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    Default Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    I was wondering if such a case exists. I'm coming from the iPhone/iOS world and I am finally jumping ship. I'm leaning toward the Nexus 5, but I'm worried about the lack of storage and battery capacity. I have my 64GB iPhone full of music (in fact I wish it was bigger) and I'd hate to sacrifice the storage. If such a case doesn't exist, why not? Someone should do a Kickstarter or something. I believe I've read that the Nexus 5 supports USB OTG.

    It would basically be this with this built in, but for the Nexus 5. I'd also be nice if it had the soft touch finish.
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    you do realize your iphone didn't have removable storage or battery....right?

    so why would that 'concern' you with a nexus 5? you should be used to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tovalmorgan View Post
    you do realize your iphone didn't have removable storage or battery....right?

    so why would that 'concern' you with a nexus 5? you should be used to it.
    Yes, I'm sure he does. But, as he said, his 64GB iPhone is filled up so how is he going to get by on just 32GB in the Nexus 5?
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    buy an ipod for your itunes music
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tovalmorgan View Post
    buy an ipod for your itunes music
    Such a simple answer to such a common problem

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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian202020 View Post
    I was wondering if such a case exists. I'm coming from the iPhone/iOS world and I am finally jumping ship. I'm leaning toward the Nexus 5, but I'm worried about the lack of storage and battery capacity. I have my 64GB iPhone full of music (in fact I wish it was bigger) and I'd hate to sacrifice the storage.
    According to Android Central, you should just be using the cloud for that because "OMG the future!"

    We were lucky to even get a 32 gig option for the Nexus 5. Google hates local storage. They have a seething venomous hatred of SD especially. They hate local storage even more than apple does. It is not something that is going to change...you just have to accept it if you want a Nexus device. I don't like it either. USB OTG does work with the nexus 5 and might be a good bandaid solution.

    There are other Android phones that offer larger storage though. A GPE Galaxy S4 can get you up to 128 gigs, and has a removable/upgradable battery.
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    Google Play can take care of your music storage issues. That is of course if you have the right kind of data plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by footysr View Post
    Google Play can take care of your music storage issues. That is of course if you have the right kind of data plan.
    ...and you are in areas with consistent and good coverage. And are not too far inside a building. Yay cloud!
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    This was one of my concerns coming from an SD capable phone. After sitting down and figuring out what I actually used, I decided an SD wasn't necessary providing I backed up my photos/videos and cleared them out periodically. As far as music, just 4 gb is something like 75 hours of music - more than enough for me, especially considering the streaming options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tovalmorgan View Post
    buy an ipod for your itunes music
    The OP is jumping ship from iOS, so that rules out an iPod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    I don't like it either. USB OTG does work with the nexus 5 and might be a good bandaid solution.
    Last I heard, it didn't work out of box. You need to be rooted and even then it is not as useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott7217 View Post
    The OP is jumping ship from iOS, so that rules out an iPod.
    Why's that ? iPod Nano is the greatest invention since the vagi sliced bread. OP is jumping ship from an iPhone.
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    SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

    Mobile Wi-Fi clients, such as smartphone and tablets, can use a mobile app (each Connect Wireless drives has a mobile app of its own, available for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire platforms) to play back contents stored on the Connect Wireless drives or back up user-generated contents onto them, wirelessly.

    It automatically organized content into four categories, Videos, Photos, Music, and Files, regardless of the location you copy the file to, be it the Media Drive's internal storage or the connected SD card. The drive scans for new media files in real time; this process took a very short time in my trials. For example, just about a second after I had inserted an SD card, movies and photos stored on the card had already appeared in the respective category.

    Alternatively, you can access the drive's storage via folders and subfolders.

    You can swipe through a photo album or folder quite conveniently. You can also play a file or an album automatically, or add the file to the mobile device to play back later. When viewing a photo, you also have options to share it via social media or e-mail. All of these options are tightly integrated. With music, background playing is supported, meaning the music will stay on when you close the app to open another app. This is a great feature if you want to listen to music and check your e-mail at the same time.


