Whichever model of Gemini PDA you choose, it already comes with a very healthy 64GB of on-board storage. Once you take into account the installed Android and Linux operating systems however, and then the space occupied by all your apps, and system and temporary files, that space will very quickly be significantly reduced. Many Gemini owners therefore will want to expand their storage with the addition of a MicroSD card.
The Gemini supports MicroSD cards up to 256GB (a quarter of a terabyte) in size, and that’s what I’ll be reviewing here. 256GB MicroSD cards still aren’t commonplace, largely because they’re still expensive. The 256GB Evo Plus card retails on Samsung’s US website for a whopping $250, which is a considerable investment when compared to the cost of the Gemini PDA itself, though it can be found more cheaply if you shop around with Amazon selling it at the time of writing for $130, a considerable saving. It’s still very expensive though, so is it a good investment?
The Samsung Evo Plus range are microSDXC cards with support for read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s and currently sit at the very top of Samsung’s range, coming in sizes from 16GB upwards. The package includes a full SD size adapter, which can be useful if you are transferring files to the Gemini from a PC or Mac, and Samsung proudly boast the cards can handle full 4K video, played in real-time.
I didn’t have the software to properly test the throughput of the Samsung 256GB Evo Plus MicroSD card, but a very thorough series of tests was performed by website, The SSD Review, and they concluded…
For many, the three main selling points are price, capacity, and performance. By packing the teeny tiny Samsung EVO Plus with their latest 48-layer V-NAND, Samsung is able to deliver a well-balanced, record breaking product. Due to its bleeding edge technology, great performance, and large capacity, it has earned our Editor’s Choice award! If you need high capacity in a small form factor, this is the microSD card for you.
While there are a great many MicroSD cards on the market, if you’re after the largest capacity your Gemini can support, and are happy with the very hefty price tag, the Samsung 256GB Evo Plus is a clear winner. If however you’re happy to wait, SD card prices regularly fall as higher capacities are introduced, and production and supply increases. In six to nine months time, this should make the card significantly cheaper.