Leef iBRIDGE Mobile Memory Adds Storage But at a Price

Leef gave me their iBRIDGE Mobile Memory (starts at $59.99) to try. I wanted to like it, but I have mixed feelings. It does the job, which is to provide extra storage for your iOS device, and allow for easy transfer between those iOS devices and a computer. But there are some deficiencies.

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I liked that the Leef iBRIDGE is available in many sizes, from 16 GB to 256 GB, and that it has a cute, hideaway design. I also liked that the official Leef app is straightforward and elegant. However, the transfer rate was very slow, especially for large files, and the clever design interferes with rugged cases. I had to use a CableJive adaptor to make the Leef iBRIDGE fit with my OtterBox case. The Leef is a handy gadget, but it can get expensive in higher memory configurations, topping out at $399.99 for the 256 GB. 

Pros

  • Available in many sizes, from 16 GB to 256 GB
  • Cute, hideaway design
  • Elegant app

Cons

  • Slow transfer, especially for large files
  • Design interferes with rugged cases
  • Expensive in higher memory configurations

Final Verdict

If you need more memory for your iOS device, or want to easily transfer photos, videos, and more between iOS devices and Macs or PCs, the Leef iBRIDGE will do the job. Just be patient with the transfer time.

iPhone Life Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 
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