By Mike Riley on Wed, 06/12/2013
When I reviewed Kingston's Wi-Drive around this time last year, I was impressed by the product's innovative solution to the fixed storage capacity of the iPhone and iPad. Even though 64 (or even 128) gigabytes of storage seems like plenty for an iOS device, it's really not if you shoot a lot of video or have a library full of high resolution photos. Before the Wi-Drive came on the market, you were stuck with either lugging along a laptop paired with the iPhone or iPad or using Apple's camera adapter kit. The Wi-Drive made it easy to transport a large volume of media and have it accessible to any Wi-Fi device.
But a year ago, the fixed drive and slow data transfer rate limited the product. Getting data on or off the drive meant either connecting it to a computer's USB port or via Wi-Fi. And if you ran out of drive space with no means to move files to another storage medium, few options alleviated the constraint. Since the Wi-Drive is essentially a Wi-Fi router with a hard drive, you had to be connected to its network to access the Wi-Drive's storage at the expense of any other Wi-Fi network you used to connect to the Internet.
Having learned from this initial product offering, listening to customers, and observing media storage habits, Kingston has released a major iterative improvement to the Wi-Fi storage sharing concept. The MobileLite Wireless ($69.99) addresses all the shortcomings of the Wi-Drive while bringing some welcome new features that set it apart from anything else on the market.