Storage solutions for your tablet

Storage solutions for your tablet



Internal storage

The easiest way to add storage is with an SD card. However, not all tablets support storage expansion.

 

Lexar Class 10 High-Speed microSDHC 32GB

At just $65 on the street for 32GB, this is a great-value option with good speed and plenty of storage. It even comes with a unique USB card reader that takes the card and plugs into any standard USB port on your PC or notebook.

Our rating: 4.5 of 5

Lexar Class 10 High-Speed microSDHC 32GB

 

Kingston Class 10 16GB microSDHC

This one is a little faster than the Lexar, but comes with an SD card adapter that enables you to plug it into any standard-sized SD card reader. Its 16GB for around $39 is pretty decent value.

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Kingston Class 10 16GB microSDHC

 

Sony SR-16A4 Class 4 16GB MicroSDHC

This card was much slower than the other two when used with small files and costs $39 for 16GB of storage. You get an SD card adapter like the Kingston version, but we think Lexar’s option is better value.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sony SR-16A4 Class 4 16GB MicroSDHC

Wireless external drives

While increasing storage on a tablet might be difficult, wireless external drives make it easier to access data. We look at two of them.

 

Seagate Satellite

This one incorporates a 500GB mobile hard drive with a built-in battery and Wi-Fi hotspot. Download and use the Android and iOS apps to access files, movies — whatever you want to store on it. It has a USB 3.0 connection for your PC or notebook and the built-in battery will last up to seven hours. It’s a bit pricey at around $250, but for tablets with no expandable storage, it’s a great way to get a lot storage on the go.

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Seagate GoFlex Satellite

 

Kingston Wi-Drive

Similar to the GoFlex Satellite, this uses flash memory instead, which makes it much more compact. The on-board battery can last up to four hours of regular use between charges and the Wi-Fi connection offers good WPA security. The 32GB version costs about $170 on the street but when a 32GB microSD card sells for only $65, the Wi-Drive has limited appeal.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Kingston Wi-Drive

Cloud storage

Cloud storage was made for the tablet. It allows you to upload and store files on the internet and then access them from other devices. There are plenty of free cloud storage services, but the better options are ones that include Android and iOS apps for free. Here are some cloud storage options.

  • Dropbox is a perennial favourite, with free apps for Android and iPad on their respective app stores. Sign up here and get 2GB of free storage.
  • SugarSync is similar to Dropbox, but has a specific iPad app in addition to iPhone and Android apps. Even better, SugarSync will give you 5GB of free storage just for signing up.
  • Wuala offers extra security with a password only you know — lose it and not even Wuala can get your data back, it’s that secure. It has Android and iOS apps, and gives you 2GB of free storage on signing up.

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