Finally, 5GB of SD memory cards on my Treo (Sort of...)
As of this morning and after waiting weeks for it's availability, I am now finally the proud and happy owner of a new SanDisk 2GB SD card which along with my previous three 1GB ones brings my total to 5GB.
You might wonder what need I could possibly have for 5GB on my Treo but I assure you that there is logic to my madness - I hope! Until now I have used a 1GB card - the one that I consider my 'primary' card - to hold a backup of some of my MS Office files for use with DocsToGo (100MB), my Audible books (200MB), some Podcasts and Soundview business summaries (200MB), photos (40MB), voice recordings (50MB), my BackupBuddy backups (60MB) and finally Palm files and applications (250MB).
Meanwhile, my second and third 1GB cards are respectively dedicated to music and video. With an average album size of 80MB, I get between 10 and fifteen full CD's on my music card. As for videos things have changed a little in the past two weeks since TCPMP came on the scene - let me explain.
Before the release of TCPMP I used to have to re-encode videos for playback on the Treo which on the one hand was a time consuming hassle but on the other one provided me with the benefit of much smaller (albeit lower quality) files - I guess that you can't win...
Like most, I am likely to take the route of least resistance in the future and simply copy any of the existing video files on my PC directly to my card skipping the re-encoding process. This means that a typical 2 hour .avi or .mpg movie will be about 700MB and a 1 hour video program (TV series for example) will be 350MB so it looks like my new 2GB card has arrived just in time to hold these.
Having said all of this, I am stuck to figure out whether I should use my new 2GB card for movies or music and I have the feeling that I will very shortly just 'have' to buy another one...
Finally, although the availability and commercial release of 2GB SD cards was announced some months ago anyone who has tried to buy one may have found this to be a bit of an issue as many online retailers list them but don't actually have them in stock... My understanding is that sell-through of 1GB cards has been so high that there has simply not been the production capacity to get 2GB cards out. However, I imagine that this will change in coming months as SanDisk and other manufacturers ramp up their production.
[BTW: If you're wondering how I keep track of what's on which card, I have simply marked two of them with a dot (my music) and a cross (my movies)...]
Treonauts are limited only by their imagination...