Take everything on the road… as long as it fits into 128GB or so
£45 Manufacturer Hauppauge, hauppauge.co.uk
Requires Device running iOS 4.3 or later, up to 128GB per card, 5 device max MyGalerie is an SD card reader with a special trick; it can beam content to up to five devices over its own Wi-Fi network. With each SD card holding up to 128GB of content, that’s an easy enough way to bolster the limited storage on iPad and iPhone, with Android also supported. It’s not, however, nearly as convenient as alternatives such as the LaCie Fuel and Seagate GoFlex Satellite, which are straight-up hard drives with their eyes on the terabyte range and for around the same price (when the cost of a big SD card or two is factored in). MyGalerie suffers from their same issues, though; limited battery life (it promises four hours’ streaming video, but we got slightly more than that to one device) and a reliance on Wi-Fi.
The free app is a no-frills one, with a file browser that shows directories and a multimedia browser that just throws everything into a big lump, with no previews or other niceties. Files can be downloaded as well as streamed but only one at a time – which is going to make downloading, say TV episodes, fiddly and time consuming. Formats such as AVI and MKV are indirectly supported with links to external apps, but only a couple are supported when streaming – both paid and free versions. The result, though, is still less than pleasant to use, especially with media that needs more than your device’s storage, and especially if split over multiple cards to compensate for SD card limitations. Richard Cobbett
Not convinced SD is better than HD, except maybe for indecisive photographers with a stockpile.
By default the MyGalerie has no security, but a password can be added in the app.