And at one point, people didn't even know how to do that much. Technology and interfaces change, lest we still be stuck on 286 IBM clones at 25mhz with 5-inch floppy disks and threadbare OSes. Sounds you'd simply need to use a Pre for yourself, sync the files to your desktop, then copy it to a card from there for your Luddite workforce.
Originally Posted by crogs571
The only 8GB media players under $100 are from companies that have almost no marketshare, and that are trying to keep up with the well-over-$100 8GB iPod Nano, iPod Touch, and Microsoft Zune.
You obviously have no clue how some people use their phones and how much space can be used especially when the Pre becomes a much more usable device when it comes to multimedia. Sub $100 media players have at least 8 gigs now and those are just music oriented. For MANY, that can account for less than a fifth of their music collection and that's assuming you will have nothing else in storage besides music.
And if "many" have more than five times that amount, no current phone solution would suffice without swapping cards constantly. Not exactly a selling point ("Hey...not only do you have to buy microSD cards to really enjoy this phone, but you have to keep swapping them ou...wait, where are you going!?!?!"). That's why there are dedicated media players.
Unfortunately, you are a niche user. The market reality shows that the vast majority of consumers have no problem whatsoever with no microSD slot. iPhone sales have surged while microSD phones are losing marketshare across the board. There's no reason for Palm to continue to head in the "losing marketshare" direction.
Dealing with just the card is more convenient. I can still get up and walk around while the card is in my laptop. I get a call and need to walk around the house, I'd have to deal with ejecting the Pre, disconnecting it and then get up. Plus I could pop the card out of my Fuze and put it in the Pre. At 16gb it would be far less music than what i have in my collection, and it'd be 8 gigs less than I have in my Fuze since that's what I have built in. I also use microSD in my digital cameras from time to time. easy to view and email from my centro. Would be much better if I could do that on the Pre. With the better screen someone could create a basic editing program to shrink pics, remove red eye, do some basic touch ups then send them off to people, upload them to facebook and so on. But that can't be done on the Pre. If it had usb host capability, you could plug in your camera and transfer.