Weekly poll: how much storage do you use on your phone? Are microSD slots still important?

19 June 2022
Camera resolutions keep rising, phones can now record 8K video, mobile apps are becoming more complex - all of that takes up more and more space on your phone.

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I'd really like a phone with a card slot. I buy phones without them because card slots are generally only on the lower spec phones. But I really hate being forced to do this.

    AnonD-844232, 20 Jun 2022you must have really crap phone .. because all flagships an... moreBecause then you can't do anything else with the USB socket.

    I keep a ton of podcasts and other media on a Micro SD. I use them on my long commute and listen via Android Auto. I cannot have both external storage and the Android Auto connection at the same time.

    Even if you aren't using AA, listening to media will eventually run your battery down, and then you have to completely stop while you recharge.

    The truth is, just like the 3.5mm headphone socket, a micro SD slot costs next to nothing to implement and has negligible impact on battery capacity. Losing it is yet another in a long line of misbegotten attempts to copy Apple.

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      • Anonymous
      • pWD
      • 20 Jun 2022

      AnonF-1006353, 20 Jun 2022Umh...Are you an artist or the police or the riaa or why do... moreWas an artist in the past, also many of my friends still are musicians - that's why I'm so interested about this.

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        • kek
        • GBh
        • 20 Jun 2022

        AnonD-844232, 20 Jun 2022you must have really crap phone .. because all flagships an... moreOnly Huawei went retarded and got rid of the micro-sd card slot to push their nano memory crap thing.

        Sony, Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, HTC, Oppo, vivo all kept their micro-sd card slots in their midranges.

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          • 4mag
          • Ntb
          • 20 Jun 2022

          i live in a third world country so sd card is very important to me
          but i also buy low end phones so that is not a problem so far

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            • kek
            • GBh
            • 20 Jun 2022

            Micro-SD cards are necessary, because aside from helping you save more data, it works as a backup when broken updates are released, a device gets damaged due to a broken display or any other emergency that might happen to it.

            Not to mention, with it, you are not forced to pay premium in order to get more storage on your device. They aren't a proprietary format either, so price has gone down a lot in recent years.

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              • Anonymous
              • 0pb
              • 20 Jun 2022

              SD Cards are needed more than ever imo. I no longer buy Galaxy S series phones and now buy A series so iv got the micro sd card slot. As the saying goes "Less is more"

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                • AnonF-1006353
                • gD$
                • 20 Jun 2022

                Anonymous, 20 Jun 2022Yes, if you have paid for the music, then no issues whatsoe... moreUmh...Are you an artist or the police or the riaa or why do you feel the need of virtue signaling in a phone community?

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                  • shun
                  • sR1
                  • 20 Jun 2022

                  Anonymous, 20 Jun 2022My media have grown past what puny sd slots can provide. ... moreI invested in a QNAP NAS.

                  It may seems expensive initially, but price for 1TB of phone storage can easily get a basic NAS with 12TB-16TB storage, will save lot of time and money in the long run :)

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                    • Anonymous
                    • UG4
                    • 20 Jun 2022

                    My media have grown past what puny sd slots can provide.

                    Invest in a NAS, then you have the freedom on whatever device you want. A good Synology or QNAP NAS, will do.
                    1. Auto backup Photos when you reach home.
                    2. Auto download media, instead of using your phone.
                    3. No duplicates, download only the media you want.
                    4. Personal VPN service, file sharing with anyone.

                    If you do not have the cash, you can always convert old PCs into NAS and setup DSM OS (Synology OS). But of course, unless you are homeless, or your country internet is trash.

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                      • HutHutHut
                      • rJA
                      • 20 Jun 2022

                      Anonymous, 20 Jun 2022We dont need slow unreliable SD cards. People are stuck in ... moreNo... We don't need to solely rely on limited fairly unreliable internal storage... 🤦🏻‍♂️ Majority of people want the option of Micro SD...

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                        • Anonymous
                        • nI5
                        • 20 Jun 2022

                        Inva, 20 Jun 202216 GiB total storage has always been enough for my needs.Nobody needs more than 640k, eh?

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                          • GAVR
                          • LBM
                          • 20 Jun 2022

                          Even when I have to use an adpater, I still use microSD cards to store media files (specifically) and access them on my phone or tablet. Since my PC is where I store all my files, I can easily save the ones I need on the microSD cards and connect them to my portable devices, and when I am done, I can just delete them and save other files; this saves me the time of downloading those files on my phone or tablet one by one. Those are usually cheap and 256gb is more than enough for me. There´s a major drawback since most adapters won´t allow to access the microSD card AND charge at the same time, but I can deal with it. I know there are phones with 256gb or more of storage but those are generally expensive, and I don´t need to replace my phone every year or 2...

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                            • AnonF-1006353
                            • gD$
                            • 20 Jun 2022

                            AnonD-844232, 20 Jun 2022you must have really crap phone .. because all flagships an... moreYour logic: Why easy (microSD) when it can be done more complicated (usb-C cable hanging on the phone...)

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                              • AnonF-1006353
                              • gD$
                              • 20 Jun 2022

                              RealLifePhones, 20 Jun 2022To the die hard fans of microSD: iPhones sell great since 2... moreApple products are for tech analphabetes anyway, their products are aimed at not so tech savy people. Guess why..?

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                                • Anonymous
                                • gJt
                                • 20 Jun 2022

                                We dont need slow unreliable SD cards. People are stuck in 2012 on this site.

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                                  • Anonymous
                                  • 6wN
                                  • 20 Jun 2022

                                  AlienKiss, 20 Jun 2022NO SD card slot = NO BUY! I don't care about the rest... moreSo you are replacing better phone with better user interface just for lack of SD card? Strange.

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                                    • AnonD-844232
                                    • Cx@
                                    • 20 Jun 2022

                                    James, 20 Jun 2022Thats you not needing it,not for us. I use the sd card for ... moreOf course I understand .. I used to have it.. and stopped.
                                    Why would you annoyingly keep inserting and removing an sd card from phone sim tray and again putting it back in, when u just can connect nice 1TB or whatever size external SSD type-c enclosure and have it all there? 🤷‍♂️

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                                      • Frank
                                      • 6uf
                                      • 20 Jun 2022

                                      Olympus Oms, 20 Jun 2022You can just send them your own photo. Because you would fi... moreMore like you. You are simply spitting out senseless things. I don't know if a person can get more dumber

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                                        • James
                                        • d%t
                                        • 20 Jun 2022

                                        AnonD-844232, 20 Jun 2022Jeez so many comments and only from yesterday I think m... moreThats you not needing it,not for us. I use the sd card for media files,its a one storage device for me,all my previous mobile phones photos are storage on that sd card,together of different backups..so yeah,an average user will never understand the need. If youre happy with tiktok,twitter and youtube then dont include us on your own comfort zone.