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    Default Stock "class 2" microSD Card

    This was brought up in the thread discussing Lagging issues with the charge but I feel this deserves it's own place for discussion. The argument was made that the stock microSD card is a class 2 (some have class 4) and that this is an inferior product that Samsung has installed in the Charge.

    Question is should I get at least a class 6 card or is the class 2 adequate? These cards on Amazon are at least 50 bucks. Thoughts?
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    Depends on if you have money to burn. Class 2 would be fine if you dont mind a second more seek time. With the class 4 I have in my charge its plenty fast. 6 would of course be optimal. But in reality a 4 is all you really need.
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    720p recording sucks w/class 2
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    Mine has a class 4 in it.
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    That's pretty crappy that some come with class 2 and others class 4... Oh well tho, we don't make the product we just pay for it. This discussion raises a question to my mind, how significant is the difference between the classes really? If we're talking only a matter of a few seconds in read time that's very minor to me. Is there more to it than that tho?
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    I got a class 2 with mine, that kinda sucks! Thing I could complain and get an upgrade from vzw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cltatenza View Post
    I got a class 2 with mine, that kinda sucks! Thing I could complain and get an upgrade from vzw?

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    I would.
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    I purchased 2 from Costco and they both came with class 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndroidXTC View Post
    Mine has a class 4 in it.
    Where did you buy your Charge.
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    Mine came with a Class 4 from Costco
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    Class 4 here from vzw online.
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    I'm class 2 from Costco...

    Seems odd that the same vendor even has different cards. I noted that someone on the first page received a class 4 from Costco.

    Kind of crappy, Samsung.
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    I went from tbolt to charge and kept my same SD card, ifs a 4.
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    The big question is what is the deal with these cards? Do you really need a class 6? What are the advantages? Can you notice the difference between a 2 and a 4? Someone please educate me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redskinsnut View Post
    The big question is what is the deal with these cards? Do you really need a class 6? What are the advantages? Can you notice the difference between a 2 and a 4? Someone please educate me!!
    It's really the write throughout.
    Class 2 is 2 mbytes/s, and class 4 is 4 mbytes/s, etc.
    Actual throughout can vary based upon other system specs, though.
    Read throughput is similar though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devinhfox View Post
    It's really the write throughout.
    Class 2 is 2 mbytes/s, and class 4 is 4 mbytes/s, etc.
    Actual throughout can vary based upon other system specs, though.
    Read throughput is similar though.
    Is this just involved with media, like pics/video saved in the camera? Where else would we see improvements, if at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devinhfox View Post
    It's really the write throughout.
    Class 2 is 2 mbytes/s, and class 4 is 4 mbytes/s, etc.
    Actual throughout can vary based upon other system specs, though.
    Read throughput is similar though.

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    Ok so to me it honestly doesn't seem worth wasting money to get a "better" card. Mine came with a class 2 and I honestly don't feel that it is slow by any means. I'm sure it really would depend how much stuff you have on the card especially large files like videos.. But the fact of the matter is that it doesn't make much sense that some come with a class 2 and some with a class 4... That's just proof that not every phone is made the same.
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    So in theory what is the biggest benefit of having a higher class card? Better high definition video playback maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redskinsnut View Post
    So in theory what is the biggest benefit of having a higher class card? Better high definition video playback maybe?
    I belive you can view things faster with a better card, but if you store it to the phone's memory it won't matter.
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    2 different charges and both had a class 2 but I kept the class 4 from my thunderbolt
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    Class 4 should be plenty for the Charge. It's not like we're recording professional quality 720p. Don't feel like you need to upgrade because you don't! I'm not sure what they're transfer rate is but I have a newer class 10 for my hd camcorder - it has a transfer rate of 30MB per second. I would guess the ones in our phones are around 10 MB per second.
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    I agree on the part that you shouldn't go out and use your money for a higher class card, but I think it's a little weird that some models have Class 2, and some Class 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saillling4life View Post
    I agree on the part that you shouldn't go out and use your money for a higher class card, but I think it's a little weird that some models have Class 2, and some Class 4.
    I am a serious DSLR camera nut, so SD card speed issues come up all the time especially when you are shooting many shots for buffer purposes.

    As I understand it, the Class value only affects the read speed of the card. Therefore, if you have Class 6 vs Class 2, reading files or moving files to your computer would be much faster, but it should not present any problem having Class 2 for taking pictures, recording video, etc...
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    mine a class 2 and i bought my DC from the verizon store. mine has lag in loading pictures in the gallery, my music sometimes doesnt play (requires a restart) and ringtones dont play (requires restart).

    should i reformat the card? my phone is only about a week and a half old. I never had these types of problems with my samsung fascinate which had the factory 16gb memory card in it.

    everything if factory on the phone on EE4
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    Default Re: Stock "class 2" microSD Card

    This is unsurprising if you know anything about Samsung, I discovered they do a similar thing with some of their TV's. They use different panels in a certain model TV, people call it the panel lottery because you don't know which one you'll get even though all TVs of the same model should have the same specs. I'm guessing this is one of Samsung's deceptive ways of cutting costs wherever they can.

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