One of the simplest options to increase storage on your smartphone is to insert a MicroSD card. Not all smartphones and tablets support MicroSD cards (sorry Apple iPhone or iPad users).
But Android users rejoice!!! Windows Phone and BlackBerry handsets can also join in the microSD Card fun, as this article is aimed at you!!!
Purchasing a microSD Card – Smartphone or photography
First, you want to locate your MicroSD card slot, which on newer phones are generally part of the SIM tray.
Then you need to purchase a microSD Card. Make sure the type of card you plan to buy is supported by your device based on the type of phone you have and what it will support.
Anything above the size it can support will not be read by the phone. The microSD card also has to be suitable for your needs, such as 4K Video photography, which may require a SanDisk 256GB microSD (Deer, 2016, July 9).
You may also get one from family or friends, but make sure they erase it (Deer, 2017, February 5) or you might be privy to their private photos!!!
How to buy a microSD Card – Type and Class matter
There are two types of microSD Card:
- SDHC stands for Secure Digital High Capacity
- SDXC stands for Secure Digital Extended Capacity
They differ in the range of data they can store:
- SDHC MicroSD cards range from 2GB to 32GB in size
- SDXC MicroSD cards range from 32GB up to 2TB in size
The class refers the speed at which a MicroSD card transfers data. UHS (Ultra High Speed) has some minimum speeds for different classes as listed below:
|UHS 1||10 MB/s|
|UHS 3||30 MB/s|
The SD Association launched a new standard last year, called APC (App Performance Class) or A1 class. These APC microSD Cards are suitable for use in smartphones and tablets.
The A1 rating means that the card can manage random IOPS (input-output access per second) as follows:
- Read at 1,500 IOPS
- Write 500 IOPS
This is ideal for quickly opening apps and processing tasks. With Google’s “Adoptable Storage” on the horizon, they are worth a gander if you mainly plan to use your microSD card in your Android smartphone.
How to choose a microSD Card – Factors to consider and a list of the Best
You’re obviously going to want the following microSD Card for the lowest price:
- Highest speed
- Highest capacity
It would be best to factor in the following:
- Brand reputation
- Reported performance and reliability
- Warranty terms
Careful about buying microSD Cards on Amazon or eBay; lots of them are fake (trust me I’ve purchased a few!!) so read the reviews carefully and buy nothing with less than a 4 star rating!!!
Here’s a list of the best SD Cards on Amazon:
- US$$113.62 – Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 128GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI128CBNL1000R
- US$18.85 – Sandisk Extreme 32GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter [Old Version] – SDSQXVF-032G-GN6MA
- US$27.99 – Samsung 64GB EVO Plus Class 10 Micro SDXC with Adapter 80mb/s (MB-MC64DA/AM)
- US$54.99 – SanDisk Extreme 16GB microSDHC UHS-1 Card with Adapter – SDSQXNE-016G-GN6MA [Old Version]
- US$75.99 – SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A)
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- Deer, L. (2016, July 9). How SanDisk 256GB microSD will make 4K Drone Videos and Photography Easy. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/sandisk-256gb-microsd/
- Deer, L. (2017, February 5). How Install, Use and Erase a SD Card in an Android smartphone. Retrieved https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2017/02/SD-Card-Android-smartphone.html