Published on 02-13-2014 05:47 PM
One trend that puzzles me is the growing scarcity of memory card slots on higher-end phones. First up was the iPhone, which has never come with a memory card followed by the Palm Pre (RIP). Next up, the Galaxy Nexus did away with a memory card slot followed, by the HTC One, LG Optimus G and now even the Moto X lacks this once common feature. Intuitively, youíd think a fancier phone would come with this feature but no.
There are a number of reasons why this has happened.
One big reason is cloud services, why store content on your phone when you can store it in the clouds and access it from all your devices? Another is DRM. When you buy a movie, chances are you can only view it from main memory. That way, you canít easily remove it from your device. Thereís also form factor considerations, all else being equal, a phone with a memory card slot is less sleek.
Lastly, built in flash memory tends to be of much higher quality than the chips they use in a MicroSD. Smartphones need high quality storage because they can shoot high definition video, have high speed burst modes and most importantly, need to launch large programs quickly. Built-in memory is usually much faster and much more durable the removable memory. Faster, more durable memory costs more which adds to a phoneís bottom line.
Unless your higher-end phone is from Samsung, Sony or Huawei, chances are, youíre stuck with whatever your phone came with. The problem with this is that in order to keep prices low, many phones come with the bare minimum when it comes to flash memory.
Apps aside, for me the causes of low storage messages tends to be photos, music and movies.
Hereís where Sandiskís wireless flash drive comes in. Itís a MicroSD card reader that connects to your phone via WiFi. It has a built-in battery and has an app which you use to connect it to your iOS or Android device. It approximate the same size as a large flash drive. Let's check it out: