Microsoft seems to be taking an awful lot of pages out of Apple's book with the development of the Windows Phone 7 Series. PocketNow reports that there will be no user-replaceable memory on WP7S smartphones. Todd Brix of Microsoft said that manufacturers and OEMs would be able to install memory cards, but not end-users.
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The reason for this decision is simple. The more you lock down and restrict what can be done to alter a product like a smartphone, the more clearly you can dictate the user-experience. It will allow Microsoft to remove a file management system and take a fair bit of choice (which is confusing, after all) away from the user.
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Fans of open source devices and those of us who like options with our gadgets will not be happy with this move. The vast majority of customers, though, are unlikely to care.