Yup, I agree 100%
Yes you can get a device with more internal storage than you will likely ever need.
Yes you can backup your device to your Cloud account.
Yes you can use an OTG device.
Yes, SD cards are slower than the internal storage.
Yes micro sd cards can fail.
BUT, the ONLY reason I am still using my S20 Ultra, is BECAUSE it has the micro sd card.
More internal storage, still doesn't allow you to backup your device with Smart Switch, without using your computer, or OTG device.
Cloud accounts are not as secure as what is physically in your phone. Cloud access may not always be available. Cloud storage can be expensive.
IF, for whatever reason, you need to restore a recent backup, you may not have access to the Cloud, may not have your OTG device handy, or access to your computer.
I don't run any apps from the external sd card, so speed isn't really an issue at all.
Getting a new device that has the micro sd card slot, and transferring from your old phone, is faster and more convenient than restoring from Your Cloud account or OTG, or computer.
Purchasing a 1TB micro sd card, is also MUCH cheaper than buying that amount of internal storage.
Samsung doesn't really have an argument, if they say it is because of ip68 ratings, as long as there is a physical SIM. Maybe they will go to e-SIM entirely, but they aren't there yet.
I probably missed some of my points, and probably didn't address the counter views completely, but that's just my opinion.
Right there with you- have my S20+ now that I'm going to keep forever it seems...The S21 was out when I purchased it, but I chose the 20 bc it had the micro SD slot
You might find that your going to be limited to Samsung's budget phones, or another brand altogether.
I really hope that Samsung rethinks the sd card slot. They have once before.
I just purchased the S23, which replaced my old S8. Very excited until I realized that the SD card was not an option anymore. Not sure why they would do this, since it was always one of the reasons why I preferred Samsung over Apple. I'd always felt that Apple put profit ahead of customers, by forcing them to pay extra for memory storage. It's sad to think that Samsung has adopted this same marketing strategy. I really do hope that Samsung will rething the SD Card issue and bring it back for future models.