People should be able to install a base install of the OS on a microSD card themselves, it's not hard to do, all we would need is a small tutorial on how to do it on various OSes (it would be trivial to make a PND so you can use a Pandora to put a Pyra OS image on a microSD card).^^^ That's definitely a valid argument, _wb_. Not sure if it will offset microSD's speed problem. I guess having less parts laying around eroding and wasting way is a good thing. It could also make replacing dead nand easier, even though Pandora rarely have the problem. I guess ED can then sell replacement OS microSDs in his shop to help any unfortunate souls revive their bricked pyras. (But if so, the assembling of Pyra must be easier than Pandora. Pandora is a nightmare to take apart and put back together without breaking anything.)
Also you shouldn't have to take apart your Pyra to replace the microSD card -- it would be in the same place as the SIM card, probably somewhere behind the battery. Relatively easy to reach, you probably don't even need a screwdriver.