SD card unexpectedly removed from Samsung Galaxy S4

sd card removedI’m getting a message from my Samsung Galaxy S4 saying SD card unexpectedly removed.

My thought go something like this. “Omg not more hardware problems with a Samsung Galaxy.” In the past I’ve had a plethora of USB connector problems, “water damage” problems (not!), screen problems. I’ve even had an SD card problem where I hard to replace the SD card becasue it was corrupting some of my photos including some imporatant ones with the kids at a Test match at Trent Bridge.

Now it looks like another but different SD card problem looming. I’m not naturally a pessimist but nowadays Samsung phones seem to do that to me. I’ve gone from a big fan, principally because they were the main alternative to me becoming an Apple zombie, to looking forward to when I have to change to a Nexus.

Reality is that all these gadgets are probably made in the same factories, looking down on a rice field somewhere where the a green eyed yellow idol casts its shadow1. I doubt there is much difference in reliability between brands.

The point is that whilst they tend to only last a year or two these devices are not cheap throwaway gadgets. They typically cost four or five hundred pounds each (doing a quick conversion that’s four or five hundred dollars to American readers).

They must think we are mugs. Or zombies. We probably are. There is no point in fighting it. Yes master.

It has to evolve to the way the Chromebook is going. Devices have to be cheap enough for it not to matter if they break, drown, are lost or stolen. You might think that mobile phones are already a commodity but at he high end and at those prices I’m not sure that is accurate despite the fact that the devices are manufactured in very high volumes.

I guess the problem there is that one you move to just competing on price you have to find other markets to grow your business but it will inevitably happen in the mobile word and perhaps the sooner it does the better. They are already finding it hard to introduce new ideas whenever a new model is launched so innovation must be slowing down. Bring on the disposable mobile phone and beam me up Scotty2.

Other relevant posts:

Samsung Galaxy S3 not charging problem
Samsung Galaxy S4 faulty USB socket

1 Now I’m starting to lose the plot – I heard the poem the green eyed yellow idol on Desert Island Discs this week and I couldn’t think of any another flowery  vegetable related words 🙂
2 In other words it’ll probably be a while yet – I’m sure if I was that bothered I could work when. It’s just a manufacturing cost curve.

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Liver of life, father of four, CTO of trefor.net, writer, poet, philosopherontap.com

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  1. Oo thanks – yes that’s v interesting. I assume you have to sign a contract with CPW so the rest of the cost of the phone will have been amortised into that one way or another.

  2. You aren’t the first to ask that.
    Nope – just a one-off purchase! SIM free etc.
    https://twitter.com/HmmmUK/status/438327861611462656

    £299 + £10 delivery direct from Google (when I last looked).
    £240 special from CPW picked up in store. This had increased to £279 last time I checked – just looked again back up to £298 now.

    Even at £299 from Google it’s still a good price as all the reviewers will tell you 🙂

  3. Samsung devices seem to perform better as phones than other smartphones I have had but I have had a few lockups on my Ace 2 although I wasn’t doing anything of importance (was just playing a game) and no data corruption yet.

    To be fair, the phone has had a couple of firmware updates in the time I’ve had it which have improved things like the touchscreen.

    I do tend to e-mail things like pictures to myself so they are backed up on the PC (next project is a DIY NAS box) as I don’t really trust flash as a permanent storage medium.

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