New to buying Micro SD Cards, need help!

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Sep 8, 2011
  1. remjay24
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    I've never bought a Micro SD card for anything, so I wanted to be sure I am buying the right one. I bought the DSTWO online last night from a U.S. store and decided to not buy an SD card from them, as I figured it would be cheaper to find one on my own. After going to Best Buy / Frys / Toys R Us, the 8 GBs ones are going for around $30ish.

    However, I found these two on Amazon for a lot cheaper. (around $11, including shipping)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00...p;condition=new
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00...p;condition=new

    basically a Kingston vs a SanDisk. Are these what I need? I'm confused with the Kingston one listed as "Class 4 Flash Memory." I found some others, but say "for the samsung phone." Does it matter whether its strictly for a phone or not? Any help would be appreciated as I am quite a noob when it comes to these memory cards.
     
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    Kingston's quality is not "level".
    http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=918

    The higher the "class" (such as class-2/4/6) of a card, in general the better it'll be for flash carts (as it'll be better-built), most people say a class 4 or 6 will do fine (and most class-2 cards will be fine as well, but they tend to be the cheap ones).

    Flash cards made for phones tend to be shit from what I've seen, steer clear as well.
     
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    The only site that I buy microSDHC cards from is Newegg because I've never had a bit of trouble out of them.
    Same goes for A-Data brand cards.
    I seriously suggest you shoot for Class 6 or higher.
    Those are just my recommendations.
     
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    I'll check newegg - have bought computer parts from them, just forgot all about em!

    what about that ScanDisk card I listed? It doesn't show any "class". Is it worse than a 2/4/6 class card?

    Thanks!
     
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    Edited my post with some hopefully useful links.
    Honestly I hadn't even looked at your links yet. *checks*
    Your SanDisk says it's a Class 2
    And the Kingston is a Class 4
     
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    Flashcart-wise, a Transcend/A-Data 8GB class 6 has generally been the best bet, but now a good microSD doesn't really matter anymore (that said, you should still get a good one)
     
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    I just went to Target and bought one. Been working for 3 years now.
     
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    I bought an OEM SDHC card. Cost me £8.89 (about $13.36). I didn't want to at first, but after a short email I got a reply saying that they are Samsung SDHC cards with Intel chips (Intel = win, Samsung = win) So I went for it...No problems. Runs faster than any other flash memory I have (HP memstick, SanDisk cruzer etc) - 20mbps read, 19mbps write.
     
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    Transcend is a good brand. I actually use and love one of their multi-card readers.
    The card you chose should serve you well in the coming years.
    Nice price, too. I may have to get one.

    Glad we could help!
     
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    I remember a couple months ago I was researching what memory card to get for my Acekard 2i, and I saw people talking about an issue with Transcend cards being fragile and breaking.

    However, I ended up purchasing the transcend 8gb card + reader kit from newegg, so I must have decided that it wasn't going to be a problem or else I wouldn't have gone ahead. Unfortunately I can't remember exactly. Does anyone know about the issue who can bring this thread up to date on it's status?

    Edit: I should add that I did a bit of research on access times and compatibility as well, I remember I was being very picky about any potential problems and wanted to find the best one, and it was between Transcend and ADATA for the 4-8gb capacity, with Kingston being recommended for 2gb, and anything over 8gb having potential performance problems. I would absolutely recommend this kit as a match for an Acekard, based on the fact that, well, I got it for myself.
     
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    Never heard of that.
     

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