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Stamp-sized storage cards for digital cameras and PDAs; notebooks powered by desktop processors

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SmartMedia, CompactFlash, Memory Sticks, Secure Digital (SD)cards. As if the pot wasn't already boiling over with tinyremovable media choices, Olympus and Fuji have teamed up tointroduce the xD-Picture Card, which boasts a size of less than aninch and capacity up to 8GB. We're mostly dealing in the realmof storage for digital cameras, but these little cards often carryover into devices like PDAs and SmartPhones.

What really matters is where you should put your money whenyou're buying. SmartMedia is on the decline, which accounts forOlympus and Fuji positioning the xD-Picture Card as itsreplacement. But you have to justify spending money on aproprietary format that doesn't fit anything you already havewithout the added expense of an adapter. CompactFlash is still astandby, thanks to increased capacities, wide adoption and lowerprices.

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