When looking for portable storage cards such as SD cards and microSD cards, the capacity should not be the end-all factor in making your decision especially if you’re dealing with big files in a daily basis like when taking a lot of high-def videos. Data transfer speed is also important and is designated by class.
Here’s the SanDisk Mobile Ultra 16GB MicroSDHC card, a Class 10 SD card and also UHS-I enabled (U1 symbol).
Most SD cards, especially generic ones have a class 2 or 4 rating. These are sufficient for every-day use digital cameras or smartphones looking for extra storage for apps and data although you would notice a bit of lag when viewing photos or launching apps. It’s not made for taking huge photos (> 5MB) though especially those taken in quick successions. It’s also not ideal for taking long Full HD videos due to its limited buffer space required by its slow transfer speed.
Going back to the SandDisk Mobile Ultra Class 10 UHS-I card. With a UHS-I enabled device like some cameras, it can write up to 30MB/sec which is already fast for much of today’s use. If you’re going to use it in your ordinary smartphone or camera, expect a minimum of 10MB/sec transfer speed which should still be more than sufficient for those Full HD recordings. This card will also boost performance of apps stored in it for smartphone and tablet use as compared to lower-class cards.
Not a lot of people know that most new SD cards, especially microSD cards are tough (made a video dunking one underwater). This SanDisk Mobile Ultra card is waterproof, shockproof, temperature-proof, and x-ray proof already. Right, even if your device fall underwater, data on your card is still intact. Oh if you’re wondering about the total space, this card will only show 14.8GB for you to use.
The SandDisk Mobile Ultra Class 10 UHS-I card is being distributed by Eastspark Inc. and costs about Php1,400 depending on stores. Make sure you are buying original SanDisk cards by checking if the Blister Pack is properly sealed. The packaging on original SanDisk SD cards can’t be teared open, you need to cut it up. Or just buy from reputable shops.
Here are the retail prices of other capacities:
- 4GB ““ Php 500
- 8GB ““ Php 700
- 32GB ““ Php 3000
- 64GB ““ Php 6000