When it comes to storage on our smartphones and tablets, there can be a struggle of taking so many pictures and video that storage on these devices can reach its’ intended limit. Although there are alternatives to this, such as microSD cards and iExpand Memory Expander, they still reach their limits of 64GB or roughly 300GB; depending on the product being used.  However, SanDisk’s latest achievement is a microSD card that claims to appeal to those desperately in need of massive storage of data.

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Two years ago, SanDisk released a microSD card that held 200GB of data; this was considered at the time to satisfy the storage needs of their customers.  Now, with advances in tech that allows people to capture photos at higher Mega Pixels, shoot video in stunning 4K quality in 360 degrees and from a higher altitude with the assistance of drones; these high-res images take up more storage on our devices which creates more of a need for higher microSD cards.  Boasting that their new data card is the biggest in the world, SanDisk has unveiled the new 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card (whew!) that should satisfy the needs of their buyers.  Yet, at what price are we willing to pay to achieve maximum storage?

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Storage of Data Comes with a Price

Smartphones, tablets and other tech devices that require storage can be expensive to begin with and being limited with fixed memory can make buyers feel the purchase is unwarranted.  Even when given the opportunity to add a microSD card so that more data can be stored, these types of cards go up in price the higher amounts of information can be saved.  Taking SanDisk’s new microSD card as an example, the price of having more space to save info comes at the large price of $250.  The price tag does allow the user to have 144GB extra storage than what is available for a microSD card.

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Interestingly, there have been whispers that Microdia might be coming out with their own microSD card to landing in the market place at some time this year.  Supposedly, the amount of storage would reach as high as 512 GB, which is only 112 GB more than SanDisk’s; however, the half-a-terabyte of storage ability will be extremely costly at a price of $1,000!  Taking a step back, SanDisk’s price of $250 does not sound so bad in comparison.

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What Options are Available for iPhone Users?

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Some iPhone or iPad users may be wondering what options, if any, are available to them being Apple does not allow microSD cards to be usable for these devices.  Well, there are other alternatives to increase storage capacity but not within the device itself.  The company has a device known as the SanDisk iXpand Base which plugs into your Apple iPhone or iPad so that you can save data on there; this will now free up space that was once occupied.  This is new and has a storage memory of either 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and an impressive 256GB ($200); prices for the other devices start at $50.

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I mentioned earlier a product known as an iExpand Memory Expander, which does the same thing and is currently being sold for $69.95 on HSN and holds up to 64GB.  Though this is not from SanDisk, I should mention one other option that I am currently using.  The device I use is from SanDisk and can store up to GB of data but doesn’t plug into the iPhone or iPad.  This USB stick has its’ own Wi-Fi and using an app on either device, the data transfers quickly into it and then can be transferred to your laptop or computer; works with both Mac and PC.  Doing a quick Google search for it, Apple sells the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick that holds 128GB for $69.95 and a 200GB for $99.95; however, Amazon is selling one that holds 32GB for $23.40 for their prime members and is available on SanDisk’s website.

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The Verdict is…

Today’s society is full of tech gadgets that can capture photos and hi-resolution video with better quality.  Even though the technology continues to improve the way individuals captures those special moments, these memories take up more storage than our devices can allow.  Fortunately, there are ways that a person can expand the storage capabilities that their device doesn’t have; sadly, this comes as a price.  The more storage ability of data a user wants, the costlier it becomes to purchase this.  Only time will tell if tech can advance to where the price for increasing stored info becomes less expensive or to a point where an individual will have to pick which memory to save and which one becomes a faded memory.

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Seth Horowitz
Seth is an avid tech writer who currently lives in Las Vegas, NV. While he always had a passion for writing, his original goal was to combine business and writing and go into Advertising, but that didn't happen quite how he planned. He decided to go into education and became an English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. After teaching for many years, he made the move to the Las Vegas area in 2008 where he began his new career as a freelance writer, and has been doing so for over six years.