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    Why no externally accessible SD card slots on the Droids

    I don't understand why the manufacturers insist on hiding the SD card slot inside the battery cover. This seems to be a common practice with not just the Moto's but most of the Android based phones. I am going to be getting Droid X but The Incredible, Droid and Droid X and Droid 2 and I think even the EVO all have them hidden under the damn battery cover and you have to take the battery out to access them. On my old Motorola Z6TV slider Moto was smart enough to put the Micro SD slot right on the top outer edge of the phone where its easy to get to. I just open the tiny plastic cap with my fingernail and press in on the card and out it comes. Anyone know why this new practice of putting them under the battery cover is so common now? Makes no sense.
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    i think it might have something to do with the fact that taking it out when the phone is running could harm the card. so, if you can only take it out when the battery is out you cant hurt it. but thats just my guess.
    or maybe it just works out there
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    Yeah, it would open a can of worms as far as support issues and lost data. I'm sure they could engineer some kind of solution, but it might be costly.
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    It was external on my Voyager, but it was only for storing music, video and pictures. I would constantly have to re-seat it as it didn't stay connected correctly.
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    The card is buried underneath the battery to prevent it from being removed during use. As someone else previously stated, removing the memory card while data is being accessed or written is a great way to corrupt the entire card. Not a good idea.
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    I guess its not a big deal since as I just found out in the Droid X forum that when the Droids are plugged into the PC the card is assigned a drive letter so its accessible that way so that makes up for it. On my old Moto Z6TV the card was not accessible when the phone was plugged into the PC so having it easily removable was important.
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    Why would anyone want to remove the card, accept to put a larger capacity one I can see. But why take it out?
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    I guess if you have a bunch of movies, music, or pictures that you need to swap in.
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    Why cant they just connnect to pc with cable?
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    I have never had mine out of the Droid..no reason to...got the cable to plug into the laptop
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