It’s often the most trivial things that end up being the most contentious – just like the microSD card.
The decision of whether or not to include a microSD card slot in smartphones is a tricky one for manufacturers, but our readers have made up their minds.
In a TrustedReviews poll first launched on November 23, 2015, readers responded in the thousands to answer the following question:
Would you pay extra for a microSD slot on the Galaxy S7?
The results are in – out of 5,439 voters, exactly 70% said “Yes”, they would pay extra.
The remaining 30%, of course, said no, giving the “Yes” camp a stark majority.
Here are some of the comments we heard back from readers:
“I've wanted to buy a new mobile since 2014 and I keep waiting for a Galaxy with SD card slot and removable battery. It seems I must drop my preferred brand and choose another one.” – Artur Barros
“It’s a big phone with a big screen so give it a big battery and an SD card slot.” – Dave
“There’s more than enough memory in the phones now, and Android doesn’t even let you use the SD card anymore for half the stuff you used to be able to use it for.” – ned23
“That poll was extremely pathetic. I would have liked for the option to say “WHY THE FUCKING SHIT SHOULD I FUCKING PAY EXTRA FOR A FUCKING MICROSD CARD” WTF!!!” – wysd0m
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However, recent reports have pointed to Samsung reviving the microSD slot for 2016’s Samsung Galaxy S7.
In an age where smartphone storage isn’t rising in tandem with increasing file sizes, microSD slots can be a great boon to user experience.
However, microSD cards are much slower than internal flash storage, so manufacturers are often keen to avoid them for performance purposes.
Moreover, microSD cards can increase the thickness of a handset, a consequence that tech companies abhor.
But is there a future for the microSD card? It’s tough to say. After all, many apps and services are turning to the cloud, meaning more user data and content is being stored remotely.
One thing we know for sure – TrustedReviews readers are all about the microSD card. Are you?
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