Poll results: Do you use the memory card slot in your phone?

Poll results: 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 asked you last week if you are using the memory card slot that your phone eventually came with, and with what amount of storage. 

A surprisingly low amount of our 2533 respondents (14%) are sporting phones that don't have a memory slot, given that it was not until recently that the biggest proponent of microSD slots and removable batteries - Samsung - went unibody with the S6. Of those who have one, even smaller share (7%), is commanded by folks that have a microSD slot, but are satisfied with their phone's internal storage amount. Most people are placing a memory card if their phone gives them the chance, though, and the highest percentage goes to our respondents with 64 GB of extra storage, or more. Given how cheap those cards have become, who can blame them, considering the extra sums that phone makers charge for the same amount.

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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70 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Results are just as expected...

19. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I don't wanna use memory card because it'll add more weight to my phone :-)

47. jmonteiro829

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Do you even lift bruh!

52. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Memory card is so heavy? remarkable!!!

57. Roshi unregistered

Do you even humor bruh!

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes on this site and is why so many go on about them, but when you go to real normal none tech customers they have no idea what they are or only use them as they only have 16gb phones Also I tell you now when I said to my mates by edge s6 had 64gb in a Samsung they all needed one, when in the past you said 16gb it was like you got the cheap iPhone, no joke in that

39. P-YWS

Posts: 143; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

nonsense! rubbish! Without memory card, how can you switch media files quickly, how can you transfer the pictures taken? If you don't need the freedom to do so, please keep your mouth shut. Many phone users want such flexibility and freedom. Besides, Samsung, or Apple, are not giving away the 16GB or 32GB storage for free!

54. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Precisely... My partner is no a techie but she previously had a Note 2 with MSD card. Now owns an iPhone as she loves Apple branded fashionware but kept being told her storage was full and couldn't open the camera! She didn't know how to transfer it to a PC and found itunes too complicated and bothersome. I then installed Google photos and uploaded all her albums and deleted the local files to make space. Poor girl, she deleted almost every app in order to make space before I did the uploads. She says she wished it were as easy as saving on MSD card, which if it were full she could just easily transfer to PC. BTW, the process of uploading to Google Photos simply doesn't work. It can't upload in the background unless you have the app open, on wifi AND on charge. "Just works", my backside. The same applies to iCloud uploads.

59. note4alphas6edge

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Havent you heard of OTG?? OTG = On The Go is a microUSB cum USB thumbdrive to plug into the smartphone that supports it and your data transfer speed is more than twice the memory card. Usually above 120Mb/s. You plug it in your device and copy the files u want. You can plug it into another device or computer to transfer/copy data. Just need to tap Save to Remove before unplugging it like you would a thumbdrive. Not difficult. Why want a memory card slot to slow down the phone anyway.

35. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

72%+ use their microSD. Anyone who doesn't use a microSD is a complete idiot.

38. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Anyone who talks nonesense without backing up their claim is a complete idiot.

40. Plutonium239

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You do realize, not everyone needs to use a microSD. Everyone uses their phones differently, some people may not need that much storage. They would be idiots if they bought a microSD and then didn't need to use it.

48. jmonteiro829

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Funny... I feel the same way about people that only use their smartphone for phone calls and texting. They didn't need to spend 600 on a phone for that. I don't disagree with you I'm just saying there are a lot of people that don't make sense.

69. Plutonium239

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Many of those people that don't use microsd cards don't just use the phone for calling and text messages, they use the internet, facebook app and other basic apps, with a few games. I don't need an SD card because my phone has enough storage for what I use it for. I browse the internet, take pictures, play a few games, use it for music, facebook, twitter and email. I also use it to play pokemon games on an emulator. The only way I would need an SD card would be if I were going to be taking a bunch of high res pictures in the raw format and full HD video. In which case I would already be offloading the raw images from my phone to my computer for editing and then removing them from my phone to begin with.

72. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That's right, not everyone needs or would use a MicroSD slot. But I don't like it when manufacturers make decisions about what they think I need and don't need. If I didn't care about having a choice I'd buy an iPhone. What really is funny is the idiocracy Samsung tells their employees to tell people when they ask why they got rid of the MicroSD slot. The Samsung guy at Best Buy actually tried to convince me they got rid of the MicroSD slot because they are unreliable and can very often fail if you drop your phone. I had to laugh at him.

60. note4alphas6edge

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Havent you heard of OTG??  OTG = On The Go is a microUSB cum USB thumbdrive to plug into the smartphone that supports it and your data transfer speed is more than twice the memory card. Usually above 120Mb/s. You plug it in your device and copy the files u want. You can plug it into another device or computer to transfer/copy data. Just need to tap Save to Remove before unplugging it like you would a thumbdrive. Not difficult. Why want a memory card slot to slow down the phone anyway.

71. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ahhh, now that's portability!!

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Yes! All the time, with as much content as possible. It has so many advantages, I don't understand why people are against it.

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

It angers me so lol. This is something that shouldn't go away. It should be further improved. Doesn't a PC have SSD, a Memory card slot, and External hard drive support? Android should be the same way. They don't get it. They don't and they won't.

15. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Exactly. I want as many options as possible. More ports the better. I'm actually a windows guy, and on windows phone you can put nearly all apps on the SD card. I've played asphalt 8 off an SD card, with zero issues. The myth that it lags and whatever is baseless with most SD cards that aren't bought for less than $5.

21. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Precisely. I've done the same with flagships from 3 years ago like my Galaxy Note 2. But suddenly more advanced phones like the Note 5 will be "slowed down" just by its presence, let alone actually using it just for media. These people might have destroyed the one series of phones that I truly loved. Seriously.

43. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

The myth that sd cards can slow down the device was created by COMPLETELY tech-incompetent people and is COMPLETELY false.

41. Plutonium239

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You can still use them through a microusb adapter if you really need to.

61. note4alphas6edge

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Havent you heard of OTG??  OTG = On The Go is a microUSB cum USB thumbdrive to plug into the smartphone that supports it and your data transfer speed is more than twice the memory card. Usually above 120Mb/s. You plug it in your device and copy the files u want. You can plug it into another device or computer to transfer/copy data. Just need to tap Save to Remove before unplugging it like you would a thumbdrive. Not difficult. Why want a memory card slot to slow down the phone anyway.

13. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

because they protect their beloved brands instead of their wallet. Its the marketing brother. They always pull people to their side while consumers should be very objective.

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It's all the Samsung and Apple brand bitches. They are just upset they paid hundreds of dollars on something that would cost a fraction of the price.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea I would rather have a sd card than not. Even if I had a 128GB phone. The convenience just cant be beat.

62. note4alphas6edge

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Havent you heard of OTG??  OTG = On The Go is a microUSB cum USB thumbdrive to plug into the smartphone that supports it and your data transfer speed is more than twice the memory card. Usually above 120Mb/s. You plug it in your device and copy the files u want. You can plug it into another device or computer to transfer/copy data. Just need to tap Save to Remove before unplugging it like you would a thumbdrive. Not difficult. Why want a memory card slot to slow down the phone anyway.

68. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Or......just simply default all your downloads to internal memory and ignore the sd card altogether. Problem solved. No need to spend extra money on or carry around an extra tool just to make your expensive device functional. Just one time where you have no access to cloud changes your mind very quickly. John B.

3. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Galaxy Nexus here, I needed more storage about 3 days after getting it.

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