Many modern day phones come without SD card slot which means that you are stuck with the phone's internal storage.
While 8 or 16 Gigabyte may look like much on paper, it may not last a day depending on how you are using your phone.
If you like to add music or videos to it for example, or take lots of HD photos, then you may realize that additional storage space may be beneficial, especially since some storage is automatically taken away by the operating system and pre-installed apps.
My Moto G has 8 Gigabyte of storage for instance, enough to put a couple of audiobooks on it, take some photos and install a couple of apps. Since it does not support SD cards, I cannot add more storage to it which in turn means that I have to delete contents on it regularly to make room for new content.
ExoDrive Cases offers one solution. It is a case that adds a microSD card to your phone so that you can add storage to it after all.
The developer of the case, Bhadrajee Dahanayake, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for funding.
The case ships with a SD to USB adapter that works through USB On The Go. It features a USB port that you can charge the phone through and connect to other devices so that you won't lose any functionality in this regard or need to remove the case before you can do so.
While it is definitely interesting for people who use phones without microSD card expansion ports, it can also be used on phones that support expansion ports to improve storage capacities further.
When you connect the device to a computer, both the device's internal storage and SD storage are recognized by it automatically.
Since phones come in different sizes and shapes, only the following mobile phones are supported currently:
If the Kickstarter raises more than $100,000 AUD (roughly $82,000 USD) , support for Apple iPhone's will also be available (iPhone 5 and 6).
The developer plans to release cases for additional phones after a successful campaign on Kickstarter.
As far as pricing is concerned, you can get one drive for a supported phone for $25 AUD currently which is a limited offer or two cases for $60 AUD which is also limited. The regular price is $45 AUD for a case in either black, grey or white.
Note that you need a compatible storage card as the drive does not ship with one. I backed the case and asked the developer to provide additional information about supported cards and capacities. Will update once I get more information.
The main advantage of the solution that I see is that you get the extra storage without losing any functionality in the process.Advertisement
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