MyGa­lerie

Take ev­ery­thing on the road… as long as it fits into 128GB or so

Mac Format - - RATED - SD cards are swap­pable Off­line down­load­ing/play­back Unim­pres­sive bat­tery life No Mac app for Wi-Fi play­back

£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.

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