Three Mobile SD Card Reading Options for your Treo
All Treonauts will carry at least one SD card with them while others may have two or more. In my case, I now have over 13GB of storage for my Treo spread across ten SD cards for music, movies, photos, games, office documents and TomTom Navigator files.
Whether you have just one card or ten you’ll need to copy/transfer files from a PC to the card and there are three different ways that you can go about doing this:
Software: Softick Card Export II
- This is an extremely simple and good value application which instantly converts your Treo into a card reader. With your Treo connected to a PC (via cradle or sync cable) just launch Card Export and any card inserted in your Treo will automatically be recognized on your PC and ready to add or edit files. On the minus front it’s not fast and transfers will get interrupted if you get a phone call.
Hardware: SanDisk MobileMate SD+ Reader
- This is one of the smallest, lightest (only 16 grams) and most robust USB 2.0 SD card readers that I’ve owned, the MobileMate (pictured below in the middle) is an absolutely terrific mobile solution (the best that I’ve tested) and I carry one with me wherever I travel.
SD Card: SanDisk Secure Digital Plus Card
- This is the latest SD card invention by SanDisk (see my earlier review SanDisk Plus SD Cards) which has a built-in USB plug (pictured below right when folded) to convert it into a USB 2.0 Jump Drive when open and a standard SD card (max 1GB for now) when closed. Evidently with a weight of only 2 grams and the small size of a standard SD card this will undoubtedly be the best portable data solution around.
You might also be curious to learn more about the data transfer speeds of these three options. I tested transferring a large 700MB file:
- Card Export II: 19 minutes 41 seconds
- MobileMate: 2 minutes 43 seconds
- Plus Card: 2 minutes 42 seconds
Please note that the slow Card Export II performance on a Treo 650 is entirely due to Palm’s decision not to include high speed wired data connectivity – something which I certainly hope will have been resolved on a future Treo 700p…
I personally choose to have all three of these card reading options because I never want to be in a situation where I don’t have a solution available. Having said this, the one that I use most frequently is still the MobileMate reader.
Treonauts always look for multiple options…