Apple, Google and a bunch of other companies would have you believe that you don't need a card slot on your mobile device, but as we can see from the success of a certain Kickstarter campaign, not everyone agrees.
A week-old Kickstarter campaign has just crossed my desk for a smartphone case called the ExoDrive. This case solves a problem that many smartphones have shared since the launch of the iPhone: it adds a microSD card slot.
The case doesn't add a battery or any other new feature, but it is designed to fix the storage issue while at the same time not impacting your battery life too much. And looking at the campaign's status, this issue has been plaguing enough smartphone owners that the campaign is almost completely funded after only a week.
When it is in production, the ExoDrive will have a hard outer shell and a silicone lining, adding a some drop protection. It does have a microUSB port which is designed to both pass through to the smartphone and power the case. According to the listing, the case only draws power when you are accessing the storage.
An ExoDrive case costs only $35 (this includes shipping from Australia), which isn't bad compared to most battery-less smartphone cases, and is going to be made for a variety of smartphones, including:
- LG G2
- HTC One (M7)
- Google Nexus 5
- OnePlus One
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Motorola Moto G
- HTC One (M8)
- Google Nexus 6
- Motorola Moto X
- Samsung Galaxy S5
There's also a stretch goal: Should the campaign hit $100,000, the developers will also release an iPhone compatible case. But I'm not sure the campaign is going to reach that point.
I don't have any of those phones, but if I did I would back this campaign - even though I already know I would not need the extra storage (not on my phone, anyway). It would be a matter of principle to add my cold hard cash to the pool of money which shows that Apple and Google are wrong; some of us want or need a card slot for additional storage.
Like many, I am regularly frustrated by the limited storage on my mobile device (in this case, my iPad). At the same time, I balk at the idea of paying Apple's ridiculous markup for additional storage. It's simply not that expensive to add 64GB of storage anymore, so I don't see why I would pay an extra $100 for it.
There's a bout 3 weeks left to back this campaign. You can find out more on Kickstarter.
P.S. Does anyone else wonder why no one has made a case like this before? I've never heard of one, and you would think that one of the many case makers which have made battery cases would have thought of adding a card slot. Isn't that an obvious feature, in retrospect?