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Ok so to expand on my cheeky title, it's meant to read: Once you get it out (of the packaging) be careful how you put it back in (the adapter/slot)...
Having been an amateur enthusiast for many years now when it comes to digital photography I bought a new camera in summer of 2012 without realising it needed a Micro SD card rather than the "regular" sized SD cards which I was more used to (and had half a dozen of in different memory sizes).
Off I popped down to my local electronics store and picked up a 16GB Micro SDHC card. More recently I decided to get a second back up Micro SD card for reasons I'll explain further down. Here I'm going to talk about the latest one I purchased which was a PNY 4GB Micro SDHC card.
Costing around £7, which for me was a pretty decent price considering how much these things have cost me in the past, I got my new Micro SD card home eager to get it out of the pack and test it in my camera. Going slightly off topic here; I've previously paid over £20 for SD cards which were just a fraction of a Gigabyte and yes, I know these things are getting cheaper and cheaper as time goes by; we'll probably be able to buy these in Terabytes before the decade is out the way technology is advancing.
Anyway back to the purchase of my PNY Micro SD...
People will probably get sick of hearing this but packaging of small electronic items these days really is one of my pet peeves! I was ready to take a hatchet to the packaging after the first 10 minutes trying to get the cardboard outer packaging to get to the inner plastic packaging. Armed and dangerous with scissors these nearly broke trying to cut through the ridiculously tough outer card. Eventually I breathed a sigh of relief as I managed to cut through the card and then it was another challenge then having to cut through the plastic to get to the little SD card and its adapter. Note to manufacturers, do you really have to pack these items costing under £10 as if you're wrapping up state secrets that you don't want enemy forces to get to? I just wanted an SD card to use with my camera, honest guv!
Packaging gets a 1 out of 5 from me!
USING THE ACTUAL MICRO SD CARD
Hopefully if you're buying a micro SD card you'll have a use for it in the first place, i.e. to use in your phone or digital camera. Because these cards are so small you have to be rather careful with them inserting into the camera, they can pretty much only go in one way so if it's back to front you'll find some resistance. TIP: don't try to force it in, if it doesn't slot in easily it means it's the wrong way around. Also when removing from camera be mindful that these can bounce out quite easily and shoot off somewhere around you and it could take ages to find (speaking here from personal experience)! Another thing I would suggest is that you insert the micro SD card into the adapter outside of your PC, I had a bit of worrying time when I first starting using micro SD cards when I tried to insert the card into the adapter whilst it was already in the PC. The micro SD card ended up inside my laptop rather than inside the adapter and I had a good hour of trying to get the card out and on the verge of panicking thinking I'd need to take the laptop to an engineer to get the card out (managed to do it myself eventually). That was once burnt, twice shy, I've never made that mistake again!
Use the card gets 3 out of 5 stars from me (but this isn't to do with the brand it's to do with micro SD cards and their small size in general)!
THE TECHNICAL BIT
If you're using your micro SD card just for photos you can get just under 1200 photos if you have a camera taking 8 Megapixel (MP) shots or about 820 for a 12MP camera. My current camera is 16MP but I tend to keep it on the 10MP setting and I tend to empty my camera of pictures after use so I have never got to a stage when I run out of space. This SD card can also take videos of up to 60 minutes in length if taken at standard HD or up to 40 minutes at full HD mode.
The write speed for this SD card is 4 MB/s which is a pretty decent speed to capture your photos/videos/documents/music files, etc, and the read speed is up to 12MB/s.
For number of photos and video length that can be saved I'm giving this micro SD card a decent 5 out of 5!
I've never had any cause to complain since using the PNY brand, having both a 16GB and 4GB I do use these quite a lot. If you consider I take around 50-100 photos on a general night out with friends or family members and around 500 for special occasions such as weddings and milestone birthdays my camera gets a lot of use as do my micro SD cards. I would definitely claim to be a heavy user rather than a moderate/medium user.
I've not had these micro SD cards let me down so far so for reliability I would give them a strong 5 out of 5.
Overall I'm happy to give my 4GB PNY micro SD card a decent 4 out of 5 stars. It loses 1 star for the ridiculous packaging (thankfully you only have to worry about this on first use) and the fact that micro SD cards in general are so small that you just need to be extra careful with them when removing from their slots.
These PNY micro SDHC cards come with a 5 year guarantee.
PNY as a brand has been around since 1985 and their memory products are compatible with Apple, Compaq, DELL, Gateway, HP and IBM. For more info about the company you can check out their website: www.pny.eu
Stockists include Currys, PC World and dabs.com
NB: SDHC stands for Secure Digital High Capacity.
PNY microSD is about a quarter of the size of a standard SD card. It is designed for use with compact mobile phones and other SD-compatible devices and is ideal for storing photographs, music and videos. Applications include cell phones and smart phones, digital cameras, digital camcorders, data storage, PDAs and handhelds, digital music players and global positioning system (GPS).