How important is the availability of a microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone?

How important is the availability of a microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone?
When Samsung showed off the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, it was hard not to point out that the company was turning its back on tradition – gone were the removable battery and the signature microSD card slot that so defined all of its smartphone until that point. Parts of the community and the Samsung fan base took these changes in stride, but not everyone felt that way.

The microSD card, in particular, has been a topic of a lot of controversy in the past year or so. It is quite obvious by now that Google wants the tiny slot gone, in big part due to the security risks and performance compromises it makes part of the Android experience. Regardless, so long as internal storage upgrades cost a significant premium, not to mention that most companies still rarely market anything but 16GB and 32GB models most of the time, there will be demand for microSD card slots in smartphones – it's a far, far cheaper option, and nowadays you can plug up to 200 gigs extra. On the other hand, your phone's internal storage, especially with newer, flagship-level devices, is far superior in terms of write and read speeds, and will fetch and execute content much faster.

With those (and your own) considerations in mind, how important is the availability of a microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone?

How important is the availability of a microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone?

A must-have
51.62%
Important, but not a deal-breaker
36.89%
Unimportant
11.49%

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112 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Come on...you really needed a poll for this? in this age of gargantuan Megapixels, HD videos and 4k, Why wouldn't you need a micro SD card?

2. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

I am curious... Is the fastest SD can record 4k video?

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

No, but you can TRANSFER it afterwards, therefore freeing more space in the native storage.....dingus

13. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Your phone storage is WAY faster than your sd card storage. I think Koushik Dutta (its a shame if you don't who he is) explained it the best Koush: The SD card needs to go away. It's a nightmare for developers. There's too much variability here. SD Cards can be slow, resulting in poor app performance. They can come and go, or be swapped, and that results in unpredictable behavior if an app was expecting an SD card. One contiguous block of data needs to become the standard here (with different OEM SKUs for more/less storage), as it has been on iOS since the first iPhone.

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1553; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"The SD card needs to go away. It's a nightmare for developers." That's incredibly dumb or utterly lazy. PC applications have been programmed with multiple hard-drive, memory card slots and USB memory for decades and yet suddenly when you have Linux based OS's on phones it's a 'nightmare'. And who said people were installing apps into SD cards? What about storage of photos, videos and backups?

22. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

''SD Cards can be slow'' you still live in 2007? Class 10 cards are dirt cheap nowadays

31. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

I think majority of smartphone users are not developers including my self. So SD card is very important for me. I would rather spend 30$ for 64 GB then 100$ for 64 GB.

43. dimas

Posts: 3348; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You install apps in the internal. Personal files on SD because you don't want your processor to be reading app data and writing personal data at the same, it will tax CPU heavily. Basic principles in PCs for having secondary slaves so this also works for current day phones because we also multitask with our phones.

51. dimas

Posts: 3348; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

*at the same time in one place.

55. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

You are just clearly parroting what OEM's say, because it makes no sense.

69. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Koush is an Apple exclusive follower. He will support any direction Apple insists. Android is a different breed of OS and the advantages of SD cards are more beneficial than not. Hence, HTC reinstating this key feature. John B.

93. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

it makes total sense to me, the problem is unless i'm looking at 32/64/128gb space an SD card is still a requirement for me. if Samsung leads the way with 128gb+ internals it won't be necessary anymore. I still don't like samsung but they're doing a lot of good things for the industry.

30. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Dude the fastest sd card can write twice as fast as 4k, I have a 50mbps write speed sd card which can handle 4k easily

45. dimas

Posts: 3348; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What brand? I want that sick devil if Z4 or G4 comes out.

63. sgodsell

Posts: 7248; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is other ways to get around not having a micro SD slot in your device. There is really small WiFi storage devices ($50) that can be attach to your key chain, and you never have to plug them into your mobile device. They allow you to change the cards, support multiple platforms, and simultaneous connections. So transferring images and data is no a problem. Not to mention there is micro USB to micro SD slot devices for $10, USB otg for $2-$5. People act like if you don't have a micro SD slot then its the end of the world.

68. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Why do you feel it is ok to purchase third party products because your expensive flagship device has decided to do away with the options? The price isn't going to decrease without the option, so why not have it? If you prefer internal memory, then use it rather than the sd card. But don't pay more for a flagship and loose the flexibility.

95. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry you are very very very very wrong, it's not the sd cards that are the problem, you have no idea what you are on about, the problem is the SD CARD READER It damages the memory control bandwidth big time And in so doing so makes the phone lag like crap and also slows the phone down over time as you use up the space on the hd, this is due to it damages the r and w speeds of the any phone with the sd card reader with the sd card not even being in the phone I.e. At the top of the list is iphone 6 and then 1+1 all using cheap memory and made in China but have the fastest r and w speeds, oh no lag, then there is a big gap then you get the note 4 and then you get all the other sd card reader phone

28. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No, it's going to lag an stutter.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

79. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

That's the one I got, for $35. No need to pay $100 to get that kind of memory built into my phone and then have to pay for it again when I get another phone.

76. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The question itself is biased.

83. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would say today's sdcard is fast enough for 4K recording, if that is what he is asking.

94. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry but this is what makes phomes lag big time it's not the sd cards that are the problem, you have no idea what you are on about, the problem is the SD CARD READER It damages the memory control bandwidth big time And in so doing so makes the phone lag like crap and also slows the phone down over time as you use up the space on the hd, this is due to it damages the r and w speeds of the any phone with the sd card reader with the sd card not even being in the phone I.e. At the top of the list is iphone 6 and then 1+1 all using cheap memory and made in China but have the fastest r and w speeds, oh no lag, then there is a big gap then you get the note 4 and then you get all the other sd card reader phone

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1553; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Well according to the poll, we have a decent chunk of people who would beg to differ. But I agree, if this was 2012 you could get away with it, but phones have become ubiquitous computers that beg for connectivity and media consumption. Not having a SD card slot is a huge waste of potential.

34. wedjat

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

this question should have been asked month before the launch of s6 and now. personally i don't need that much space but lets see what samsung lovers say since their sgs6 turned iphoneish. and if you want a faster sd card go for sandisks extreme pro... i think it can manage everything you need

84. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Theer were smartphone with and without sdcard support long before the iPhone. Samsung could have still put the slot in the phone and it is equally as thin as the SIM slot. Seeing that Oppo made the world's thinnest phone and it has an sdcard slot, shows it can be done. Why Samsung omitted it could be because the vast majority of people don't use/need them. Even though the support isn't internal, ALL Android phone still support the use of them, you just have to have an adapter now. I don't want to have to attach something outside my phone. I have done it in the past, so I could have usage of 2 sdcards. They should have kept it, dropping removable batteries should be no big deal as there are so many options for charging.

96. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No they can not as they are using ufs and it needs more bandwidth the r and w speeds of the note 4 are very bad due to the sd card reader even the 1+1 is faster, you error is you keep going on about the sd cards, they not the problem, it the sd card reader with the problem without even the sd card in the phone, they damage the bandwidth of the phones memory controler and damages r and w speeds of your memory so as you use up space the phone will start to lag and why over time older samsung phone just like the note 4 start to lag big time

44. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why would you need a SD card when phones are giving 32gb as standard now.

49. dimas

Posts: 3348; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because 4k video recording and over 8mp picture resolutions. Cloud fanatics will say that they have cloud but you can't always rely on them if your area's connection sucks.

85. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who's gonna use a phone to upload a huge 4K video file? Even a file 60 secs long is likely at least 10MB in size. I think when I had my Note 3, I shot maybe less than 5 2K videos. Unless you have a device to actually watch it on, it is fairly useless.

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