Nokia chose not to 'defile' the Lumia 920 with a microSD card slot

Nokia chose not to 'defile' the Lumia 920 with a microSD card slotThe new Nokia Lumia 920 has a lot going for it, but one thing it doesn't have is a microSD card slot – an omission made all the more curious by the fact that the step-down Lumia 820 does.

You could argue that with more on-board storage the Lumia 920 doesn't really need an expansion card slot, but Nokia executive vice-president Kevin Shields says the reason is far simpler than that: Nokia didn't want to “defile” the phone's design.

Speaking to PC Pro, Shields claimed that from the start Nokia wanted to keep the Lumia 920's design as clean and uncluttered as possible, and so decided to do without the card slot.

“We started with the premise that we wanted an uncompromised physical form,” Shields explained. “To put an SD card slot in it would have defiled it.”

He also argued that the 32GB of internal storage on board the Lumia 920 (versus the Lumia 820's 8GB) was sufficient for the vast majority of users – or as he put it: “most people aren't using the storage in their phone, anyway.”

What about at least giving us the choice, Kevin? Sure, most people don't need more than 32GB, but those that do are typically early-adopting, media-consuming power users who know a lot about phones and are quite likely to make buying decisions based on exactly this sort of issue.

And returning to the design argument, maybe the comment about “defiling” the Lumia 920's form was made slightly in jest, because if not it suggests a poor understanding of what good design is all about.

Good design isn't just about making a product look good, it's about a combination of form and function where one complements the other. For the most part the Lumia 920 does achieve that, but leaving out useful features essentially just because you don't want to be able to see them is flawed thinking right from the start.

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Stelph  Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:07

Defile with an SD card? Well then use a slot at the top of the phone rather than the bottom.....

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:19

What about making it yellow, then?
Anyhow... The USB/sim cover on the N9 has, in my case, proven quite sturdy, and it's hardly noticeable. Dito Apple's sim sliders... Surely you can design an sd-compartment that doesn't cause a major crisis? (ahem, X7, anyone...)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 13:19

Or have a removable battery cover (and battery) like phones had for years up until about 12 months ago when some tw*t decided it'd be a good idea for most new, high end phones to be sealed units, and stick the MicroSD card slot behind the battery cover (doesn't "defile" my S2 in any way).

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 13:30

Absolutely. It's complete nonsense! No other reason than greed and control-freakery.

blizzard7  Sep. 7, 2012 at 16:38

If they can afford to have so many SKUs dedicated to different colours, I don't get why it's so hard to have a 32 and a 64 GB version. Apple's done it for years with the iPhone and even the old iPods.

itisgaurav  Sep. 7, 2012 at 17:02

Nokia, you actually defiled my excitement by not keeping SD card support and wasting lot of area below the 3 buttons. Please come back soon with new model with end to end screen and SD card, because I prefer backups and updates on SD card.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 17:05

If they can afford to have so many SKUs dedicated to different colours, I don't get why it's so hard to have a 32 and a 64 GB version. Apple's done it for years with the iPhone and even the old iPods.
Well, half those colours will prolly be impossible to get. Try buying a white N9...
or a 64GB one ;)

Pondlife  Sep. 7, 2012 at 20:33

It's not the number of colours I've issue with it's how horrible most of them are...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2012 at 21:04

It's not the number of colours I've issue with it's how horrible most of them are...
I'd say 4/5 were acceptable, just the yellow which is awful.

Pondlife  Sep. 7, 2012 at 21:21

The red is far too garish, worse than the yellow maybe, the grey well it's grey, and white too girly and think we discussed it's tendency to colour on here too. The blue that they dropped wasn't so bad but darker would've been nicer.

NOKIAfail  Sep. 8, 2012 at 10:08

What a let down NOKIA has become, NO microSD- I wouldve bought the 920 if it had provision for a microSD card. NOKIA have the dumbest people working for them & it shows.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 8, 2012 at 14:14

hahaha

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