5 Reasons Why You Should Get Android Phone With Micro SD Card Support

Many of the latest Android phones have done away with MicroSD card slots, such as Google’s Nexus line of products as well as the HTC One. These phones are great, but when they’re low on space, users have to either start deleting apps and files or move data into cloud backup services. They cannot be expanded, and they’re missing out on the full range of options available for people whose smartphones have MicroSD card slots. Here are five reasons why you should be using an Android phone with Micro SD card support, rather than giving it up altogether.

1. No Internet Connection Required

Cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft SkyDrive all need internet access to get files onto your device. For some of people, this isn’t that much of an issue. They likely have access to reliable WiFi for most of the day or have unlimited data connections from their wireless carriers. Under those circumstances, cloud services are ideal as they offer vast amounts of storage all accessible from multiple devices.

Lack of internet connection make android phone with micro sd card support even more important

That said, most of the world’s population doesn’t have access to such ideal conditions. Home users with unreliable broadband, high-latency satellite internet, or dial-up connections are more likely to be frustrated waiting for files to download. People who like to access their data on the go might become infuriated when they lose access to data every time they lose signal or are greeted at the end of the month by high bills. Micro SD cards are accessible whenever, wherever.

2. Lower Price

Cloud services offer a small amount of space for free, but users who need more storage have to pay either a monthly or yearly fee. This storage space is leased, rather than owned. This means, by definition, people who rely on cloud services are steadily losing money.


On the other hand, a Micro SD card goes down in price every year at the same time that the storage capacity of new cards is increasing. People can save the money they would spent on cloud services and invest a fraction of it into Micro SD cards that they know will be around for a long time.

3. True Ownership

Reasons for having Android phone with Micro SD card - Ownership of data

People who store their files on a Micro SD card legitimately own their data. While those who rely on cloud services may have the legal rights to their files, they don’t know where their files are stored or how they’re being handled. It’s comparable to storing excess furniture in a self storage facility rather than your own garage. Even under optimal circumstances, where your files are never seen or touched by anyone but you, your files are still in someone else’s control. As long as you keep your phone out of the wrong hands and free of malicious software, you don’t have to worry about prying eyes seeing the files saved on your card, either.

4. Flash ROMs Without Computer

One of the strengths of Android devices is how much freedom people have to customize them. While there are applications that can change seemingly every aspect of the operating system, flashing a new ROM takes things to a whole new level. Users can change all of their preloaded apps, the default theme, and other software that cannot be changed normally on a device. Some ROMs even improve the quality of cell signal and bluetooth connections over a phone’s default state.

Reasons for having Android phone with Micro SD card - flash new ROM

The most popular Android ROM is CyanogenMod, which adds a plethora of features on top of the stock launcher. While users can still flash ROMs to phones without Micro SD card support, they require that the software is pushed from a computer. How big a deal this is depends on how often you intend to flash your device.

5. Global Accessibility

Reasons for having Android phone with Micro SD card - Global accessibility

Cloud services are provided by companies, and they are sometimes limited by their company’s reach. While Google Drive is available all over the world, Play Music All Access is only available in the US. It may not be possible to replicate all of Pandora’s library on a Micro SD card, but making the effort to only play media files stored on a Micro SD card guarantees that the content you like is always accessible.


If your current Android phone has a Micro SD card slot, it might be time to give that card of yours a workout. When it comes to mobile devices, these cards are like internal hard drives that you can easily swap between devices. They give you control over your data, offer easy expansion, and come at a great price. You can take your files with you all over the world, and you don’t need an internet connection to get to them. If you’re considering upgrading to a phone that lacks an Micro SD card slot, be sure to think about all that you’re giving up.

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Bertel King, Jr.

Bertel is a tech blogger and independent novelist who puts perhaps a tad too much trust in Google. He’s loved Android since the moment he got his eager hands on his first device -- if not sooner -- and has understood the Chromebook Pixel from day one.You can follow his work at bertelking.com.


  1. How can you even talk about price and then buy the HTC One over the Google Nexus 4? The HTC One is twice as expensive. Also, you do not need an SDcard to flash custom ROMs, they can be downloaded directly to the phone and flashed from there.

    1. I apologize, the HTC One and the Nexus 4 both do not have external storage. I simply meant to point out that the Nexus 4 is one of the better valued Android phones at only $300, as opposed to $600 for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

  2. Totally Agree. That’s why I like Android Phones over iPhone. HTC One is Great, But can’t live with limited Memory.

  3. Shocked and befuzzled by the LOSS OF THE SD option in newer phones!! Who is the idiot that decided to do this, & how can we complain?? Ugh! Sadly, in my new Droid RAZR HD, I am “not allowed” to move hugemongous apps to my 32GB SD card, which again frustrates me :( Space Man. I Fricking needs My Space! Whatever happened to “the customer is always right..” Bring back, bring back!, oh bring back my SD to me, to me! :P

  4. SD card slots in phones are well worth keeping! Think about it; if you don’t need it, then don’t use it. On the other hand, if you do, then you can! Much better to have and not need, than to need and not have! Not to mention that added feature which would definitely add to the selling point of the phone itself. Privacy is seriously compromised by using cloud storage, and not having the option of the SD card storage option!

    Food for thought!

  5. Please note that I will not argue on this posting like others seem to feel the need to do on other sites or forums.
    This is merely my informed opinion. Admittedly there are many more users out there with more knowledge of these subjects than myself.
    Thank You!

  6. agree, i have a almost full sd card of music and its 32 gb and i need all of it and wish i had more. i wont be buying a phone without an sd card

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