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Jan
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One of the best cards (go ahead, sort them by rating) you can get for your mobile device is on sale today on Amazon as part of their daily Gold Box discount program. I'm talking about the 32GB Lexar Class 10 microSD card that comes with a handy reader that plugs right into a full-size USB port and reads your microSD cards like a champ.

The main reason I wanted to point out this sale was that I own this very card, which I bought from Amazon back in June of '11. Except, I bought it for $90.35, and even at that price didn't regret getting it one bit (though I am feeling just a little bitter today). It is fast, it has been very reliable so far, and it's got a ton of space for music, movies, games, and so on. It was why I finally kicked my trusty Nano to the corner and have 5 seasons of Seinfeld wherever I go.

Yesterday's price was $59.99, and after today's $20 Gold Box discount, the price is so good that I'm probably going to buy a few just for gifts. Heck, I'll stick one into my tablet as well, and I recommend you do too (but make sure you have a microSD slot first - not all devices have them *cough* Nexus *cough*).

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Source: Amazon

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Jon

    I ordered one for $34.99. Thanks for the tip.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      $34.99? Another $5 discount I'm missing?

      • Jon

        Yeah. I had a discount for the Transformer Prime fiasco. :P I don't use Amazon much, so I figured I would use it for this.

  • Derek

    Whoa! Thanks for the heads up. Just snagged one myself.

  • Oletros

    I bought it on December at amazon.co.uk for 27 pound :)

  • tekrhino

    Thanks for the tip, just picked one up.

    AP is always on top if it with the best info!

  • LKBfreak

    Artem - You can by one for me as a gift (cuz it cannot be delivered in my country) hehehehe X)

  • Dmitry Pashkevich

    Too bad that manufacturers started thinking that it's cool not to include a card slot in their mobile devices.

    • Ryan S

      I think for the nexus its architecture. Google even admitted they specced the phone out that way.

  • Jeff

    Thanks for the heads-up! Just bought two.

  • AshR

    Thanks for the tip - Just bought one for myself.

    P.S.: Amazon should give you some goodies/money/discounts for referring --- I'm sure most of us would be buying it only cos of ur above article! :D

    • Ethan

      Amazon does. The link provided in the post is an affiliate link and AP gets credit for referring customers. Which is fine by me!

  • gosa

    And to have it sent to Barcelona I would have to add another 40$
    (believe me - I tried)

    - Don't think so...

    • gosa

      Nevermind - amazon.es also seem to offer quite a decent price for this memory card.
      Slightly more expensive in Euros that it's equivalent in Dollars - 38,70€ but still not bad.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    Yeah, that's too good of a price to pass up. I had to pick up 2, one for the phone and another for my next tablet (while I really like my SGTab 10.1, I'm sick of it not having a memory card). Huge thanks for the heads up on this one!

  • TKL

    Thanks for the tip! I bought one on amazon.co.uk. They have it for £37,72 with free shipping to certain EU countries. I cost me £38.03 in total.
    Had I ordered at amazon.com it would have come at over 68EUR with all the shipping and import taxes!
    Could you in future add also the link to amazon.co.uk?

  • http://www.rahulverma.net Rahul

    Thanks. Just bought two for myself. :)

  • Kyral

    Awesome, just picked one up, thanks for the tip

  • Lucas Borntreger

    Thanks for the awesome tip! I spent more than this on a 16GB last year!

  • sriracha

    too bad it's a class 10. keep your eyes open for a class 2 or 4, wouldja please?

    • AshR

      Just curious.. why is class 10 bad?

      Maybe I'm ignorant but isn't 10 faster/better than class 2 or 4?

