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« on: January 07, 2012, 02:05 PM »

Can someone explain to me the difference in the class of SD cards?  Which class is best for a tablet?

Thanks so much..
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 02:36 PM »

i am using a mini SD class 4 32g in my Asus Transformer....works very good so far...i load it up with mp4 movies for traveling watching....got a great deal on it...

reading here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speed_Class_Rating
Bigger class number = faster.....so a 10 is tops....
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 03:46 PM »

it usually doesn't make much difference when you're using the data on the card, but the extra speed can make a big difference if you move a lot of data on/off it.

so if you're buying a card to supplement memory in a phone or tablet you may not care, but if you're using it in a camera of any type, or in an mp3 player where you switch out files often, it can make the transfers less painful.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 07:06 PM »

Class 6 is suggested for HD movie mode on my Canon S100 (1080/24fps stereo)

I've seen up to Class 10, but the cost jumps quite a bit.

I'm using a Class 6 on my Nikon D5000.

If I had one of the really high end cameras, I'd just buy the fastest card the store has. Compared to the cost of the camera & lenses, an extra $50 for a faster card is a cheap insurance fee to make sure you get all the shots.

The new D4 Nikon will shoot 10 fps at 14 MP RAW. That's a LOT of data to move.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 06:52 AM »

thanks for the information, you guys are always so helpful.. I will probably just use mine mainly as a reader but I am tired of packing the laptop back and forth to Alaska so being able to get to my email with a tablet will be great.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 08:33 AM »

You don't need a fast card unless you need to write to the card at high speed (such as a camera). Most devices (mp3 players esp) mostly read from the card.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 08:51 AM »

Just saw an ad in the local paper - Best Buy has some on sale and the picture showed a class 10 16GB SDHC for $35. I just bought a 32GB class 4 microSD on Amazon for around $30. There are some good deals floating around out there if you search for them.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 08:57 AM »

I needed to pick up a micro SD card and it wanted it quick. Went to BB and could not find that they even carried Micros in the store (odd). Did see 16GB SDHC cards for around $35. Most 16GB SDHC's can be found online for around $20 with micros going for about the same.

I ended up ordering from Newegg (as they are close and shipping is fast) and signing up for free 2 day delivery (will cancel before I'm charged).
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2012, 09:02 AM »

the mini sd cards are usually in the area of the smart phones now....they are used for phones now more than ever.....
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012, 09:09 AM »

I walked in that area as well and did not find any. Of course, me being me, I did not ask either. I saw the prices on the SDHC cards and figured that the micro's were going to be more then I wanted to pay locally.
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