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We can easily think that Apple is pretty dumb not to include USB storage drivers on their gadgets.

We can easily think that Google is pretty dumb not to have included a mini-SD memory slot on their 7 inch Nexus tablet.

We can easily think that desirable functions that are obviously left out of all sorts of hardware and software products are omitted due to the stupidity of the associated manufacturers.

Admittedly, manufacturers can be pretty dumb from time to time, but frequently these omission are for one of a few reasons:

1) They hope to include the function in a future model and get you to buy that one too (think iPhone here).

2) They have a goal which is counter to what you want to do. Google wants everyone to use the cloud and incrementally increasing the internal RAM of their tablet would mean this functionality would not be as important.

3) Same symptom, different disease. Apple charges an arm and a leg for incremental increases in internal memory and would not have this ability if you could add memory on your own - so USB storage and adding RAM chips to tablets goes against the grain.

4) The less expensive the printer, the more the per-sheet printing cost tends to be. There are no free lunches (or few anyway) and since printer companies are actually chemical companies (from a profit center standpoint) and they have to make money somewhere.

5) GSM phones in the US are generally locked to a specific vendor. Manufacturers of the phones (or SIM enabled devices) frequently restrict availability in the States until they make a deal with a carrier or two and then restrict sales to only that channel (as Samsung has done on its SIM versions of their Tab 2 tablets.

Simply because you see an obvious design flaw or omission in a product doesn't mean that you are smarter than their engineers - only that their marketing department is sure that THEY are.

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