16GB SanDisk MicroSDHC Card

Date Thu, February 21 2013
SanDisk MicroSDHC Card

SanDisk MicroSDHC Card

It might come as a surprise to some of you that this techie girl has never had a microSD card in her phones bigger than 4 gigs. In fact, the 4 GB card I used for over two years was from my first smartphone, which wasn’t very smart at all. My Android phones came with pitiable storage options. My Evo Shift only had a 2GB card, which I quickly filled. My One V came with none at all. Too sad.

So, when I had to chance to get a SanDisk  microSD card from Mobilefun, which also has iPad Mini accessories among a myriad of storage and other neat gadgets, that was more than 4 gigabytes, I was ecstatic. While not the maximum upgrade for my phone, it will keep me happy for quite some time.

To give you an example. This is enough to keep thousands of apps, most of which are just a few megabytes, or even less. 16 gigabytes is enough room for more than 3,000 songs. You can get a couple full-length movies on here if they’re around one gigabyte in size. Thousands of photos? Yep. My camera app says I can take thousands and thousands more pictures on the highest setting (5 MP).

So, before I start, I need to point out that there’s been a design change. The product image is black with white text, but mine has a red label with white text. It’s the same product — microSD card and adapter — and I don’t know whether I have the new one or old one, but it’s nice to know these things. Sorry for the blurry picture. My phone’s flash is currently not quite working with me.

SanDisk MicroSDHC Card in Package

SanDisk MicroSDHC Card in Package

The second thing of note is the packaging. It seemed to be more cardboard than plastic blister packaging, which is one of the worst things about electronics. However, it was still enough plastic that I had a hell of a time getting the card and adapter out, even with a scissors and a box cutter. The way the cardboard is sealed around the plastic is not helpful here. I did succeed, but it took more effort than I really want to admit.

The pair includes the smaller microSD card and the larger adapter, into which this card fits. The adapter lets you use microSD cards with your laptop or a device that uses regular SD, such as a digital camera. For my purposes, I connected my phone to my computer with the USB cable, inserted the microSD card into the adapter and connected that to the SD port in my computer. This let me directly copy files from my existing storage card to the new one, and it went pretty fast. I had no difficulty doing it, and my computer recognized the adapter and microSD immediately.

After this was done, I unmounted the existing card and installed the new one in my phone, which recognized the new one and mounted it right away. I should have first moved some of the apps to my internal memory temporarily, but this slipped my mind. This resulted in some apps thinking they were uninstalled whose icons still appeared on my home screen. I lost some game data, but my camera recognized all the pictures just fine.  This isn’t the fault of the adapter, however. You can use an app like App2SD to move apps to and from your SD card easily. I just forgot to do that. The result was that I needed to download some apps again, but nothing serious was lost. My photos, videos and ringtones transferred perfectly.

When you’re swapping SD cards, you can pretty much copy and paste the old data to the new card. There isn’t much to worry with the process. It’s easier to do it with less data, so get on it sooner rather than later. I’m glad I finally installed a new microSD card. I’d been putting it off far too long!

 

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