Do you use the memory card slot in your phone?

Do you use the memory card slot in your phone?
Now that even Samsung decided to ditch memory cards and swappable batteries in its flagship handsets for the year, we are increasingly staring at a future where high-end phones are without microSD slots, with only LG from the name brands holding the fort for now. 

The sheer amount of unibody metal phones that were outed this year in the Android universe is breathtaking, and unlike any other year so far, so the demise of the memory card slot seems like a growing trend.

One can never have enough storage on their phones, though, and, although embedded memory is faster and more convenient, manufacturers often ship their phones with the basic amount for the category only, be it 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB, then tack on additional pricing if you want more. This is why we wanted to ask you if you are using the memory card slot that your phone eventually came with, and with what amount of storage. Take your pick, and sound off on this worrying trend in the comments below.

Do you use the memory card slot in your phone?

I don't have a memory card slot
14.45%
I have a memory slot, but I don't use it
7.5%
I use it with a 16 GB or smaller card
16.9%
I use it with a 32 GB card
28.35%
I use it with a 64 GB or larger card
32.81%

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76 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Some people can't live without it in India.

13. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1220; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes... Now I am using 64GB card on my Lenovo K3 Note...

66. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There should be an other category, or an option: Do you use a wireless storage device? I use a wireless SanDisk Connect that fits on my key chain, and you can even swap out micro SD cards. It even supports multiple connections to different platforms simultaneously.

78. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Thumbs Up cause if the Note 5 doesn't have an SD card slot I'm going this route.

33. waddup121 unregistered

that's true.

75. tpeter

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

NOTE 5 without INFRARED blaster and removable battery and micro sd slot is real failure

77. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Ever since my OnePlus One, i never felt the need for it..

2. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Who needs all metal phones? Why should fashion win over function? Same thing with the drive for thin phones over better battery life. Good thing there is a lot of competition in the Android world so those of us who prefer function over fashion still have choice!!

23. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The thing is...memory card has absolutely nothing to do with compromising function for fashion. You can have both.

30. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Agreed. However, the manufacturers don't seem to share the same sentiment and the customers continue to buy into the manufacturers' fallacy. John B.

46. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...and the customers continue to buy into the manufacturers' fallacy..." I'll correct that for you. ...and the retailchains and shops continue to buy into the manufacturers' fallacy... This has nothing to do with customers. Just see the packet-filled forums with complaints of bad battery-life on various models. Customers buy what their shops have to offer. If shops only have slim phones then costumers only (can) buy slim phones. The "tech press" is one to blame. These sites for instance claim that for example the Galaxy S6 has great battery-life while their comments sections is filled with customers complaining of bad battery life. There should be a way to tell manufacturers what we want! Not what they want us to buy. Customers should unite and perhaps create one big website/forum/poll

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or maybe u can design and manufacturer your own phone and see how well ithe will sell.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So manufacturers should listen to customers even if it meana tech stay in the age of theach dinosaurs forever? One of the reasons Windows isn't better than way it is, is because people hate change. If cars didn't get better, seat belts would be gone. No abs, GPS and other good thing. Don't hold us back dimly because u want outdated tech. Money a in new tech not old bs.

24. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Because many members of the tech press think "plastic" is an inferior material, apparently having never heard of the Boeing 787, or having bought an expensive piece of sporting equipment in the past 20 years.

3. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

out of 64 gigs there are 40 empty (mostly it's music on the card, which constantly changing). i definetely don't need a card

70. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Used to think this when i bought the 32GB LG G2. The phone broke to pieces and there was no way i can get all the files i have in it. Yes 32/64GB might be enough for some, but accidents do happen. I said no to phones without card slots since then. Now using my 64GB memory card from 3&1/2 years ago in my Xperia Z3 with all files still intact including pics i took and songs i downloaded with my old S3 3 years ago. :-)

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I only use it for music and custom roms/kernels when flashing

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

SAme here just to flash new ROM.

47. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I actually use the 64GB in my Nokia phone because it has FM-transmitter. I only use a 32GB one in the SGS5 because you can't install apps on it anyway and thus a bigger card's usefulness is severely limited in an Android device :-(

5. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Not only do I use it, I replace the card more ore less frequently. It is much easier and faster to just remove the card and plug it in a microSD to SD adapter and put it in a computer to transfer data than to mess with USB cables, Bluetooth or WiFi. And anything cloud, while easier, is simply a security or privacy nightmare. Note: On my phone the microSD card can be removed without removing the backcover and/or the battery.

11. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Superbeam... in the playstore.

25. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I also pull the card, but only about half the time, and use USB the other half. I like having that option.

35. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

My laptop's SD card slot is probably the slowest I've ever seen. Depending on type and size of files I can get better copying speeds over ad-hoc wi-fi connection then through card slot. I know that SD card itself is not a problem since it's much faster to copy to card through phone and USB cable. Put the card into the phone, connect the phone in mass storage mode and it copies files really fast, but SD slot takes 3-4 times longer.

7. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Well,my priority was always SD card slot,but when a phone have 32GB+ internal storage,i think its enough for me. Damm,i want Alpha so badly

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

On my S4, I use a SD card to save pictures, and store downloaded files. My nexus 6 has no SD card slot.

9. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

microSD is much needed when in a good or super smartphone comes with only 16 GB internal storage ...

10. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Reasons why I MUST have a memory card. 1. I don't trust the security of the cloud. 2. I can't depend on always having a good data connection to access the cloud. 3. Why pay $80 to go from 32GB to 64GB total on an S6 Edge (a 32GB memory increase) when I can just get a 32GB phone and pay $20-30 to get 64GB more (96GB total)? 4. Why pay that $80 for extra memory for every new phone when I can just make a one time purchase of $20-30 that will last me several phones? 5. I like being able to change my memory between phones. 6. I play a lot of games and they take up a lot of memory on the phone. I don't want to fill up my phone's internal memory with my photos and videos and then not have enough for apps. Having a child you take tons of photos and videos, and I store them on the memory card. 7. My memory card does not slow down my phone because I don't have apps on it, only media. 8. My $25 SanDisk Class 10 U3 card can record 4K video with no problems. If you believe that memory cards can't do this, then you need to buy a good one, and you don't need to spend a fortune on doing so. 9. If my phone gets destroyed, I can probably slip my memory card out and still have my files available. They're so tiny that they are just hard to break. 10. YOU try to watch a 1080 resolution movie with the cloud without any kind of buffering or hiccups while not on WiFi. Good luck. 11. I can access my media when outside the country or any place that has no coverage. No cloud needed. 12. If I'm running out of memory and am on a trip with no way to backup my memory card media, I can just buy another memory card and swap it out. 13. I'm not a sheep that just follows what the phone companies are trying to shove down my throat to make more money. I can find more reasons but I think that's enough.

26. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And all those 13 important functions will just be attacked with two urban legends from hardcore zero sd slot advocates: They make your phone lag and you can always depend on cloud myth.

27. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

When Verizon started moving away from unlimited data I jumped, buying a microSD card for music. Started saving about $10 a month, which quickly paid for the microSD card. Since then they've reduced the price of my plan another $10 a month (or I could have picked more data for the same price), even though I'm still on contract.

34. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Very well made points. I often trend these sites to promote the same choice of why sd cards are still very important. I simply will not purchase a device without an sd card or removable battery. Any extra forced service to a center to repair or expand memory, is allowing these manufacturers to command an additional 25 billion dollars from consumers. We should be in control of our phones, not the manufacturers. John B.

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