Posts tagged with: microsd
  • by | April 7, 2014 7:20 AM

    Back in the early "two point something" versions of Android, most smartphones came with microsd card slots. Sure, cards were a lot smaller back then -- around 8GB or so. This was enough for us to store some music on, and even to install apps onto. We really needed that space, too. Smartphones themselves didn't include all that much on-board storage -- the Nexus One only included 4GB, and much of that was occupied by the operating system and core apps. Since then, our phones have gotten faster and have at least doubled their internal storage.  Modern flagships contain 16GB, 32GB, or even ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    Running out of storage on your smartphone? Is a 64GB microSD card simply not enough anymore? Flash storage company SanDisk aims to fix the dilemma more and more mobile users are facing every day: cramped storage space. The company just unveiled the world's highest-capacity microSD card in Barcelona, Spain for MWC. SanDisk has doubled the capacity of its impressive 64GB microSDXC cards to 128GB. The cards are said to have double the write speed as your standard microSD card, or 10MBps. In order to squeeze 128GB into such a tiny area – about the size of a fingernail – SanDisk developed a ...

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  • by | December 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    Smartphone users face trade-offs all the time when selecting which devices to buy. Do you get the super slim handset with the latest processor, or go with a thicker phone that not only pack a larger battery but also uses a more conservative, energy efficient chip? Do you go with the phone with the best camera, or the one running a platform with the better social apps, making it easier to share your pics? Last week, Pocketnow's Taylor Martin was sizing-up another issue that all too often has us making compromises: storage. He rightly called-out manufacturers for failing to deliver ...

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  • by | September 23, 2013 7:37 AM

    Before the iPhone was born, everyone wanted an iPod. Back then you could carry around your entire music collection with you. Today, times have changed. MP3s have gotten larger and higher-quality, and individual songs are now easier to find and much easier to download.  Taken together, the size of our music libraries has increased significantly since the "good ol' days" of the original iPod. Luckily, iPods have improved as well, but now most of us use our smartphones to do that which our iPods used to. Interestingly, a good deal of smartphones still come with only 8GB or 16GB storage. The ...

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  • by | May 14, 2013 7:00 AM

    Ahh the great debate. Memory card slot vs. no memory card slot. HTC One vs. Samsung GS4. Lumia 920 vs. Lumia 820. We've heard over and over that a memory card is or isn't important when it comes to a device. The main reason for being anti-memory card is, “It doesn't really save you anything because apps can't install to anything but the primary drive. And that's all fine and good if you choose to not explore the full capabilities of your phone. Recently, the Pocketnow staff wrote opinions on whether we felt the HTC One was a better device or the GS4. To a man, we almost all agreed that ...

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  • by | April 3, 2013 8:55 AM

    With pre-orders of the HTC One just a day away in the United States, we know many of you are stills tuck debating if you should go for the One or get the Galaxy S 4 that includes all the expandable storage that you can't get on the One, unless you're on AT&T and get the 64GB model obviously. On some interesting news today, it turns out that there is a model of the HTC One that doesn't make that aluminum back a removable panel, but also has a microSD slot for expandable storage. Sadly this is an exclusive to China, so don't get your hopes up. That's the reason why you see two SIM card ...

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  • by | March 21, 2013 12:30 PM

    Over the years, smartphones have matured from nothing more than a mobile email solution to multifaceted tools that provide us with an always-on data connection, endless sources and hours of entertainment, productivity on the go and so much more. No more are they simply a way for our bosses to get in touch with us from virtually anywhere in the world. They are integral parts of our lives that maintain a social connection and provide us with a constant flow of information and news. Rightly so, smartphones have also become the go-to device for multimedia and portable storage – both of which ...

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  • by | October 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    A few months back, I wrote a piece where I suggested everyone stop whining about nonremovable batteries. Everyone hated it, so I figured I'd write another one just like it. We're not talking about milliamp-hours this time around, though; the topic of the day is gigabytes. Specifically, whether your mobile phone's onboard storage should or shouldn't be removable. The common thinking in more technologically-savvy circles is that devices featuring removable memory are superior. For the uninitiated, this means smartphones or tablets which include an expansion slot that accommodates a memory ...

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  • by | August 30, 2012 10:28 AM

    We all love phones and tablets that include oodles of built-in storage, but we also appreciate the ability to expand our storage as well. Thank goodness for sdcards! Not all sdcards are created equal. In addition to differing capacities, cards also have various speed capabilities. Read and write speeds are important for a variety of reasons. Videos we record on our phones and tablets are now capable of full-HD, that's a lot of bits that have to be stored somewhere. If your sdcard isn't fast enough to receive all that data it means your video quality will suffer. Dropped frames, blurring, ...

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  • by | August 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    When it comes to smartphones, I love having options. Give me multi-band radios, future-proof the phone with more RAM than you think it needs, and make the battery so that I can swap it out for an extended-capacity component if I so choose. That's why it drives me crazy to see slapdash support for microSD; expandable storage is hugely important for making a handset as flexible as possible. There are plenty of reasons for why not to offer microSD expansion, but I don't think they add up to a strong case. The Case Against microSD You can boil-down most of the arguments against microSD to ...

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  • by | May 28, 2012 5:44 PM

    Many smartphones and tablets come with a microSD card slot as a means to expand their storage from their stock capacity up to an additional 32GB. There are many different sizes, form-factors, capacities,  and speeds to take into consideration. Not every variation works in all slots, so there are some things that you need to know before you head out and buy your card. MultiMedia Cards (MMC) Way back in the day of PDAs, if you wanted to add some extra storage to your device you had a choice: MMC or SD. MMC cards were usually less expensive than SDcards, had fewer moving parts (they didn't ...

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