ACCESSORY REVIEW: Samsung 8GB microSDHC card

A man representing memory card retail specialist sent us one of these. It’s an 8GB microSDHC card, which Samsung says is “Full HD Compliant” thanks to its upper-middle-range Class 6 data transfer speeds. It also comes with many toughness claims and a five-year warranty.

We have absolutely no idea how to review an SD card, apart from putting it into a telephone and seeing if it works…


It works. Using the SD Tools app from the Android Market, it gave us data transfer speeds of 9.3MBps when writing data and nearly 20MBps reading.

sd tools write test

This particular model of card is also designated as being water proof, shock proof and even magnet proof, so we’ll also test some of those claims out as well.

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That’s it in a cup of tea. It doesn’t float, so it’s being suspended on a toothbrush. We thought it would float, because it’s light and plastic. But it sank. That’s not a criticism of the SD card.

still works

It still works. The tea was ruined, though. Well, actually, the tea was probably fine, but by the time we’d taken the photos and uploaded them to PC, it was cold and tasted a bit minty because of the toothbrush. That’s not the SD card’s fault. It’s not a criticism of the SD card.

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So yes, it’s fast and water (tea) proof. It would therefore appear to be a good type of microSD card, if you have a need for a replacement SD card and don’t mind paying a few extra quid for the Samsung brand name and the peace of mind of it being tea resistant.

So that’s a review of an SD card. 8/10.

Thanks to Memory Card Zoo for the card and the chance to broaden our thing-reviewing skills. It’s £10.79 with free postage.

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  1. Rik Hemsley

     /  October 22, 2011

    Would like misplacement resistance and some kind of space age coating to make it grippable by man hands.

  2. Rik Hemsley

     /  October 22, 2011

    Should also come in wenge.

  3. Gary_C

     /  October 22, 2011

    Should’ve used the wife’s toothbrush, like when I clean my bike spokes.

  4. MetalMickey

     /  October 22, 2011

    Any ideas how this would cope in a cup of Mars drinking chocolate?

  5. Fantastic review. I think all reviews should involve cups of tea and or toothbrushes.

  6. Huw Watkins

     /  October 24, 2011

    I thought all sd cards were magnetic proof ?? :P

  7. That actually seems half-tempting at that price (not that I’ve shopped around to check prices or anything sensible like that, just that a tenner for a brand-name card is almost impulse purchase price) and I often wonder if my Hero is being slow because of the shonky old 2gb card I’ve got stuffed in it.

    The main thing that’s stopping me though is not knowing what temperature the tea was when it was first immersed and did it include sugar?


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