclusion.
6. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
windows phone is more sd card friendly than android......google has actually removed the option move all the apps to sd card.
10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yet high-end lumias don't have an SD card slot... Lol.
12. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
don't worry...ms removed the option to move the apps to the sd card anyways...i was talking about wp8, i forgot that it was removed in wp 8.1
16. hurrycanger (Posts: 1566; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
wait. MS removed that option? I thought the Lumia 635 had it...
20. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
you are right, it has storage sense...but i don't know if it's available on every wp 8.1 device with an sd card slot...if it is, then wp is actually more sd card friendly than android :)
18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Well apps2SD is a bull....
I rooted my SII and installed apps2SD. You shouldn't mess with the nature of architecture. After moving the apps to card, many apps started to malfunction and some of the features stopped working. Google and MS did the right thing IMO.
21. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
google can do it if they want...when sundar talked about android one, he said that the devices will come with sd card slots, so maybe they will add an option to move apps to sd card with android L.
even ms has storage sense.
9. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
actually, wp 8 was more sd card friendly, with wp 8.1 both android and wp are on the same page.
23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You are an intelligent person. Very sensible also.
2. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
what? my galaxies always had this ability. the only problem is with games with huge datas which cannot be moved to sd. only apk is moved
4. techperson211 (Posts: 1234; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Yes most of Samsung device can move apps to sd, but generally speaking to all android device it's limited. They remove it after gingerbread if I'm not mistaken.
8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Too bad iPhone users can't take advantage of this. Apple charges $200 for 48GB of extra storage when most Android users could get a 64GB MicroSD card for $36.95. Smh...
15. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Too little and too late. Best buy just had a better one day sale, 32 for $15 and 64 for $30. Both Samsung class 10 with adapters.
Btw, whoever thinks high end lumias dont have SD card slots has never heard of the 1520.
22. JC557 (Posts: 1547; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I don't need to wait for a sale for cards to be that cheap. I can get a 32GB class 10 UHS 1 for $19 and a 64GB version for $39 - 40 at B&H. Of course those are starting prices and not SanDisk but the Sony ones are just as fast and reliable. There are other brands there that are similarly priced and just as reliable.
bhphotvideo . com for those in the US that are interested (not sure about the shipping to Canada). They also have a storefront in NYC.
24. Daytonadave17 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)
Wrong!! ,windows phone does have a SD slot! My 1520 does! So haha! Lol :-)
25. tokuzumi (Posts: 979; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
I don't really care either way. I see why Google stopped allowing apps to be installed on the SD card. SD card storage is not nearly as reliable, nor anywhere near the speed of nand/emmc storage. If you remove your SD card, or your card gets corrupted, your phone could become unusable, or you could lose important data. Personally, Samsung/HTC/Sony/etc should no longer offer 16GB models of their flagship phones (except maybe for emerging markets). 32GB should be the minimum. I do like the ability to store media files, such as music/video on the SD card in my S4, but if I didn't have an SD card, I'd just use the USB OTG functionality.
27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4372; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
All this BS about how the phones are better off without SD card slots because they're not as fast or reliable. How about just using them for media, like pics, music, and video. That leaves more space in the internal memory for apps & updates.
28. DnB925Art (Posts: 1014; Member since: 23 May 2013)
What VZWuser76 says! I don't store apps on my SD card, but I do store a ton of music, pictures and videos on my card. I like to attend events and I tend to take many photos and videos which would take a huge amount of the internal memory of my phone, which I would rather use for the system and apps.
29. lyonsh1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)
Unfortunately these are fake knockoff cards. I ordered one from them and it was a low end generic card that was painted to match the SanDisk cards. very slow to transfer and read to/from.
30. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)
shame it is only for usa amazon i live in the uk