Nextbit Robin – Bringing the Cloud to Everyone

The Nextbit Robin is a smartphone and a cloud service born on Kickstarter. When you first hear about its features, you will find it a “unique” phone as it deviates from a lot of norms within the smartphone market. At the same time, it is refreshing to learn and use a mobile phone that is something different. The handset heavily relies on cloud-based storage solutions. Therefore, instead of forcing you to purchase microSD cards with large capacities, or rely solely on internal storage, users will immediately get 100GB of cloud storage to keep all sorts of things such as photos, music, videos, documents, and even apps. It even has an “auto-storage” feature wherein it will learn by itself if you’re not using an app for a good long while and will automatically store it inside your own cloud storage.

Nextbit Robin - Bringing the Cloud to Everyone

Nextbit Robin Provides More Storage Options

When an app or a game is moved from the Nextbit Robin to your personal cloud storage, it doesn’t get deleted. It will just be grayed-out on the menu. Tap on it again and it will re-download itself with all your progress intact. Have not played a game in a while and you suddenly want to play it again? Download it back from your cloud storage and you can immediately resume where you left off instead of starting from page 1.

Still, the Nextbit Robin and its unique set of features sound really great on paper, but not so much in real life usage. To start, the phone needs to be connected with a Wi-Fi connection to re-download stuff. If you’re outside and could not see a viable Wi-Fi connection in sight, then you would have to use your cellular data allowance to get the app back. Therefore, you will be completely reliant on your service’s signal. In other words, no signal, no download.

Aside from its full-on cloud-based feature set, another differentiator is its design. Even though it is made of plastic, it is made of impressive plastic. It has a matte back that feels exceptionally grippy, and the angular look really stands out.

Those who are interested in getting the Nextbit Robin should know that it will come in two color options – a completely black variant and a version with a mint green and white combo. If you’re the type who needs a whole lot of mobile phone storage, then this may be the answer to your prayers.


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