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Samsung owners: just how important are removable batteries and microSD cards?

Listen up Samsung owners, we need your opinions. We all know the absence of a replaceable battery and microSD card slot in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge came as a bit of a shock. Samsung certainly had its reasons, but just how important are removable batteries and microSD expansion anyway? Much of a muchness or total deal breaker? You tell us.

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Just how important are microSD cards and removable batteries to Samsung's success? / © ANDROIDPIT

Of course, anyone can contribute to this survey, but we'd prefer it if only existing Samsung owners responded so we can get a feel for just how big a deal removable batteries and microSD card slots are to you: the ones most likely to have strong feelings on the changes backed up by personal experience. Who knows, Samsung may just come across this survey and get some valuable user feedback.

Do you currently have a spare battery?
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How important is a removable battery to you?
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While we've heard that the Galaxy S6 Active may well include a microSD card slot and a larger capacity battery, we expect it will be the sales for the new Galaxy devices that will dictate whether or not microSD cards and removable batteries are gone for good. Samsung has taken a big risk by abandoning two of the key features that helped make it the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world; only time will time if the gamble pays off.  

Do you currently use a microSD card?
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How important is microSD expansion to you?
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If we've missed some other key factors in the surveys about what's most important to you, please add your comments below.

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  • corvette72778 Mar 27, 2015

    Micro SD is THE future. data transfer speeds especially on mobile carriers is not keeping up with storage growth. How long will it take you to transfer 128GB of data from your s6 to your s8? hours? Days? 10 seconds on an s5 with SD memory.
    Most mobile carriers charge by the data usage so using online storage could not be used if you pay by the GB used
    Google is pushing for for the elimination of SD for their own agenda....their cloud and storage fees. Customers demand micro SD and the customer will win.
    HTC got rid of it only to bring it back. LG G3 has it.
    Iphone users are just plain stupid.

  • Bob malick Mar 27, 2015

    I have a note 3 if i wanted a phone with no sd card and no removable battery i would buy and iPhone. What the hell is Samsung thinking? ????????


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  • And further more I think it would be better to have a removable battery for the reason what happen to my other phone the again.

  • I have the Samsung Galaxy S6. And bout 2 weeks ago. On a Saturday my phone woke me up around 7 because it was shutting down. So I waited to see if it would come back on all the way. But it didnt. It keep doing it over and over again. Till I unplugged it and the battery completely shut off. I think personally I'm wanting a Active. Because my friend has 1 and I like it. It fits my needs as far as my work standards. So I'm ready for a the S7/S6 Active. Either 1 idc. Thank you Samsung..........

    Samsung Galaxy Customer

  • USB OTG is my friend.
    Using the sdcard in my Galaxies is convenient, but I also own a LG G2 and I have gotten very intimate with using removable micro-usb storage.

  • Meg amt Jun 9, 2015 Link to comment

    The removable microSD card saved my life when my Galaxy S4 just stopped working. Nothing had been backed up to a cloud but I had monthly backups setup on my micros card because of the card I hadn't lost 50gb of my photos/videos/music/etc. I live in an area with almost no data coverage and slow WiFi so cloud backups are next to impossible. Due to the movement away from cards when my s4 died a terrible death I decided on the Galaxy Note Edge, I absolutely adored samsung but if they continue to move away from microSD cards I'll have to find a new love. I buy phones yearly and having to pay to keep my 128gb capacity will be way too pricey. Boooo samsung! Go back to the thing that brought me here! :(

  • James Apr 4, 2015 Link to comment

    apple forces you to buy a more expensive phone with more memory if you need more memory. I prefer being able to add more memory as needed and as new memory technology comes out

  • PACoug Mar 31, 2015 Link to comment

    You may do things with your phone that require massive onsite data storage. When I subscribed to Spotify my main storage need evaporated.

    64 GB internal is all I really need now. YMMV. I don't mind a built in battery but it would be far better if they made the device easier to crack open to replace the batt when it eventually goes bad. It's a $12 part max and any fool can do it after the warranty period expires. Building in the battery saves so much space that you can actually fit a lot more battery into the device. I like a battery that goes all day and takes a reasonably short time to charge. The extra capacity and thinner device enabled by a built in battery offsets the occasional need for an external battery, e.g. while traveling.

    Which is to say, welcome to the 21st century, Samsung. Better late than never.

  • To everyone that is disappointed with the loss of the SD card slot, just buy the higher storage option model.

    With higher internal storage there is no need for A2SD because you can fit ALL the data on the internal storage like it was meant.

    Using external storage is a cheap cop-out for people who can't afford to buy the the high end model.

    Quit trying to move data that is meant to be on the internal storage to a place that it wasn't designed to go.

    • So an extra $200 on top of the $200 contract price. Thats $400 every time you upgrade!. With micro SD card you just swap it out and put it in....takes 10 seconds and costs zero extra. I use 128 GB SD card. How long would that take you to transfer 128GB off your old phone and onto your new phone?!!! How much do carriers charge to do online backup? What happens if your phone is damaged or you drop it in water? Whats your plan to get your data back? How much does Google charge for over 100GB of storage backup?
      Data isn't meant to be transferred.....excuse me but yes it is. I have been using an SD card since my Palm Treo. Its the best way to have your data. Are you brainwashed like all the other iphone users? I do not want my data kept inside my phone if I can't take it off in less than 10 seconds. Sealing up memory is a way to control you and your wallet.

