Phones that still have a micro SD card slot in 2021

Anyone find it ridiculous how few options there are? Especially phones with Australian stock - other than Galaxy Note 20 ($1000+) and Galaxy S20 FE there aren't any decent phones available. Sony Xperia 1 II and LG V60 both can't be bought here. Nothing much else out there.

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    A lot…

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      Which ones have Australian stock and are high end?

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    all the dual sim xiaomi's

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      Which ones?

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        Most

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          Looked at the xiaomi Australian website, they're all sold out or they don't have an SD card slot according to gsmarena.

  • +11 votes

    Before anyone says "why":
    - microSD can help revive Bricked Phones
    - microSD is faster than 5G/4G connection for both downloading and uploading
    - microSD is convenient when sharing media with other devices (Macs, Windows, TVs, etc)
    - microSD is cheaper to add storage for your media (Picture, Music, Videos, Games, Files)
    - microSD can give you "unlimited" storage as you can hot-swap different cards
    (eg let's say you store 6 microSD's in your wallet each individual for: photos, music, movies, TV Shows, Emulation, Work Documents)

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      Passed to Samsung's customer service department as feedback.

      Finger crossed.

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      Just get micro OTG card reader, plenty around $5, has slots for TF SD USB and Micro usb.

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      eg let's say you store 6 microSD's in your wallet

      who does that?

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        FIRST things first, simply HAVING a microSD slot does NOT mean that you can't use cloud storage. That's a fallacy people make. You can even use them for separate things (ie microSD to record videos, and cloud to store photos). And even if you irrationally hate microSD's and are a "cloud storage fanboy", even in that situation your stance should automatically be to also want microSD storage option. As they indirectly compete with each other, competition is good for the consumer, which makes cloud storage more cheaper and microSD manufacturers more reliable. And if you hate cloud storage and are microSD die-hard, you should stick to your microSD's but wish there are no arbitrary limits imposed (eg iOS/Samsung/Microsoft) which dictate limitations to your options of using cloud storage.
        ….this is the same argument I make time and time again, online against people who want to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from phones and only use Bluetooth headsets. You don't need to remove that feature to use the other. This fallacy keeps being repeated.

        I did back when I got my first Samsung NOTE, as a preface, I did used to use public transport a lot during this period. Just plug in headphones and get glued to the phone, watching the 3G connection get spotty at times.

        I compressed my movies into 720p, and stuffed them into a single card.
        TV Shows were in 480p and stuffed into another.
        I also had another card for emulator roms, and books/manga/comics.
        …these all lived in my wallet, cards were cheap back then, and phones didn't have much storage.

        My phone had a separate card to save photos and videos.
        I also used this method for killing time when I went overseas, which was greatly helped by hot-swapping in batteries at the time.

    • -2 votes

      I would still say WHY,

      • microSD can help revive Bricked Phones ?

      How you end up getting your phone bricked? haven't happened if that the case, time to buy a new phone.

      • microSD is faster than 5G/4G connection for both downloading and uploading

      So, you can delete and re download your linux ISO ?

      • microSD is convenient when sharing media with other devices (Macs, Windows, TVs, etc)

      Plug the cable in and transfer? or have you heard of google / One Drive?

      • microSD is cheaper to add storage for your media (Picture, Music, Videos, Games, Files)

      Since you got 5G/4G, just delete and download it again?

      • microSD can give you "unlimited" storage as you can hot-swap different cards

      back to WHY you need unlimited storage? why you need to carry 6 microSD's , you live off the grid?

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        WHY would you trust cloud storage? Especially when google/one drive only give you 10/15GB of space.

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          I trust google/one drive way more than the life of a mircoSD card. If i ran out of space, I move from google/one to my own backup.
          Then again, everyone's needs are different, I'm still more than happy without a mircoSD slot. Maybe I don't carry my entire media catalogue with me.

