Although many people are happy with the trend toward ever-smaller smartphones, others are less pleased that these devices also feature ever-smaller memory card slots.
Few smartphones these days include SD slots. Instead, they have miniSD slots or even microSD slots, which are significantly smaller than their predecessors. A microSD card, for example, is only 15 mm by 11 mm by 1 mm, about the size of the nail on a pinkie finger.
While it’s true that smaller slots often lead to smaller devices, cards designed to fit in them offer sless capacities and higher prices than SD cards do. This makes life more difficult for the growing number of people who want to use their phone as an MP3 player.
A Problem in Need of a Solution
An increasing number of phones have the ability to to play music. Strategy Analytics, a global research company, estimates that more than one-fourth of all handsets sold in 2006 will play music, and by the end of next year that number is projected to be more than half of all units shipped. But currently there’s no way to store a large number of songs on many of them.
Fortunately, manufacturers of memory cards have been working hard to remedy this problem.
As part of the launch of LG’s new phone, the VX8500 “Chocolate,” which includes a microSD card slot, SanDisk’s new 2 GB card will be exclusively available in the United States from Verizon Wireless stores for the next 60 days. Internationally, it will be sold by a variety of mobile retailers.
Verizon is currently offering it for $100 with an adapter that allows this card to be used with a standard SD slot.
Of course, the VX8500 is far from the only handheld or smartphone with a microSD slot. This includes the Motorola ROKR, the Garmin iQue 3000, the Nokia E50, and many more.