I’ve been using an iPhone for so long, with only a few pitstops here and there with other devices, that I’ve lost the bullet point for some things. A camera with a high count of megapixels, for one (not that that matters, mind you), as well as expandable storage via a microSD card. Way back when, I used to love expandable storage, but that probably had more to do with the fact that built-in storage back then just wasn’t all that great.
Now, though, I’ve found that a smartphone with 64GB of built-in storage, and my tablet with 128GB of built-in storage, is more than enough for me. It’s been that way for several months now, and while my iPad is weighed down by photos, games, and apps, I’ve never been given a notification that I’m running out of space. Same goes for the iPhone, even if I know that I can’t necessarily go app- or game-crazy as I do on the iPad.
I’ve just become used to having a set amount of storage, and living with it.
Don’t get me wrong, paying a nominal amount of money to get a ridiculous amount of storage sounds pretty great. Picking up a smartphone with an already high amount of built-in storage, and then throwing in another 64GB of storage for good measure is pretty great. And if I didn’t rely on cloud storage for a lot of things, that would probably be something I’d have to look into.
Another thing that I’ve learned to live without over the years is a removable battery. Back when I was making the switch to an iPhone for a daily driver, how ever long it’s been now, that’s something I considered pretty heavily. Having the ability to switch out a dead battery for a fresh one was pretty great, and relieved some of the stress of needing to be by a charger at inopportune times. Then again, I never really carried an extra battery around with me all that often, and that’s one reason why I felt okay making the switch.
And, while I can freely say that battery technology has to get better, I’ve never really missed a removable battery. Sure, I’ve come up dry with a dead battery and a useless phone a few times, but on a regular basis it’s not something that I worry about. At least, not anymore. Back then, sure, I used my phones way less than I do now, because they died pretty dang quickly.
It’s interesting to see a company like Samsung ditch the removable battery (and microSD card slot), when these were big bullet points for the company as selling tools, especially against the likes of Apple. But maybe it was inevitable. Now, though, it seems like a rare, worthwhile thing to point out when a device has these things, like LG’s G4. Maybe we’re officially ditching removable batteries and microSD card support.
Is that something you’re okay with, though, or are you going to stick with manufacturers that launch phones with these options still available? Or have you already ditched these things for the alternative? Let me know!