Hands-On: MOTO X
No microSD and None Removable Battery = BAD
I've already almost maxed out my current 32Gb microSD card and need to buy a 64Gb one. And with phones lacking a microSD slot, you have to share the memory with applications and system resources.
And Cloud Storage isn't a viable alternative since a fast network connection isn't always available. Plus, since most carriers no longer have unlimited data plans, you would have to PAY to access YOUR OWN content (pictures, videos, music, documents) via the Cloud.
Great for the Carriers. Not so great for the customers.
Where is it an advantage to a consumer to spend 700-900 dollars on a phone that you can't service or replace the weakest link?
I've been told that a battery should be visually inspected and tested every 6 months. This assures no swelling is occuring from heavy usage and also that the anode and cathode along with the electrolitic component are healthy. A damage battery can wreak havoc on a phone. Not being able to get to it, helps ensure a great turnover of handsets brought to centers to be sent back, refurbed and resold at a very profitable cost.
Guess who pays for all this in the end?
Having a sealed phone made of a highly conductive material (metal) will only raise costs to the consumer (and deny the option to enhance the phone storage using a removable memory), but people just don't realize that. They prefer the "high-end" materials that will only decay the device.
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