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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by robo21, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    Just curious what everyone is doing for an upgrade to the Micro SD card. I would like to go with a 32GB class 4 (minimum class 4) upgrade. So far I haven't been able to find a suitable upgrade. I don't want to get a 16GB now only to have to upgrade again later. I'm trying to stick with known brand names that come with a good (preferably lifetime) warranty.

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  2. dissident75

    dissident75 Member

    I'm rolling with a class 2 8gb sandisk card I got at radio shack for like 15 bucks or so. Sure its not fast or huge, but my SD content plays perfectly from them and so does my music. I would get a better card if I wanted to record from the camcorder directly to it but really, I don't do a lot of video recording. So its a great cheap card. If it goes bad, I am not upset.
  3. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply. I may have to go with an inexpensive card until something better is readily available. The main reason I'm looking for a class 4+ card is to speed up write times. Loading movies and other media can take awhile with slower cards and I do plan on doing HD video recording although the stock card seems to work just fine for that purpose.
  4. SamsungVibrant

    SamsungVibrant Android Expert

    I'm waiting for a 32GB class 10 that I can find, I'll snatch that up today if someone can find it for me.
  5. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    Strangely, Amazon has a Kingston 64GB class 10 for $350 or so, but no 32GB. They won't be cheap but they will be fast. :cool:
  6. SamsungVibrant

    SamsungVibrant Android Expert

    I wonder if a simple firmware will allow our phones to hold more than 32gb external.
  7. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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  8. VegasTouch

    VegasTouch Android Enthusiast

    16GB class 4 here
  9. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    Excellent question: That would be awesome!
  10. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    That was a Kingston wasn't it?
  11. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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  12. w_bovine

    w_bovine Android Expert

    I'm not a media hound...no music or videos on my Vibrant. Yeah, yeah...I'm a dull guy. Anyway, I simply threw in an 8GB class 6 Transcend card. $22 from Amazon, free shipping with Prime or orders over $25.
  13. Haroldo

    Haroldo Lurker

    Moved from a Class 2 4gb Sandisk (from my Blackberry 9700) to a Class 4 16gb Kingston. Already have 8 movies on the card and can probably fit another 10-12. Best part is I paid under $40 for the card with a lifetime warranty. Picked up a Class 2 16gb from PNY/Polaroid the same day and there's a huge difference in write speed. Not sure if I just have a bad card, but I'm pretty sure that card is headed back to the store (and that one was under $20 after MIR!).
  14. wildblue

    wildblue Well-Known Member

  15. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    Actually, I think that is being portrayed as a class 10. And the link that got me to that release mentioned class 10. If you look at the stamp in the upper right corner it appears to be a C with a "10" inside - that should indicate "class 10" I can't really make it out 100% due to the low res of the image.

    This is what the Class 2 should look like:
    [​IMG]Note the 2 in the upper right corner.

    I've been very reluctant to purchase any memory cards from ebay because of the not uncommon practice of misrepresenting both capacity and class info. You are quite right the advertised capacity is the first thing that should be verified. I would take it a couple steps further and then verify the read and write speeds as well. That Micro SD card on ebay has no speed stamp on it. Then who provides warranty coverage, the seller or the manufacturer?

    Here's a link to the SD association Webpage: http://www.sdcard.org/developers/tech/speed_class/

    And Wikipedia has this to say on speeds:

    There are different speeds of SD card available. The official unit of measurement is the Speed Class Rating; an older unit of measurement is the
  16. wildblue

    wildblue Well-Known Member

  17. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    You are right. The link that took me to that article was an announcement that Sandisk was introducing a Class 10 32GB Micro SDHC. Hmmm. Somebody is either mistaken or used the wrong image to go with the press release.

    And yes a $200 price tag would indicate Class 10 all the way. No way would they get away with charging that for a class 2 micro sd card.
  18. jkcheng122

    jkcheng122 Member

    Kingston 16GB Class 4 here, then proceeded to load it up with Firefly complete series and the movie Serenity along with Pulp Fiction and The Dark Knight. I definitely won't get bored as long as the battery is up.
  19. PinkFloyd

    PinkFloyd Member

    I just bought a RiData Class 6 16GB for $34.99, $36.98 shipped from newegg. They had the card on sale yesterday at Newegg for 34.99 and it was showing 48.99 and I click on it and it says 34.99 for a 16GB Class 6 and needless to say, I pulled the trigger on it instantly. Now its back to 48.99 plus $2 shipping.

    Newegg.com - RiDATA Lightning Series 16GB Micro SDHC (MicroSD) Flash Card w/2 Adapters (SD/Mini SD/Mini SDHC) Model RDMICSDHC16G-LIG-2

    And this was my tab yesterday from Newegg for the same card.

    1 x ($34.99) FLASH 16G|RIDATA RDMICSDHC16G-LIG-2

    Payment Term: Paypal
    Extended Warranty: $0.00
    Subtotal: $34.99
    Tax: $0.00
    Shipping and Handling: $1.99
    Total Amount: $36.98

    I was looking at the 8GB Kingston Class 4 for $18 with free shipping until I saw this and was too good to pass up. Getting twice the capacity for twice the money. And a Class 6 instead of Class 4.
  20. VegasTouch

    VegasTouch Android Enthusiast

    Yes, it was still $32.99 as of last Friday.
  21. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    I enjoy shopping at Newegg, I buy all my computer components from them. They have good deals and great customer service.

    It would be a good idea to check the transfer speeds on your micro SD card when you get it. A couple of the reviews I've read on the Ridata indicated that it is very slow. One even said "insanely slow." But if it transfers at the class 6 standard of 20 MB/second you are in good shape and that is a smoking deal.

    I just went with a temporary solution a 16GB Class 4 Kingston for $37.99 shipped: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WIRFDW/ref=oss_product

    It appears that Amazon is sold out for a few weeks. They do show other sellers but I like buying directly from Amazon as I have a Prime membership with them.

    I am waiting until next year (unless another mfg comes out with one sooner) for a better solution as this is the email I received from Kingston in response to my request for info on a 32GB Class 10 Micro SD card:
  22. PinkFloyd

    PinkFloyd Member

    I did read the reviews on that particular Ridata card and some have said it is slow. Some others have commented it is a good card so I figured I cannot go wrong at $35 and bought it. Remains to be seen how it performs or if it lives up to the Class 6 rating.

    Yeah I am a big fan of Newegg myself and have been shopping with them for over 8 yrs now. It is between Newegg and Amazon I get most of my tech stuff.
  23. mahgnillig

    mahgnillig Newbie

    I got a 16GB Class 2 card cheap from Amazon (around $20 I think). It works fine, and I'm not really concerned about write times since I don't use tend to use my phone for video. IMO unless you're recording video or incredibly impatient, a Class 2 card works fine.
  24. robo21

    robo21 Android Expert
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    Write speeds/times do make a big difference while loading large folders of MP3's or feature length movies onto your Micro SD card. But heck if you're not in a big rush or not recording HD video, a class 2 will play them back just as well as a class 10.
  25. mahgnillig

    mahgnillig Newbie

    @ Robo21

    Exactly! :D I loaded Avatar & about 6GB of music onto mine... just left my computer to do its thing and did something else for 10 mins ;)

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