09-13-2009 05:00 PM - edited 09-13-2009 05:03 PM
i've had the storm for about 3 months and im really frustrated and confused because dont know how else to use it other than as a phone and checking emails. i want to use it as a PDA but i dont know how! i tried downloading applications but after 4 apps, it would tell me that the phone has no more memory to download any more. i'm pretty sure the storm is made to have more than 4 apps, so i know im doing something wrong. please help...i would like to make the most out of this phone bc i like it.
thanks in advance
p.s. ive also tried to transfer the apps to the external memory card but i cant figure out how. the only thing i can put on the external memory are music files.
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09-13-2009 05:06 PM
Hi and Welcome to the Forums!
There are three types of potential memory on a BB: 1) Application Memory, 2) Device Memory, and 3) Media/SD Card Memory
Application Memory -- This is the most crucial; it is the protected (not user accessible), dedicated, and fixed (in size) space that is available as the destination for the installation of applications (plus some application storage, overhead and such). You cannot touch AppMemory. You cannot improve the maximum AppMemory that your BB has. It is what it is. Applications can only install here...there is no option.
Device Memory -- This is space on your BB that you can touch to store files, pictures, media, etc. Typically, it is not terribly large, but it is available to you.
SD/Media Card Memory -- This is what it says...your SD card, for you to store files, media, pictures, etc. It can be as large as your BB OS can support...see this KB:
On some devices/OS levels, Device Memory and Application Memory are combined into "File Free"...these are, IMO, a little harder to administer as you really can't see well just how much AppMemory you have. Nevertheless, here are some guidelines to use:
Lastly, it is always important to properly close applications when you are done with them. Using the Back or the Red key will not do this -- those leave it to the app to decide what to do...and some will leave themselves resident in memory, consuming resources on your BB, slowing the overall performance. Rather, to close an app, press the BBKey and select "Close" or "Exit"...that will force the application to be closed, freeing up for your new use the resources it was consuming. Some apps will always remain running (typically -- BBMessenger, Browser, Homescreen, Phone, and Messages)...but, you should still close them properly - especially the Browser...if it is left on an active web page, it will not only consume extra resources but battery power as well.
Concerning using your BB as a PDA, you may have to give us a bit more information about exactly what you desire to accomplish. Or perhaps this article will be of help:
09-13-2009 05:17 PM
thanks for your reply, but sorry im quite a newbie and i'm still confused. does this mean that with hundreds and hundreds of applications from the appworld, i can only download 4-5 of them for my phone? i've seen people with tons of applications on their phone...there must be something that i'm doing wrong.
this is what it's saying on my phone:
Free Space: 10.7MB
Total Space: 879.2MB
Free Space: 874.8MB
Total Space: 7.3GB
Free Space: 7.1GB
As you can see, i barely have anything on this phone and i would like to make it more useful.
09-13-2009 05:27 PM
Your AppMemory is very low...I recommend the following:
See what your free AppMemory increases to. You might have to do this on an occaisional basis -- some do so once a day just to keep things as clean as possible. Others (like me) use an app called Quick Pull to simulate a batt-pull reboot once per day.
As for how many apps it can handle -- that is not an answerable question. It depends on the size of the apps. Larger apps = fewer can be installed. Smaller apps = more can be installed. So it's really not possible to state that only 4 or 5 apps can be installed.
09-13-2009 05:49 PM
Your AppMemory increased by 10GB? You must have a very hybrid device since the Storm has fixed AppMemory of 128MB... I'm sure you meant to say that it increased by 10MB (to ~20MB) ..