A corollary to Parkinson’s Law states: “Data expands to fill the space available for storage.” When we think about the limited storage on our smartphones and tablets, we all know this to be true. But now there’s a solution – sort of.
While a lot of smartphones and tablets can connect to external hard drives via USB, there are quite a few which can’t, with Apple’s iPhone and iPad being the most obvious offenders. Now Seagate has produced a hard drive which can connect to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a 500GB hard drive with a Wi-Fi module inside and as well as being compatible with iOS devices it will play nice with all manner of Android devices and basically anything sporting Wi-Fi. It connects via 802.11n Wi-Fi and allows you to connect three devices at once. It also supports USB 3.0 for super fast data transfers.
The GoFlex Satellite is certainly not the most svelte portable hard drive on the market but is still small enough to fit in your pocket. It boasts five hours battery life once fully charged and 25 hours standby time. It will work with either Macs or PCs and works in exactly the same way as any other hard drive once connected. To control the hard drive on your tablet or smartphone there are iPad, iPhone and Android apps available or alternately your can manage the device via your web browser. The Satellite GoFlex is currently available for pre-order in the US for $199 (£125).
While Parkinson’s Law will of course mean that you will also eventually fill the extra space on the GoFlex Satellite, at least it should take you quite a bit longer than filling your phone’s memory.