By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 08/09/2012
As a matter of principle, I try not to buy the higher memory configurations of iPhones and iPads. It doesn't seem right to charge an extra $100 for 16GB or even 32GB of additional memory, considering SD cards sell for a fraction of that amount. But I do find myself running out of memory, especially when it comes to videos and music.
Fortunately, PhotoFast has a low cost, reliable solution. The i-FlashDrive is a USB flash drive with a 30 pin connector on the opposite end. You can plug the USB end into your computer and copy files in either direction. Then you can plug the 30 pin end into your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and, using their free app, transfer files and even launch many formats of files like movies and music directly from their app. The app even supports AirPlay so you can stream videos to Apple TV and audio can be routed via Bluetooth.
The app also integrates with DropBox, so you can have a great deal of flexibility where your files are located.
You can use the i-FlashDrive to transfer files between iOS devices, as well as between an iOS device and a computer, or of course between computers as with a regular USB drive.
Another neat feature is a button to backup your contacts, and of course, restore them.
There are competing solutions, from Seagate and Kingston, and I've written about them before. My concern with those devices is the reliance on WiFi. Too often, my Kingston drive would lose its connection, making it impractical. The wired connection of the i-FlashDrive makes it a lot more reliable.
It also helps that no battery is required. Those wireless based solutions typically last four hours maximum. And they are also larger. The PhotoFast drive is about the size of a USB drive so it's easy to put in your pocket or gadget bag.
With rumors of a new 19 pin connector in the next generation of iOS products, I hope they will either offer an adaptor or updated model.
The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and even 64GB configurations. If you're running up against the memory limit of your current iOS device, or you'd like the cross platform solution it provides, the i-FlashDrive.