Having more and more memory-hungry devices (PDA, mp3-Player, digital camera, cellphone) leads to more an more memory cards to carry around. At least for me (and several people I know), one card just isn’t enough for my camera and my everyday-PDA…
So where to keep ‘em? In a pocket without any protection is not an option – and¬†these days a lot of¬†cards don’t come in these little plastic cases any more (I don’t like them anyway).
What we need is a small and sturdy “thing” to keep these cards protected and organized without adding too much size and weight.
Proporta obviously had the same¬†thoughts and added two protective “cases” I had the pleasure to test:
First, there is the “Aluminium Memory/SIM Card Holder”:
It’s made out of (you guessed it) aluminium on the outside and a plastic frame on the inside, has the dimensions of a credit card and is only slightly thicker than a SD card.
¬†There’s room for three SD cards (MMCs and RS-MMCs are not thick and wide enough to stay in place) or up to six SIM cards (you can stack two cards in one slot – they are wide enough to have a tight fit).
I did some rough tests with this holder: a drop test from 8 feet to a tiled floor, a throw test from about 20 feet to a tiled floor, I even stepped on it (I won’t tell you my weight but I’m definately not a ballet dancer…), nothing I did was enough to damage the holder or the cards. Even the small SIM cards stayed in place.
Ok, that’s nothing you¬†should try¬†at home, but you never know… And¬†besides having a sleek holder for your cards that fits in every pocket or in your wallet, knowing that they are protected¬†even in the worst case is a good feeling
Let’s have a look at the second storage solution, the “Leather Memory Wallet with SD/MMC and SIM Card Storage”:
Hand made from fine black leather with white overstitching, the wallet offers storage space for your everyday stuff (such as coins, bills and credit cards), additionally it features slots for three SD or MMC cards (Memory Sticks will work, too – RS-MMCs and Transflashs have to be put in the SD-Slots, they don’t fit in the SIM compartments) and two SIM cards:
¬†There are two hidden spaces for additional cards, a zippered compartment in the back (for your big bucks) and two more slots for small notes and whatnot.
As you¬†can see, credit cards don’t fit in these two slots (Sorry, you can’t have my credit card number )
As before, I did some tests:
Throwing the wallet obviously¬†can’t do any harm, sitting on it (even filled only with three Memory Sticks) did not do any damage (I didn’t dare to put my Wi-Fi-Card in it for the tests but since the Memory Sticks didn’t break, it should be as safe as all the other cards I used for testing). Unlike the other cases from Proporta, the wallet does not have or need¬†any additional reinforcements.
If you need room for some SD cards and don’t want to carry an additional case (like the excellent holder mentioned above) around, this is definately your best choice – most of the time you have your wallet with you anyway.
There’s only one drawback if you live in Germany (don’t know about other countries): german ID-cards and vehicle registrations are too large to fit in the wallet
The Aluminium Memory/SIM Card Holder is $9.95, the Leather Memory Wallet with SD/MMC and SIM Card Storage can be yours for $34.95
(Both come with Proporta’s Lifetime Warranty….)
Thank’s to Proporta¬†for the samples.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention¬†a secret ingredient that came with the card holder and the wallet:
…but since my water ist boiling in the kitchen, I’ll tell you about it some other time