November 2, 2012

No SD cards in Nexus phones to confuse users

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The specs for the LG Nexus 4 sound great: quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB internal RAM, lovely screen, Android 4.2. Allegedly different amounts of space will be available: 8 GB, 16 GB, etc.

T-Mobile is offering the phone on their network, so I’m getting notices that I’m eligible for an upgrade… So I checked out the phone specs. Good specs, clean Android 4 OS (no “enhanced UI” slapped on by a manufacturer). Only thing I didn’t like was that the phone doesn’t have an SD card and is currently being offered in 16 GB variety. I have a 32 GB card in my T-Mobile G2 that has only 3 GB free. The G2 has 4 GB of internal storage, of which 1 GB is available for non-OS use. A phone with 16 GB won’t cut it: I want a phone that can store my music and apps.

Google is pushing their cloud storage option, so I’m not really surprised the Nexus devices don’t have an SD card. Google wants to force people into using other options. Of course, that is assuming that people are always in areas where data connectivity is available.

T-Mo News had this article today on why there isn’t an SD card option on any of the Nexus devices. Basically, SD cards confuse users and provide too many options that users shouldn’t have to worry their pretty little heads over.

Pissed. Me. Off. Give me options and let me decide.

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