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Do some phones really only take 32GB microSD cards?

I've noticed a lot of phones say they'll only take 32GB microSD cards (including the new Motorola phones, for example). Can they really not take 64GB? Does it vary from phone to phone? How can you tell??

Most Useful Answer nollaigmorgan  Sep. 20, 2012 at 10:13

As far as I know, 32GB is the limit for a micro SDHC card.
You can get 64GB SDXC cards, but the specification for SDHC only goes as far as 32GB.
So it is quite likely that a unless a phone supports this newer standard then yes it will be limited to 32GB.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#SDXC

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 6, 2012 at 20:35

Usually, manufacturers list the memory card type widely available during development as a guideline for max specification. It's always been like that. Most modern highenders should be fine with whatever is available now, although transfer speed advantages of newer cards may not be functional.

Farrid  Sep. 15, 2012 at 12:44

thats a bogus answer! Wow that was a stupid answer! its because they want you to consider buying their higher volume memory phones or tablets..

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2012 at 20:35

thats a bogus answer! Wow that was a stupid answer! its because they want you to consider buying their higher volume memory phones or tablets..

We are talking about phones THAT DO take memory cards, you dork. Other phones/models are irrelevant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic And watch that mouth :)

Pondlife  Sep. 15, 2012 at 21:27

Some that do take memory cards have different internal memory sizes too, not sure the 64gb s3 ever materialised though

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2012 at 21:30

Some that do take memory cards have different internal memory sizes too, not sure the 64gb s3 ever materialised though

Yes... but read the question.
It's quite clear: if the specs say, "memory card up to 32 GB supported", will a 64 GB card work.
I know what you're saying, but it doesn't answer the question.
(you should know how seriously I take on-topic-ness :p

Pondlife  Sep. 15, 2012 at 21:43

I wasn't answering the question merely saying that the terse person had a kind of point as it could lead someone to buy a phone with larger internal memory and the company certainly wouldn't object at the misinterpretation.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2012 at 12:53

I wasn't answering the question merely saying that the terse person had a kind of point as it could lead someone to buy a phone with larger internal memory and the company certainly wouldn't object at the misinterpretation.

I know what you were saying... :p Didn't mean to criticise you for interacting with Mr Rude, but since he was off-topic by being rude and condescending, I had to crack the whip. Just so :D

Farrid  Sep. 20, 2012 at 01:56

I wasn't answering the question merely saying that the terse person had a kind of point as it could lead someone to buy a phone with larger internal memory and the company certainly wouldn't object at the misinterpretation.

I know what you were saying... :p Didn't mean to criticise you for interacting with Mr Rude, but since he was off-topic by being rude and condescending, I had to crack the whip. Just so :D


This is Mr. Rude lmao! Yes that's exactly what I mean and 32 gig seems to be the limit put in place so you would perhaps misrnterpret or future-proof yourself by getting a larger internal memory size. I did have an old Sandisk sansa mp3 player and the made a 2 gig/4 gig/ 8 gig and they all only supported a 2 gig micro sd for that very reason. I had to jailbreak it and put RockBox software on to so it would support 32 gig. So perhaps if you root it you may find a way to go larger but no guarantees.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 09:06

Hahaha... sorry, you caught me at a bad time :p

nollaigmorgan  Sep. 20, 2012 at 10:13

As far as I know, 32GB is the limit for a micro SDHC card.
You can get 64GB SDXC cards, but the specification for SDHC only goes as far as 32GB.
So it is quite likely that a unless a phone supports this newer standard then yes it will be limited to 32GB.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#SDXC

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