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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sandisk delivers a solid alternative for storage!

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    AngelsFan02
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    Here's my full review of the Sandisk USB Connect: Since the arrival of the iPad, 3rd party companies have tried to come up with a workable solution for expanding storage. The most successful ones were Drop Box, Box, and other cloud based solutions. They've been joined by Google Drive, Skydrive, and iCloud, with all competing for the future of cloud computing. That's all well in good, until you don't have an internet connection and you're not wanting to use that precious mobile data on a capped plan. Meanwhile, industry bearers like Western Digital and Seagate offered a different approach: turn a personal hard drive into a sort of cloud device by having it broadcast its own wifi signal, independent from an ISP. While this was a great idea, it was based around older, slower tech that any iPad, Nexus, or Kindle Fire's flash based architecture would eat for lunch. Plus, everyone has a heartbreaking tale of dropping a $100+ on an external hard drive, only for it to fail, taking with it all that precious data. To add to that headache even well regarded companies couldn't figure out how to make a solution intuitive enough for the average user. Enter Sandisk Connect! This device essentially provides users the best of cloud speed with the dependability of having the data physically on hand. Perhaps the best thing about the device is it works across platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows). While the purest may hate to admit it, most homes have a combination of devices: a Windows computer for work and an iPad for home, or Galaxy S4 paired with a Macbook Pro. To have a device that gets pictures, movies, documents, and pdfs to all is extremely convenient. To do it with flash architecture and a speedy built in wifi network is even better. To provide all this with a well regarded brand name for $50 to $60 is unbelievable. Sandisk Connect does it reliably and well. Photographers will especially find it convenient as my tests not only showed reliable use with JPEG but RAW as well (Cannon CR2 files to be exact. I expect this to be a case by case deal as my iPad Air natively recognizes the file, but my Nexus 4 does not). The device shines brightest when working with photos, pdfs, and docs...all things that USB 2.0 tech was originally built for. The free app through iOS and Android is a standout and very intuitive for most tech users. Video is where Sandisk Connect shows to be a mixed bag. Streaming a lower res video (540p and lower) is a breeze. Start to stream photos or other videos to another device simultaneously and you'll quickly experience buffering and slow loading. I was able to stream the entire length of The Avengers in SD, but not much else. If you can make that work, then the Sandisk Connect is for you. If you have visions of loading a 64gb card with full length HD movies and streaming them, you'll be disappointed. First loading an HD movie on the thumb drive is painfully slow over USB 2.0. Second, the file size limit for transferring to the device is 3.99 gb or less (more than any full length movie in HD). There may be workarounds to this, but even so you're gonna be out of luck when you hit buffer after buffer during the film. We're probably a generation cycle or two away from seeing the HD video streaming match that of other tasks, just in time for USB 3.0 to be a little cheaper. Sandisk Connect can also hop onto your internet hotspot allowing you to surf the net while loading content from the drive. I took the time to write a thorough review because I do believe this is a great solution for many smartphone and tablet users. I do not know how well this product stands up to wear, tear, and the test of time. But for $50 and the quality Sandisk usually brings, it's worth the gamble. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Handy way to transfer camera photos

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    MuVLuvr
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    My DSLR camera uses an SD card and will accept up to a 128Gb card. A microSD card adapter makes the micro SD card (included with the SanDisk flash drive) easy to use in my camera. I'm then able to put my latest photos into the SanDisk flash drive, turn on the wifi, and transfer selected photos fro my camera card to my iPhone...then use email or text for sharing the photos when wifi access is not readily available (within carrier data network) ...There is no longer a need to wait until I get back to my desktop or laptop computer card readers. Now there is also no need to carry that heavy laptop on vacation anymore...or wait/rent a hotel lobby machine. I am also able to store and stream my favorite music and videos (which can be easily stored on the SD card) to my phone for those airport delays. A word to the wise, though: The 32Gb flash drive will accept larger SD cards, but they must be reformatted to FAT32 (Directions, downloads, etc are available on the SanDisk website) and only accept file sizes less than 4Gb. After purchasing this 32GB flash drive, I followed it up by purchasing the 64Gb version...which accepts a 128Gb microSD card and will allow file sizes greater than 4Gb. Both drives are handy and work well. A review of your memory card needs and compatibilities would be a good idea before purchase. The flash drive charges easily and quickly and lasts long enough to watch videos and listen to music. It can be recharged using any USB charging device including a spare battery source.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A partial fix for storage limits in mobile devices

