Here is why HTC One does not support memory expansion

The HTC One is a spectacular piece of engineering - made out of a single aluminum block with that comfortable curve on the back it is both solid and elegant…
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here

79 Comments

66. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If it were a widespread problem though, the major players would have responded with more affordable, high capacity offerings. We're seeing 32 GB as the new standard for phone storage (One, Lumia 92x, Razr Maxx). Yes, there will be people who blow through that quickly, but they're probably still a minority.

77. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple products never came with sd expansion slots, so Apple customers are already use to that, whereas HTC products initially had sd expansion slots. As much as I hate crediting Apple with anything, HTC doesn't have the proven success with prior phones like Apple to market a phone without a sd expansion slot. Lastly, you can never have too much space. For instance on my Note II sd card, I'm using 32GB of my 59GB total available space right now.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

trolls....start your engines.....

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That statement of yours is itself trolling ! Definetion of trolling: a troll is someone who posts off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers. Source: wikipedia P.S.: Get a life !

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

trolls....go poop yourselves.....

10. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

no. htc says western market will still buy their phone because they are blinded by beauty of the phone. so they say lets put microSd on chinese version for our marketing strategy.

19. lovefist unregistered

well apparently western market aint buying just by beauty alone. they are not apple where they can get away with no sd card and removable battery. they are using android and they are catering to people who go with specs and removable thingies plus they have to compete with samsung which checks all of those boxes.. except the material used for build quality of course.

22. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I would take a phone that checks off every single one of those boxes with a plastic outside than a phone that barely does with a unibody aluminum nonsense with no space.

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The HTC One does not have unibody design. It has a 3-component front panel (screen, 2 x speaker grill, see AA drop test video them falling off) and a back panel. The only difference between it and say the rival Android phone is that one has 2 less body components (a single front panel covered by GG3) and a clickable non-glued back panel. The Lumia 920 is unibody, the HTC One is not, so the design and size is no excuse to miss out on something smaller than your fingernail.

20. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

well said!

21. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

No it doesnt sound valid and provides yet more reasons why I will never purchase another HTC anything. They make too many compromises and try much to hard to be Apple.

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Nothing wrong with trying to steal Apple sales. Apple won't sell a bigger phone, so why not provide a good alternative? I feel that's the same reason TouchWiz mimics the iOS feel.

23. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Good reason for the US only, in Europa LTE is (for now) moslty an urban legend, so they could have added the SD card reader at least, not even asking for the second SIM.

29. Diego!

Posts: 864; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

WTF? LatinAmerica doesn't have LTE yet (only very few countries are testing it) and we get the international version too with no microSD support. That is a very vague answer from HTC!

32. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

HTC One is a pretty amazing phone. I am currently using a note 2 and am really impressed with the overall package i.e, the HTC One. Cheers HTC and since cloud storage would probably gain some usage in the future, micro SD would become obsolete. But until then please think about the external storage. Non removable batteries i can live with that.

35. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

So I guess we need smaller radios here in the states? But for once, I can at least feel comforted with a response. This seems legit. And I'm still looking for a better answer from Nokia as to why the Lumia 925 for T-Mobile USA only gets 16gb. They have presented a comforting reason yet.

36. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hasn't Google been trying to eliminate SD cards for app storage purposes since the Nexus S? We're fighting over something Google doesn't even want in the pure Google experience. We've just been spoiled by expandable/removeable storage in the past and are set in our ways. I'm not pushing for cloud storage over internal, but if they can put 32-64 GB in every flagship, I don't see the lack of microSD as much of a detriment.

37. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

When my wife got her HTC One, I put the HTC transfer app on old and new phones to transfer all of her media. Was there any hiccups, yeah there were a couple. But I'd say 98% of her stuff was transferred over, not bad at all. I think a few pictures and ringtones were missing, but no big deal. And like most people, there is no way she's gonna use 32GBs of storage. So in reality, the lack of sd expansion shouldn't be an issue. But when you consider senarios where you can't retrieve those photos from the device (like if the phone can't power on, has water damage, no data connects or won't "mount" to the computer) its easy to see why some people prefer having it just in case. And although cloud computing and storage is nothing new to us, the general consumer may not be as comfortable with it just yet.

38. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I thought the inability to just pop out the SD card and stick in the laptop to transfer photos would bother me more, but really you get used to transfer over USB. I have the option to remove the SD card from my phone, but HTC put it under the battery, so it's more of a pain for me to remove it than to just plug the phone in. So my phone effectively has 16+16GB internal storage anyhow.

40. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

It's just an excuse. Compared to the S4 the HTC One is a joke and the only reason to buy it over the superior S4 is if you have some silly vendetta against Samsung. The truth hurts

44. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Sure, I've got a vendetta. How about the last Samsung I bought, everything that could possibly affect its ability to function as a phone broke? First the bluetooth antenna, then the earpiece, then the main antenna. But you're right, those are silly reasons to dislike the company. The biggest, best-selling phone is clearly the only option.

57. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

m sure a silly "vendetta" wouldn't be the controlling factor of HTC sales...lol you can copy paste your statement with iPhone instead of s4/Samsung and sammy instead of HTC,,,and BAM! you are in 2011 forum battles.. HTC One is an experience in itself ...you gotta hold it to get to know it P.S. Note 2 rules \m/

41. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

With the Advancements of Everything that We the Customers Can Do and Access, We Need More Storage than What the Manufacturers are Currently putting in a LOT of their Phones. Some of the Phones are coming out with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. The More Storage that they have for Us Customers to be able to actually use, the better it is for Us. But the Manufacturers Don't List the ACTUAL USEABLE STORAGE, EVER in their Advertising for ANY Phones. The OS takes up some of the Storage Space and the Manufacturers also set aside on some other Phones, Space that the Carriers can Install their own Carrier Software/Crapware which also takes away from the Usable Storage for Us Customers. What Should Have Been Done and What Should Be Done from here on out, Design the Phones Both With More Storage and a Micro SDXC Card Slot. Also, LIST THE ACTUAL USABLE STORAGE THAT WE CAN ACCESS AND USE!!!! DON'T JUST LIST THE SIZE OF THE STORAGE THAT THE PHONE HAS, BECAUSE THAT'S MISLEADING!!!! If and When ALL of YOU MANUFACTURERS FOLLOW THIS PRACTICE, THEN THE CUSTOMERS MIGHT HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR YOU AND BUY YOUR PHONES RELIGIOUSLY TIME AND TIME AGAIN!!!!!! Here's one Example; HTC will be Building a so called Mid-End Phone "HTC Tiara" for Sprint with Windows Phone 8 and the phone has been said to have 8GB of Storage. With Windows Phone 8 OS Installed on the 8GB Phone, How Little Storage is left for the Customer? 5GB? 4GB? Or Less? Any and Every Smartphone should in these days, Start out with a Low-End / Budget phone having 32GB of Storage, and the Mid-End Phones have a Bare Minimum after the OS is installed, 32GB of Storage. And then the High-End Phones. The High-End Phones should have a Bare Minimum After the OS is Installed, 64GB of Storage. And with ALL of the Low, Mid, and High-End phones, They ALL MUST HAVE A MICRO SDXC CARD SLOT!!!

45. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You should check out this site then. It has everything you need. http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx

49. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Epic Fail on your Post, roldefol

78. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'd like to see a law that mandates that minimum "internal user" space available for smartphones and tablets must be at least 16GB. The law would have to specify internal user space because manufacturers can simply slap a 8GB sd card in to make up for the lack of user space that available internally.

42. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not having SD card and without removable battery is deal braker for me. Currently I have GSN2 and very happy with it. 16GB internal + 64GB microSD card. And still not enough storage for me. I would buy 128, 256GB microSD, but they dont exist yet. All my space is filled with music and few HD movies. Only reason whats unique in HTC One is those funky stereo frontfacing speakers with stereo sound. Wish Samsung would include something similar in upcoming GSN3, but I doubt that will ever happen.

61. bigstrudel

Posts: 587; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Hold on I'm confused here. You're doubting Samsung would steal signature design features from competing company?

48. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I Want and Need More Storage Both On the Phone and with a Storage Card. A Big thing now that Is Being Touted, is "THE CLOUD". My Opinion of the Cloud is just So-So. You can NOT ACCESS ANYTHING AT ALL FROM THE CLOUD IF AND WHEN YOU HAVE NO CELL SIGNAL OR WIFI SIGNAL!!!! If you Have More Storage Both On the Phone and with a Storage Card, then you can Store your stuff there and NOT have to Worry about the Cell or WiFi Signals at all when you either Want or Need to Access the Data or Files that you have Stored on the Phone and or Storage Card. There have Been Many times when I was able to Access the Files and Watch Videos on My HTC ARRIVE Cellphone and other people who were on the subway were looking at me to check out My Phone, Because They Had NO SIGNAL and were very limited as to what they could do with their Cell phones. My HTC ARRIVE Was Upgraded by it having the 16GB Micro SD Class 4 Card taken out and a 64GB Micro SDXC Card put into My HTC Arrive. With a Bunch of Photos, Files, MP3's, and Videos and the whole Bunch of Programs I have All On My Phone, I Have 59.25GB of Storage After the Card is Formatted and with Everything I Have Installed there is left over right now, 53.63GB left over. If and When I Upgrade My Sprint Windows Phone 7.5 HTC Arrive to Any New Windows Phone 8 Phone, it Definitely can NOT be the HTC Tiara that Only has 8GB of Storage. I would Run Out of Space on Just the Very First Day of Owning that Phone. So you can Guess what Sprint Windows Phone 8 Phone I will NOT be getting EVER! The HTC Tiara that also don't have Any Expandable Storage either. What an EPIC FAIL Both HTC for Designing the Tiara and SPRINT for Requesting it from HTC.

50. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I feel you, bro. Check out this professional review of the situation. http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/capital.asp

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.