How To Solve The Limit Of Device Storage

12/22/2012 6:18:31 PM

We explained ways to get more storage on tablets and smartphones.

How to solve the limit of device storage

How to solve the limit of device storage

These devices, which used to be considered luxury goods, are now indispensable. 750-dollar price may put the latest and greatest smartphones or tablets into the luxury list, but mobile devices are now trying to maintain their position.

Smartphone and tablet are both helpful assistants and we use them to save hundreds – or even thousands – of photos, videos, audios, documents, apps, books, magazines…

Smartphone and tablet are both helpful assistants.

Smartphone and tablet are both helpful assistants.

Most are equipped with hi-quality lenses and sensors that are so good that we will leave our cameras at home, but shooting photos and recording HD contents by smartphone create more contents needing saving.

An apparent downside of smartphone and tablet is limited storage in, in comparison with PC or laptop – this problem may be extended if you device doesn’t have any memory card slot.

Here, we approached many methods to manage your media files, to narrow you collections so that you can gain more storage back, and to add more storage for tablet or smartphone.

More storage, less locations

All of us have different ways approaching media. Some like to save all on MP3 player, despite that how they won’t be frequently played. Some scatter everything, including photos, music, videos and documents, in a few units, such as PC, laptop, USB drive, SD card and even music player.

Saving all media files at one location then delete duplicates as well as junk files is a good first step. Then, you can put into the device the necessary contents. File Duplicate Finder is able delete file copies in Windows, while free Search Duplicate File app is a good option for Android.

Local sharing options

If you have a home network already, you will be able to stream contents to any Wi-Fi supported devices. NAS or other storages may be a device that have own iTunes server, they are also able to provide access to your completed libraries of photos and music.

HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 and Windows 8 pushes media contents to PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet that are using Windows. If you have sufficient amount of devices, find DLNA compatibility while choosing streaming hardware.

HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 and Windows 8 pushes media contents to PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet that are using Windows.

HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 and Windows 8 pushes media contents to PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet that are using Windows.

Besides, there’re also apps which control streaming on iOS and Android devices. HomeSharing in iTunes allows you to do everything with your media collections wirelessly, without any synchronization.

Let’s try DoubleTwist from (and Twonky server accompanying) to stream from and to most mobile devices. Windows user can connect to iPhone or iPad by using Air Stream and enjoy music or videos via Wi-Fi.

They are options working in your Wi-Fi network. To gain external access, you will need to make that central host server able to be browsed through web – or use web.

Cloud storage

Saving media files in cloud is an ideal option. Some devices can stream your music and photos via Wi-Fi. Price and storage limit are various thus you have to check for what suits you most.

For iPhone/iPad user, it’s obvious to choose Apple iCloud. The service lets you to store and synchronize free 5GB then you have to buy a pack. Recently, Apple has added 3G connectivity to iCloud. thus you won’t be limited by using it within Wi-Fi access point, but you have to keep an eye on data usage in case it exceeds month morn.

Sky Drive is a free service offering free 7GB storage for Windows user. It is also available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Plus, this service enables you to view and delete photos as well as other file formats.

To have a serious storage, try, Dropbox or Mozy. You can earn more space by install them on fewer devices – and by sharing with your friends. We had free 30GB storage by this way.

Dropbox on Android and iOS can be used to sync your photos. OpenPhoto provides similar service, allowing you to view and manage photos online.

Don’t forget Flickr, you have 300MB for photos per month, while an annual 25-dollar subscription provides unlimited uploading for videos and photos (with some limit in file size). Then, you can view and stream them via web or apps that run on Android, iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry.

Amazon and Google allow you to save files in their online storage featuring up to little GB storage for photos and other files. Registering Google Drive gives you free 5GB storage.

Stream your own contents

Amazon has released Cloud Player in the UK. It allows you to save and play all songs bought from AmazonMP3 store, along with 250 songs purchased in other shops (250 songs available for Premium service). We hope Google will soon provide similar service in UK through Google Play. From 11/2012, the American is able to stream up to 20,000 songs and purchase more to play on their Android devices.

Amazon has released Cloud Player in the UK.

Amazon has released Cloud Player in the UK.

iTunes Match is a music-streaming service from Apple. It lets you stream anything bought from iTunes. It breaks through the storage limit for those who have wide music collections. You have to pay $38 per year to stream tracks that you didn’t buy via iTunes, but it will automatically replace them with highest-quality DRM versions.

Lending, no compression

Services lending music and videos remove the tension on your crowded storage and it will be cheaper than buying a digital album.

On-demanding streaming, such as Napster and Spotify, has cost started at $7.5 per month for unlimited streaming through Wi-Fi, and $15 per month if you want to download and enjoy offline music on your devices: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows or Symbian.

You can also upload your music collection to Spotify but the only benefit is having a program that manages all of your music.

Mobile Wi-Fi storage

Some manufacturers added Wi-Fi connectivity and battery to their hardware, allowing contents streamed to smartphone or tablet. These drives directly connect to your device and they can be controlled via an enclosed app, thus you are able to use them quickly.

Products, like Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB, considerably add more storage yet they are small enough to bring along. Wi-Drive works with iOS and Android, plus it gives access to 3 different devices concurrently.

GoFlex Satellite from Seagate operates similarly. It works with 8 devices maximally. This product is compatible with Windows laptops and Android tablets.

Shrink to fit

Storing file to save space on PC appears smart. On tablet or smartphone, you need to shrink or compress files to reduce space used. Smaller file sizes will be loaded more quickly. Either tablet or smartphone is able to display an image seizing more than 3MP without resizing it to fir the screen. Therefore, saving an image in 8MP size is a waste of storage in case you just want to view them.

Let’s use an image editor, like Photoshop Elements to convert a mass of images, reduce resolution to fit the device’s resolution (or lower resolution more if you aren’t afraid of decrease in quality). You can choose medium compression rate to the level in which reduction in quality is invisible. Each image size would be lower than 1MB.

Make sure that you have saved original images into back-up drive and low-resolution copies into laptop or tablet.

Repeat the above process for images captured in smartphone or tablet and make sure that you won’t lose original files.

Reduce sound volume

Shrink your files by encrypt them in lower bit rate. Improvements in encrypting software mean that album compressed years ago can be re-compressed by latest tools without loss in quality in case file size is too small.

Similar principles can be applied on videos. Using a free video converter, such as Any Video Converter, Freemake or HandBrake, and export your video files to selected device. However, it must be note that this process may be time-consuming in most PCs.   

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