My wife and I recently got new cell phones. We got the Samsung Galaxy S4 at the wireless kiosks at Costco. We paid very little for them – under $20 – and each received $175 in Costco gift cards.
The fun thing about Samsung phones, as opposed to, say, the Nexus line, is that you can add memory to them. You’re not stuck with whatever they decide you have. I decided to see how long I could last on 16GB. Turns out, not that long. Between installing apps, copying all my music on the phone and shooting 1080p video all the time, I’d now run out and could not even install small apps.
Imagine my surprise when I was at Costco yesterday, and saw a 32GB card for $24.29, Canadian currency. I’ll admit to not shopping a lot and comparing prices, but I knew it was one of those unadvertised, temporary price drops, as the price had an expiration date.
I thought about it while shopping for the essentials. Basically, I was thinking as to whether I should get the 64GB instead, which was about 45 bucks.
I decided that the 32GB would do just fine for now. If I ever need the 64GB, I can give the 32GB to my wife and upgrade mine.
What really sucks up a lot of memory and storage space, in my case, is the 1080p video, and it was also what worried me.
With my previous phone, I would often get choppy video when shooting at full resolution, and it was something I was keen to avoid. The SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-1 card I got at Costco is rated for a read spead of up to 48MB/s, and is also rated Class 10, meaning it is supposed to be good to capture full HD video. It’s not even available on the Costco.ca site.
After installing the card I quickly shot a video of my son ‘working’, shuffling papers around my desk. There was not a single stutter in a video over 4 minutes long, so I guess the microSDHC card is as good as its word. At least so far.
I still find it incredible that I can purchase memory for less than a dollar a gig. I’m old enough to remember having a computer with a 20 MEG hard drive, which cost considerably more than $24.29. More like a hundred times that.
In any case, I’m happy with my purchase. The lower price was probably the result of someone else having a sale, and it was just $4.50 off the regular price, but I’ll take it.