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

Poll results: How important is the availability of a microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone?
Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge still fresh in our minds, on Monday we asked you to rate the importance of the microSD card slot to you when buying a smartphone. Now, some 72 hours later, voting is closed, and the faith of our little survey – sealed.

It should come as no surprise that a clear majority (51.62% of all votes, to be exact) considers the ability to expand upon built-in storage "a must-have". This makes sense – if you're anything approaching a power user, you may very well need that, especially if you're not willing to pay an outrageous sum extra for some more storage on top. Perhaps as problematic, however, is the fact that not all devices on the market have models with more than 32 gigs of storage, in which case it's understandable that photography buffs and heavy multimedia users would require a microSD card.

As for the remaining votes, 36.89% are attributed to people who view the slot as an important addition, but not a deal breaker (makes sense, given the ubiquity of cloud storage nowadays), and 11.49% of them were cast by people who consider the matter unimportant. See for yourself:

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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59 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Samsung apologists better stay away from this one.

5. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

No problem, Samsung can cater to both crowds by continuing to release other phones with SD card slots. But for android overall, Samsung is irrelevant as Chinese manufacturers will soon take the top tier and most of the global smart phone sales

13. TerryTerius unregistered

Let's have some perspective. Considering Chinese manufacturers are almost across the board limited to Asia and Samsung still out sold the other top 5 Android manufacturers combined last year, I'm not entirely sure how you predict that. If their stagnation were to continue this year, then maybe you would have a basis. But considering the record number of presales Samsung is supposedly racking up for the S6, their hold over android is likely to strengthen. While it's true that a bunch of cheap Chinese manufacturers are eating Samsung alive in the lower market... In the flagship area, where companies actually make their money; Samsung is dominating every single Android manufacture pretty easily. Even in their weakest year with growth being flat. Keep in mind, the scenario you are talking about is more like an anthill taking down an Elk than two or three wolves doing so. My point is, it is entirely too soon to be claiming that Samsung is irrelevant, and they're dying. The year just started, why don't we wait to see how it pans out before we predict who was going to do what? The only thing we know for certain is that Apple is raking in ludicrous sums of money. And that's literally it.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Micro SD slot is not and issue in today's world, especially since you can buy inexpensive devices that allow users the capability of using a micro SD card. USB otg cables, micro USB to micro SD slot, and a ton of different WiFi storage devices with micro SD slots. Nice to have, but definitely not a requirement.

29. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Here we go again. You are saying it's ok to purchase third party products to compensate for something that was always provided for free yet the phone is more expensive? It amazes me the percentage that claim it's important but say it's not a deal breaker. Its no wonder why today's generation continues to widen the gap between poor and rich.

48. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Maybe if you had an open mind and maybe used some of the products out there in the world. Then you would know exactly what I have stated is 100% correct. Have you ever tried a SanDisk Connect (WiFi storage)? If you had then you would know that its much easier to swap in and out micro SD cards with this device, then any smart phone that uses micro SD cards today. Also you would know that it supports many platforms and simultaneous connections. That's not the best part either. Its so small that you can attach it and leave it connected to your key chain, or leave it in your wallet. You never have to plug it into anything to copy, or stream files and data to and from the device. The only time you have to plug it in is to charge it. Maybe you should take a look at what is out there in the world, before showing the world how ignorant you really are.

53. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

The question isn't whether I'm open minded. I've been a technician for close to 40 years. I'm fairly equipped to know what's out there. The issue isn't ease of use or the technological advancements in general. It has to do with the industry as a whole grooming individuals to pay for everything, when in fact, we shouldn't have to. The manufacturers not only love supporting third party companies or apps to help save money. Many have vested interest financially to make more money.. This allows the manufacturers to curb 45% build cost while asking more for the device. Then they can make a profit off Ala Carte services such as apps and hardware. Stuff we've had for free. And if you think these manufacturers can't build a device and equip all these options while maintaining great aesthetics, build and flexibility, I've got some swamp land I'd like to sell you. Prime real estate. I'm not on these sites to make money of my experiences and knowledge. I'm here as a consumer advocate to give informative insight on how the industry is using technology to manipulate the mainstream users into a little to no choice position. To make these matters worse, is the ignorance that "Technology Geeks" are distributing in these sites. Our generation's tech enthusiasts would consistently badger the industry to offer as much as possible. You can't disagree with me that there has been more push for premium over functionality. This is the point I have been trying to debate. There should be no compromise. And I don't believe with today's technology that sites such as this, their reporters and tech readers, are so obscured from the direction that these manufacturers are trying to emit onto the consumer. Sites get their kick backs for promotion, editors only hold onto devices for only 4-6 months and never experience servicing issues, and the manufacturers make profits by these promotions and marketing tactics because people buy into them. If you want to call me close minded, so be it. However, I believe I'm more in tune of what the real motives are here as I'm part of the tech industry. John B.

59. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

so you're saying its ok to have slightly limited storage, just inconveniently carry around all this extra crap around with and it will be fine. yeah, that makes sense

49. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

My point is that due to saturation and maturation of smart phone technology, even low entry level smart phones are becoming awfully good. Entry level android phone even three years ago was virtually unusable. Now it's very hard to find substantial fault with likes of Redmi 2/2A and they will continue to get better. And likewise, flagship phone manufacturers are running out of ways to improve the functionality of the expensive phones. Yea they can add LCD screen with some insane resolution greater than QHD but who can see that resolution? Or add 8 or 16GB of memory but who actually uses that much memory on smart phone even with heavy multitasking ? Even camera, traditionally weak point of cheap smart phones, are improving, and it's not hard to see when cheapest phones will have very good low light capability. So flagship phones will have no substantial real functional advantage over mid and low end smart phones other than branding. Maybe apple will be immune to such pricing pressure, but that remains to be seen.

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

So users also like There phomes to lag then, as all phones with sd card readers will lag within 2 or 3 months as the hd fills up

33. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You are an idiot. When used correctly, SD storage causes no lag. If OEMs were using SD storage to augment just 8GB of phone storage then your lag complaint has some validity. But any real flagship should have at least 32GB of native storage. That is more than enough keep all your apps in phone storage and not on the SD card. Problem solved, no lag.

37. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Correct!!! It amazes me the propaganda people fall for in marketing. I have said this all along. If you don't need it or want it, store it on the onboard memory. It's that simple. But, paying the same price for a car with or without power windows, should be a no brainer. John B.

35. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Quit trolling me on lag. You are in the minority of users that make this claim. Most users are not complaining about lag. Only gamers. And as I have stressed so candidly in other posts. Most of us have better things to do than play games all day. We like flexibility. You apparently don't mind if the industry takes this away from you(the consumer). If you are going to debate me, you better come up with better arguments. John B.

60. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

i guarantee you were one of the people complaining when the m7 had no sd card

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple apologist should stay away also since they never support SD CARD. SD CAR IS VERY IMPORT easy safest way to back out our files.

64. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

iFans are so stupid that they see Samsung only and talk about samsung instead of Android. Android enthusiasts think logical and talk about all OEMs including Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, LG, Cyanogen, Asus, Xiaomi, Huwaei, Lenovo etc.... this article is about microSD card. All these OEMs offer MicroSD card support in majority of devices. Its about choice. like this Poll which was conducted. For iFans, there is no need of any such voting coz they have no option to choose from. Option is a word missing from iFans' dictionary.

2. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Looks like not many iphone users are reading phone areana. Almost 90% said SD card slot is important - this cannot be attitude among iphone users.

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Important, but not a deal breaker basically means, it's always nice to have one, but it's not a necessity. So almost 50% don't care about microsd slots.

7. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I see, so 90% who said SD card slot is important also think SD card slot is not important. Are you on some kind of crack?

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No, the people who believe microsd is crucial belong to the first option ONLY. So only 51% see microsd slot as crucial.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its nice to have a micro SD slot on a device. But in NO way is it a deal breaker in today's world. Especially when there is so many options that let you use micro SD cards on a device that doesn't even support them. There is cheap USB otg cables ($2-$5). Micro USB to micro SD slot for $10. The best method is WiFi storage. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are so small that they can be attached to your key chain, and they allow micro SD cards to be swapped in and out. They even support multiple platforms and simultaneous connections (starting at $40).

26. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

But most people don't to do all that. I personally wouldn't bother with any of that. I want to be able to store on the phone

45. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You make it sound like its hard work or something. If you ever looked at a SanDisk Connect. Then you would know that its easier to swap micro SD cards then any smart phone that is currently on the market. Do you carry keys with you, or do you have a wallet? Then its just as easy to put the tiny WiFi storage device in your wallet or key chain and use it from there. You don't have to plug it into your phone at all in order to use it. But clearly its shows that you never used one before.

66. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

If you were talking about a separate optical drive to go along with a laptop, your point would be valid. Optical disks are needed very infrequently these days. You can always wait till your at home or in the office to use it. A phone on the other hand is very different! Phones are much more portable than a laptop. They are meant to fit in you pocket. If you use SD storage with your phone, you're also likley to use it much more frequently than you would an optical drive with a laptop. I know you can get super small SD reader dongles, but it's still a separate device that would need to float around In your pocket. Plus I don't want to have to plug in a dongle every time I want to use SD storage. Is it simple? Of course. Is it portable? Technically yes. Is it practical and user friendly? Hell no, it's a pain in the a$$!!!

30. tedkord

Posts: 17418; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think it might mean they've resigned themselves to the fact that soon, they're not going to have flagship choices with expandable storage. What are they going to do? Never buy another phone?

32. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

"Important" means of significant value placed on needs or wants. It determines the success or survival of such. This means that 51 percent want and need SD Card accessibility. They are the ones that fight for consumer control and place value on being able to do things themselves and like the flexibility that comes with high end products and pricing. The percentage that claims it's important but not a deal breaker, falls into the "I don't give a crap that the company is taking away my choices. I will purchase it anyway because it is cool." This means this generation is placing little value on what they actually feel is important but, vacate their common sense and forfeit it to the industry to do what it wants. John B.

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i only cared about micro sd when the phone did not have bigger memory options.

16. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol you couldnt figure that one out by reading the comment section of every article?

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Create an microsd card that will let me to record 4k videos on it in real time and I'd gladly pay extra for having microsd slot, but so far these cards are way too slow. I don't cares that you can get a 1 or 2 TB of extra space because such cards cost probably more than a flagship phones and are way too slow.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1096; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Any microSD with at least class 10 speed can't be said to be too slow,I'd say you've gotten too spoilt and impatient.

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