Computing trends are moving faster towards mobile devices. Unlike desktops, which have a simple and almost universally similar upgrade mechanism, mobile device storage is limited and not user upgradeable. While the price of NAND is getting much cheaper, mobile devices manufacturers still often charge a premium for larger capacity units compared to the base model. Taking the example of the iPhone, Apple charges $100 more for an extra 16GB of storage space over the base model. Google also asks for $50 more for the same 16GB of additional space on its Nexus models. While it is not as expensive as Apple, it is still overall more than what the NAND would have cost at approximately $1 per gigabyte.
Until we see mobile devices with larger storage capacities, managing programs and files on mobile devices is a task that will be left to the end user. Patriot’s Gauntlet Node (PCGTW25S) and Gauntlet Node 320 (PCGTW320S) are the latest product designed to help alleviate the trouble of sharing files among mobile devices. The Gauntlet Node is essentially an external 2.5” hard drive enclosure with WiFi support. The device comes with USB 3.0 and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. Just bring your own 2.5” drive to the device and you can easily share data wirelessly for $99. If you prefer not to have to deal with installation, then the Gauntlet 320 is for you for $159 where it will come with a 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive pre-installed.
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