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Topic # 68009 13-Sep-2010 16:59
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I'm wondering what size/class of card people are using on their Android devices.

I'm thinking a 16gb will be minimum for me (8gb Galaxy S).

Has anyone noticed a difference in performance (particularly in media playback) from the card between the different classes?


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  Reply # 379390 13-Sep-2010 18:37
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Everyone said I needed a class 6 for my Desire.
It shipped with a class 4 one... I am currently using an old 8gb one I got about 2-3 years ago that has no clas rating visible on it. Works fine with everything, including playback of music and videos.
I do intend to upgrade to a 16gb at some point maybe, but I'm unsure if I will need too.

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  Reply # 379396 13-Sep-2010 18:42
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knate: I'm wondering what size/class of card people are using on their Android devices.

I'm thinking a 16gb will be minimum for me (8gb Galaxy S).

Has anyone noticed a difference in performance (particularly in media playback) from the card between the different classes?



I use 8GB class 6.  I have enough music on to listen for 3 hours without hearing the same song twice. It's rarely more than half full.

16GB? They cost the same as 3 x 8GB.

I just don't have enough time in a month to listen to 10% of the music that represents. :-)  

Video takes up space. an hour-long TV show (DivX) can be 350MB. But 10 of those is 10 hours...and I'll see my PC long before then. So I might have 2 or 3 on the phone. I can always download more from the FTP server at home. 

Remember....with Android you don't have to have it all on your phone. That's Apple thinking. 

 




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  Reply # 379415 13-Sep-2010 19:35
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I have a 32GB card, they only come in Class 2 at present. The in-phone performance is just fine, even for watching 720P content. They are disproportionately expensive, as Linuxluver says, but may still be worth it to you depending on your use (having my whole music collection is gold to me).




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  Reply # 379467 13-Sep-2010 21:59
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I want a 32gb card, what one do you have and how much?
Whats performance like with only class 2? im tempted to get higher though so HD recording will improve.

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  Reply # 379482 13-Sep-2010 22:47
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Performance is fine, Galaxy S records video to the internal SD, so its a non-issue. May be an issue on phones without an internal SD space I guess, but thats about the only use-case scenario I can think of where being Class 2 is really likely to be an issue (unless you're a person who very regularly transfers several gigabytes to the card, in which case the slower write speeds may be tedious, but for most people the only time it'll really be a bother is when you initially load the card with your music collection).

I'd only get a Sandisk one at the present time, I got mine direct from them at first release, so no idea what current prices are (but bound to have fallen a bit).




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  Reply # 379527 14-Sep-2010 08:39
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eXDee: I want a 32gb card, what one do you have and how much?
Whats performance like with only class 2? im tempted to get higher though so HD recording will improve.


A work mate of mine got a 32GB "Verizon" OEM SanDisk 32GB sdcard via eBay (the US one). It worked out at about NZ$180. 






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  Reply # 379533 14-Sep-2010 09:00
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Mymemory and play.com have them for about 85 pounds, which would come to something that price (without the risks of purchasing from Ebay).

I did actually edit my post with their prices last night, but alas it seems to have disappeared!




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  Reply # 379535 14-Sep-2010 09:05
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NZtechfreak: I have a 32GB card, they only come in Class 2 at present. The in-phone performance is just fine, even for watching 720P content. They are disproportionately expensive, as Linuxluver says, but may still be worth it to you depending on your use (having my whole music collection is gold to me).


+1 no performance issues at all. Its no big deal transferring stuff around between card and PC, I have plenty to do while it transfers. I got my Sandisk 32G C2 via my comgateway account.

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  Reply # 379569 14-Sep-2010 10:27
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NZtechfreak: Mymemory and play.com have them for about 85 pounds, which would come to something that price (without the risks of purchasing from Ebay).

I did actually edit my post with their prices last night, but alas it seems to have disappeared!


Yeah...the time window for editing can run out while you'rte still looking at a window with the edit button active. I've lost stuff that way many times.

Annoying.  




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  Reply # 379570 14-Sep-2010 10:30
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Linuxluver:
eXDee: I want a 32gb card, what one do you have and how much?
Whats performance like with only class 2? im tempted to get higher though so HD recording will improve.


A work mate of mine got a 32GB "Verizon" OEM SanDisk 32GB sdcard via eBay (the US one). It worked out at about NZ$180. 




$180 is a good price! I just got an N1 and dropped a 16GB SanDisk (Class 10) into it. $165 off Ascent. 

The main issue I have is that the majority of apps don't seem to be able to be run off the card (I currently have about 8GB of music on the card and half a dozen apps), and the internal memory is fast filling up... 

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  Reply # 380202 15-Sep-2010 15:41
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My music collection is too big to fit on any micro SD card, however what you can do is give music you like a rating of 1star or more, and then just synch music that has a rating of 1 star or more. Also you might want to synch a random number of unrated tracks to give some variety.




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  Reply # 380410 16-Sep-2010 00:42
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I'm using an 8GB Class 6 card that came with my vodafone branded Magic but for my usage a slower card would be fine.

I don't use my phone as a media player though, after owning an iPod Classic the convenience of having my entire library available is too much to give up (plus the classic iPod clickwheel interface works great for music)

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  Reply # 380569 16-Sep-2010 11:36
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Linuxluver:

I can always download more from the FTP server at home. 

Remember....with Android you don't have to have it all on your phone. That's Apple thinking. 

Im keen to hear more about this, have you posted something about it before ? Ive tried using gmote with not a great deal of success.

Dont want to go off topic here if there is somewhere else to discuss it.

Cheers

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  Reply # 380637 16-Sep-2010 13:34
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ES File explorer does network shares and I think it does FTP too.




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  Reply # 380803 16-Sep-2010 18:59
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Custom roms will give you CIFS which are SMB Networking shares (windows), and allow them to be mounted so they appear to all apps as if the files are on the phone. I believe in many cases ES File Explorer will copy the file to the phone before launching it. Only useful on a network of course though.

I'm going to wait until the 32gb sd card market is a little more saturated, with higher speed cards. Till then i can survive on 4gb with a small amount of media every now and then.

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