One thing we’re noticing a lot of, now that we’re finally getting the full picture on some Windows Phone 8 launch hardware, is support for microSD expansion. In fact, considering the uproar the locked-down state of microSD caused when Windows Phone 7 first launched, this all positively feels like a breath of fresh air. Not everyone’s a fan of microSD, though, with Nokia making some choice words about its decision not to offer such support in its Lumia 920.
You may have noticed during yesterday’s Nokia announcements that, while the 8GB Lumia 820 supports microSD expansion, the 32GB Lumia 920 does not. When pressed for comment, one Nokia exec explained:
We started with the premise that we wanted an uncompromised physical form. To put an SD card slot in it would have defiled it.
Are you buying that? We’d understand the argument that 32GB is big enough to not require expansion, but as we’ve discussed before, this is as much about being able to quickly move media on and off your phone as it is about raw storage.
And sure, a slot or a drawer on the curved sides of the phone might look bad, but how would putting such a thing down by the micro USB port on the bottom “defile” the phone’s design? Honestly, a microSD slot is probably more aesthetically pleasing than a USB port.
Nokia does elaborate on the lack of microSD by complaining about how much of a pain it is to even have that micro USB port, what with RF issues. Seriously? No other phone manufacturers seem to have the degree of trouble Nokia claims to while implementing something as basic as a USB port. We’re not saying Nokia doesn’t necessarily have a good reason for its decision, but some of the ones it’s offered just aren’t quite adding up.