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Old November 13th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to get a 32GB microSD for my GSII...it looks like they run the gamut when it comes to manufacturer and transfer rate, class, etc.

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Old November 13th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about the"best" but if you monitor 1 sale a day foranother week our two you should be able to get a SanDisk 32g for $29. That's what I did two Weeks ago. 32G is a bit if overkill for me personally but I just may end up sticking it in my hd video recorder
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Old November 13th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks man, I'll check it out.
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I went with a Lexar Class 10 32gb. The transfer rates are supposed to be higher for the higher classes, so things like video can be smoother and transfer quicker from the phone to PC. I did read, however, that just because a card is rated at 10 does not guarantee that it is as fast as others. Apparently, there can be quite a bit of difference between manufacturers.
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That's what I seem to be reading everywhere as well, so I figured I'd ask around and see what everyone likes.
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Cheapest is best. I mean, it's for a phone, not a high end camcorder.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I purchased a 32gb class 4 sandisk card from Newegg. Here's a link:

Newegg.com - SanDisk 32GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ Adapter Model SDSDQM-032G-B35A

You should keep in mind that SD cards are very volatile and there is always a chance that it will corrupt your data or fail completely; this is the case even with established manufacturers. The Sandisk card I linked to comes with a 5 year warranty; this was a huge incentive since I won't be screwed if my card suddenly stops working properly.

Whatever you decide, it is highly recommended that you AVOID trying to get a deal on sites like Ebay--there are a LOT of knock-off SD cards on the market today. Your best bet is buy one that's made by a big name manufacturer like sandisk or kingston, then make sure you get it from a reputable retailer. That's why I chose newegg. If you find some random deal online that's too good to be true, it probably is. A reliable card should come within a price range of $40 to $60.

People tend to obsess about the class rating but it's important to remember that it only represents the MINIMUM write speed. So a class 4 card is guaranteed to write at a minimum of 4mb/s but often times you will get much better results. Plus there's no guarantee that you're going to get blazing fast speeds with a class 10; the performance increase generally isn't enough to warrant spending the extra money.

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Sorry... I've been a photographer for a long time. I purchase the cheapest SD/compact flash cards I can find..(Not *bay though).

I've bought numerous off brands, such as ridata, adata, patriot, dane-elec, wintec, transcend, amazon basics, etc.

You don't need a name brand ! There are standards all the memory cards have to meet and most come with at least a 1yr warranty.

With all that said.. I've NEVER had a sd/compact flash card failure and I've bought 50+ cards. Doesn't mean things don't happen, but cards are very reliable.
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I bought this Adata 32GB class 10 card from Newegg. Newegg.com - ADATA 32GB Micro SDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model AUSDH32GCL10-RA1
A lot of people that left feedback about it were using it in their Android phones and several people had run speed tests on it.

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Take a look at dailysteals.com. Today, $20 for 32gb. can't go wrong for the price
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sandisk c4's only do write speeds of 5.5 mb/s, but their random write speeds are the best.. they are better running your o/s (like in a nook color). for normal writing, they probably aren't the best.
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