Revolution through Evolution

Robin: The Smarter Smartphone

In a world of selfies, movies, notes for the whole year and not to forget the infinite number of Whatsapp images and videos, there is always a space crunch. We people just can’t have enough of storage space. Then here’s Batman Robin to your rescue. The startup Nextbit has come up with a smartphone with 100GB of free cloud storage. Don’t let the word startup misguide you. Nextbit's team includes former Google and Cyanogen executives, HTC's former design director, and a well-respected guy who has been a journalist and a PR person. Thus packed with experience and an out of the box idea, Nextbit thinks Robin can make the difference in this competitive market.

Nextbit's software, which runs on top of Android, is designed to learn your habits and automatically offload photos and apps that haven't been used in a long time to the cloud to free up storage as necessary. But don’t worry, a simple tap on the greyed out icon will download your photos/apps without a change in data or settings. It’s also optimised so as to upload your stuff to the cloud when ideal conditions are met (Wi-Fi connection, phone plugged in etc). Since it does all this automatically users can stop worrying about making space on their phone or deleting stuff which they don’t need but they don’t want to delete also (I’m sure all of us have loads in this category).

The device is starkly rectangular, but with circular details throughout. The Robin's all-plastic chassis houses a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 2,680mAh battery, and 13-megapixel camera. Unique additions include a USB Type-C charging port and fingerprint scanner embedded into the side-mounted power button. The Robin is completely carrier and bootloader unlocked and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile LTE. 

Currently raising funds for their project on kickstarter.com, Nextbit has already exceeded its goal of $500,000. The company has raised $916,548 with 20 days still left for the campaign to end. Priced at $299, the phone is expected to start shipping from January 2016, when it’ll have a retail price of $300.

Finally a solution to our storage problems!


Saksham Garg

I love to read and explore new ideas. I take pleasure in expressing my views on such topics and sharing it, thus learning from my mistakes and improving. I have a very positive attitude towards life which also explains my love for humour. I hope to grow and learn as much as I can in life.