Gosh, do we need yet another storage
format? Yes we do because mobile phones are getting smaller and
even an SD card slot would make the devices too large. Among
others, the most recent Windows Mobile Smartphones use these
Mini SD cards are the same width as standard SD cards
but are only half as long. They use the same connector as
standard SD cards, but you will need an adapter to use them
in devices that take standard SD cards. ATP does
include the adapter with their card, as does SanDisk.
We used the adapter to test the ATP card in a variety
of SD slots: Pocket PC, palmOne, a digital camera and a card
reader and all worked fine.
Of course, you're buying this card because you have
a mobile phone with a mini SD slot and the card works perfectly
in those. We tested the card in the Motorola
SPV C500 and Audiovox
SMT5600 and it worked flawlessly. The
card's fast write times are ideal for devices like the MPx220
which has a 1.23MP camera that results in larger files which
take longer to write than VGA images. Don't confuse Mini SD cards
with Nokia's new RS-MMC cards which are used in recent phones
like the Nokia 7610. They look
the same but these Nokias can only use RS-MMC cards, which
ATP also sells.
ATP makes a very fast card that beats out the SanDisk Mini
SD card in our tests. And ATP is always the first to market
with very high capacity cards, so if you have serious storage
needs, do check out their cards. In fact, they were the first
company to offer a 512 meg Mini SD card. Speed and high capacity
usually mean high prices, but ATP's cards are reasonably priced.