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 phones are without microSD slots. 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...
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41. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

And the Manufacturers replied, "No, those are not good reasons, you are stupider than us."

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree with all those. I would add that since my media collection is over 100GB, I had to have an sdcard because the phone simply couldnt hold it. So I purchased a 128GB SanDisk for my Note 4. But I recently purchased the S6 Edge which doesn't have an sdcard. So at first I copied my music which is just over 50GB onto the phone. As I expected the phone started to lag at first until all the thumbnails were created for the files. But it still lagged a bit afterwards. So I purchased a Leef adapter and I plugged it into the charging port using USB OTG. The file copying from phone to the storage was faster because the port is USB 2.0 which is faster than the 8bit controller for sdcards that are on the phone itself. So now I have 256GB on my S6 Edge, and I simply plug in the adapter (cableless) when I need my music. The only downside? The camera which usually defaults to sdcard storage when its internal, doesn't do this with an external card. No big deal though, because I dont take that many shot and when i do I move them to my PC anyways

60. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

What if the USB port is already taken up by a USB DAC?

61. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Marvelous! I 1000% concur :D

73. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Best post about sd card necessity yet. I have a 128 that I use that is half full already. Mostly movies that I downloaded. I can slip that into my galaxy tab s for a bigger screen. I really want the note 5 but the SD card slot is a must. I have 140 apps on my phone. Some of them quite large. And Samsung wants to get rid of an option that I have always used. I've been through alot of thier phones. S2 S3 Note 3 and Note4. I want to keep going but this looks like the end.

74. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

14. You can have a cheaper data plan.

79. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I have unlimited 4G LTE data plan for $20 with T-Mobile. You can't get cheaper than that (unlimited 3G from MVNOs don't count). And it still doesn't matter. I don't want cloud storage.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

My Xperia Z3 is thin, premium built, and has a SD card slot. No reason why designers can't find a way to make it happen in their designs. I use a 32gb card and it suits me fairly well although I'm considering a 64gb option just because.

14. Topspliff

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Have to totally agree with Gersont1000, absolutely spot on reasons why having an SD card even as an available option is a must! I have a note 4, the 32Gb internal storage is just not enough, so I supplemented it with a 64Gb card, I do a lot of travelling, so all my photo and videos go on the card, along with my music and any movies that I intend to watch, I primarily keep the phone storage for apps alone, I see no reason why the all metal phones can not have an SD card slot, I bought my daughter Sammy A5 metal, sleek and thin and it still has an SD card slot in the thin metal chassis, so it can be done!

15. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You don't need a momory card slot if you have phone with 32GB or more internal storage. If you require memory card slot then I assume you run a porn company.

18. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

You're wrong. I require it and I have no porn on mine. I have several movies I keep on the phone, I download TV shows to watch on my commute, and I shoot a lot of photos and videos of my child. And if you are even thinking of shooting 4K video, good luck with 32GB. I made a short video of my daughter at church that was about 4 minutes and it was almost a couple of GB! I think I'll stick to 720 videos.

29. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Then you're just a casual user. Most people who bought iphone and s6 will agree with you but that doesn't mean everybody will just follow the trend and leave the advantage of having expandable memory. Want to upgrade your phone's memory to 128gb? Grab a $70 sandisk, slap it in the slot and you're done. No need to budget for another expensive phone with higher storage and no need to worry if your cloud will always be reliable.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Who are you to tell people what they do or don't need? I have a phone with 32gb. I have almost 20gb of music and 10gb of movies. What good does a 32gb internal NAND (which is closer to 26gb after formatting and OS) do me?

36. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

How did you come up with that logic? LOL I know females who need more storage than that just for their selfie's alone.

39. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I Backed up my entire 10 seasons of supernatural and all 5 seasons of GOT , good thing i put it in a SD card because my laptop went kaput two weeks later , and plus i have the facility of watching them , 32GB is the bare minimum if you have a large music, video collection

50. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I have all supernatural and all GOT episodes too but i don't keep it on my phone well to heavy i might need a 64 gig SD to keep it.

55. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

bought a 64 gig for $35 , memory prices are dropping well these days

40. miketer

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

A very foolish comment.

43. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

It is always seems easier for someone like you to claim they don't want it even if they may or may not have it rather someone that wants it but can't have it. Haven't you ever been in that position before? However, the beauty of an expensive flagship phone is that we both should be able to enjoy it regardless of choice. Not just catering to you because you don't want SD cards. Ignore the card of you don't want or need it. I personally like the idea that if I'm going to spend this kind of money on a phone, it better be as flexible as possible. No compromise. If cloud is no where to be found, I have the card to fall back on. John B.

44. alouden unregistered

It's safe to say that most people who disagree with you (myself included) are not in the porn industry. 32 GB is a little small for most folks over time. If my next phone were to not have a SD slot, it must be at least 64 GB. Just from music; photos; videos (not porn); my GPS maps (Copilot, navigon); assorted files for work, etc....it gets crowded really fast. Yeah, 32 GB is smaller for a lot of folks, myself included.

49. epdm2be

Posts: 818; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...if you have phone with 32GB or more internal storage..." Which are only reserved for the rich happy few because they are RIDICULOUSLY expensive. What MUST happen is that Android handset makers adopt something like Archos Fusion Storage which merges internal storage with micro-SD-scard and let you use the full combined storage for everything including installing apps. Especially on devices with low storage capacity. The majority of devices in shops have only 4GB or 8GB storage. I don't understand why XDA-folk haven't extracted this from Archos and/or adapted something similar for other devices. Also tech-sites should stop quoting only the manufacturers storage and reveal the true free capacity available to users as well.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean "YOU" don't need. I would say if you buy a phone with 128GB of internal storage you dont need one. After all you shouldn't store everything on yoru phone. You should move stuff to other storage options like my PC.

16. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

gersont1000 could not have possibly said it any better!!! Samsung just continues to shoot themselves in the foot with idiotic decisions like leaving out micro SD support!

17. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It's the second thing I look for after the OS. I have had a 64 gig SD card for about three years now, and I have everything installed on it. Apps, pictures, videos, and anything you can imagine. It's such a great option to have.

19. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Got a 128gb card in my Galaxy Note 4,after using the 64gb in S3,S4 & S5,once you get use to using the card you want your next phone to continue the Trend,thats why after the Galaxy S5 and Samsung not offering the option on the Galaxy S6,so glad i chose the Note 4 instead of Galaxy S6,will keep loyal to the Note 4 if Samsung let the Note 5 down and search about until another Top Class phone that offers the Card Slot,Samsung is going to lose a lot of buyers or users because they want to copy Apple,so Stupid!

20. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I don't use SD card slot because I'm happy with my 16GB in my iPhone 6. Still have 8GB available in my phone. But I do have 64GB OTG for my iPad Mini 2 and sometimes I use for my iPhone 6.

21. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yep, if the note 5 doesn't have a msd slot or re movable battery. I will but a G4.:)

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well just get the G4 now because it isnt going to have either. Why wait for what you already know. The Note 5 is going to be just like the S6.

58. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

It seem like most of the Note owner will be disappointed if there is no SD card and removable battery for the next Note 5.

22. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Of course I use it, my phone came with a 32 GB card so why not? It's useful for movies and sports. I don't like using cloud storage at all.
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