      • sriracha

        i'm going by what XDA has to say on the matter:

        "Class 2 and 4 cards have better random access speed and random read/write than class 6 or 10 cards in general. To get higher sequential write speeds, manufacturers sacrifice the random access speeds. That's just how it is.
        The best all around card I've ever found is Sandisk class 4.
        My 32gb Sandisk class 4 outperforms any other class 10 or 2 32gb card I've tested in the random access and random read/write speeds. That's what's most important when using with WP7 or Android when using it for apps or OS files that need to be accessed quickly. Class 6 and 10 cards are setup to initialize the area of the card that is about to be used to make the sequential write/read quicker, but it takes extra time in the beginning to do the initialization. If your using the card where you need to access small bits of info from various parts of card quickly, you will do best with class 2 or 4.
        Most people seem to assume that the higher the class, the better the card is for everything, but that's not how it is. Different purposes need different kinds of speed... cards with higher sequential speeds have lower random speeds."

        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1150369

      • sriracha

        i would rather have faster random access speed than faster sequential speeds. most of my data is small, i do not have large videos, or other massive blocks of data. so a lower class card would suit my needs better.

        • DCMAKER

          exactly i was always wondering if my card was broken or what was going on when i was getting .008 on my class 6 and 10 micro sd and sd cards thx for that response. have you tested that ADATA card on newegg. it has some impressive reads and writes the best class 10 card of any i have seen but i have yet to see any competent reviews with 4k read/writes

        • DCMAKER

          for phones and ready boost what do you recommend? class 4? or ready boost use class 10? I was going to use a flash drive if i got a spare one but the SD card in my laptop is low profile.

  • jordanjay29

    I'm reading a mix of extremely good and extremely bad reviews on the card. Looks like a mixed bag, you either get a good card or a bad card, and pray you find out within the 30 day return period.

    I'm on the fence. It'd be nice to replace my class 6 8GB card, but I'd want to be sure that the 32GB card wouldn't fail on me.

  • dbam987

    Nice! Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered mine. Even though I have ample space still to use on my Xoom, an extra 32 GB will be handy in a jam.

  • Cory Gilley

    Amazon Has the Sandisk MicroSD 32GB Class 4 for $30 with free shipping.

    • Rich M

      I purchased that for my T-Bolt a few week ago.
      I love SanDisk memory, I am a little hesitant on Lexar. Recently purchased a USB flash drive (8Gb) from them, and it is sloooooow.
      I have had issues with Lexar in the past, not microsdhc, but usb flash.

  • AIA

    Just ordered one thanks for the tip

  • slurms mckenzie

    just got a sandisk 32gb class 4 for 31.56$ with free shipping hell yeah

  • slurms mckenzie
    • opg4759

      That is a class 4 card not a class 10 card like the Lexar

      • slurms mckenzie

        to quote the other guy from this thread

        "Class 2 and 4 cards have better random access speed and random read/write than class 6 or 10 cards in general. To get higher sequential write speeds, manufacturers sacrifice the random access speeds. That's just how it is.
        The best all around card I've ever found is Sandisk class 4.
        My 32gb Sandisk class 4 outperforms any other class 10 or 2 32gb card I've tested in the random access and random read/write speeds. That's what's most important when using with WP7 or Android when using it for apps or OS files that need to be accessed quickly. Class 6 and 10 cards are setup to initialize the area of the card that is about to be used to make the sequential write/read quicker, but it takes extra time in the beginning to do the initialization. If your using the card where you need to access small bits of info from various parts of card quickly, you will do best with class 2 or 4.
        Most people seem to assume that the higher the class, the better the card is for everything, but that's not how it is. Different purposes need different kinds of speed... cards with higher sequential speeds have lower random speeds."
        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1150369

  • Jim Crossley

    The class is linked to its write speed, no? I always thought a class 10 gave 10mb/s write speed. And that's random access. That's why you'll pay more for a higher class. (admittedly More useful for cameras, where the main use is to write, fast)

    • DCMAKER

      its sequential writes not random...cameras work in sequential writes. Operating systems work in random writes. So if your taking videos, pictures, and transferring files or even watching videos you want a class 10. If your using it for running games and programs your going to want to use a class 4 i guess. I personally just learned something new....i always wondered why 4k writes blew

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