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16 GB MicroSDHC Card for $49

16GB microSDHC cardThe PalmInfocenter Accessory store has recently restocked and re-priced its range of memory cards. You can now find 16GB microSDHC cards from Dane-Elec starting at $49.95, 8GB for $39.95, 4GB for $24.95 and 2GB for $14.95.

All of the microSD cards come with a standard SD card adapter so they can also be used with other compatible SD card devices. Shipping starts at $5.95.

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Surely slow...

brum @ 4/15/2009 4:30:03 PM # Q
Is it just me or is class 2 ridiculously slow?

I'm running a Sandisk 8GB Class 4 and it takes a good 15-20 seconds to load the music when accessing the library in pocket tunes.

RE: Surely slow...
hkklife @ 4/15/2009 5:26:41 PM # Q
Depends on the device, to be quite honest. I have a class 2 8gb Transcend SDHC and it captures XGA video from my digicam with no problems. It also works fine in all my PC card drives. Now, my class 6 cards are naturally faster but I definitely see better results with, say, a Class 2 card on a PC/digicam than a Class 4 on a Palm device.

I believe all Palm OS devices use a 1-bit SD bus, so reading and especially writing data to a flash card is going to be pretty slow, regardless of the card's speed rating. So the inherent limitations of Palm's hardware is going to have performance falling way short of any SDHC card's speed ratings, IIRC.

Also, keep in mind that the Palm OS has major issues with volumes larger than 4GB, so that, a slow CPU & the usual NVFS quirks could be other culprits for poor performance.
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->?

RE: Surely slow...
twrock @ 4/15/2009 8:00:24 PM # Q
I have a DaneElec 8gb class 4 card in my TX (with Grinberg's driver). It is fine on the read and WAY slow on the write. I hate having to wait for my auto-backup's to finish before I can use the device again. Maybe Kris is right and the problem is more on the Palm hardware end of thing, but I don't think I'd get another SD card less than a class 6 again.

Hey Palm! Where's my PDA with Wifi and phone capabilities?
RE: Surely slow...
hkklife @ 4/15/2009 8:25:05 PM # Q
Ron;

Pop that card in a PC or a digicam and see how it performs relative to the Palm. In general, slow SD cards perform most slowly on Palm devices vs. other devices......and fast SD cards are still slower on Palm devices than on other types of hardware.

My usual test is recording video w/ audio to a card. If it can record XGA @ 15fps or VGA @ 30fps with no stutters or dropped frames, then it's fine in my book. Also, not all "Class X" cards are created equal. I have an el-cheapo Kingston Class 6 that's a good bit slower than a Sandisk Extreme III Class 6, for example.
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->?

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If only...

freakout @ 4/16/2009 5:05:44 AM # Q
Dammit, Palm. I love Pre. I want the Pre. But if you don't put an SD slot in Pre 2, I'll... I'll...

...well, I'll probably just bitch about it on the Internet. But I'll be very shrill. Nobody wants that.

RE: If only...
brum @ 4/16/2009 7:08:52 AM # Q
Thanks for the insightful info above!

I'm just hanging out for the day, they've got to have a few cards (pun not intended) up their sleeve. I'm just hoping they will come out with "well you guys said you wanted it, so here you go.", I know it's hopeless but there's still a glimmer. They are keeping such a (relatively) tight ship.

RE: If only...
twrock @ 4/16/2009 7:12:34 AM # Q
freakout wrote:
I'll probably just bitch about it on the Internet. But I'll be very shrill. Nobody wants that.

No, you are right. Nobody wants that.

I know this won't come as a huge surprise, but Palm is not listening to you or me about what hardware to build for us. If they had listened to me, I'd have "almost" the equivalent hardware as the iPhone running the latest version of Garnet. (And it would definitely have a SD slot as well.)

Hey Palm! Where's my PDA with Wifi and phone capabilities?

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...but nobody gets it right the first time

vetdoctor @ 4/16/2009 11:37:14 AM # Q
I'm pretending this is actually on topic. Blackberry's CEO's say that nobody gets it right the first time. Ok, but they're talking about their own equipment.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/16/rim-ceo-on-blackberry-storm-nobody-gets-it-perfect-out-the-doo/
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