One of the big ways tech companies, like Apple, make money is to charge more for a smart phone that comes with more storage. Like, a lot more. If the latest iPhone costs $200 for the 16 GB model, for instance, then the 32 GB model will cost you $300, even though you can get a 32 GB memory card for $20 down at the store.
What about Android phones?
Some Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy series, let you use a memory card to expand their storage, especially the really cheap phones. This can be a good way to bring lots of music with you. They’re not so good for games and apps, though, because Android is weird in how it deals with memory cards.
See, a part of the game or app always has to be installed in your phone’s built-in memory. After awhile this gets to be a problem, if you got a cheaper phone that has hardly any built-in memory. I have had three different Android phones become all but unusable, because Google was keeping its apps updated and there wasn’t any room left for anything else.
On top of that, you usually have to dig into the settings menus and manually move each app onto the microSD card, and apps that are on the card don’t let you use their home screen widgets. Not fun times!
Okay, so how about Windows Phones?
If you want a cheap smartphone with a ginormous amount of storage, Windows Phone is the way to go. Pick up a Nokia Lumia 520 on AT&T for $59, or a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile for just $10 more. Add in the biggest memory card you can get for $30-40, and you’re set! Both models have 8 GB of built-in storage, too, so you’re looking at something like 70 GB after accounting for space for the Windows Phone OS and preloaded apps.
They’re extremely good smartphones, especially for the price, and they’re off-contract so you might pay less for your monthly bill too. You can even pick them up as iPod Touch style music and game players, or just to try them out without committing to anything, since you don’t have to sign up for phone service with them.
What’s more, it’s easier to set up putting stuff on your microSD card on Windows phones than it is on Android phones. In Windows Phone 8.1, you can just go into the Storage Sense app and set it to automatically install apps and games to the microSD card, then forget about it. You’ll still see their live tiles (which are like Android widgets) and everything.
But Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t come out yet …
It will be released to the public soon. But if you’re impatient, you can get Windows Phone 8.1 now by signing up for a free App Studio account, then downloading the Preview for Developers app to your new Windows Phone. Just flip the “on” switch in the Preview for Developers app and then check for updates in the Settings app, under “phone update.” Keep in mind that this may void your phone’s warranty, and there’s a chance that you’ll run into some bugs that would be fixed by the time it comes out to the general public.
Either way, have fun filling your phone up with games and apps!