  • Without the option to remove the battery and the ability to expand memory then your just purchasing another apple product...they invented the term "planned obsolescence".

    • PACoug Mar 31, 2015 Link to comment

      Planned obsolescence? So Samsung products' obsolescence is "unplanned?"

      Because innovation moves so fast in this market there is no device out there or in the works that won't be obsolete almost before it comes to market.

      Planned obsolescence. Pfft.

  • Paulo San Mar 30, 2015 Link to comment

    Always carry a spare battery in my wallet, and I have one of Samsung's external USB battery chargers (barely bigger than the battery itself) so it can be charged without the phone itself. Now it's not that often I need to swap out but it's been a life saver when I've been caught out away from a charging point. One such instance was stuck in a departure lounge waiting for a delayed flight. While iPhone users were literally fighting over the one or two available power points to get a charge, one simple 30 second battery swap & my S4 was good to go again.

    Quick charging & wireless charging are no good if you're nowhere near a charging point in the first place when you're out of juice. Never even seen a wireless charging point.

    Until battery tech is improved then these 'work arounds' will always be inferior options to the removable battery. I understand Sony's Z3 has done good things with it's battery life. I suspect Samsung hasn't done it with the S6.

    And don't even get me started on the lack of removable memory.

  • Madars G Mar 29, 2015 Link to comment

    this is only a google fault, becouse you can not instal games, apps on sd card if your phone is not rooted, so the samsung is going to make a flash storage.

  • The Removable Battery becomes
    MORE Important when we have a low capacity battery due to the (ridiculous)
    "Thinness Race" to achieve 6 millimeter thin Phones - with Protruding Cameras.
    IF you wear a size 8 shoe BUT your Toe sticks out 1 inch- you REALLY wear a size 10.
    1 Millimeter Thicker equals a 25 % Battery Increase to about 3100 Mah.

    IF most Consumers want Phones "Thin" "Stylish" with Fragile Protruding Cameras ( lay Device flat, rests on Camera = bad)- I understand.

    BUT - Let's have some Pro Devices for those of us who need
    Accurate Cameras, Power of CPU and less Fragile 8 mm thick Devices like Note 5 and Note 5 COMPACT at full power and price.

    Galaxy S6 Active does NOT need hardware Buttons which trap dirt and does NOT need a dumbed down lower performance Camera and does not need to be ugly- just
    Thicker and a bit reinforced with recessed screws on Metal Back.

    Samsung is afraid to Eclipse/ Exceed their Flagship in ANY way but no need to worry Note 5 , Note 5 Compact , and S6 Active are a slightly different Market.

    IF Alpha had been 1080 P and same Camera and Specs as Note 4 with 2700 Mah Battery at 8 mm thick- it would have been huge Worldwide at $ 750 among Pros who don't want to carry a Phablet.

    Let's see a Note 5 Compact and a full featured Not UGLY S6 Active for Pros.

    S6 S6 Edge Form over Function - still Powerful.
    Note, Note 5 Compact , S6 Active
    Function over Form - still attractive.

    WILL Samsung do it ?

  • Buk Ay Mar 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Since Android 4.4.2, the use of SD cards have been unreliable. I prefer to use OTG flash drives instead. This is the future.

    • Alec B. Apr 6, 2015 Link to comment

      I've never had any probs...I use several USB Micros my 164MB Interna...l for separate life needs....and I purchased 2 x 80,000MHA battery pack, size of cig pack !! ...never no probs at all !! ...this thinness craze is bonkers .. mobiles are now 'so life needed...its beyond fads ...stick with whats well proven ... I buy all from China... best of all products ..1/2 the cost too without paying for Name !!!

    • Never had a micro sd failure in 8 years since my first Palm Treo. They are very reliable actually. The future is not internal storage until a lot of things happen and that is a long long ways off.

  • Awayze Mar 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Memory card is a must if the internal storage is a poxy 16GB. The rest of the stuff doesn't matter. App2sd needs to be better implemented rather than a limited number of apps.

  • It seems that hardware manufacturers and Android developers underestimate the amount of apps we want to download. I like having an SD card unless the internal memory will be bigger than 128GB I will want an SD card. All manufactures should allow SD card transfer and so should app developers or they will lose out.

  • None of these additional features are critical as long as end users are offered the replacements at an affordable price. Once the 64 and 128 GB versions fall back to a standard price, it's safe to say there won't ever be a need for storage cards in smartphones. When it comes to battery life, it surfaces as a subject companies will have to struggle with for a little while more. With smartphone batteries depleting even faster with 3D games, advanced apps and higher resolution screens, the real focus should be placed on mobile charging solutions rather than wireless charging. Be it for travelling businessmen, tourists or college students -- which make up the crushing majority of Samsung's target customer. This rather overlooked feature may actually decide the winner in the smartphone race in the years to come, maybe much more so than technical specs which make little to none difference in the end user's daily smartphone experience.

  • If I got a 64GB model, I'd probably have 48GB free at all times. if for some reason I suddenly felt compelled to fill up that 48GB with a library of 30-40 movies that I want to carry around with me 24/7 (why???) and felt the urge to bring an extra movie with me on my next trip, there's this fancy thingamajig called an OTG cable. Worried that my battery might die on the plane and I didn't get a seat with a power outlet underneath? External batteries with 3-8 times the power of the internal battery are available. Yeah, there was a time when removable battery and microSD were important to me. I don't see what the big deal is anymore.

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