Kingston Wi-Drive wireless storage for iOS review (video)
25 December 2012
Conclusion: Due to both price and storage limitations, the Kingston Wi-Drive will act as a crutch for most users when it ships on July 25th, providing a temporary storage boost just until you're ready to upgrade to a new device. If you're thinking about shelling out well over $100 just to increase your iOS storage, chances are you're going to opt for a higher-capacity model the next time around, leaving your Wi-Drive to sit around and collect dust.
Pros: Slim, attractive design, Good battery life while streaming video, Internet pass-through allows web access
Cons: Only compatible with iOS devices, Capacity limited to 16GB or 32GB, Pricier than selecting a higher-capacity device
Conclusion: The Kingston Wi-Drive is a handy companion to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that adds storage and streams content to multiple devices, but its specs don't quite match its high price tag.
Pros: Compact, light build. Can stream content to three devices simultaneously. Simple to add content. Companion iOS app makes connecting easy.
Cons: Expensive for the amount of storage you get. Short battery life. Only works with iOS devices. Limited to iOS-native file formats.
Conclusion: So eventually the Kingston Wi-Drive is a good product, but with capacities of only 16GB and 32GB, it definitely is limiting. The price difference from and 8GB to 16GB to 32GB or 64GB iOS device (basically doubling the storage) is AED 400. The 16GB Wi-Drive sells for AED 299 while the 32GB goes for AED 499.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I really cannot believe that there are not other devices like this out there. With Apple products you are really limited when it comes to space and even 64GB may not be enough will all of the apps and games out there. The Wi-Drive from Kingston makes it extremely easy to add extra storage to your Apple device.
Pros: Small and compact, Easy to setup and use, Can stream to multiple devices, Can connect to other networks
Cons: Only an iOS app available right now, Priced at a premium
Conclusion: If your phone or tablet has the ability to accept memory cards it is of course much cheaper to just buy one of those and pop into the phone. However, if the phone or tablet does not support external memory cards or if you plan to travel and need to stream to multiple devices at the same time, these external drives are perfect.
Excerpt: Many of you would know Kingston as one of the biggest memory manufacturers in the world, if not the biggest. Kingston has been in the process of spreading its wings the past few years with a move to hit more consumers with its Solid State Disk drives, high-performance HyperX memory kits and now the Wi-Drive.
Summary: We like the pocketability of the Kingston Wi-Drive, as well as its easy setup and strong performance. However, $174 is a lot to pay for just 32GB of storage. While the Seagate GoFlex Satellite costs $199, you get 500GB of space, which makes up for its larger size and weight. But for those who value portability, the Wi-Drive is a good choice.
Pros: Small and lightweight design, Easy setup, Smooth streaming performance