Memory cards are often the unsung hero of the gadget world, much like batteries – another component that rarely gets a shout out. Yet memory cards can often be the lynch pin of our digital life – storing those amazing shots from our swanky new camera, expanding the memory on a smart phone or holding the soundtrack to our lives. The gradual move to cloud storage may make them a little less deserving of our love and attention in time, but we clearly aren’t yet at the stage where we can abandon local storage and live in the cloud just yet (I speak as someone who has just been barred from the mobile internet for the rest of the month by O2 for streaming podcasts over my “unlimited” 3G connection, thereby causing their network to freak out. Blame Earwolf.com. I digress).
Seeing as storage is so important in our lives, it’s amazing how much thought doesn’t go into its use, with people happy to plump for the cheapest generic card they can find, only to freak out when said card runs slowly , is damaged or dies altogether.
We had a Samsung class 4 SD HC card to put through its paces and were impressed with what we saw. It’s a class 4 memory card, so it transfers data in a with Read speeds of up to 15MB/s and minimum sustained Write speeds of 4MB/s. The Samsung Micro SD Card is covered with EMC (Epoxy Molding Compound) to protect the flash memory chips from the very real threat of it’s mortal enemies water and dust. We dipped the card into a variety of drinks throughout the day and it barely noticed (and tasted delicious). The card is also shockproof, so we recited some Louis CK routines with little effect. We then threw it against a wall. Again, it shrugged this off nonchalantly. Magnets also seemed to have little effect. And it comes with a 5 year warranty!
So if you spend a lot of time flitting between lakes and high-impact aerobic classes and the occasional battle with Magneto in-between, then this is clearly the SD card for you.
Check it out from memory card zoo.