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Why do manufacturers keep neglecting to include microSD slots?

Why do manufacturers (looking at the HTC One here!) keep neglecting to include microSD slots? Is there a genuine reason?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 19:52

Yes. It's cheaper. It is one part customers cannot wreck. It's one opening that can't attract that fatal bit of fluff. Instead they can do shady deals with cloud services etc etc...

Also: I'm just guessing. The iPhone showed them the way.

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 20:38

From what I've read the One X was good at getting dust in anyway.
Not sure why HTC seem determined to reduce potential sales by skipping it, other than laziness.
For most it's probably not an issue though.

AhmadCentral  Feb. 20, 2013 at 20:52

-It's Cheap
-Onboard memory is much faster than micro sd
-Means that all apps/files are on the phone. (so if micro sd card is removed half your apps don't stop working)
-Allows cloud storage to be pushed

But i agree, i'd never buy a phone without it.

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:00

Pennies cost on a £450+ phone is a joke though...
Especially when their cheaper phones get micro sd slot..
Do think making apps stay on onboard memory is a good idea...

AhmadCentral  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:20

Pennies cost on a £450+ phone is a joke though...
Especially when their cheaper phones get micro sd slot..
Do think making apps stay on onboard memory is a good idea...


This one i have to disagree with. It's a very very good idea. Apps run much faster and open much quicker. It's not slowed down by having to load files on the memory card. Plus if the user ever removes the memory card or if the memory card stops working then then you pretty much lose half the apps/files for the apps etc...

Micro SD is very cheap yes, but when there are space constraints or when you ship millions of units, it can save a lot of money.

But all considered. I do agree. I would want a micro SD card on the HTC One. It's just an excuse to charge something like £50 more for the 64GB version when a memory card is much cheaper. (but not sold by HTC)

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:30

Of course if it helps you to shift those millions of units...
Wonder how many sales that alone cost them last year

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:40

Not sure, pondlife. I have 7 colleagues with iPhones, SGS3s and BBs... None of them know how much storage they have. Or whether or not they have SD cards... I swear! O_o

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:44

Be interesting to know why they went s3 rather than OX, unless just fashion..

AhmadCentral  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:47

Of course if it helps you to shift those millions of units...
Wonder how many sales that alone cost them last year


Still sold a lot more than their other handsets. I know what you mean but i'm just giving the answers to the question as to why HTC would do it.

Don't agree with it all. to sum up-
-It's Cheap
-Onboard memory is much faster than micro sd
-Means that all apps/files are on the phone. (so if micro sd card is removed half your apps don't stop working)
-Allows cloud storage to be pushed
-Allows HTC to charge more for unit with more memory rather than user purchasing memory card from third party.
-Saves money for HTC as they sell millions of units.

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