pquirk777 wrote:It's not Google being cheap, it's their Nexus strategy. None of the current Nexus devices have SD slots because Google wants you in the cloud.
I've read this countless times and it is a company strategy... Ugh. Which is why I'm waiting for the Nexus 7" 64GB to upgrade my current Nexus 32GB.
And for those that say, go HiSense, Nook, or Samsung, the Nexus is THE defacto Android machine. Google "made it", they market it, they support it. If Google decides to take the Android OS in any other direction that might make older tablets not work, they will try to look out for the Nexus base, and not worry about the others. The Nexus also gets updates first and does NOT need to be rooted to be a very nice tablet. The others can be nice machines, but it's not as automatic as it is with the Nexus.
My one HUGE complaint was that to attach the OTG cable and use an external memory stick you used to need to root your device. I am one of those that don't care about rooting and DON'T want to do it. However, the other day I found this at the play store:
And it works flawlessly!! I hooked up a 64 GB SD that had movies on it and was able to watch them without rooting my device!
That being said I HATE that I need some stupid dangling cable on the tablet. However, I understand the Google philosophy on not having an SD slot, so if I were to go on a long trip and have more movies than the 32GB could normally hold, this is an "acceptable" short term solution.
Again, I really want a 64GB Nexus 7" (2013 model) and hopefully they will come around. However, until they do that, this will work and keeps me on the product that is best supported by Google.
Oh, and my personal recommendation would be to AVOID the 16GB version unless you are only reading. Apps CANNOT be installed on a SD card on any Android system, and Google is very unlikely to change this. On my Nexus, my largest 3 apps take up 8GB alone!!! So those that say "16GB is enough" either don't know what they are talking about or don't use their tablet for anything other than streaming and books. And streaming sucks as it is not available everywhere, so depending on it to make a smaller storage size work is a stupid strategy.