The demand for smartphones is accelerating as average consumers are looking to quickly connect to people anywhere and anytime. However, these powerful devices don’t always come cheap. The iPhone 4S, for one, easily costs $649 right off the shelf while the Samsung Galaxy SII for $599. That is why I would like to introduce to you two great budget-friendly alternatives that can still provide an enjoyable experience to camera capture, web browsing, emailing, connecting on social media and playing games. Yet, these two devices are half the price of the two popular smartphones. Despite the low price, these are not dumb-downed smartphones with really laggy user interfaces like some of the other phones in the same price range. These two devices might just change your mind.
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Use Dropbox a lot and don’t like how SkyDrive users have 25GB of space but you only have 5? Well, this won’t bump you up to 25, but it’ll get you a bit closer. Dropquest 2012 begins now and it’s the company’s internet scavenger hunt involving a lot of puzzles, challenges and origami! By completing the game, you’ll get 1GB of extra storage. If you came in first place, you’ll get 100GB free for your entire life, while 10 second-placers will get 20GB. There won’t be any support in the forums, and you’re competing with at least half a million other people. Ready? Hit the source link and start your quest!
Samsung has partnered up with Dropbox to offer some extra storage for Galaxy S III owners. Upon registering your device, your Dropbox storage will be expanded to 50GB. Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s only valid for 2 years and it’s still unknown whether or not there’s going to be any discounts after. Still, it’s a good deal for 2 years.
After Microsoft released its SkyDrive app and gave everyone 7GB of free storage (25GB for old users) to compete with Dropbox, Google also unveiled its service today, labelled Google Drive. This is the rumored cloud storage that Google has been preparing for a while, and users can now attempt to upgrade (attempt because Google is slowly rolling it to users worldwide). What’s different from Dropbox is that Google Drive is tightly integrated with Google Docs, allowing documents to be edited online, like Microsoft’s Skydrive.
5GB is provided for free, along with the option of purchasing additional data: 25GB for $2.49 per month, 100GB for $4.99 per month, and 1TB costing $49.99 per month, with a maximum of 16TB (although we don’t get why anyone will need that much and have the bandwidth to upload that amount). Anyhow, stay tuned for our detailed look at it when we receive the upgrade!
HTC delivers their (new) Android phones with a 5GB Dropbox account, according to HTC’s Twitter account. That’s 3GB more than the standard free account. It’s unclear if this update also becomes available for older devices. Dropbox received this year 250 million USD from investors. With this money, Dropbox wants to take over other companies and enter into partnerships with companies like HTC. It’s quite noteworthy that HTC has signed for a partnership with Dropbox, because HTC bought an American company called Dashwire earlier this month. Dashwire also provides cloud services for music, videos and other files, which can be accessed from different devices.
Rumour has it that Dropbox have rejected Apple’s $800 million acquisition offer, according to BusinessInsider. They heard from two second-hand gossipers that before Dropbox, an online file storage service, raised to a $4 billion valuation, it underwent an M&A process.
Citrix and Apple was reported to have taken a look at Dropbox’s books and saw that Dropbox had potential to raise their revenue to sky-high results. Then, Apple was said to offer $800 million to acquire them, but has been declinded by Dropbox. Dropbox is reported to raise a new round of investment at an estimated four to five billion dollar valuation. Looking to have Dropbox on your iPhone? Download it at the App Store.