Flashback: the rise (and fall?) of the microSD card

04 December 2022
The microSD card grew to bigger and bigger capacities over the years and got faster along the way. So why is it waning in popularity?

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Anonymous, 04 Dec 2022"Internal sdcard wins every single time" Dua... moreMy phone has active DUAL SIM AND a dedicated 1TB microSD-card all active at the same time.

No compromises. Demand it, and companies will deliver it.

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    • Anonymous
    • 4NG
    • 07 Dec 2022

    Cloud storage is far more secure than any SD card. Unless google is going to suddenly disappear, which at this point in time is probably unlikely or impossible, there is no reason to not just upload everything to the cloud. Even if I lose my whole phone with the SD card inside, cloud storage still retains my data and a backup of my device. Considering you can just go on many websites and buy an old pixel device to get unlimited cloud storage and then just keep that phone at home or you can setup your own cloud backup server from your own house.

    Only a small like percentage of the "tech enthusiasts" ppl want these rare hardware specs on devices. Why do you think Sony market share for smartphones is constantly declining year over year even though they are the only ones keeping headphone jacks and SD card slots on their flagship phones? Because their target is the niche not the majority. Why would a business target the small niche of the market? It doesn't make sense. Sony should just leave the mobile smartphone industry like LG did before they start to hemorrhage money.

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      • Anonymous
      • kpy
      • 07 Dec 2022

      There are many valid reasons for wanting to use an SD card. Files are becoming larger, especially as we are taking 4k videos, high res pictures, and larger gaming. SD cards serve as an excellent backup in case the phone quits on you. I have never run out of storage since using an SD card. However, I have seen many iphone users are in this endless cycle of running out of storage and deleting all their files.

      Shouldn't we allow for options to accommodate all rather than ram one person's ideas down our throats? I see people smugly disparage the SD card while the existence of the slot has no effect on them... you are not required to use it. The SD card usually goes opposite of the SIM card, so it is not an argument that the card hinders space or performance.

      Remember with cloud services you are handing your data over to commercial providers and you are vulnerable to hacking, theft of data, or even censorship (never say never). You are also dependent on a constant internet connection.

      I think LG quit too soon. They had a solid line of phones and always came with what we need. The OS was great too! Samsung is too busy chasing the iphone. Samsung really needs to go back to what made them successful and give their customers what they want.

        ME, 07 Dec 2022With Google all your pics go automatically to the cloud.Exactly. That's what most people do anyway, thus less and less people actually bother with an SD card.

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          • 07 Dec 2022

          Reno Pro, 06 Dec 2022Woow good luck with ip68 if you would want removable batter... moreYes I think all smartphone should have many ports that can fit on them user removable bigger battery's and expandable Storage roboust active cooling system

          The reason I say this because processor run hot and smartphone overheating is a real problem for high end processor and flagship smartphones and desktop grade SSD benefit of a fast boot drives will improve the user experience in smoothness loading times multi tasking by miles

          This is why smartphones should have all of this
          Is for smooth long lasting performance and being repairable

          About trying too water proof this it's possible with a water proof seal that opens and closes and plugs and stuff too protect the many ports air vents and so on

          Yes it will be a lot harder too water proof and make rugged and keep repairable

          A easyer way for engineering
          just have a water proof and screen protector rugged case with a ip rating of it's own that the Smartphone can wear for water proofing

            AnonD-1075716, 07 Dec 2022I don't think and I lost my brain cells to see, these ... moreJust look at the price difference between sd card and additional internal storage in phones. Not everyone wants that fast ufs.

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              • 07 Dec 2022

              Mediatek sux, 05 Dec 2022Corporate greedI don't think and I lost my brain cells to see, these "digital" enthusiast calling it "corporate greed" or "tech company lies" without any explanation.

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                • Anonymous
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                • 07 Dec 2022

                ME, 07 Dec 2022With Google all your pics go automatically to the cloud.You stil have to re-download the whole thing back, so it complete defeats the point of accessible backup.

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                  • 07 Dec 2022

                  potato4k, 07 Dec 2022How do you back them up? If your phone is stolen or the sd ... moreWith Google all your pics go automatically to the cloud.

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                    • 07 Dec 2022

                    Firefox, 07 Dec 2022Internal storage is way faster (UFS > eMMC > Memory C... morePhones with micro-sd have also internal storage .. your point is useless.

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                      • Firefox
                      • xjH
                      • 07 Dec 2022

                      Internal storage is way faster (UFS > eMMC > Memory Card) but also expensive. That's why external storage is mandatory.
                      Games & apps needs faster internal storage but image & audio-video files needs bigger/cheaper/slower external storage.

                        Anonymous, 06 Dec 2022To an external Hard Drive of course. They are extremely ine... moreHow do you back them up? If your phone is stolen or the sd card got corrupted tomorow, are you confident you can still save your precious data?

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                          • Anonymous
                          • sUS
                          • 07 Dec 2022

                          Reno Pro, 06 Dec 2022Woow good luck with ip68 if you would want removable batter... morePeople who want removable batteries either
                          1) stuck with their old ones
                          2) imported a Samsung with BOTH IP68 and Removable batteries from US/EU
                          3) bought ones with sealed battery even if they didn't like it.

                          Lack of choice doesn't mean acceptance.

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                            • Anonymous
                            • sUS
                            • 07 Dec 2022

                            Reno Pro, 06 Dec 2022Woow good luck with ip68 if you would want removable batter... morelmao what? IP68+removable battery. ANd a 2022 successor as well. Keep believing tech company lies.
                            And those sealed variant ones have a chance to lose their ip68 rating once they get repaired if the service center cannot replicate the sealing method.

                            https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_xcover_pro-10001.php

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                              • Anonymous
                              • sUS
                              • 07 Dec 2022

                              Max of TR, 06 Dec 2022They almost always made errors and files deleted, 10s of ca... moreThis is an extreme case and sounds more like a personal or device issue itself.

                                Reno Pro, 06 Dec 2022It was just example you wouldn't have any water resist... moreSamsung's Galaxy XCover and Galaxy Tab Active series say "Hi".

                                  briantho, 06 Dec 2022i really wish micro sd cards were still a thing just like w... moreThey always claimed that they removed both the microSD card slot and the headphone jack for more space. It doesn't take a genius to know that they want you to buy their cloud storage solutions and their wireless earbuds. It's all about maximum profits.

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                                    • Anonymous
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                                    • 07 Dec 2022

                                    Anonymous, 06 Dec 2022SD cards are pointless, the only device I have that still u... moreThe fact that you have five red cross really shows how blissfully ignorant you are with reality. Try again next time.

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                                      • Anonymous
                                      • kwY
                                      • 07 Dec 2022

                                      Samsung listened to include thus will continue to be my main got smartphone brand. Large mp Photos and videos need SD cards.

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                                        • 07 Dec 2022

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