No offense (well, maybe a little) ;) , but this thread made me laugh out loud...you guys sound like a bunch of little old ladies clucking to yourselves about how you would never trade your good old Oldsmobile for that new-fangled BMW.
Any Sneetch with a star on their belly can see that the the placement of the Micro SD card in the 8130/8120 is clearly
superior over the placement under the battery.
The little door is secure and doesn't open accidentally (it is a little fragile feeling once opened, but in spite of that feeling it is plenty strong and has stood up to whatever twists and pulls I've applied to it.
Of course, I don't need to access the card much, but when I do I don't need to disassemble and turn off my Pearl to take it out or put it back in.
It doesn't get in the way of anything else on the case.
It's just plain more convenient...where do you guys keep your money, anyway, in your wallet, or in your sock?!
Fire away, gents...flame-retardent suit on!
(All said in the spirit of good fun...and a hopefully earnest and humorous debate. I know we "next gen Pearl" owners are an uppity lot.) ;)