This blog post was originally meant to be a review on a new SanDisk 128GB micro-sdhc card with my new HTC ONE M8. Let me repeat, that is 128GB micro-sdhc! How insane is that with that much storage on a micro-sd? The whole idea was tantalizing. In reality, it didn't turn out the way I hoped for. SD cards are pretty much useless on the new HTC ONE.
The latest version of Android, KitKat 4.4.2 has rendered my nice, 128GB sd card useless. Yep, the smart folks at Google, in their infinite wisdom have closed one of the biggest compelling feature of Android (over iOS) for this user. Why oh why you must ask? Well, I suppose they want to get serious about security and are now implementing a sandbox model where apps only have write access to their germane folders.
In short, this means, I can't even benchmark this sdcard. Most benchmark apps can't write to the root of the sd card which is a big no-no. I can't even copy files from an OTG USB drive using ES File Explorer. Forget about doing something like this pictured below. Everything is borked now. File Explorer/Manager apps are pretty much useless. I can't even copy files around on the Phone itself. The workaround is to root the phone and patch it which I'm not going to do.
There are hundreds if not thousands of articles, posts, blogs about this issue so I won't re-hash it. So why is this a big deal? Well, now I have to tether my phone to my laptop if I want to copy files. Yep, this is the same iTunes-iPhone argument Android users have been making years. I have to use the HTC desktop Sync Manager to copy files over which is really cumbersome and slow. And the Desktop app has no method of moving files around so I'll have to delete and re-upload.
So how about just popping out the sd card and copy files from my laptop? Sure, I can do that if I have a handy paperclip at a moment's notice as pictured below.
In short, I am highly disappointed. An expensive SanDisk Ultra 128GB micro-sd card is pretty much useless to me now. Not exactly useless but highly under-utilized on the HTC ONE M8. I'm thinking about just popping back the 64GB sd card I had before and call it a day. I figure I could use the 128GB card on another device (Dell Venue 8 Pro or one of my cameras) so I can have full enjoyment of it.