1. diesteldorf's Avatar
    Just hoping to get some useful feedback and get educated.....

    I've always had Nexus devices and prefer internal storage to removable storage. The last phone I had with an SD Card was a 2010 Droid X, so I don't have a deep knowledge base when it comes to SD cards and removable storage.

    I have two family members that have been using a Note 3 and Galaxy S5 for the past couple years.

    They have been complaining that their phones have become sluggish and unresponsive. I know this can be typical with Android devices, especially if they are not regularly maintained and become overloaded with pictures, files, cache etc.

    I didn't want to make things too complicated, so I advised them to back up all their data/pictures and try a factory reset. They haven't tried this yet.

    I also know that the SD Cards they are using are probably 2-3 years old at least.

    Can aged SD Cards or ones that are near their storage capacity have a dramatic effect on the overall performance of the phone?

    Is it worth telling someone to spend a few bucks and replace their SD Card with one that is newer, faster, larger capacity, in addition to trying a factory reset?

    I fprget when the S5 was released, but I am letting one of them use/borrow a Moto X Pure 2015 that I have lying around. I am sure the Galaxy has a better camera, but hopefully the Moto X Pure will allow them to get by until they decide what to do.

    Part of me is also a little concerned because an S5 and even a Note 3 should still be pretty capable device for email, facebook, apps etc.

    Posted this where I did in the hopes that I would get feedback from those that are extremely knowledgeable about Samsung devices and also removable storage.
    12-12-2016 08:29 PM
  2. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    I think it has more to do with Samsung and their awful memory management rather than SD cards per say.
    12-12-2016 09:41 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I think any device can be impacted by an SD card if it has corrupt files, or if the card itself is corrupt. It's certainly reasonable to try a newer card to see if there is any change in performance. But the first thing I'd try is a cache partition wipe (if possible, depending on the phone).
    12-13-2016 03:42 AM
  4. diesteldorf's Avatar
    Thanks for the tips.
    12-13-2016 06:16 PM