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#1 Asrokhel

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:35

IMHO, Google is not giving people enough credit, Matias Duarte is basically calling people stupid! My next Android-based phone will be one that does in fact have an expansion slot for an SD card.





Google has explained that Nexus devices only offer fixed storage as the company wants to avoid "techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".

Upon answering questions about the Nexus lineup on Google+, Google's director of user services on Android, Matias Duarte, said offering consumers expandable memory through SD cards was apparently too confusing.

"Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users," he said. "If you're saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt every time? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It's just too complicated."

Instead of implementing SD card support, Nexus devices offers a fixed amount of space that "apps just seamlessly… use", with users not having to "worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".

As for Jelly Bean's transition to consistent system buttons and status bars, Duarte explained that it's due to usability research and muscle memory. "What mattered most of all was muscle memory – keeping buttons where you expect them, no matter how you hold the device," Duarte explained.


Google recently announced the Nexus 4 smartphone (which won't feature LTE support), as well as the Nexus 10 tablet and a 3G 32GB variant of the Nexus 7.









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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:44

How is it confusing? You plug it into a computer, you create a folder called "music", drag your stuff over, and plug it into your phone. How hard is that?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:44

Terrible idea, but fine. If that's the case, then they need to mandate a minimum of 32gb of available storage (not including what the OS is using), for all Android devices.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:47

Terrible idea, but fine. If that's the case, then they need to mandate a minimum of 32gb of available storage (not including what the OS is using), for all Android devices.


(Y) Absolutely 100% agree.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:48

I know people want thin, but I really wish some companies would give a FULL size SD card slot and not some stupid Micro. My dream was to be able to take my card out of my T2i and slap it into my tablet to look at the photos in the field. In fact the tablet I do have which is the Acer W500 (which i'm in the process of installing windows 7 on so I can run the upgrade assistance and get the $40 windows 8 upgrade ) has the FULL SD card slot, and its FANTASTIC! Thick but fantastic.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 16:57

Google explains lack of 4G in Nexus, Google apologists come out in full force to help them.
Google explains lack of SD storage in Nexus, ... wait for it...

Funny because the same people cried out about all the things "Windows Phone was lacking" like 4G and SD storage last year.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:01

^ I don't see anyone coming out in support of Google over the SD card thing... 4G is a different matter entirely.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:12

I know people want thin, but I really wish some companies would give a FULL size SD card slot and not some stupid Micro. My dream was to be able to take my card out of my T2i and slap it into my tablet to look at the photos in the field. In fact the tablet I do have which is the Acer W500 (which i'm in the process of installing windows 7 on so I can run the upgrade assistance and get the $40 windows 8 upgrade ) has the FULL SD card slot, and its FANTASTIC! Thick but fantastic.


Just get a microSd -> SD adapter.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:16

Pathetic excuse; sounds like something Steve Jobs would say. Lack of expandable storage is a deal-breaker for me.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:16

This thread is stupid. That's not even the main reason sd-cards are not supported. It was already posted before, btw OP.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:27

Maybe Google can be more assertive by making the software easier to use to accommodate expendable storage like setting default location to save apps, music, video etc so it doesn't ask everytime.
Funny how they put 8 GB but available storage is like 6GB.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:34

You will be surprised with how many techies cant work with a structured file system (hence the mac users)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:41

Google, like Apple, is full of sh...t. The only reason they don't include an SD card slot on their tablet is to force you to buy the model with the most storage space, just like Apple does. If they included an SD card slot on the 8 and 16GB models of the Nexus tablet, why would anyone want to spend an extra $100 or $150.00 when they can simply buy a $35.00 SD card to expand their limited storage?

Apple does the same thing. There is no excuse.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 17:52

Google, like Apple, is full of sh...t. The only reason they don't include an SD card slot on their tablet is to force you to buy the model with the most storage space, just like Apple does. If they included an SD card slot on the 8 and 16GB models of the Nexus tablet, why would anyone want to spend an extra $100 or $150.00 when they can simply buy a $35.00 SD card to expand their limited storage?

Apple does the same thing. There is no excuse.


Exact reason, there is no way to pull the wool over any knowledgeable persons eyes.

That said, I'm buying the 16GB model for myself simply because it's still excellent value and I use Google Music to stream my music collection (only thing of real size I'd have on a mobile).

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:51

Sd cards are much easier to transfer files and portable the cloud is only good if u have constant connection but 16gb isn't enough fpr lots pf people ..maybye a phone but not a tablet