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Trying to find the best MicroSDHC card...

by MrKassner / January 20, 2010 11:37 AM PST

I've finally upgraded my phone from an original LG Rumor that I've had a couple years now to the new Samsung Instinct s30 (wish I could of gotten the Instinct HD but either way I still love the Instinct phones and will be keeping this one till it works no more) that I will be receiving tomorrow but the 2GiB MicroSD card I bought for my LG Rumor when I first got it will be no where near enough for all my music, well actually it already is too small to hold even half my music, and I'm assuming the Instinct can play videos so I will have some movies on there too but they will be converted to a lower resolution so they will be only a couple hundred MiB's. So I went to looking at all the 16GiB MicroSDHC cards and narrowed it down to these:
RiDATA ($48.99) -
A-DATA ($62.99) -
OCZ ($67.99) -

Each are 16GiB, MicroSDHC, Class 6, memory cards leaving the only differences being brand and price so I figured since so many flash DRIVE tests can be found on Google I'll look for MicroSDHC reviews/tests on Google but the results aren't the best and I didn't really find anything at all to help. I know I'm being picky here but could anyone tell me if they've had any experiences (good/bad) with these cards, if theirs one even better that you recommend (has to be 16GiB and Class 6), etc. It's going to be a couple weeks before I can save up the money for one of these memory cards so I figure I might as well take the time to make sure I get the best.

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Don't worry about the 'best' card for a mobile device
by Pepe7 / January 20, 2010 11:11 PM PST

I use both name brand & generic (including A-Data) microSD/HC cards on a wide variety of devices with very little performance variance. Only when you get into higher end dSLR cameras and Hi Definition video capture devices will the rated card speeds make much of a difference. The processor/RAM bottleneck is significant enough on the LG Rumour that it won't really matter. What's more important is that your device actually *supports* the large size cards, such as a 16GB. Many do not, and it's sometimes trial and error.

For better prices I highly suggest I've been using them for about five years give or take with no problems whatsoever. Here's a link to their selection of 16GB microSDHC cards. You can pick up a Ridata card for $45.99 shipped (including adapters). is another site I use, but a little less frequently. They tend to be a bit higher and focus on the name brands.


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Well I kinda need the best/fastest because
by MrKassner / January 22, 2010 12:21 AM PST

I'm using the Samsung Instinct s30 not the LG Rumor (the LG Rumor is my old phone) and the Instinct needs the memory card for videos, music, and pictures. One thing I hate is having to wait for my phone to load all the thumbnails of my pictures. Lol. Plus at 16GiB I'll probably end up using the memory card as a flash drive on rarer occasions for when I have to move a bigger file to my PS3 or to a friends house since I only have an 8GiB flash drive. But thanks for the websites.

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You need to read up on the technology
by Pepe7 / January 22, 2010 1:25 AM PST

I will repeat what I said ;). Your particular usage (similar to mine) does *not* require the name brand cards, nor the higher speeds. This includes the Samsung Instinct s30, which has a very pokey processor and not much RAM under the hood. For you it's really about the largest capacity card your phone will support. If you plan on moving bigger files, I suggest you grab one 16 and an 8 as a useful backup since they are cheaper.

Unless you have a specific piece of hardware that *requires* the fastest speed cards, you are fine. I.E. dSLR or high def video camera.


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Well as I said,
by MrKassner / January 22, 2010 1:59 AM PST

being as the card is so huge (GiB-wise) I will be using it for other things such as transferring files from my computer to PS3 or a friends computer, which that requires the max speed you can get and won't be in the phone when being used for that since every single phone I've used as a memory card reader always slowed down the transfers plus phones apparently lack the simple ability to well... be a phone when in mass-storage mode so I don't know if I'm getting a text or someones calling me, so the memory card will be in a simple USB memory card reader when used for that. So for the most part it will be used in a device incapable of reaching the max speed but other times it won't, plus I figure wouldn't it be better to have the memory card waiting on the phone then the phone waiting on the memory card.

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More info
by Pepe7 / January 22, 2010 5:08 AM PST
In reply to: Well as I said,

There won't be any speed issues transferring data to and from these generic cards. Been there, done that, a million times (almost daily).
This 'requirement' for a 'faster card' you speak of is nonsense plain and simple ;). If you've actually compared brands of cards yourself already I'll retract what I've already stated 8-).

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by MrKassner / January 22, 2010 5:15 AM PST
In reply to: More info

As I said in my first post, I'm trying to find out which card is the best/if any of them I should stay away from, or if their is one better then the ones listed.

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Like I said...
by Pepe7 / January 22, 2010 7:52 AM PST
In reply to: Um.

...there is no 'best' per se, only need based spec that, in the *real* world, don't always present themselves as a true need per se. That's why I gave the examples of HD video & use in dSLRs as relevent.

FWIW, I use the following brands with good luck and little variance among all other than capacity: Kingston, Sandisk, A-Data & PQI. They all work fine for transferring files, large and small among various digital cameras & smartphones. Anyone insisting that the Kingston is necessarily better than a Sandisk doesn't know what they are talking about(!) It's going to be trial and error until you find a type that works- hint: they all will(!) Wink Another hint- some of the generic brands have the same flash memory under the hood as the name brand cards. There may be a little performance gain in some instances, but you won't see it on your particular applications.

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