San­Disk Con­nect Wire­less Stick

Be­fore you stump up for that more ex­pen­sive 128GB iPad, con­sider this

Mac Format - - RATED -

From £19.99 (16GB) to £69.99 (128GB) Man­u­fac­turer San­Disk, san­disk.co.uk

Needs iOS 8 or higher Ca­pac­ity 16, 32, 64 or 128GB Fea­tures Wi-Fi, USB charg­ing

Ap­ple charges a pre­mium for iOS de­vices with higher stor­age ca­pac­i­ties, and doesn’t al­low any re­mov­able stor­age. There’s a so­lu­tion, though; this de­vice is a self-pow­ered flash drive with built-in Wi-Fi. The idea is that you plug it into your Mac us­ing USB and, as it charges, copy video and other big files to it, even or­gan­is­ing things in fold­ers. When you’re on the move, switch it on and con­nect to the stick’s Wi-Fi net­work (a pass­word is op­tional) and use the free iOS app to stream movies, mu­sic and other file types like pic­tures or PDFs from the drive to the de­vice.

You can also set it to au­to­mat­i­cally back up pho­tos from your de­vice and choose to delete them from it, ef­fec­tively free­ing up lots of space on de­vices of low ca­pac­ity. You can copy data from the stick back to the iOS de­vice too, though copy­ing whole fold­ers isn’t sup­ported, just in­di­vid­ual files. It’s pos­si­ble to stream to up to four de­vices at once, which will de­crease the quoted 4.5-hour bat­tery life a lit­tle. There’s an in­ter­net shar­ing fa­cil­ity in the app that’s sup­posed to let you keep us­ing the in­ter­net while on the stick’s Wi-Fi, but this didn’t seem to work.

Nev­er­the­less, this wire­less stick, es­pe­cially in the higher ca­pac­i­ties, is a very cost-ef­fec­tive way to add a lot of stor­age to your iOS de­vice, and it’s truly por­ta­ble. For the sake of a couple of ex­tra steps to get to your movies, it saves you a for­tune on buy­ing a higher ca­pac­ity iPhone or iPad. Hollin Jones An af­ford­able way to add a ton of very por­ta­ble stor­age to an iOS de­vice – great if you saved money buy­ing one.

Af­ford­able ca­pac­ity boost

Stream­ing works very well

USB 2.0 is slow for large files

In­ter­net shar­ing seems buggy

This USB stick has a built-in bat­tery and the abil­ity to cre­ate a Wi-Fi net­work.

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