[Quick Review] Sandisk Micro SDHC Class 6 Card

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    Cell phones have advanced so quickly in such a short period of time, but sadly the amount of memory they offer has not seen that much improvement... until now. Sandisk introduced their new 32 GB class 6 Micro SDHC just a few months ago, and wow have they out done themselves. The problem when you get to SD cards this large is the lack of speed, but shockingly, Sandisk managed to offer you the best of both worlds with this card.

    Let's take a very quick look at Sandisk's class 6 Micro SD card, and see if its worth the expensive price tag.
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    Overview:

    This card is still new to the market, so if you want to buy it you will be paying premium price for it. The card on Sandisk's site is priced at $100+, so you must really need more space if you're considering it. Speed wise, it is a significant improvement over the current competitors in the market, which means you can watch movies and move files to and from your device at a much faster rate.

    There is not much I can say about this card, except I had a hard time filling it up with whatever I had. After 4 720p movies, 20 albums, and some pictures, I still had enough room for play, and that's amazing. The space this card offers is very nice for those looking for more memory on their Droid or Nexus Galaxy device.

    Here's the breakdown:

    Good:

    • Nice accessories
    • Fast speed
    • Lots of room
    Bad:
    • Expensive
    • Not widely available
    • Some random bugs
    Ratings:

    8/10: Speed
    10/10: Space
    8/10: Pricing
    8/10: Overall Rating

    Would I buy it?

    No. For myself, I don't see a reason why I would need so much memory. So far, even after working hard at filling it up, I only have about 16 GB of data on this card. There are instances when people might need more memory than 16 GB, so for anyone in that situation this is an excellent device.

    Recommend it?
    Yes; if you are in the market for a memory card that will last you long and store all your data for the next few generations, then this memory stick is for you.
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    Thanks for the review, but I think it's focusing too much on the size of the card rather than the speed (which is the new[er] thing). With the class 6 SD cards, 32gb is nothing new. That's widely available for class 2 and class 4 MicroSD cards. Should focus more on speed, which is what Class 6 MicroSD cards are bringing.
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    The problem with that is there is no true way to say how fast it is. I can't say like it's this fast vs class 4 that's this fast. I've used both and this is noticeable faster, and allows me to transfer things to it faster... That's really all I can say.
    But I hope you get my gist from the review.
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    Well I'll have to say it is the coolest looking sd card I've seen yet! lol
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    I'd say only 1 problem with this review, Nexus phones so far have had no SD card slot (Minus the first), so buying this card for your Galaxy Nexus might not be too good of an idea.
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    Damn...and I just bought a class 4, 32gig card for my D2G for $37 on Amazon......

    Put 27 gig of music on it the first day....:biggrin:
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    I have over 200 songs available to play on my Thunderbolt but none are taking up space on my sdcard.

    Google Music is awesome...
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    And what does that have to do with a review of an SD card? Not sandisks issue that the nexus doesn't have a slot. Don't worry apple will pattend the no sd card and they will have to put one in

    Chris
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    LOL...:rofl3:
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    I have to agree that you spent too much of your review focusing on the size of the card.

    My thunderbolt came with a 32GB class 4 card.

    All of my apps that I can move to the SD Card I move there in addition to music, pictures, and movies.


    I think a more appropriate test for review of this card would have been to take a class 2/4 card and this class 6 card and put them into two identical devices.

    Load both with the same apps, music, movies, etc.

    See which one boots and loads all of the apps/icons faster. Note the time differences.

    Also, see how long it takes (via USB connection) to transfer about 5 gigs worth of movies and/or pictures from your PC to the Card.


    Give us those results.

    We are all aware that 32GB is "a lot of space"
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    And...it really does depend on what you are intending to use the phone/card for......

    If you're just going to use the card to store documents, pictures, music.....a class 2 or 4 (at a cheaper price) should be fine. If you're going to use it to store and then be the source to display video.....you probably want a faster card. My concern when buying cards is the number of bogus/bootleg cards out there that aren't what they say they are.....be very careful, get your cards from a reputable dealer.

    I had been moving apps to my card but when I saw how much free space I had on my phone itself.....moved them back. I've got "tons" of apps on my phone and have only used about 3gig of the 8 gig available.
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    Good review IMO. But with services like Pandora, Google Music and apps like AudioGalaxy, storing your music on your phone is, for most, a thing of the past. I know limited data plans kill that for some, but many of us still have unlimited plans.

    As for the speed issue, I'm not sure if its really an issue on phones. I know for camera's being able to write faster to the chip is a must especially for burst shots and consecutive shooting but it is also up to the camera, and phone, to be able to take full advantage of the speed of the SD cards.

    When my wife got her Thunderbolt, I swiped the 32gb microSD from it and gave her my 16gb card. I'm more than happy with it too. Its a class 4 chip.

    As for the video saying you get better performing games with a faster SD card...really, really? The phones RAM is where the game is stored when its running. If you move the game to your SD card instead of built in memory, it may initially load faster, but should have no performance gain once its running from a faster SD card.
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    They said it would be a good buy for the Nexus Galaxy (got the name wrong too) If you actually read the review you might have seen it =P
    HAHAHA apple probably will...
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    The cloud storage is all well and good if you use your phone connected to wifi or LTE. For people on an airplane, or even just a weak 3G area, the storage is still necessary.
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    +1 Tired of people telling me I don't need a SD card because of cloud storage, I don't always have signal so should I not be allowed to listen to my music? And I don't like to wait to listen to songs while it loads on the slowish 3G network.
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    I have unlimited data but for me listening to streaming music or anything else is not preferable simply due to battery life...I can listen to music or podcasts off my sd card all day long over bluetooth and still have 40 % battery left at the end of the day with normal use otherwise...I can stream music or podcasts for maybe 5 to 7 hours (depending on app) before the batteries done.

    As for the microsd card..I just bought a class10 32 gig off newegg for 50 bucks and it's been working great, noticably faster transfers than the 16 gig card that came in my og droid.
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    I was wondering if anybody was going to mention the fact that class 10 faster than class 6 cards have been on the market just as long... or how about the fact that the class rating indicate the transfer speed of the card. so why would I want to buy a class 6 card for over 100 dollars when I get my class 10 of the same size for under 80 dollars? not to blame the o p, but I hope you got the card for free and are allowed to keep it for doing your review. That would be a nice perk ! If not, I'd return it for a faster class 10 32gig patriot and pocket the $30-40 savings.

    as 4 the cool looking design? That will have to remain your little secret unless you are going to wear it around you're neck as bling in a clear jump drive :,)

    Props for your efforts though! not manY have the courage to post anything but negative cynicism... + 1 to you mate!

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    Just keep in mind the class ratings on microsd cards can't really be trusted entirely...some class4 cards are faster than some class10 cards. You just have to look at the reviews for the one you pick out to determine whats a good deal and whats not.
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    Gotcha ya, didn't read the review just the post. Makes more sense. I would not get one without a sd card slot. I am out of coverage almost as much as in. This might be a great card for my new phone if htc ever releses it.

    Chris
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    I sort of rate my music by song. The ones I like alot get put onto the SD, the mid and lower songs I dont often listen to get put into the cloud. I have a signal everywhere I go, but still Its nice to have some songs on the SD just in case.
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