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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.