Windows Phone 8 + microSD card: is it so hard?!
Samsung was the first to spring into the Windows Phone 8 foray with the ATIV S. While it looks like a derivative of the Galaxy SIII, it does use brushed aluminium for its chassis. That seemed promising until someone posted the flexible plastic lid.
With the Samsung merely a curiosity in my mind, I turn my attention to Nokia who impressed (and simultaneously disappointed) me with the PureView camera, and exclusive software line-up. Yea...and then they messed it all up with the "simulation" debacle.
As Nokia looked for the culprit, and Elop clearly red-faced, we get HTC doing what Nokia couldn't: show off a pair of Windows Phones AND announce details of price+availability!
Now, aside from the ATIV S, what is it with Nokia and HTC being unable to put a damn microSD slot there? The only answer I seem to find is the "didn't want to defile" the chassis.
What is everyone's thoughts on this? Is the lack of a microSD card slot a dealbreaker? Or do you know the answer about WHY there is no microSD slot of 2 of the sexiest Windows Phones around?
"Kevin Shields, executive vice president at Nokia, was kind enough to shed some light on the matter. While speaking with PC Pro, he stated that to out a microSD card slot on the Nokia Lumia 920 would have ruined its design. "We started with the premise that we wanted an uncompromised physical form," he said, and a microSD card slot "would have defiled it." Besides, Shields added that not too many owners use that much storage anyway."
Now I would like to see microSD as well, but I have never used more than 32 GB of space on a phone. Hell I currently have 24 GB of space (8GB internal, 16GB microSD) and don't even fill it. So I fall within Kevin Shields' assertion that not too many owners use more than 32GB
Thus it isn't a dealbreaker for me
32GB with no micro SD may be acceptable, 16GB without one...just...isn't. I am not getting a phone that handcuffs me to only 16GB (even 32 would be a trial, my 64GB iPhone is running at about 55GB full...but I recognize I can do some cleanup here)
Now I have the Lumia 900 with 166GB. It feels like an embarrassment of riches. I actually use more than 9GB of it. But the only reason is that I felt like I needed to use it. In other words, I have had to use cloud services less just so that I can justify that much space.
In this day and age. If you have ubiquitous internet connection (via either cellular or wifi) and you have a desktop/laptop. 32GB is honestly overkill. It's enough space that you can afford to waste space. Now, if you have a Tablet, especially if it's the iPad with the HD apps, that's a different story. But even then, it's because each app takes up more space. Not because you somehow need to save more. I have so many lockers online, so many services for accessing them, and all of them have apps (either first or third party) on Windows Phone, that I don't even look at the memory anymore. When the HTC 8S was unveiled, I didn't even notice it only had 8GB until someone noted it in conversation. That's how little I care now.
In the coming years, this could change. Apps could get MUCH bigger. Data stored could be larger (e.g. long 1080p video or whatever future thing). When that happens, we adapt. Afterall, I remember when an 8GB computer hard drive was overkill. But it's not going to be in the next 2 or 3 years.
I just wouldn't be comfortable being limited to 16
So let's assume we get data connection sorted and everywhere in at least the 48 contiguous states, we have full and proper access to at least 3G but maybe also 4G. Let's assume it's reliable. Let's also assume Apple, Google, and Microsoft loosen their sometimes Draconian rules on their cloud services. (We've made a lot of assumptions, I know, but we're picturing best case scenario). Let's also assume the size of everything stays the same, and quality of things like pictures and video go up just a bit. Given where we currently stand in technology and services, I would freely admit that 32GB is an excellent sweet spot for the average and even the above average user. Many would use far less. And of course there will be the relatively few who will use far more.
Wow...how times change dont they. And now I hear the same prattle about ...."i dont use it ...therefore is not needed". Well boys...myself and many others need it. I have a 64gig microsd on my phone, its one of two. And yes, I am bying more. What do I have on it; none of your business. But, I used it, and needed it, and want more. And guess what...I am not alone. Now HTC did not include one on their new phone. Why not?. Mmm....because it will mar the looks of the phone, yeah, sure. Because it isnt needed, yeah, sure. Would it have to do anything with HTC acquiring MOG music streaming. Does it have anything to do with HTC partnering with Dropbox to offer 5GB of storage. Does it have anything to do with HTC buying 20% of SyncTV a cloud based video service. How about HTC's deal with SyncTV's parent Intertrust, a DRM software company. Lets not also forget HTC's buyout of Saffron Digital which has laid groundwork for itw Watch video streaming service., or its 40 million stake on OnLive, a cloud based gaming company. HTC no longer backs HTCSense.com, which allowed the storage of messages, contacts, location footprints and call history to its cloud "external storage". Nothing like a company begging you to trust them, and then have them throw you overboard when they find you are no longer needed.
Anyway, I want my microsd port, and if HTC does not provided it, I will then have no choice but to give HTC a "one finger salute" and find another phone that has one. Oh well, that's life.