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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ludlum, May 22, 2011.

  1. ludlum

    ludlum Member
    Thread Starter

    Just wondering if anyone is using a 32Gb Micro SD card in their SGS2, and if so what make [brand] is it and what are your thoughts on its performance?

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  2. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    Lol, i know NZtechfreak will probably say all you need is a class 2, sandisk. But personally, any major brand should do, either class 2 or 4 maybe class 6 if you want to future proof your purchase, however you will only really see performance benifits if the card itself gets plugged into a laptop for file transfer via sdhc adapter.

    I guess check out Kingston or Crucial as well as Sandisk, maybe samsung.
  3. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert

    I have a Class 2 Sandisk card - although its Class 2 its fast enough for encoding and decoding 1080p, which is all you need. I always recommend Sandisk, although other manufacturers are decent too. The mymemory branded one is OK, I got one of those for my partners phone and she's had no worries.

    Here is another forum with some posts about cards, and the benchmarks of my Sandisk and Mymemory cards -
    Micro SD cards
  4. ludlum

    ludlum Member
    Thread Starter

    Thank you, that is very helpful.

    I checked out the 32GB SanDisk and the cheapest I found was
  5. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    When are you going to benchmark the major brands with the same capacity/class cards? That would be interesting :)
  6. ludlum

    ludlum Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for this. I have used other cards before on different devices, but when it comes to the processing speed of the SGS2 I was hoping to make sure I didn't fork out X amount of readies for something not able to deal with it.
  7. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert

    Good idea! Perhaps a blog piece on SD cards is in order...
  8. jurrr

    jurrr Newbie

    This may be a silly question, but are microSDHC cards compatible with SGS2? As I'm mostly finding microSDHC cards for sale, but Samsung lists the phone as having only a microSD slot.

  9. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    Yes, it's a bit of an oversight.

    Any sd card 4gb + will most likely be sdhc, as I believe the earlyer sd standard only supports up to 2gb.

    So although it's only started that it's a micro sd slot, it should be technically corrected to the "micro sdhc slot" term
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  10. hilt_m

    hilt_m Newbie

    class 2 is too slow, oh sure it's fine for in the phone, but try to copy a big chunk of files to it and you will see it takes a great deal of time. Class 10 is super fast but kinda costly at the 32gb range, I would go class 4 or class 6 is even better.
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  11. Besidged

    Besidged Lurker

    Just looking at some 32gb cards for the GS2 and have come across one for 45 sterling's made by Dane-Elec. It says that it is not *backwards* (WTF) compatible and to make sure the device is SDHC enabled and will accept the card, before buying. Does any one know that it is in fact SDHC enbabled. Also is this a good make?
  12. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    If by "it" you mean the SGS2 then yes. I has to be because there is no such thing as a 32GB SD card that is not SDHC. Consequently, any device that accepts a 32GB card of any sort must be compatible with SDHC.

    SD cards work in SDHC slots. SDHC card do not necessarily work in SD slots.
  13. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    As said in other posts, I believe the SD standard goes upto 2gb where as the SDHC standard ranges from 4gb - 32gb cards.
  14. from what i read stick with either sandisk or lexar branded 32gb micro-sdhc cards class 10 if you can find them :)

    They're still expensive in Australia so probably get one from adorama.com who ship to Australia. Currently using 16GB Sandisk micro-sdhc.
  15. Darkflame

    Darkflame Member

    I got a Kingston 32gb Class 4 for
  16. ludlum

    ludlum Member
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  17. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

  18. Darkflame

    Darkflame Member

    I started my collection in the 90's and over the years it's expanded to cover all the best music over the last 70 years (good music is timeless to the wise mind).

    I would say i'd be content with 64gb of space for my music collection on the go but i would like another 16-32gb for videos on top of that also.

    If there wasn't a size limit on mobile internet (i still don't see a good reason why it should be as unlimited broadband has been around for years) and media streaming wasn't such a drain on the battery, i wouldn't need to store my favorite media on the phone locally, i could just stream it instead.

    Which is why the stupidly named 'Cloud' concept is going to be massive.

    So two obstacles need to be over come before smart phones become completely useful to me.

    A) mobile providers need to stop being greedy gits and start allowing customers unlimited mobile internet for reasonable prices (3 and Giff Gaff have just started to lead the way in this area)


    B) new battery technology that provides at least triple the battery life we are currently getting needs to be introduced.

    The SG2 has a 1650mAh battery which isn't the largest capacity on offer for a smart phone, that title goes to the Motorola Atrix 4G which has a 1950mAh charge and while that might sound impressive, we haven't actually advanced that far in the last 10 years.

    The first mobile phone i ever had back in 2000 was the Nokia 3210 (those were the days) and even that had a battery life of 1250mAh.

    So basically (in terms of capacity) over the last 10 years we have advanced a mind blowing 700mAh extra, woot!
  19. Darkflame

    Darkflame Member

    Well i've been keeping a close eye on MicroSD technology and their press releases over the last couple of years now (i've been dying to get my hands on a 32gb card since 2006!) and while everything i've read leads me to conclude that the new SDXC cards will not be backwards compatible with the current technology.

    Kingston comes along and releases a statement like this:


    Kingmax raises microSD storage to 64GB | ZDNet UK

    So there is hope after all :D
  20. Darkflame

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  21. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member

    I can't image using a C2 card in this phone. The C2 8G in my Aino would not keep up with its recording on the 8MP cam it had. Maybe the video is better compressed on this one, we know it has the power to do it, or it could be buffing the video to the ram?? Any way I've decided to stick with the C10 16G card from that I using in the Aino to get smooth recording. If I update to 32G I would look to a quality C8-C10 again as I see no reason to have a fast phone having to wait longer than needed on the SD card.
  22. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    On NZTechFreak's advice (for which I thank him), I went for a Class 4 card and it is easily fast enough. I know it always seems appealing to have the fastest whatever it is but I don't like wasting my money. My Class 4 and NZTechFreak's Class 2 both work fine. There is no point in buying a card that is faster than the phone can drive and my card can keep up with video capture or play so what would be the point of spending more money on a faster card?
  23. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    The only advantage really is data transfer via a PC, if you think you'll be doing lots of that, then it may be worth it, if not, then stick with class 2-4.
  24. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member

    I do lots of transfers to/from the PC. That is where most of my media is. Phones still can't match the capacity of a PC, drives in mine are just shy of having 5TB, so I'm often rotating media in and out of my phone to keep it "fresh".

    Maybe if I get bored I can still that old C2 in there and do some pic timing test, the retest with the C10. I know that on the Aino there was a big difference in the time between taking a pic and being able to take the next. With a 2.5 year old you need a fast camera or you always miss something. Again though, this is my first venture into Android and I've not had the phone a week yet. Maybe Android uses the ram for caching better than the Aino, I don't know.
  25. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

    As I said, for those who transfer a lot of data, as you do, you will most likely see the benifit of a class 10 card. But some users don't transfer that much, and so can't justify the extra expense.

    Going on nztechfreaks info, 1080p video recording to an sd card is about the hardest thing the sd card has to do 'in house' and for that, class 2 is sufficient, apparently.

    So it remains, (it seems) that if you intend to combine your phone with a pc for media transfer in a regular basis, then you could well gain from investing in a higher class sd card.

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