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    rockhunter
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    I don't have an Apple OS device to use with this so my experience is limited to Android 4.x and Windows 7 & 8 systems. There is a reason that the two current versions are 16GB and 32GB it doesn't support SDXC formatted flash cards currently only SDHC format. You can format a 64GB card to FAT32 but it may not work with some other devices and the standard Windows formatting utility doesn't handle reformatting an SDXC flash card to FAT32 (SDHC# format. At the current time a free 3rd-party utility program is the Windows PC solution given in the Sandisk FAQ. So with out restriction you probably should stick to SDHC microSD cards. The free Android app. works very well with the drive as a media server #documents, music, pictures, video) files. I am still working with my Windows 8 tablet to get the same degree of integration with it as I get with Android tablets and phones with the Android app. where I think the drive works really well. I would recommend the drive to my friends with Android devices and with a couple cautions to my friends who would want to use it with a PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good solution for iOS device storage

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    Bruno
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    I purchased this for an overseas trip where I knew I would have limited internet. I wanted to take only an iPhone -- no laptop -- but still take lots of photos and videos that would otherwise quickly use all the storage space on my iPhone. It worked great for this purpose. As soon as I shot a video, I wirelessly transferred it to the flash drive, then deleted it from my phone and was able to shoot several times the amount of video that would otherwise be available to store on my phone. I knock off a star -- perhaps unfairly -- because I was under the impression from the product description that uploading other data from my phone to the flash drive was equally easy. It does not appear to be designed to work like that, however. Documents, for example, can be downloaded from a computer to the flash drive then wirelessly sent to your phone. But the reverse process is not available except for photos and videos. Or if it is, I haven't been able to figure out how to do it yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice product, storage via wifi.

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    JuJuBeans
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    Ok so first things first. This product works like a champ with apple devices. Android.....not so much. I have an android phone (note 3) and an iPad 2. There is an app you download for each device, and you have to go to wifi settings and connect to the device. On the apple device it's easy and connects solidly. I mainly use this to store pdfs and movies. The app itself will not run the files but you can download the corresponding working app and can open the file through the proper app. You can also download a copy of the file to the device storage through the app. This has proven indespensible on my very limited on space iPad. Now my phone. It just doesn't play very well. I can get it to connect but there are frequent disconnects. And sometimes my phone has a very hard time finding the device. Once i do get it connected it does work, but like i said a bitnof a hastle. This seems to be the common issue with this device. Works awesome with apple and just gets by with android. I still recommend it though, wifi storage is a wonderful and convenient thing to have, even more so if you only carry apple devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek design

    Posted
    tthhtt
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    I jumped on this wireless flash drive when it was on sale and compounded the deal by applying a promo code I received from Student Deals. Which ever is on a better sale, buy it because here is a little trick to this Wireless Flash Drive. There is a flap on the side that carries the microSD card. That's right. You can swap out the memory cards. I've placed a 64GB and 128GB memory card in it; it has worked for both cards. This is a great piece to have so you can share files or even use it as a microSD card adapter in a pinch. Sure the transfer speed isn't that great but ti be able to expand it and share files makes it a great buy. I sort of wish the USB drive was shorter in length but then how would it sustain its battery life and sturdiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little device