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            @boomramada: As someone who's lost several microSD cards (and their data), and seeing the maturation from spotty 3G to actually reliable 4G+ connectivity…

            …I just want to say that DESPITE all that I still have higher trust in physical media than cloud media. And I am in the majority in this stance. The biggest reason digital-only gets traction is by artificially curating the options by removing choice from physical media. The sales of PS5 vs PS5 Disc show this perfectly.

  • +1 vote

    Motorola Moto Edge
    Oppo A74 5G
    Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
    Samsung Galaxy A52
    Samsung Galaxy A21s

    all of these phones can be found on JB HIFI / TGG / HN et cetera. None of these are flagship tier but the highest end one I believe would be the A71 5G.

    https://www.gsmarena.com/search.php3? if you want to search and filter out phones by the features they have

    Flagship phones don't have SD cards anymore because it kills the profits of your best selling products.

    It makes more sense to make a phone with several different tiers of storage capacities (think iPhone 64GB / 128 / 256B) and then charge a premium for each incremental bump in capacity.

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      S20 series also had micro SD.

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    Sharp Aquos R6 - 1 inch Sensor SD888 microsd slot headphone jack - import from japan only tho, thank god they did not follow trend of removing sd slot like samsung, xiaomi, oppo, vivo, oneplus etc etc
    Sony Xperia 1 III also SD888 microsd slot headphone jack

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      Sony Xperia 1 III

      Trying to find this in Aus

  • +7 votes

    I swear phones peaked around 2015. I had a Samsung s5 and it was amazing. Practically unbreakable, waterproof, but still had removable back so I could hot swap cards and battery. Was perfect for army because instead of bulky powerbanks I could just take a handful of cheap, small replacement batteries.

    Best part was it was still a fairly top end phone at the time so it didn't feel clunky or lacking tech features like any hardy phones do these days. Surely there's still a market for a modern equivalent.

    • +3 votes

      My husband's mobile stopped working all of a sudden last year so he reverted to my old Galaxy S5 until he could find the time to research new phones. 8+ months later & he cannot be bothered getting a new phone as he prefers the S5 & it still works great 7+ years after purchase.

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        I was very similar for a long while there, after a while the camera tech leaps and bloatware issues pushed me to upgrade to a midline xiaomi. I have a Mi 9t now and its extremely hardy and somewhat waterproof, but no sd or battery access unfortunately.

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    I think my S10 has a microsd card slot, haven't used it though as 128 GB is enough for me. Most of the dual sim phones can use 2nd sim slot for microsd card.
    Just found this deal for Sony Xperia 1 II Dual Sim XQ-AT52 256GB Purple (8GB) for AU$928.00. I think they have a store in QLD.

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      Is that site legit?

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        There is a store rep in OzB who usually post deals. You can check with him for more deals.
        Note that these are grey import. I got my S10 Snapdragon from their Ebay deal back then and still works perfectly.

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/deals/mymobile.com.au

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    To be fair, most newer phones come with at least 64GB of space, so, I would think at least, that's enough for the average user (just taking photos, videos, a few documents, music, a few games).

    Not saying that micro SD cards are bad, I would rather have it than not have it. Istill use a phone with a micro SD card and I love it.

  • +2 votes

    This is the laziest question this week on the forums.

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      week hasn't ended yet

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        True. Friday's typically present great questions.

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          but which one will it be
          ozlegal
          ozcarsales
          etc

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            @pharkurnell: I'm guessing ozdishwasher given the current trend

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              @MS Paint: I'd have thought OzTV's…

              help me find a 100inch 8k TV for <200

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                @pharkurnell: And that inspires future posts…

                My 7 year old $200 tv went bang. What are my consumer tights?

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    S20 FE

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    Blackberry Key2 :)

  • +1 vote

    I store reference books, collection of photos (that I have taken over the years), collection of old music, certain document. on SD cards. when I switch phones, I just pop the new card in. I ma currently using a phone without SD card. as a stop gap. My next phone will need to have a microSD slot.