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End of Storage Woes

For those of us who struggle for storage space on the smartphone every now and then, the recently launched Files Go app by Google brings good news.
twitter-logo Nidhi Singal   New Delhi     Print Edition: January 14, 2018
End of Storage Woes
Illustration by Raj Verma

For those of us who struggle for storage space on the smartphone every now and then, the recently launched Files Go app by Google brings good news. The app's neat user interface is divided into two tabs - storage and files. The storage page displays how much free space is left on your phone and SD card. It is followed by smart recommendations of files that can be removed from the device.

Instead of looking for individual files and videos, the app segregated duplicate files, downloaded files, large files and more, in various folders specifying the file size. And this is extremely helpful. Just by deleting the duplicate file folder, I ended up freeing up 1.9 GB of space on my phone. There is also an option to delete the entire folder or to delete select individual files.

Files Go also suggests cleaning app cache that stores temporary files from various apps. The files tab, on the other hand, segregates files in various folders - downloads, received files, apps, images, videos, audio and documents. The best part is that images and videos are further categorised on the basis of app sources - camera, 9GAG, Instagram, WhatsApp and others. You can also transfer files to an SD card to free up your phone's storage from the app itself.

This app can also create a secure hotspot using which two Files Go users can securely send and receive files without internet connectivity. The app, available only for Android users, is free to download. Unlike other free apps, it doesn't have pop-ups or other distractions.

Stay Fit in Style

Samsung's latest Gear Sport is made of stainless steel, and has a vibrant 1.2-inch circular OLED touchscreen display with a rotating bezel and two side buttons. It has a water resistance rating of 50 metres. While the watch looks stunning, the watch band, measuring 20 mm, isn't very comfortable to wear for longer durations. It is replaceable though. Rotating the bezel to the left of the home screen displays app notifications, and rotating it to the right shows the calories burnt, steps walked, the number of floors climbed, heart rate, etc.

It is good at tracking workout activities be it running, cycling, swimming or crunches. The workout data recorded by the watch is synced with Samsung's S Health app. The Gear Sport also fetches notifications. However, the collection of third-party apps is not at par with what Apple Watch off ers. Gear Sport comes with 4 GB of internal storage and runs on Samsung's own Tizen OS. Overall, it's a smooth performer.

Fully Loaded

Despite being a budget smartphone, the Redmi 5A has the same design as its higher-end siblings, albeit in a plastic body with a metallic feel. It does not have a fi ngerprint scanner. Th e 5-inch HD display is good enough to watch videos or browse the web. Its infrared blaster and the Mi Remote app can turn the phone into a universal remote.

It is a good buy for those looking at basic usage such as streaming videos or downloading and playing light games. Using the split-screen mode two apps can be opened simultaneously. Our review unit had 16 GB of onboard storage, of which 8.8 GB was user accessible and expandable using the dedicated microSD card slot.

The 13-MP camera is quick in auto mode; it off ers settings such as panorama, manual mode, beauty and scene, as well as fi lters. Th e 3,000 mAh battery lasts a day easily. Th is is defi -nitely one of the best dual-SIM smartphones available under Rs 5,000.

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