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  1. amarryat

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    I am trying to figure out what the advantage is to installing to the SD rather than to built in storage.

    Since my phone has 8GB of internal storage, apps are small, and videos/music are big, wouldn't it make more sense to install the apps to the internal memory, and store media to a 32GB micro sdhc?
     

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    Your phone won't use the entire 8 gig for apps, there is a partition and apps can only be stored on that. It's 748mb.

    If you are an app whore like many or if you have a few very large apps (there are some games that are huge files) then you may want to put them on your SD card.
     
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    Terabethia is absolutely correct. To me, apps to SD isn't a big deal, because I have 740 some odd megabytes of app storage. However, there are many phones out there that only have 200-300 MB available to them. My friend with a Nexus 1 was constantly removing apps to make room for new ones before he got froyo and could move them to the SD card.
     
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    So I guess if I had so many apps that I ran out of space, I would get a message. I just counted 56 apps I have installed from the marketplace, and according to my settings menu, I have 748MB total space, and 603MB available space. Doesn't sound like apps to SD is going to be that useful to me any time soon.
     
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    i have yet to find this useful... just delete some big apps you dont use lol
     
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    Yea, I don't use it either. But I can see how it would be useful for some people.
     
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    I have 256 apps. My daughter has her on folder with games in it, plus my stuff. And I have 456 mb left.
     
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    OK, dumb question time. Is there a way to pick and choose where to install an app? All I've found so far is Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications and then pick an app. If it has been updated to work from the SD card, the will be a button marked "Move to SD card" (or Move to phone if it is on the SD card already.) The button will be greyed out if the app has not been updated to work from the SD card.
     

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