This is what Samsung wants you to replace the microSD card with…
A week before the official launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, we were given a special exclusive preview of the two devices (we had to sign an NDA before we can see it).
The first feedback I gave to the Samsung executives was that Note fans would be disappointed with the non-removable battery and the absence of the microSD card.
They replied that the 90-minute fast charging would address the issue on the non-removable battery.
As for the lack of microSD card support, they pointed me to the dual-USB drive. Incidentally, we have been using dual USB drives for quite some time to transfer, back-up and copy files into all our smartphones and tablets regardless if they have a microSD card slot or not.
Here is the case for the dual-USB drive:
- They are light and portable. We bought one from Sandisk and another from Sony and both drives support regular USB and micro USB ports.
- Easy to copy and transfer from the smartphone to the PC/laptop. No need to turn off the phone, remove the back cover and battery and plug to a card reader in the laptop.
- They are as fast as most high-end microSD card. And with USB 3.0 support, copying can be as fast as 130MB/s.
- Dual USB drives are as affordable as their equivalent microSD cards.
This is the reason the Samsung executive told us they are contemplating on bundling a dual USB drive with a purchase of a new Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ (along with the flip cover and fast wireless charger).
In our experience, we actually prefer a dual USB drive over a microSD in our coverage. We can take sample photos and videos, take screencaps and benchmarks of preview units during events and then copy then over to the dual USB drive. Easy, quick and painless. We don’t think we can do that with ease using a microSD card.
Not convinced? Read our “5 Reasons Why Companies Are Forgoing MicroSD Card Slots“.
We personally don’t agree with removing the microSD card. We argued with Samsung reps that some other phones are able to do it. Even the dual-SIM Galaxy S6 should have used the 2nd SIM card tray as an alternate SD card tray. OPPO and Huawei has done it many times with a lot of their handsets. Samsung was able to add a microSD card slot on the Galaxy A7 which is much thinner so not having it on the Note 5 still confuses us.
Then again, the iPhone has been around for 7 years without a microSD card and Apple has been able to sell hundreds of millions of units all these years. Go figure.