Why do some phones not have microSD?

Why do some phones not have a microSD slot? Why would you limit your phones to say 32GB? I guess maybe there's some market research to back that up, but I want storage, storage, storage!

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JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2014 at 16:25

Yes, well...
A: manufacturing costs go down. Potential damage and dirtification go down...

And oh, look... we also run online Cloud storage servers. And we WILL make you use them....

TJ Skywasher  May. 2, 2014 at 16:26

I'm sure different manufacturers have different reasons for doing so. Many people always point to the iPhone for having a lack of microSD card slot but when you're making phones that are becoming increasingly thinner and space is at a premium literally every millimetre inside the phone counts. So a microSD is one thing to leave off the list, other reasons are that a card slot is ugly from a design perspective, you can lose the cards, they can fail, you wouldn't necessarily be able to run apps from a card, the internal flash storage is much faster and then you have to setup the software/apps to manage and access the data stored on the card. I guess there are more negatives for some manufacturers to include it than there are positives.

Personally I've never needed or bothered with any type of extra storage and the internal storage on my phone does me just fine.

JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2014 at 17:07

Well... I've kind of gotten used to it, but really: when you swap phones AND OSs, no SD card can be painful. Have your iPhone sync and back-up plan in order and then change to a WP device.... PAIN. SD card much easier.


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