Memory Cards

If your camphone saves photos to a memory card, then you can use it to physically transfer your still images and videos to other compatible camphones, as well as to computers, PDAs, and other devices. But you'll need to be sure that the memory card is either an industry standard or has an easy-to-implement adapter that will allow it to fit into a standard memory card slot and be recognized by the other devices.

One useful appliance that we keep attached to all our computers is a memory card reader. It's a relatively inexpensive device ($15—$50) that plugs into any USB port (you won't even need to install a driver if you have Windows XP on your computer) and acts as a disk drive when you insert your memory card in the appropriate slot. Then you simply drag and drop the files into the hard drive and folder where you store pictures or use your image management software to move them (see Chapter 21).

By the way, though you can reformat the card when it's in the computer, don't. Instead, delete the images from the card after you've transferred the files to your computer. That way, you'll free up the card so you can take more shots. Always reformat the card only in your camphone. Your computer may format slightly differently from your camphone, making the card unreadable by your phone.

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