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While people paid a premium for more RAM and a faster processor on PCs, it is storage that commands a premium price on post-PC devices such as smartphones and tablets. Apple charges an extra $100 for an extra 16GB if you want to upgrade to a 32GB iPhone or iPad, and this means that in real terms you are paying $6.25 per gigabyte.
Put that another way, a 4GB HD movie is costing you $25 in storage on a 32GB iPhone or iPad!
A cheaper option, when it comes to getting extra storage on a smartphone or tablet, is to opt for a wireless hard drive, and one of the best options available is the 1TB Seagate Wireless Plus (CNET review). You can:
- Wirelessly stream your media and files to tablets, smartphones, Mac or Windows PCs
- Carry 500+ movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents
- Free Seagate Media app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices
- Stream up to three different HD movies to three devices at the same time
- Enjoy up to 10-hour battery life for a true wire-free experience
If you have a portable device with a free microSD card slot then you're really wasting it if you're not making use of it. That microSD card slot offers a cheap and easy way to boost the device's storage. Even if it comes with a card, chances are that you could upgrade it to a bigger card for only a few dollars.
Check out the manual for your device to see what the maximum card capacity it supports is.
Price: Starting at $10 for 4GB.
The battery life that devices promise can vary considerably from the battery life they actually deliver, and because of this, it is always a good idea to carry with you some extra juice in the form of an external battery pack.
Carry a whopping 12,000mAh of power – enough to recharge an iPhone six times according to the manufacturer – in your pocket with the Anker Astro3 (CNET battery comparison). This battery pack doesn't have any buttons, and all you need to do to start it charging or to check the power levels is to give it a shake.