Data on your Wrist: Apple Watch Changes How We Look at Devices
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Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.

We assume our devices will store and serve up everything we need—from documents to music to movies. Until recently, our smart phones seemed to miraculously wrangle everything we needed for our lives into one device.

Now, with what’s commonly called the Internet of Things (IoT), we’ll probably have hundreds of smart devices orbiting us, from sensors in the fridge, to self-driving cars, to a reimagined wristwatch.

Wait a minute. Wristwatch? What happens when all these new self-contained devices that seem to have it all, disappoint us in the storage department?

The Apple Watch has excited dedicated Apple fans and others with the opportunity to have all their needs on their wrist, which is far closer than in their pocket. And the 8GB of built-in storage far eclipses a standard Android Wear watch.

That means you can store all the music you want within that 8GB limit, right?

Wrong. Only 2GB of the built-in storage is available for music. So hold back with your dreams of the entire canon of classical music or the history of hip hop. You may not be able to fit it all in.

What does 2GB mean for music files? It measures up to about 250 songs, maximum, if they’re of the quality you get from the Apple Store (256Kbps). That’s a lot less than you thought, right?

Same storage problem with photos: there’s 75MB of space for images in the Apple Watch, so you’ll have to limit your family album that covers everyone from birth to where they are now. At least the watch resizes images to match the smaller display, and reminds you that it will store only favorite photos.

The storage equation is changing. The future is about shared storage, and how our multitude of personal devices, large and small, will need to synch with each other, outside the huge storage capacity of the cloud.

We’re working on solutions like the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, a flash drive reinvented for your phone, tablet and computer. With the Wireless Stick in your pocket, in your bag or across the room, you can wirelessly access your media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, and save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device.


The Connect Wireless Stick is available at Amazon.

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About the Author

Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.



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