Best Smartphone Companion for Surface Devices

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  1. bloodycape

    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    He likes the s-pen feel in hand over the Note line up because it is thicker.
     
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    franzander Pen Pal - Newbie

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    To pick up on that point, for me a micro SD card slot is a requirement for a phone as long as higher storage variants are considerably more expensive. I have all my music on a micro SD on my Galaxy Note 9 - the 128gb storage is still perfectly fine for apps and documents I use etc, but for my music collection I need another 100gb or so, so with a 400gb SD card I can store the music and have plenty of space for photos, videos etc. Not sure how much more a 512gb variant would have cost me, but I'm pretty sure my current setup was cheaper (the 400gb card must have been around 50€ on sale back then).
    I might be tricked into not caring so much about the micro SD card if the phone offers at least 512gb storage as the base variant and ticks all other boxes.

    Edit: fixed some orthography, sorry for the mess (one needs to know how to properly handle swiping keyboard on the phone)
     
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  3. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    I'm afraid the mSDXC card issue is completely out of our hands at this point. Vendors are making a FORTUNE off memory upgrades from phones to PC's - what they charge is OUTRAGEOUS - so why give us an opportunity to do more for less?
     
  4. desertlap

    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Ok, I'm going to be "that guy" for a moment. Every single connector or option adds to the cost, size and complexity of the design of a device.

    And all of the manufacturers balance that with the size/needs of the market that wants that particular support.

    In the case of MicroSD its really the case that the phones default onboard storage has now reached the more than sufficient level for the large majority of customers and thus it's only folks like us here that made active use of the tech (myself included).

    Apple figured out smartly that they could get another $100 or so out of their users "to make it more future proof". It's simply smart marketing. eg. If I'm already paying $38 a month for my new phone, it seems like a no brainer to pay $39 a month and get double the space.

    I think around the time of either the S8 or S9 Samsung told us that the majority of users were using in the range of 50% of the phones storage. And that their roadmap put far more emphasis on things like wireless charging, longer runtime and bigger displays.

    Again we are very much the minority compared to the broader market in that we use features. When you are selling millions of devices, all of the companies are looking at features that will help them sell another million, not 10,000

    TLDR. It's the tyranny of the majority.

    And of course it's across the spectrum and drives things like removal from PCs or for that matter things like user upgradeable memory. Several years ago, HP told us that less than 15% of their buyers upgraded their RAM from what came with system on their Pavilion systems. OTOH, they heard constantly about lighter, thinner, better battery life.

    eg. it's far easier for companies to get their users to pay $100 for double the storage, than say $50 for a fairly nebulous benefit like a micro sd slot, at least as far as mainstream users go
     
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    dellaster Non-Creative Plebe Senior Member

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    Sing it, brother! And the lowest common denominator gets lower every year. o_O
     
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    Bishop Keeper of Odd Knowledge Senior Member

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    Once "waterproof" certification became the requirement, the death of the micro sd slot was inevitable.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I am currently using 62.84 GB of the 256 in my Note 10. The SD card was not available on the Note 10, only the 10+. I guess I don't miss it.
     
  8. bloodycape

    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    In Lisa's review of the S21 Ultra, she mentions that she thinks the next Note Ultra will have the microsd card slot because it's suppose to be the do all top of the flagships for Samsung(or something along those lines).
     
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    You've been able to use other Wacom EMR styluses on every single Note.

    This is all true, But at it's also kind of morally bankrupt of them (at an organisational level)*. And almost all of us left annoyed do not have the means to set up a company to produce something that we do want.

    *although concerning e-waste, even the employees share some of that blame.
     
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    To capitalist bean counters, the only "bankruptcy" that matters is financial...
     
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