Re: My problem with the latest top-end phones
"So nobody makes phones with SD slots, headphone jacks and replaceable batteries?"
Can you find a top end phone that has these?
"I struggle to see why SD/battery are ironclad must-haves though, what use case makes them mandatory rather than convenient?"
Why are you so dismissive of convenience? If I'm paying top dollar for something, convenience becomes much more important.
Then they aren't must-haves for you. I was only saying that they are for me, not that they should be for everybody. But since you're interested, here's why I consider them must-haves: I use my phone to store a lot of data (music, documents, etc.). Most phones don't come with enough storage for me, so I need to expand it. Also, it's important to me to be able to be able to transfer that data to and from the phone quickly, and nothing beats being able to remove the SD card and insert it into my desktop machine to do this.
As to battery, there are two reasons this is important to me. First, it means that I can easily replace the battery when it gets worn out. Second, it means that I can use the phone for a longer time between charges (important when I'm away for a few days) without having to lug around a battery bank. Also, it's a lot better to swap a depleted battery for a fresh one than to have to keep the phone attached to a charger for hours at a time.