It's still pretty common for OEMs to make 16GB the default storage option in phones, but you don't always have to live with that. If there's a microSD card slot, you can dump a ton of data on it—you just need to buy one first. Luckily, Amazon Goldbox has some killer deals on SanDisk storage products today only.
We love us some cheap external storage here at Android Police, and today Amazon subsidiary Woot has a great deal on a jumbo-sized MicroSD card. The site is offering a 64GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC card, refurbished, for $24.99. That's less than half the retail price of the new card, and a solid 35% off of Amazon's price. This is an ongoing Woot sale, so it won't disappear after today - the price is good until September 1st, or until stock runs out.
There's a bitter divide in the world of Android hardware: those who love expandable storage and those who don't. (There are a few who are indifferent and level-headed, but they never seem to speak up in the comments section.) If you fall into the former category, head over to Amazon's Gold Box one-day deal page. They're selling Transcend brand MicroSD cards for dirt cheap.
You can pick up a 32GB MicroSD card for $13.99, more than $20 off of Amazon's regular price.
Amazon's Gold Box deals always tend to gravitate back to flash memory storage every few weeks. Today is another iteration with discounts on many Sony SD cards, USB drives, and more interestingly for mobile users, microSD cards and microUSB OTG flash drives.
If your phone has a microSD slot and you want to add extra storage for your media files, you may want to pick up the 64GB microSD Class 10 card for $33 instead of $115.
Boy, whoever picks those Amazon Gold Box sale items sure likes flash storage. It seems like at least once a week they've got a fire sale on SD cards, flash drives, and other descendants of the floppy. Today's sale has PNY-branded cards of both the SD and MicroSD variety, the latter of which will probably interest mobile users.
If you just need a little extra storage for some music and photos, the 16GB MicroSD card is $9.99, half off from a retail price of $20.
The changes that Google made to the way that Android uses external storage (read: MicroSD cards) in KitKat have been contentious to say the least. A few of the more widely-used file explorer apps have utilized a loophole in the Media Scanner service to restore at least some of the more widely-used functions for accessing and modifying files, and now the popular Solid Explorer has done the same.
According to the changelog for version 1.6, the work-around should function for Samsung devices that have been updated to Android 4.4, though the new Galaxy S5 is a notable exception.
Samsung really likes expandable storage. Pretty much every single Samsung phone and tablet out there includes support for MicroSD cards, and with today's Amazon Gold Box sale, you can take advantage of them. Amazon's one-day sale portal has heavily discounted Samsung MicroSD cards for sale, with dramatic discounts on both speedy cards and more economical options.
The "PLUS" MicroSD cards are the ones we'd recommend - they're considerably slower than the more expensive "PRO" models, but for expanded storage in a phone or tablet, you really don't need screaming speeds.
A few days ago SanDisk announced a new microSD card packing a substantial 128GB of memory. This is the first memory card of its size to hit the market, twice as large as what was previously available. The product, announced at this year's Mobile World Congress, launched at $199.99. Now it's already available for just $119.99 on Amazon.
When it comes to microSD cards, some Android users won't give theirs up unless they're pried from their cold, dead hands. Amazon hears you, so the company is offering up to 50% off Transcend flash memory cards as part of today's Gold Box Deal of the Day. This reduces 32GB cards down to just $16.99, with larger 64GB cards making the drop to $37.99. A small 16GB card, on the other hand, will only cost you $9.99.
As smartphone storage capacity grows on average with each passing year, many manufacturers have begun to abandon the microSD card slot on flagship handsets. Google itself has taken multiple opportunities to trash expandable storage as a "messy" feature that, from the standpoint of the people who actually develop Android as a profession, is not worth the problems it creates.
This has been a major point of contention between Android enthusiasts and Google, particularly when it comes Nexus devices.