Your Android Phone as a Storage Device
The beauty of the Android operating system is its ability to turn your phone into more than just a phone. One of these uses is that of an external storage device which is only limited by the size of the SD card you have slotted into the phone. Using a USB connection you can turn your phone into an external hard drive. You can also use your phone as a modem or internet communication device via a simple USB cable. Once you plug your Android phone into your computer you will be presented with a small menu of options that you can select. Typically, this consists of four options – charge the phone, data sync up, disk drive and USB tethering.
The first option is pretty straight forward. The second is a little more interesting; the phone will interact with your appointment software and update itself depending on what you have saved on the computer. The third is probably straightforward as well but nonetheless may need some explanation. You see, you can actually use your Android phone in much the same way as you would use an external hard drive. The added bonus is that you can do it all via a single device instead of lugging around an extra USB flash drive or (God forbid) an external hard drive. You can also swap and change memory cards depending on what data you need for the day – and memory cards are becoming incredibly cheap.
The other option I am impressed with is the ability to easily transform your phone into a modem or internet connection device for the computer that it is connected too. Although this is not directly relevant to the storage issue – it is an interesting thing to note. Many other phones had this capability but required extra software or were really fickle and did not have the capability to transfer data at a speed much better (or a lot of the times worse) than a dial up connection. Using an Android phone in this method allows you to use the internet at speeds akin to that supplied by the 3G network. All it takes is a USB cable and most manufacturers are supplying them with smart phones these days.
Back to the issue of storage – many phones actually allow you to use the internal storage built into the phone. Although this is handy, it is not really recommended for data that you want to use for work related purposes as the memory built into your phone may become (unlikely) corrupted and you will lose all of your data. Storing it onto an SD card will make it easier to transfer the data across multiple devices and phones. It will allow you to just pull out the card and pop it into any device that needs the data therefore saving you the effort of connecting multiple devices to the computer in order to share data between them. This is just another reason why Android capable phones are becoming extremely popular – they are quite a powerful device.