We often see people complaining that a newly announced phone doesn’t have a microSD slot. This week we wanted to know how many of you will only buy a phone with a microSD slot and how much storage you use in general.
Smartphone storage seems to have hit a wall at 1TB. Many phones released this year have versions with 512GB of built-in memory. Most of them are flagships, but there are some in-betweens as well. There are exactly two new phones that can offer you both 512GB storage and a microSD slot: the Sony Xperia 1 IV and the Huawei Mate Xs 2. Very few have 1TB and none offer more (at least not integrated).
Let us then shift our attention to the other end of the scale. What is the minimum built-in memory for phones in 2022? When it comes to phones released so far this year, the proportion of phones with 32GB or less has almost halved compared to last year. The proportion of phones with 64GB is about the same, while phones with 128GB are more common.
A similar poll last year showed that 128GB is the sweet spot for onboard storage and most people still prefer phones with microSD slots.
Today we’re asking something a little different: how much of your phone’s storage (internal plus microSD if you have it) is actually being used? You can check in the settings.
If your poll widget embedded above doesn’t work for you, you can vote here.
Capacity isn’t everything, of course. First, microSDs, even those rated A2, aren’t as fast as internal storage. And most Android phones make it difficult to move apps and their data to the memory card. Secondly, a memory card is a simple and easy way to transfer content, for example between your old phone and your new one – just move the card and you have all your music, videos etc. available, no cloud solution is required.
So how important is it for a phone to have a microSD slot?
Here is a direct link to the survey, just in case.