For the last five years, consumers across the globe, on any operating system, have relied on limited internal phone storage and the free cloud storage made available to them by the tech giants. It was an interesting proposition for Indian customers but only till it was free. But now as the cloud is not free anymore, users are looking out for alternatives to get rid of monthly subscriptions. Brands such as WD and SanDisk offer a wide range of storage solutions for the smartphone users. The one-time investment against monthly subscription helps users save on their recurring expenses and allows them to travel with their data wherever they like, without the internet constraints or stressing over exceeding the budgeted GBs on the cloud.
If you too are looking out for storage solutions to transfer those photos from the cloud, here are a few quick and solid recommendations:
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe for Apple Devices
Smartphone users are in a constant conundrum when it comes to backing up their personal data. Given the number of high-quality videos and images captured, chances are high that your iPhone has reached its storage capacity in the first few months itself. A one-stop hassle free solution to this is the recently-launched SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe.
This is Western Digital’s first flash-drive with dual Lightning and USB Type-C connectors that allows users to save and back up their data without fuss. With an all-metal casing, it provides a sleek experience for users to seamlessly access and move files between iPhone, iPad and Mac. Furthermore, it works with USB Type-C devices, including Android smartphones. If you want to free up space and/or automatically back up your photographs, movies, documents, and contacts without the headache of a no or poor internet connection, this fresh new drive should be on your accessories list collection.
Price – The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants at Rs 4,449, Rs 5,919 and Rs 8,999 respectively on Amazon India.
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe for Type C Android Smartphones
Like the iXpand Flash Drive, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB is specifically built for Type-C Android smartphones. Content creators, especially those creating over their smartphones love to keep stock of the oldest of their pictures and videos. With premium type C smartphones floating in the market with high megapixel cameras and ultra-HD experience, the content created requires huge storage capacities. This device is a perfect fit for you if you own a Type-C device and love clicking and creating content.
Basis a CMR Report for Smartphone Import Tracking for Q1’21, almost 55% of smartphones feature a USB Type-C interface, which allows for quicker data transfer. The high-capacity storage solution enables content transfer between USB Type-C smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops quickly and easily. The high-performance USB 3.1 Gen 1 drive comes in a sleek all-metal casing and has a read speed of up to 150MB/s. You can now capture even more images and simply view them on all your devices.
Price – The device comes in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities, with an introductory price of Rs 856 for the 32GB version and Rs 11,813 for the 1TB version.
WD My Cloud Home for Shared Storage
Hundreds or thousands of images, documents, songs, and videos are scattered throughout our phones, several pen drives, computers, and various other storage devices. Consolidating and backing up everything is a nuisance, as things are frequently forgotten or lost. With Cloud solutions getting paid, users will look for a one stop shop for all their data and for that, WD My Cloud Home has got your back (UP)!
If you want to automate all the above while also providing home users with a central, always-on repository for all their data and gadgets, WD My Cloud Home is the closest thing you can get. It’s a great personal cloud storage device that automatically backs up data from all your devices – not just the ones wired onto your home network, but also over the Internet. You can additionally give access to your family members and use it as shared storage space while maintaining privacy at the same time. It’s like a cloud storage service, only it’s a physical box that lives in your house. You buy it once and keep it for as long as you want instead of paying a monthly membership price. You can access, upload, and share your content from anywhere with an internet connection with the My Cloud Home app. With storage capacities ranging from 2TB all the way up to 12TB, you can save all your photographs, videos and movie collections in one place, and yes don’t forget that you can access everything saved from anywhere at any point of time seamlessly using the My Cloud Home Mobile App.
Price – Starting from Rs 12,899 for the 2TB version and available up to 12TB.
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Card
Compact in size, yet massive in terms of benefits. SD cards are rather the underdogs among other storage solutions, which provide a huge storing space for both professional and personal consumption. And furthermore, the ease of transferability in different devices at much higher speed, surely makes MicroSD cards most apt in terms of choosing them as a preferred storage device within the affordable segment.
Such is the case with SanDisk Extreme microSD card series which ensures extreme speeds for fast transfer, app performance, and 4K UHD, ideal for your Android smartphone, action cameras or drones. This high-performance microSD from SanDisk is equipped to perform 4K UHD video recording, full HD video, and high-resolution photos. The super-fast SanDisk Extreme microSDXC memory card reads up to 160MB/s and writes up to 90MB/s. Plus, it’s A2-rated, so you can get fast application performance for exceptional smartphone experience.
Another interesting added benefit that is available to users of SanDisk storage devices (be it SanDisk iXpand, Dual Drives or MicroSD cards) is the SanDisk Memory Zone App. An easy and one-stop solution to file and manage storage that makes backups and freeing up space much easier for the customers.
Price – The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC card is available on Amazon.in at Rs 1,590 for 64GB and is available up to 1TB capacity at Rs 18,702.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Portfolio
SSDs are rapidly bringing about paradigm changes in the future of storage as they prove to be a better alternative storage solution for those who need data on the go. They’re taking the place of clunky hard disc drives (HDDs) and pricey cloud storage packages that we’ve grown accustomed to in recent years. Moreover, it’s important that your data is protected from all types of hacking, ransomware, and other threats, and it’s accessible to you always, irrespective of whether you have access to the internet or not. Specially-designed for travel enthusiasts and content creators such as photographers and videographers, the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD is a must carry device for those who don’t like to slow down.
These SSDs come with enhanced performance of read/write speed up to 2000MB/sec allowing users to move files faster and edit right from the drive. The SanDisk Extreme SSDs have a tough rubberized coating that can withstand impacts, as well as an IP55 rating that protects it from water and dust along with added protection from shocks. This device is known for its lightspeed data transfer that comes in an extremely portable body. With high-end efficiency and a rugged weather-resistant build, these storage devices are your perfect companion for the hustlers.
Price – The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is available in 500GB for Rs 7,999, 1TB at Rs 12,999 and 2TB for Rs 27,499, with a 4TB model as well. Meanwhile, the Pro version is available in 1TB for Rs 19,999 and 2TB for Rs 34,999.