So you have upgraded to Jellybean? Cool. With the realignment of the OS with storage use, what good is it in adding a huge SD or MicroSD card to your Jellybean powered device?
Not much I tell ya.
One of the biggest gripes I had with the iPhone in the old days was that it’s fixed memory didn’t allow me to add more storage and to an extent, this was addressed by Android Froyo when it allowed us to add more storage in the form of external SD or MicroSD cards. Spiffy.
Confusion over SD Storage
Back in the days of Gingerbread, some terms were tossed about that confused the hell out of us.
SD storage = internal storage
The term, external storage was meant to denote the SD card.
Then when ICS and Jellybean came along, that freedom to add the card for storage was neutered by Google as they had memory addressing problems.
For some of us from the bygone era of the 80s, we know why it went down this path but for others, frustration and anger is all we have for Google for taking away this freedom.
First, with the addition of the external SD card in Froyo, you could move apps to the external SD storage. Well, in truth, you could move SOME part of the app but the app does not reside in SD land. That’s coz of how the OS uses memory and storage. For a long time I tried to figure it out and then, remembered the days when I had a 48K Sinclair Spectrum. When they updated it to 128K, there was issues in how it could address the memory and storage.
The OS has to have an absolute address in order to find where the App is residing in your storage. It’s like email, you need a complete address before the email gets delivered to you. When you start to have removable storage, then you are bound to have problems as the OS will have to be told to hunt around the SD card to find the App. Froyo did this and to a large extent in an unsatisfactory way. Gingerbread still worked with such a method but often you will see missing icons on your dashboard because errors has caused the App to disappear. To overcome this problem, Google fixed the main storage for Apps so it cannot be moved and now you have this problem of not being able to move your apps to the SD storage.
What good is the SD Card now?
In a post Jellybean world, the SD card is probably limited in its use. You cannot install apps to run directly from you device and the only thing it can do is to allow you to store your movies, pictures, music and media files such as ebooks and PDFs.
These media files can be read by the App but until all apps are updated to do this, you will encounter problems where apps required you to put the media files into a directory that resides in un-removable storage.
I have encountered some Camera apps that do this. You can specify a directory within the removable storage to store your images. Other apps can read your media files such as ebooks and PDFs from a removable source.
This has some serious implications for those who LOVE to install and test apps. Now that you have a finite amount of storage, you cannot possibly go out and download all that your heart has desired and make it work. It can’t.
For those who only add-on entertainment media, such as music and movies, well rock on….
You need a fast SDHC or SDXC card that will give you up to 64GB of media storage, that’s a hell of a lot more than what Apple’s iOS can give you.
A class 4 card should suffice as it can give you up to 8MB of read speed and 4MB of write speed. But please do test this out before you jump the bandwagon as not all cards are made the same way.
For the rest of us gripping about the loss, well, you could do no worst by moving to iOS.
With 64MB of absolute storage, you will be thrilled at the prospects of storing all you apps in one place and have them work at the same time. Did I also mention the price? Oh yea, iOS storage comes at a premium.
If you have a lot of apps on your device, it’s best to get a device with much larger internal memory storage. The Nexus for example as a paltry 16GB as a maximum as of now. That’s insufficient to store stuff.
For example, if you downloaded the Batman game, it is 1.8GB in size. Imagine what it will do to your 8GB Nexus?!