There’s a new smartphone looking for funding over at Kickstarter. This phone comes with a promise. Not a promise of security, not a promise of efficiency, but a promise that it won’t run out of space. The Nextbit Robin is a new phone based around a cloud. The Nextbit Robin promises to “itelligently removes apps and photos you haven’t used in a while” freeing up space when you need it. Those items are stored in the cloud, and the icons remain on the phone, greyed out, and should you need them again, you tap it and the phone downloads it again from the cloud, restoring settings and date.
It’s a new idea. Kind of a nice idea. But it’s not something I would use. And I don’t think that I’m alone. There is a thread in our forums “Do you use cloud to complement your device?” and the overwhelming response from our users is that we use on board storage. Of course, we’re BlackBerry users, and in today’s market, we’re a little spoiled by BlackBerry who has up to now anyway, continued to include a magic little feature called an SD card slot on our phones.
Personally, I do use the cloud. I have the various cloud services installed on my BlackBerry phones, Onedrive, Dropbox, and Box, as well as my own personal clouds. These have very specific uses for me. Dropbox is used for sharing files with others. Box and One Drive are used for backup of various media from my phones, and my personal clouds back up everything, again.
However, I don’t run in to the issues that those iPhone users have always run in to. I don’t run out of space on my phones. I have memory cards in them, and I’ve yet to fill one up. When I go in to clean up my device, it’s not because I’m out of room, it is because I’ve been messy, I haven’t filed things properly, and it’s hard for me to find what I’m looking for. That’s when I go in and do a clean up, removing things I won’t be needing, transferring to my clouds, and filing the things I do need. Anymore, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to just run out of room on my phone. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be an iPhone user. Always running out of room and battery, I pity them.
In my personal opinion, the Nextbit Robin appears to be a fix for a manufactured problem. They are working to correct an issue manufacturers have purposely created. By removing the SD card slots, (or never offering them in the first place) the manufacturers have found a way to increase their profits, charging exorbitant amounts for onboard memory upgrades. Users have not been happy. Nextbit seems to have seen the issue and are trying to address it.
Wouldn’t it have been easier to just add an SD card slot?
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