None of the Nexus devices have SD card slots. They do use micro-usb which would allow for a device like this to be the best solution to this problem. It only costs $0.82 on Amazon right now and was not included with the Nexus line.
I’ve long wondered why there could be such an oversight at Google. My original conclusion was Google’s conflict of interest coming from their network services. People like to call it the ‘cloud” but that’s just a rebranding for network based services and anything reliant upon a network to do the job that a local device/option would have normally done. A great example of this is email. When it’s stored and used only online the proper term is web mail. That’s the cloud and it’s been here since the late 1960’s (based upon the closest format that comes close to resembling the core of todays mail incarnation). Its’ precursor was Morse Code and a more direct experiment of it was conducted in the early 1900’s by IBM.
Gmail is googles webmail service. When you use software like Outlook, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes, etc then you’re using client email. It’s different from webmail because it can be used to store your messages locally. This gives the users of client mail the ability to check their emails while being disconnected to the internet for any reason. Despite how ubiquitous internet service and access is becoming, it still pays to be able to operate while offline. I’m fairly certain that it would have been helpful with Hurricane Sandy. Somewhere in this mess I’m sure that there’s a poor soul that had some safety tips or needed knowledge emailed to them that they couldn’t print but could have had access to via a laptop, phone, tablet or other device had they used a mail client.
Getting back to the Nexus devices, it could have been seen that Google wanted users to rely more upon their cloud services to make up for their lacking storage space on their devices. According to Matis Duarte, ” it’s just confusing for users… it’s just too complicated… that techy nonsense [is] left over from the paleolithic era of computing.” I broke up his quote to show the basis of Google’s argument but he added a few reasons for why with his explanation that don’t sit well with me.
The only choices in the Nexus line are fixed storage choices. Never mind that people have had decades of pc use to understand the idea of data management. Never mind that most Android devices include an SD card slot. Never mind that even portable media players and handheld game consoles like the Nintendo DSi include an SD card slot. The Nexus line is a set of devices originally intended for developers that received wipespread praise and adoption from enthusiasts as well as people that it wasn’t intended for originally. It’s too much for us now to understand what we’re getting into when we order an SD card and place it into an Android phone.
If this is a business decision designed at minimizing the cost of selling the device by leading people towards the higher end model while maintaining a good product at the lower price then Google should have included an SD card slot on the higher end Nexus device from each offering. They don’t and I’d honestly like to understand the real reason why.