Storage. It’s an ever increasing problem what with tablets and phones ditching microSD expansion left, right and center we’re always looking for more room. However, with HD streaming becoming the norm thanks to services like Netflix and others the need to hoarde video on our mobile devices – especially with LTE becoming more and more mainstream – is certainly dwindling. This presents us with a different question – how can I have more room, that’s also safe and isn’t tied to my phone or tablet? There a number of ways you can gain more storage without ponying up for the more expensive model as well as avoiding microSD. Let Android Headlines enlighten with you another Top Ten, this time around we’ll be looking at the Top Ten Cloud Storage Options for Android.
10. Seagate GoFlex Access App
I realise that this app requires you to have a specialised Seagate hard drive but a lot of us are now buying more and more external storage – especially thanks to USB 3.0. These manufacturers are now looking for better ways to get you buy external storage and being able to access them anywhere is one of them. With this app you can access the files stored on your drive at home which, is nice because the drives could go up to 1TB giving you access to your massive photo and video collection as well as the piece of mind that you documents etc are safe at home, as oppose to solely on your phone.
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9. WD 2go
Western Digital’s “2go” is another solution that’s dependent on a HDD back home however Western Digital’s solution seems a little more solid. Of course, these companies aren’t in the business of selling cloud-storage but to sell you physical media. As such, these services a bit of an add-on really but, they do serve a purpose and the software isn’t great but it does an okay job. The fact here is with both WD’s and Seagate’s options are that if you need more storage at home – or already have a compatible drive then these present a good option for both added storage at home and away.
8. Ubuntu One
Now, I’ll come clean – I love Ubuntu. I’ve been using Linux exclusively for years. Ubuntu One however works on everything, the Windows app is quite good and the Android app presents a good offering, even it can be a little flakey at times and light on features. However, if you’re an Ubuntu user – good for you! – or use a PC or laptop that is then this provides a good way to get hold of 5GB (which is free) of data cross-platform style. There’s also a dedicated Music app as well, perfect if you can’t get your hands on Google Music and need a little help.
7. Wuala by LaCie
If you’re somebody that’s even a little conscious about their files then you’ve more than likely used a LaCie drive to make a secure backup. So, having storage from LaCie should seem like a safe bet to you and you’re be mostly right. Whilst the app doesn’t look as featured as most others there is security here including encryption. Which could make this a nice middle ground for those looking for security and storage.
6. Clickfree Backup
It’s one thing having a storage option in the cloud or the best of both worlds with your own cloud but, what about the stuff on your tablet(s) and your smartphone. Of course, a lot of this is automated like photo uploads to G+ but what if you want to backup an Android device like you would a computer? Well, with Clickfree you can. I reviewed the app some time ago and I was mighty impressed with it. Offering a number of options without overwhelming the users as well as a great number of cloud options such as Dropbox etc it’s a great compromise and it works for tablets and phones alike.
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5. ASUS WebStorage
I’m sure a good portion of you have an ASUS EEE Pad Transformer of some sort and I’m sure you’ll also appreciate how good the keyboard dock can be for productivity. However, creating content is useless if you have nowhere to put it. ASUS has you covered here and has provided you a solid cloud storage option for your ASUS tablet. ASUS might not be the best at app development but this looks to be a good offering and the added bonus of creating quick notes within the apo could prove useful.
4. Skydrive from Microsoft
You might be a little surprised to see an entry here from Microsoft however, the company has been running its own cloud storage operation for some time now. Recently, the outfit finally saw fit to equip Android with official access to the service. Which means if you’re a die-hard Hotmail user you can now get a hold of your files easily using this app. It’s not quite up to scratch just yet but it’s getting there and the service behind it is perhaps one of the most reliable on offer, it is a Microsoft product after all.
These guys have been around a long time and their offerings are getting better and better, this goes for their Android offering as well. A fully-featured app is pretty essential for a service like this and thankfully, Box has delivered admirably. Box is all about the business side of things and they’re certainly good at it, with 92% of FORTUNE 500 companies running off of Box it’s got to be pretty reliable, right?
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2. Google Drive
This being Android Headlines you’d assume that we regard Drive pretty highly and whilst we do, it’s not perfect. I’m writing this using Docs (therefore Drive) right now and that’s the service’s strength, it’s everywhere and it’s reliable however, the Android app really isn’t up to standard. Especially considering we know Google can deliver brilliant first party apps like Maps and Gmail. There’s very little integration with Android and few options however, the service is super fast and very reliable. It’s crazy easy to collaborate with others as well, keeping our Editor-in-Chief pretty happy.
It’s been a heavy hitter on Android for years now and even though Drive has taken a chink out of its armor, it’s come back as strong as ever. With features added quite regularly as well integration in Windows, Mac OS and Linux it’s near enough the perfect solution. The Android app itself is solid, easy to use and powerful. Not to mention the auto-upload for photos and videos from your phone or tablet’s camera works brilliantly. If you’ve never used Dropbox – crawl out of the cave – then now is the time to see what you’ve been missing!
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