Excerpt: I bought this HD to back-up photos when I travel with an Adroid tablet. My intention was to copy the photos from an usb device attached to the tablet for the Wireless HD. It isn´t possible, neither from the ext sd card if you have one in your tablet. You can copy only from the tablet´s main memory. You have to install an App to use the HD with the tablet. I don´t know why there is this limitation. It´s a software problem.
When it works it's amazing, but that's only 80% of the time
Z. Freeman "Zach", Amazon
10 March 2013
Summary: When this device works properly (which is about 80% of the time) it's amazing. I have a huge music collection and it's always frustrating to me not to be able to get to all of my music on my iPhone - the cloud would be fine but I can't always guarantee a Wi-Fi connection (especially on the subway) so that option doesn't work for me.
Summary: Over the years I've owned several Seagate products, including a few drives from their GoFlex line. While some products worked very well, others had its share of hiccups. When I received this item, I initially thought -- I've got plenty of portable and external HDs, why would I need this? After I put it through its paces, I now know it can serve a useful purpose in not only my daily life, but my home/mobile entertainment system as well.
Summary: It's impossible to know which video/audio formats work with the built in browsing software embedded in the device. (You can however browse the hard drive directly by specifying it's IP in internet explorer once connected and access everything with your PC's normal software) It's not listed anywhere in the documentation that came with it, and I even called seagate support and they were not able to provide me with a list of file extensions that work with it.
Pros: The wireless function works as intended. Place it down on a table, press the power button, and devices can connect to it wirelessly, and stream the content on it in real time. It's nearly idiot-proof in terms of usage. The built in interface has a upload feature that uses WiFi to put data in to it. If you want brainless storage for your mother or someone without much tech knowledge this would be for them. Turn it on, upload stuff, then press button to turn it off, tak...
Cons: However there are quite a few cons to this device that keep it from being perfect. If you have a desktop computer with a USB wifi card that also uses a wired connection at the same time for internet, you will be surprised when you connect the wireless to this hard drive. First off, connecting WiFi to this hard drive will DISABLE YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION! Even if you have a wired LAN connection at the same time, it will Hi-Jack your internet connection, blocking all in...
Summary: When you first load media onto the device, don’t expect it to show up right away. The hard drive will need some time to index the files by type and read the ID3 tags of the music. In my test scenario, I transferred 315 GB of music and videos to the hard drive and it took the drive several hours to index everything so it would show up. So don’t expect to load the drive with media and then scoot out the door expecting all of the media to be available right away.
Pros: This is truly an interesting product. Many times I’ve been limited by my phone’s anemic 16 GB of memory, especially when travelling. Anyone who loads up movies on their mobile devices for the kids to watch while on the road will tell you that it doesn't take long before you’re all filled up. How would you like your smart phone or tablet to have 1 TB of media storage?? Honestly, I wish I had this device on my last vacation.
Cons: To start, the Seagate software and the browser interface for the hard drive are just not that good. My biggest complaint would have to be that the music you load on the device is organized by its ID3 tags (artist, album, etc.). That sounds nice, however you cannot sort music by the track number. Each album lists the tracks in alphabetical order, not track order. This is a deal-breaker for albums that are meant to be played in a certain order. Pink Floyd’s The Wall is ...