SanDisk Memory Zone
Take charge of your phone, cloud storage
Android App of the Week SanDisk is a name more associated with memory cards than apps, but its new Memory Zone offering should prove useful to anyone who wants to manage and monitor their local and cloud storage from one place.
The app gives you an instant snapshot of how much stuff you have on your phone - system and SD card - as well as your Dropbox, Box, Google Docs and Picasa accounts. Tap on the arrow by each account and you get a detailed breakdown by file type - music, video, pictures, documents, apps and the ever mysterious ‘other’.
The main page (left) gives a simple view of storage status, and you can get a detailed view (right)
Tap on the main graphic for any storage option and you can see all your files listed by size or name., and you can swipe from one file type to the next. Folders are ignored, making this an easy way to find large files you didn’t know you had and may not want.
Once you've logged into your cloud accounts, the app creates a Memory Zone folder in that account which keeps things organised when you upload files. If you decide to copy your phone's files to the cloud, a separate backup folder is created.
The big names in cloud storage are supported (left). Files can be ordered by size or name (right)
The backup/restore function is very straightforward, just asking you which account you want to backup to, what files types you want to back up and giving you the option to only work over Wi-Fi. The menu options to move files around are equally simple.
Of course, SanDisk hasn’t built this app out of the goodness of its heart, so there are ads to promote its products.
Back up your phone to the cloud
At the moment, Memory Zone is in beta so you need to be prepared to forgive it a few foibles. Scrolling through long lists of image thumbnails can be rather jerky, and my Picasa account showed as empty despite being 75 per cent full, and all the content being present and correct when I opened the menu. Ironically, there’s no option to move the app onto your SD card.
As I only use the app to monitor my local, Google Docs, Dropbox and Box storage and have plenty of system storage free, I’m prepared to forgive those failings in the hope they will be fixed down the road. ®
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5.7MB seems stupidly large for a very simple app that does very little. I am frequently amazed at the size differences between functionally similar apps - and that has become one of the things I look out for when choosing an app. If one programmer takes just 600k to acheive what another required 6MB to do then I tend to go with the 600k on the grounds there is a good chance that programmer had more of an idea of what they were doing - or at least they didn't just download a bunch of bloated libraries and components and stitch them together.
As for the app it would need SugarSync support to be of any use to me.
Why does this app need to access phone ID and status? and use the net? and prevent phone from sleeping? and mostly use account credentials and contact data? and write to contact data? Even the "modify usb storage" is dodgy, read should be enough.
C'mon Reg, privacy matters, features are not enough to recommend an app.
I'm looking at the data from my Settings menu and it's showing as 4.5MB for the app and 1.2 for the data, so 5.7 in total. The apk is only 1.7MB but that means nada. It is big for what it does, but I think I'll keep it on my phone just to remind myself what files I've got where. One thing not mentioned is that you can create accounts from within the app - I've just opened a Box account via it and got handy 5GB for free. And I just discovered 90MB of bug reports on my SD card!
I've installed very little in the main menu, but I'm still out of space.
If an app can't be installed to the SD card now, I don't install it.
I've just downloaded this and it's only 1.7MB, not 5.7MB....
Pretty good app from what I've seen, though I don't really use any cloud services yet, this will make it easier when I do :)