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The end of expandable memory?


Feb 22, 2013, 3:19 PM
I should probably get rid of my SII in favor of an SIII and keep it forever. I'm starting to think it's the last good phone with expandable memory. Sad

Feb 25, 2013, 5:05 PM
Expandable memory causes a lot of headaches for developers. Though I think 16GB phones are a load of bull, 64gb should be fine.

Feb 26, 2013, 1:54 PM
SGS IV is going to be announced March 14th, wait to see if it will support expandable memory.

Feb 26, 2013, 4:45 PM
Indeed. I wanted to mention that but I couldn't edit my post. The Note II has an SD card slot, so it's still possible. All hope is not (quite) lost.

Feb 27, 2013, 9:38 AM
I don't think samsung is prepared to drop sd card support. Sorry but overall it's a terrible idea in general. Far too many phones simply fail and never power on leaving you with no option for keeping any thing that was on the phone where as if you had an SD card could atleast be saved to removable memory.

Mar 10, 2013, 7:22 AM
Yes, exactly. Also, an SD card can turn a merely ok phone into a champion. You can get a budget 2GB phone, and put in a 32GB sd card for just about anything you want.

Apr 23, 2013, 5:03 PM
I have never had a phone simply fail

Sep 21, 2013, 6:01 PM
exactly because we all know the failure rate of micro SD cards can't be more than the failure rate for phones. Or can they?

Feb 27, 2013, 12:15 PM
The notion that expandable memory is going away is ludicrous. A plethora of manufacturers support it and will continue to do so. Some them, like Samsung, manufacture the memory. So, why would they try to kill demand for their own products? This discussion isn't even worth having.

Feb 28, 2013, 11:10 AM
It's really not. Many HTC devices no longer have it, many Motorola devices no longer have it, Nexus devices no longer have it at all.

Maybe it won't go away entirely, but it used to be almost a requirement, and now it no longer is.

Feb 28, 2013, 4:08 PM
So, find a phone you like that supports it. There are more that do than there are that don't. That's what diversity and choice is all about.
Rich Brome

Mar 6, 2013, 11:23 AM
It's really only an issue with high-end phones, where there's intense pressure on the design side. High-end phones are expected to have a sleek, simple design with a unibody design. Slots clutter up the design. Removable back covers add some bulk and affect build quality compared to unibody. Plus at the higher price points, it's possible to include 64 GB.

On lower-end phones, it's easy to include memory card slots. The design pressure is less. Plus they're more likely to put only 4 or 8 GB inside to keep costs down, which makes a slot for expansion more necessary.

Another factor is that people are keeping more in the cloud. Thats helping reducing the need for local storage memory , and thus for card slots.

Mar 10, 2013, 9:45 AM
64 gigs is plenty of memory. I have half that in my phone and have over 500 songs, tons of pictures and apps and still have two-thirds of it left.

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