Smartphones and tablets are ideal for watching videos, listening to music and storing photos. It's not surprising that after I started actively using these devices in my everyday life that I discovered that Apple memory would soon be used up. Whereas internal flash drives in most Android devices could be expanded using a micro SDHC card, owners of Apple devices don't have such a luxury.
Of course, it's not difficult to buy an iPad or iPhone with the most extensive features. However, it will initially be more expensive. Moreover, the beginner will have some difficulty gauging how much memory he or she will initially need. This understanding usually comes after extensive use. Secondly, even the maximum memory capacity is far from the end-all for those looking to store a large multimedia collection on the device.
There's only one solution: the use of an external drive or cloud service. The main advantage is convenience. I quickly learned that it is far better and easier to store necessary albums and videos on an external device rather than copy music or movies from my PC to my devices' memory every time, or move photos from my iPad to my iPhone or vice versa. As a result, I always have the desired files on hand. Only after a couple months of using Dropbox together with my iPad did I completely forget about previous situations where I had to remember or think long about which device a recently downloaded video or photo had been saved to before showing my friends.
The simplest way to resolve the problem of limited memory on the iPad/iPhone is to buy a Wi-Fi drive. I did just that. The standard external HDD with USB interface didn't suit me because iOS devices don't have the required slot. And it's not very convenient to work with a tablet while a cable is sticking out. Wireless HDDs are linked with the help of a Wi-Fi connection. Through this medium, the app through which the file system navigates, synchronizes all files, searches and works with the data carried out, and is installed onto an iPad/iPhone's memory. The built-in accumulator provides for the function of mobile HDD devices. For example, I can now watch movies stored in HDD on the screen of my tablet while traveling, and the disc is in my bag.
Wireless HDDs are relatively new devices explaining why there are not too many models on the market yet. One of them is G-Technology G-Connect with a capacity of 500GB, supporting the 802.11n wireless standard. It is produced in a white form factor, perfectly matching the design of Apple devices. Up to five devices can be simultaneously switched to G-Connect in video-playing mode. However, if we speak of HD video, the number of devices is reduced to three. To charge it, you can hook the device to a power outlet, USB port or car adapter.
A wireless connection (via Wi-Fi) and a traditional one are combined with the Seagate GoFlex Satellite. It has the same capacity, or 500GB, and is compatible with both the iOS and Android standard. The built-in battery provides up to 5 hours of autonomous work in video playing mode and more than one day in waiting mode. The black flashy face surface of the device's body is adorned by silver sides.
Both G-Connect and GoFlex Satellite are good but they are not very compact and light-weight because classic hard drives are still in their early phases. Compared with them, Kingston Wi-Drive is a real hop o' my thumb. Its size is comparable with iPhone 4, so it's convenient to carry not only in a bag but in a pocket as well. This device is produced on the solid state drive basis. Although I didn't see any big volumes of memory here: Wi-Drive is sold in modifications with 16, 32 and 64GB capacity. The built-in accumulator lasts for 4 hours of autonomous video playing.
As you see, wireless drives need regular recharging, and the accumulator's resources enough last typically only for a few hours. Moreover, the accumulator of the mobile device switched to the hard drives also "dies" faster than during movie playback from built-in memory. These drives also cost more than external HDDs of similar or identical capacity.