In 1956, IBM introduced the first disk drive in the world. It was as big as a vending machine, it cost more than a house, and it could only store 3.75 megabytes – about the size of a single song in MP3 format. Today, over 60 years later, a smartphone can hold several thousand times more data, yet fits in your jeans’ side pocket. Boy, has technology evolved!
Not all micro SD cards are made equal, however. Not all of them can keep up with the read and write speeds certain tasks can demand – shooting 4K video or quick sequences of photos, for example. Also, micro SD cards come in a broad range of capacities, which might make picking the right one even more tricky. So, we thought we’d make your life easier by gathering up the best micro SD cards for any phone supporting micro SD storage expansion.
512GB micro SD cards (or larger)
Samsung Evo Select
Available in a broad range of capacities, the Samsung Evo Select can provide all the space you may ever need on your phone. The largest offering in the series packs a whopping 512GB! This particular model is also not that expensive (around $129), considering the capacity. You can fit 77,000 high-quality audio tracks, 150,000 high-res photos, or 24 hours of 4K 60fps video on that card. For consumers who don’t need quite as much space, the 128GB micro SD variant is the most cost-efficient in the series, priced at around $25 as of this writing.
The Samsung Evo Select micro SD cards offer up to 100MB/s sequential read speeds, which is more than enough for everyday tasks. These micro SD cards work great with tablets, laptops, action cameras, DSLR’s, drones, smartphones, Android devices and more.
SanDisk Extreme 1TB
High-endurance micro SD cards
The Kingston Endurance is the best micro SD card for every video enthusiast out there. It’s optimized to withstand write intensive applications such as home security & surveillance cameras, which means it will work great if you like to record long videos with your smartphone. Better yet, the A1 designation indicates the card’s ability to handle Android applications great, as well. The card is available in capacities of up to 128GB and strikes a good balance between performance and cost.
SanDisk High Endurance Video
It’s true that high-endurance micro SD cards are perfect for dash cams, home monitoring systems and other video-intensive applications but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them in a smartphone. Quite on the contrary. Opting for such a card will grant you extra durability, especially if you overwrite the card often (record lots of videos, frequently install and delete apps.) You can get a 256GB model for around $50 which is a great deal.
Fastest micro SD cards
SanDisk Extreme Pro
Affordable micro SD cards
Samsung Evo Plus 128gb
You don’t have to cough out huge amounts of money to get a good micro SD card. The Samsung’s Evo Plus range is one of the best-selling micro SD cards out there and for a good reason. You can get a 128GB version for around $20 and it will get the job done. It’s a great package – decent speed, capacity, and price. The Evo Plus will tackle every task you throw at it. It’s a standard when we talk micro SD cards. As simple as that.