Only one Nexus device in history had a microSD slot, do you know which one it is?

Only one Nexus device in history had a microSD slot, do you know which one it is?
While every rule has its exceptions, it's generally fair to say that when Google is serious about something, it tends to stick to its decision. Certainly, microSD cards in Android devices serve as one such example — Google hates those. Alright, perhaps 'hate' is too strong a word, but the search giant has made it clear on several occasions, directly or indirectly, that it feels they are an inferior alternative to flash storage, and one that is prone to misbehaving and causing all kinds of monkey business. When that happens, users typically blame either Android, or the manufacturer of their phone, even though counterfeit/low quality microSD cards are often to blame.

So dead serious is Google about microSD cards, that out of the 10 Nexus devices to date (set-top boxes excluded), only one ever had a microSD card slot. Indeed, none of the Nexus tablets have one, and neither does the Nexus 6, nor the Nexus 5 or 4, and not even the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S that precede them all. This leaves us with only one answer — the HTC-made Nexus One.

That's right, out of all these devices, only the Nexus One — the very first Nexus device — had the option to expand upon the 512MB that came on board with it. That was all kinds of important, since the card could fetch you up to 32GB on top of that claustrophobic half gig. By the time the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released (8 months down the line), internal storage had gotten cheaper, so we had 32GB available from the get-go. In short, it's been over 5 years since we last saw Google agree to a microSD card.

It's entirely possible that, should it ever come down to Google making the choice, microSD card will become extinct. And it's not just the maker of Android that sees the benefits of ditching the slot — as mentioned, manufacturers do usually bear the brunt of any related complications, not to mention that there's quite some money to be made in selling phones with larger capacity storage. Combined with the ever more ubiquitous cloud, that's enough incentive for handset makers to drop them. Whether we like it, or not.

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Nexus One
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1400 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I really like that nexus one. The pouch and trackball!

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That was a VERY easy question to answer PhoneArena.com +1

2. mio15

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

Still have this "One" in my Arsenal. What a great piece of Android History. Also great Design with bag and headset. it is interesting to remember that Nexus One and Nexus S both sport 1000mhz CPU Freq. A good example for chip design and development. Would like to see a HTC Nexus again. But with a own look and design. not a M8 M9 ripp off. greetings

3. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The ONE is so cute, so tiny.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I guess you're used to hearing that from the ladies.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android One devices support sd cards as supposed Google dropped support for sd cards. Its just that Nexus was primarily targeted to developers so sd card was not available in later devices.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Ah yes! The days when Android was still a primitive POS. Glad Android evolved. :D

7. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

Wow, brings back memories. Loved that phone. Htc should do a revamp and take away the track ball upgrade the specs, but keep the design. And have a 4" and 5" i would buy it :)

8. irsuv

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 10, 2008

My First Android Device. Still One Of My Favorites

10. g0pher

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2015

The first and last Nexus device to have an SD Card = the first and last Nexus device I bought. Put a SD Card back in (along with removable battery), and I will gladly buy a Nexus device as my next phone.

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