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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by foxbat121 View Post
    Last I heard, it didn't work out of box. You need to be rooted and even then it is not as useful.
    You're thinking of the nexus 4. The 5 supports it out of the box and does not require root.
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    Thanks for all the replys. As for getting an iPod or other secondary device for my music that is just impractical. I listen to my music everywhere, work, car, home, while walking, while working out, etc. I have no desire to carry two devices everywhere I go.

    As for USB OTG, I double checked and yes the Nexus 5 supports it, and the Nexus 4 does not without rooting.

    As for the local storage vs. cloud storage debat, local is the way to go for me since I frequently move in and out of coverage areas.

    And then some mentioned that my iPhone didn't have added SD storage and a long battery life. This is true, but I do have a 64GB iPhone, so that's more internal storage than most if not all android phones. As for the battery life, I had an external battery case.

    I would prefer to get the Nexus 5 or LG G2, but unless someone comes up with an external storage/battery case solution I might have to go the Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Cool idea, but would probably make the phone too bulky for my liking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott7217 View Post
    The OP is jumping ship from iOS, so that rules out an iPod.
    I've been on Android since the Original Nexus 1 and I still have an iPod in my car and another iPod in my bag for when I go to the gym.... Mostly because I had the original iPod from like 2001 and so much music and digital copy movies it's hard to just completely jump ship from Apple.. I've started building up an Android Play content library but before Android I had a good 20 years worth of music and movies copied into iTunes... (all my CD's from the 1990's are copied into iTunes)
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    About the USB OTG on Nexus 5, from what I reading so far, it is pretty much useless for expanding storage because non of the built-in apps can access anything on the external storages because they are not mounted. The best you can do is use Total Commander with special plug-in to copy files back and forth. IMO, that doesn't solve any storage shortage problem for media playback. You will still need to root the phone to mount those volumes.
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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by foxbat121 View Post
    About the USB OTG on Nexus 5, from what I reading so far, it is pretty much useless for expanding storage because non of the built-in apps can access anything on the external storages because they are not mounted. The best you can do is use Total Commander with special plug-in to copy files back and forth. IMO, that doesn't solve any storage shortage problem for media playback. You will still need to root the phone to mount those volumes.
    You have a way of getting stuff to and from external storage. In that sense, USB OTG works fine. At least you don't need an external power source like you did with the Nexus 4.
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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian202020 View Post
    And then some mentioned that my iPhone didn't have added SD storage and a long battery life. This is true, but I do have a 64GB iPhone, so that's more internal storage than most if not all android phones. As for the battery life, I had an external battery case.
    You will be able to do that with the Nexus 5 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    You have a way of getting stuff to and from external storage. In that sense, USB OTG works fine. At least you don't need an external power source like you did with the Nexus 4.
    I can do the same thing when connected to a PC. It doesn't resolve OP's issue where he may need more than 32GB or storage space to store all his media content.

    BTW, I plugged in my old USB OTG cable from Samsung Galaxy S/S2 days. It completely froze and shut off the phone for a few minutes. Hopefully there is no permanent damage.
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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by foxbat121 View Post
    I can do the same thing when connected to a PC. It doesn't resolve OP's issue where he may need more than 32GB or storage space to store all his media content.
    I agree. But I don't carry my PC around with me. A USB stick is pretty easy to carry around though.

    It's not a perfect solution (a perfect solution would be just to bring SD back), but it is definitely better than nothing and very doable.
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    True dat too.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    ...and you are in areas with consistent and good coverage. And are not too far inside a building. Yay cloud!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian202020 View Post
    but unless someone comes up with an external storage/battery case solution I might have to go the Samsung Galaxy S4.
    That's what you should do. There is no convenient way for Nexus 5 to do this, all the suggestions given, even though workable, have significant problems and are really "compromises". I would never put my music into cloud, its exceedingly unnecessary for a phone to have to be connected to internet, consume data, battery, just to play musics.

    If you want the google experience, you can simply get GS4 Google Play Edition.
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    Default Re: Battery case with built in SD slot for Nexus 5

    This with root may be a good storage solution for in the car or somewhere you know you want lots of local music. https://shopmeenova.appspot.com/st/order.html

    As for a charging case, I would love to know if anyone finds one. I charge my phone in my backpack right now with an external battery.
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