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Tablets with SD Card Slot

Updated on March 23, 2014

Choose a Tablet with an SD Port.

Deciding to purchase a tablet and making sure it comes with an SD card slot is a wise decision. Tablets with SD Card Slots provide value that their counterparts do not. With SD Ports, you can quickly increase storage capacity. Nothing is worse or more irritating that being out of space on your tablet and not being able to increase it.

With an SD port on your tablet, you can purchase a large capacity SD card and preload it with tons of eBooks, movies and pictures from your computer. Most computers have an SD card port and moving large files by inserting the card into the computer and copying them then sticking in the tablet is much quicker and easier than having to download all of the files directly to the tablet.

All the way around, Tablets with SD Ports are better than ones without, all day long.

Believe it or not, some popular tablets do not include an SD port.

For one reason or another, some tablets that do not come with any SD card slots. Some of the more popular tablets, the iPad, Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD do not come with a single SD card slot. There is no benefit to not having SD capability. In some rare cases, some tablets include a USB port and you could also use a thumb drive, but the look is not as clean as a SD card with a USB drive sticking out.

From top to bottom: SD, miniSD, microSD
From top to bottom: SD, miniSD, microSD

The Different Types and Sizes of SD Storage Cards

When it comes to SD card slots, there are a variety of different storage and speed classes. Also, there are three different main physical sizes which include:

  • SD
  • miniSD
  • microSD


SD cards can be used for a variety of different electronics including tablets, PCs, digital cameras to name a few. On tablets with SD card ports, the microSD form factor is the most popular. If you want to use the microSD card on a device that uses the larger miniSD or full SD card size, you can purchase a card adapter to solve the problem.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Review Of The Sony Xperia Tablet Z

This tablet is truly unique. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is not only dust proof but waterproof as well. This means that if you accidentally spill your drink on it or you are outside by the pool, You can rest assured that there will be no harm done. The design on this tablet is also super thin and lightweight which makes it a great tablet for when you are on the go.

This tablet uses a microSD card.

The one thing that might turn away some users of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is that it can sometimes take around six to eight hours in order for you to get a full 100 percent charge. So you may need to get into the routine of charging this one overnight. But once charged, you can expect to get eight hours of use.

ASUS TF700T 10.1-Inch Tablet
ASUS TF700T 10.1-Inch Tablet

Review Of The Asus TF700

You will find that the display of the Asus TF700 absolutely breathtaking. The Asus TF700 is extremely fast speed and you will find it makes easy work of nearly any task. Battery life on this tablet is quite impressive at approximately 10 hours of a single charge. Both the front and rear camera that take outstandingly good pictures.

A common complaint about with the Asus TF700 is that it does not come with enough RAM. However, the actual microSD card slot on the tablet can address this problem with the purchase of a high capacity SD card.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Review Of The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with a vibrant 7-inch screen. This tablet is very quick and you rarely experience any lag at all. It comes with an onboard microSD card port. Very unique to this tablet is that it has GPS as well. It is hard to find tablets capable of GPS. The GPS navigation system works impeccably. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a product that comes with many more features than what you would get with other competing products like the Kindle Fire HD.

The one downside, the tablet is loaded down with many apps you may never need, often referred to as bloatware, that cannot be removed and you can not move apps or data to your SD card.


Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet

Review Of The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet

This is a product that is exceptionally fast. It is just like a computer only in tablet form. Like most newer computers, it runs on Windows 8 Pro and it even has a full size USB port on board. Tablets with full size USB ports are not that common. With a full size USB port, you can connect a USB keyboard, mouse, flash drive or even a gaming controller. This powerhouse needs a fan to keep it running cool, but the fan is nearly silent when operating. It is like having a computer with a brilliant screen display that is easy on the eyes and extremely portable. Just like a computer, you can also set up multiple user accounts so that you can ensure the safety of your kids and even run Microsoft Office apps. It is an excellent device that is definitely easy on the eyes. It comes with a micro SD port that supports microSDXC. The SDXC is special type of SD card are pre-formatted with Microsoft's proprietary exFAT file system. The good news is that using this format gives a SD card maximum theoretical capacity of 2 TB. The bad news is that if you pull this card out of the tablet and try to use it on another device, if it is older it may not be able to read it.

The other downside that some people might discover with this product is that it has a short battery life of only five hours. However, that is with continual use. Overall, you cannot beat the value this tablet offers.


Make Sure To Pick The Right SD Card

Your user manual will tell you the size and type that would be compatible. If you do not choose the right SD card, it can cause issues, so it is important that you read the manual to know which SD card will work best.

There will be a range in memory capacity designed to fit both different needs and budget. For example, the SDXC is an SD card that has some of the greatest memory and the fastest performance. It also has an Ultra high speed standard, which is where it excels.

It may be best to hold off buying an SD card until you can review the manual that comes with your tablet.

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