micro SD cards...class levels?...acceptable brands?

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    SD cards...we all need one, but man there are a number of variations. i was hoping for a little help in narrowing down which one to buy.

    i've pretty much settled on a 16 gig card. a 32 gig is too large for my needs as i won't be using my phone for regular music or video playback/storage. largely because of that i can't justify paying the $100+, in most cases, for a 32 gig card that would have, at best, a class 2 transfer speed.

    i would also like my SD card to have a speed class of at least 4, preferrably class 6.

    that brings me to brand names. does anyone think i HAVE to use a SanDisk or PNY? can i use a lesser known brand name as long as the specs are good? has anyone had any experience with brands Kingston Tech, A-DATA, RITEK, or Transcend?

    this newegg page...
    Newegg.com - Cameras & Camcorders,Digital Camera Accessories,Flash Memory,Micro SDHC,16GB
    ...lists all of their 16 gig microSD cards; anyone able to vouch for one over the others?

    paying up to $60 for a 16 gig class 6 cards seems pretty reasonable to me, i just don't know about the brands that offer the product at that price. any thoughts? other deals you know of?

    MODS..this may belong in, and be better suited to, a different subforum...please move if so.
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    any sd card should work, but i recommend you stay away from those ebay cards.

    in terms of speed class, you shouldn't notice too much of a difference, and with the difference in price between say a class 4 and 6, it's not worth it.

    just my .02
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    agreed, i'm def avoiding the ebay scams.

    as for the difference in noticeable speeds...you've experienced this first hand? by the numbers, a class 4 should see write speeds of 4 MB/second and a class 6 should see 6 MB/second...is that not that big of a difference? espeically to human perception?

    because if you're right than i agree, i should just go with the class 4 card and save the money.
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    If you are going to be buying a microSD card for a Droid 1 then you might want to consider sticking to just class 2. The Droid 1 can't handle the faster speeds of the higher class cards and will max out at class 2 speeds.

    Now if this is also the case with the Droid 2 or X, I have absolutely no idea. Just trying to save you some money if you are using a Droid 1 :)
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    even in just regular SD cards I don't notice the difference that much.

    I mean sure a class 6 will be a bit faster, but for price the difference? definitely not worth the money in my opinion.

    the only way I can see you getting your money's worth for a class 6 is if you're constantly changing files in your SD card, and not just any files, but big files like movies.

    I'm not here to tell you how to spend your money, but class 6 isn't worth it imho. I mean if it's like $10 than a class 4, go for it, but if it's from the price difference i see that can go as high as $40, i would just buy two class 4 sd cards
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    I tend to stick with Sandisk based on my own experience. It's your call to make.
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    harvesterx...my bad, i should have specified this will be for a droid incredible. i posted in the "droid" section because i didn't realize different models could handle different classes and it seemed like a general "droid" question. thanks for the info though.

    dezymond...you're freaking golden! we def share a similiar mindset. thanks for the reassurance.

    takeshi...i hear what you're saying, i'm a big sandisk fan myself and i usually only go with them, but i worry i may be doing that out of silly paranoia and unfounded brand loyalty when i could be getting the same product at a much better price.
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    Bought a Sandisk16 gb card off the Verizon Wireless website and all is well. I'm not too concerned about getting the fastest card as just need storage space for my photos that I want to have access to locally. Majority of my photos are uploaded to Picasa, Photobucket, or Flickr. All my music files play back well enough without any problems. I can see getting fast cards if you are always writing to the card like with a high end digital camera

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    mauiblue...i'm thinking of the quicker speed cards for video playback mostly. i'm not going to use my andriod to watch stored video a whole lot, but i wouldn't mind throwing a season or two of a favorite show onto the card for whenever i've got downtime.
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    Hey do you all remember that old song "BUMP and Grind"?
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