Are removable batteries and sd card slots still important?

At my job, I just found out two other people I frequently work with both have galaxy devices. A coworker and I have the galaxy s3 while another one has the galaxy s4. It's funny to me because we all consider other phones made by HTC, Sony, and a few others. But when it came down to it, we ended up going with Samsung because the phone was great and had a sd slot and a removable battery. My manager bought an HTC one and the only thing she hates is the lack of removable battery. Are sd card slots and removable batteries more important than people make them seem?