Add more storage to your Android or iOS device -- wirelessly

Add more storage to your Android or iOS device -- wirelessly

Summary: Here's how you can break free from having to Apple, Amazon, and Google ridiculous prices for storage. All you need is a Wi-Fi-enabled portable hard drive, and the right app for your device.

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My Hardware 2.0 mailbox suggests that people are tired of paying a premium for storage.

"$100 for an extra 16GB of storage in the iPad mini?! You must be kidding me?"

"Why is there no microSD card slot in the Kindle Fire HD? Is it just so I pay the extra $70 for the 32GB model?"

"No SD card slot on the Nexus 7 proves that Google is into chiseling the customer just as much as Apple is when it comes to storage."

I know, it annoys me too that companies have the gall to charge big bucks for storage that's worth in some cases under $10. But that's how it is, and if you want more than the base storage in that shiny new iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Nexus 7, or Kindle Fire HD, then you're going to have to pay a premium for it.

Or maybe not. 

There is a way to add additional storage to your iOS or Android device that's both cheaper than paying the premium, and it's quick and simple, with no need to take your device to bits.

What you need is a Wi-Fi-enabled portable hard drive. There are two worth taking a look at.

Model Storage Simultaneous
connections

Price
(Amazon.com)

Kingston Wi-Drive

16GB

32GB

3

$68

$70

Trancend Storejet Cloud

32GB

64GB

5

$70

$100

While externally they look different, underneath the outer shell they're quite similar. Both have SSD storage, integrated Wi-Fi, and include rechargeable batteries -- and both come with applications for Android and iOS that you can download from the respective app stores.

You can store documents and photos, as well as storing and playing back music and video, all while the drive is safely tucked away in your pocket, bag or briefcase.

A iPad mini (64GB, Wi-Fi) will cost you $529, but you could buy the 16GB, Wi-Fi only for $329 and add an extra 64GB of storage -- storage that you can use and access from other devices -- all while saving $100.

Topics: Storage, Amazon, Android, Apple, Google, iOS, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • this is interesting

    but it would be interesting to see if some app could allow us to use an older device storage as wifi storage.
    Ram U
    • You can do that now...

      With just about any Android device of the last few years, at least high end devices, you have had this ability. Either via WiFi or Android Beam, as well as bluetooth. You can set it up as a VPN with FTP capability. There are about three way to accomplish this on an Android device without having to buy or even download an app. However, I currently have over 3300 songs in Google Music & over 60Gb of free Dropbox space, so I have never had to do it for anything other than sending a file or specific app.
      George Leon
  • Thanks for bring this to our attention

    Seagate has had their wifi hard drive out for maybe 1 year at least. That is rock solid and has been put through the paces.
    TimeForAChangeToBetter
  • Very Nice

    Thank you! Finally a cheap way to add storage. I think manufacturers tend to forget that there are still dead zones out there and I work in one of them so the cloud is not always available. This is a great alternative.
    TechnoCritter
  • Or Avoid Rip-Off Devices

    Buy a tablet or mobile that has expandable storage, either USB OTG or card.
    Alan Smithie
    • Like the Microsoft Surface RT

      Thanks Alan, great suggestion.
      toddbottom3
      • Hey Toddy

        Ballmer said your check is in the mail.
        athynz
      • Oh Forgot To Add....

        And a decent app store, so that rules out the surface.
        Alan Smithie
  • Just To Point Out Adrian

    USB OTG is feasible with the Nexus 7
    Alan Smithie
  • These devices are just as expensive

    The best value is still the Seagate Satellite goflex drive. 500 GB of capacity for $140.
    It's only downsize is it's bulkier and a spinning drive, but it also offers more options, dubbing as normal USB 3.0 attached portable drive.
    danbi
  • Did I Miss something?

    If more consumers stopped buying devices that don't have an SD slot and purchase devices that have them manufacturers would be forced to add them. Why spend over $100 and carry a second device when a 64gig card is about $30? Purchasing these slot free devices perpetuates the situation!
    tjmajka
    • Dead On!

      I couldn't agree with you more!!

      I hate the walled in garden of some of these manufactures. Stop buying their devices and they will change them to the specs the market wants.

      Simple but great point, we sometimes forget how...by our own actions, we "perpetuate the situation!"
      johnfarhat@...