Storage appears to be a real problem for many smartphone users in South Africa, with 22% running out of space at least once a week and 56 percent running out of space at least every three months.
This is according to a countrywide independent consumer research from SanDisk.
Meanwhile, 88% have also regretted deleting a precious photo or video to free up storage space. If they do have to delete files, 29% of South Africans would delete a photo of themselves before that of friends, pets or family.
The research, which looked at people’s experiences with storage on smartphones, also found that 38% of people have to delete files or data from their main handsets in order to free up space at least once a week, while two thirds (66%) do this at least once a month.
Ghassan Azzi, senior sales manager for Africa at Western Digital, says: “Our research really highlights the pressure that people are under to choose what they want to keep on mobile handsets. With the average person in South Africa taking 26 photos and eight videos a week on their smartphone, and the size of digital images and video increasing rapidly, devices soon fill up.”
In addition to the challenges around storage, the research also looked at security, with 56% of respondents being fairly worried or very worried that the files and data on their smartphone are at risk of theft or loss through product malfunction, and 68% said they had lost a precious photo or video from their smartphone as a result of files not being backed up.
Despite this, only 39% of South Africans manually back up their data and files from the main handset once a week, and nine percent never back up files at all, excluding automatic backups and data synchs.
Azzi adds: “What many people don’t realise is that there are numerous ways to quickly and easily transfer and store data from phones – either by connecting a device to the handset or using WiFi – so you don’t have to choose what you delete. In addition, backing up your smartphone remotely means that you keep precious files safe, should anything happen to the handset.”
SanDisk offers a range of mobile memory products that allow users to easily expand the space on their phones or offload files so they don’t have to worry about storage limits of the device.
* SanDisk iXpand Base – designed to automatically back up your iPhone’s photos, videos, and contacts every time you charge.
* SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive- offers an easy way to free up space on your iPhone, automatically backs up your camera roll, and even lets you watch popular-format videos straight from the drive.
* SanDisk Dual Drive Type-C – lets you quickly and easily transfer files between smartphones, tablets and computers.
* SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick – allows you to wirelessly access your media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, and save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device.