Advantages of Micro SDHC Memory Cards over SDHC Cards

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What Are the Advantages of Micro SDHC Memory Cards over SDHC Cards

Memory cards are now commonly used to store data in a wide variety of electronic devices including mobile phones and digital cameras as they enable the user to store a significantly larger amount of data that could not be retained solely by the device itself. The use of memory cards also allows data to be easily uploaded to a computer through the use of a card reader. Memory cards are available in a variety of storage sizes and speeds, and they are also available in two different physical sizes to fit varying devices. The two sizes that are available to choose from are standard size and micro. It may be worth considering whether it is possible to use a micro SDHC memory card as this may have certain advantages over an ordinary standard sized SDHC card.

What Is a Micro SDHC Memory Card?

SDHC stands for High Capacity SD Memory Card. A micro SDHC is the smallest physical size of SDHC memory card that is available. A micro SDHC memory card can be bought in different storage sizes from 4GB up to a huge 32GB and it follows the SD class rating specification for speed. The speed specification for a micro SDHC memory card is useful to know as it shows the minimum guaranteed sustained write speed for each class of memory card and it also gives some guidance as to which class of card is most suitable to be used with certain types of devices.

Class

Speed

Device

Class 2

2MBs

TV recording, a Standard DVD or a Standard Digital Camera.

Class 4

4MBs

HDTV or a Digital Camera with continuous shooting.

Class 6

6MBs

Reflex Digital Camera or a Professional Digital Camera.

A micro SDHC memory card is very small and exceptionally slim and it is the type of memory card that is most commonly used in mobile phones.

Advantages of a Micro SDHC Memory Card

Micro SDHC and SDHC memory cards are available in the same different levels of storage capacity ranging from 4GB up to 32GB. The two types of memory card are run on the same SD format so they will generally function at the same speed for loading or for transferring data. The considerably smaller physical size of the micro SDHC memory card is the only real difference between the two types of memory card and it is the main advantage of using a micro SDHC card instead of using a standard sized SDHC memory card.

Versatility

A standard SDHC card is only able to be used in devices that it will fit and that are SDHC compatible. If the device requires a smaller micro sized card, then it would not be possible to use the standard sized SDHC card. The micro SDHC card is a much more versatile memory card as it is able to be used in devices such as mobile phones which require a micro sized memory card. If these cards are used with a memory card adapter, then it should also be possible for them to be used with any device which would normally require the use of a standard sized SDHC memory card. This means that while a standard sized SDHC memory card may be able to be used in a digital camera, it is unlikely to be suitable for use in a mobile phone due to its size. A micro SDHC memory card could be used in a mobile phone and in a digital camera when combined with a memory card adapter. The use of one memory card instead of two may be much simpler and will make transferring data much quicker as all data can be moved from the memory card in one go.

Cost Effective

The fact that a micro SDHC memory card is able to be used in any type of device that is SDHC compatible may make it a more cost effective option. Regardless of whether a micro SDHC card fits with the device, as long as it is used in conjunction with a memory card adapter, this ought to be a feasible option. It may prove cheaper to buy one micro SDHC card with the largest possible capacity plus a memory card adapter so that it can be transferred between all necessary devices, rather than having to buy a micro SDHC card plus a standard sized SDHC memory card. For those who need to shop budget consciously, a Micro SDHC memory card, plus card adapter, should definitely be an option considered. Comparing products online is also an ideal way to ensure money is not spent unnecessarily, and sites such as eBay help with such purchases.

Conclusion

Choosing to buy a micro SDHC memory card will not necessarily mean that this type of memory card will provide a greater amount of storage capacity or a greater speed when transferring data than would be gained by using a standard sized SDHC memory card. However the use of a micro SDHC memory does give a greater amount of versatility to the user as it is possible to use the micro card in any type of device that has been described as SDHC compatible as long as the micro SDHC memory card is used with a memory card adapter. This may also be a more cost effective option as it would be possible to buy one micro SDHC memory card with the largest possible storage capacity instead of having to buy a micro card and also buy a standard sized SDHC card.

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