As more and more people adapt the usage of powerful smartphones and tablets, the demand for better expanded storage has also been rising. Thankfully, flash media companies like SanDisk have been stepping up to get the right solid state memory to it’s consumers – kind of like the product we’re reviewing today. Quite recently, we’ve had the chance to review a 16GB SanDisk Mobile Ultra MicroSD Class 10 card. The storage device is designed, of course, to be put into powerful smartphones, media players, and tablets to provide high speed / high capacity data in an affordable package. Priced at PHP 1,400 SRP, it does sound quite pleasing to the ears. So how does it perform? Have an initial look on our video feature below and then read up on our choice prose on the topic after the jump.
While we’re generally known for long reviews on smartphones, we’re inclined to make this review rather short. The SanDisk Class 10 MicroSD card performs much better than expected under our unscientific benchmarks. While the video doesn’t go into much detail on testing the card through various scenarios, we’ve of course put it in our smartphones and used it as our media and application installation device. While we gather most users wouldn’t notice a performance bump on their own when loading music, videos, and/or even applications on a device with the SanDisk loaded, we bet the system will thank the user more for being able to transfer data off the card much quicker.
As an advanced type of use scenario, we’ve actually experimented with an EXT partition on the SanDisk Class 10 card. This enabled us to put it in a rooted Android phone and use the custom disk space as a new, larger internal memory for our device (which already had too little memory for applications). In practice, only very fast cards are able to pull this off – and the SanDisk’s Class 10 spec made it through with flying colors. This, by itself, convinced us that the cards were definitely quite reliable.
The 16GB version of the Ultra MicroSD cards are supposed to be selling for PHP 1,400 SRP – a price which is already quite compelling on its own. But we were surprised when we called Automatic Center’s Trinoma branch and found out they were offering them for PHP 980. The deal was so good we had to buy two.
We give the SanDisk Ultra MicroSD Class 10 5/5 Stars.