In the world where it is common to have two-three computing devices, managing important files is often a chore. One way to do it is through cloud storage. For example, you can start writing a report on a laptop, save the half done document in a cloud service like Dropbox, and then open the same document on your phone. But for large files, this doesn’t work very well, especially in India where internet connectivity is poor and data charges are exorbitantly expensive.
So, how do you take care of important files across devices?
A Strontium microSD card offers a solution. Part of the Nitro range of the cards, Strontium Nitro Plus microSD card comes with two adapters – a pen drive adapter and a SD card adapter. If it works well, this microSD card could be a handy tool that can allow transfer of files between several devices seamless. But does it work well? We tell you…
Technical details and actual speed
The Nitro Plus UHS-1 (here UHS stands for Ultra High Speed, which is a connectivity standard for high-performance SD cards) comes in three storage – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB — options. The specifications for all three are same except the available storage. All three also have the same pen drive and SD card adapters.
Strontium claims that all Nitro Plus cards are water proof, temperature proof, magnet proof and X-ray proof.
We tested the 64GB Nitro Plus UHS-1 card. One important bit to note here is that Nitor Plus cards are SDXC cards so make sure your phone or tablet is compatible with them before you buy one. Most of the high-end smartphones and tablets should handle SDXC cards easily but some low end devices may not read these cards.
64GB Nitro Plus UHS-1 is rated for speed of up to 80MB per second for Read and 60MB/s for write. These are impressive numbers though there are faster cards available in the market. To see how well Nitro Plus performs in the actual devices, we used CrystalMark and A1 SD card Bench. We tested the card in all three configurations – in pen drive adapter, in a SD card adapter and as a microSD card.
This one is self-explanatory. With pen drive adapter this is the speed we got from Nitro Plus UHS-1. It is respectable but we feel that lack of USB 3.0 connector in the USB adapter is disappointing. But if we discount the lack of the faster connector, the card itself seems capable. It achieves speed that is better than the speed most of the USB 2.0 pen drives offer.
But about performance as a SD card and microSD card?
As SD card, Nitro Plus offers fantastic performance. Even though the 4K writes and reads are on the lower side, as a general purpose storage device this should do well. As microSD card too, Nitro Plus is fantastic. Though again 4K write is slightly lower than what we would have preferred.
Does it help manage files better?
The answer to this question depends on what devices you use and for what purpose. If all you deal with are some PDF and word files, you can always use a cloud storage service to share them between devices. But if you work with photos and videos a lot, Nitro Plus helps. In our use, we found that the card was really useful for transferring multimedia files between our camera and computer. Even when dealing with thousands of photos taking gigabytes of space, it was fast, functional and reliable.
At the same time, it is a pretty nifty tool when you want to share videos you have shot on your phone with your friends. The ability to take it out of the phone and plug into a laptop or desktop makes it a handy tool.
That said, there is a cost to all the convenience that Nitro Plus offers. The card costs Rs 1,449 for 16GB version, Rs 2,688 for 32GB version and Rs 5,379 for 64GB. A normal 16GB Class 10 microSD card costs around Rs 500 and while that will be slower than Nitro Plus, the difference in day-to-day usage is not going to be much.
The real value of Nitro Plus is the speed it offers (particularly important for DSLR cameras) and in the utility it offers through the adapters. But this value also something that only a user can ascertain. As far as performance (and features) of Nitro Plus is concerned, it is definitely above average and worth the asking price.