    Posted
    CFink
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    I primarily purchased this product for streaming video while on the go. It has multiple simultaneous stream capacity (different files to different devices at the same time) and I've never experienced any buffering issues. The stated memory is actually an embedded micro SD card which can be replaced with a higher capacity one. You connect to the device via WiFi, either by using the devices assigned ip address (through your browser of choice) or the Android/iOS app. By default this disconnects you from accessing internet however, the settings menu allows you to assign a preferred pass through network so you can maintain your connection to the internet while accessing files on the drive. You also have the option to assign a password to the devices built in network, it's open by default. The menu also allows you to designate a custom auto shut off after a certain period of inactivity to save battery. The unit will still broadcast/stream while charging. Not to mention the fact it also functions as a standard usb flash drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Has its uses

    Posted
    GradStudies
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    Overall I like this device. My studies and school have me working in a clinic setting where i cannot bring my laptop / books with me into various treatment rooms, patient intakes, etc... however, I can bring a small mobile device (Ipad mini, smartphone, tablet, etc...) The ease of being able to quickly find and add a file to my "device" that pertains to what I am dealing with in the clinic is nice. The fact that I can then put it back on the Sandisk instead of taking up room on my tablet is nice too. It also means I can pre-load the stick with a lot more information to access should I need it and just keep it in my pocket. The only thing I wish it could do was work wirelessly with my laptop and not need to be plugged in. Then I could quickly pop into the office, quickly upload or download something and rush back out without having to fish it out, plug it in, etc... BTW, it does have a pretty nice wireless range I've found which allows me to grant access to my colleagues so they can be looking at what I am during our shifts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great option to expand storage for Apple products

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    bimbot
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    I hate how Apple still sells their stuff with only 16gb. Because of this, I never store anything on the iPad anymore. The 16gb is barely enough for all the apps I use (DJ apps, productivity, some games, etc.). This thing allows me to access media and other documents without taking up any of the measly 16gb on my iPad. I haven't done any battery run-down tests but I've only had this thing for a few days and I use it sparingly; still going strong. After playing with it a little, I noticed you can remove SD card that sits in it. I'm guessing the rest of the body houses the electronics to make it wifi-accessible and the actual memory part just takes up a small slot. This leads me to believe that while I bought the 32gb version, you may be able to get a 64gb or 128gb even and replace it. I haven't tried, but when I get a chance, I may tinker with that and see if it's feasible. If I do, I'll definitely update my review. As is, this thing does what it says it does and does it well. No complaints here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good in theory, not so much in practice

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    KentuckyHouse
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    WiFi on a memory stick sounds like a fantastic idea, especially with phones moving away from internal SD storage. In practice, though, this stick could be done better with a more simple interface. The transfer speeds aren't great, but that may be a limitation of the technology. I've yet to find a way to transfer multiple attachments at once (so far, I can only seem to transfer one file at a time, but this may be user error). It's also odd to me how once you connect your phone to the stick, your data connection on the phone shuts down (so you don't get any notifications while connected). Maybe WiFi isn't the way to do this sort of thing and NFC would be a better choice. I bought this when it was on sale and used $20 in Best Buy credit on it as well, so it was very cheap. At that price, it makes it worth it. But at full price, I wouldn't recommend it until the technology has matured a bit. One pro is that it seems to hold a charge forever. I rarely have a need to charge it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great item - Would be better if Apple made IOS fix

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    NoleTim
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    I bought this for a couple of reasons. 1 - to back up pictures and videos when traveling and the device gets low on storage. For this it works great. The App is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. 2 - I wanted to be able to put movies that I rented on iTunes on it to watch on my iPad while traveling. Apparently the newer IOS does not allow that to happen which is very disappointing. Half the time, I can't even get a movie on my iPad because of the limited space. (drives me crazy that Apple does not use removable storage - separate issue, don't get me started). I have an older iPod Touch and this feature works, but who wants to watch movies on such a small screen! I hope Apple does an IOS update to fix this issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to stream content without internet

    Posted
    pleomorph
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    The "cloud" is great for streaming movies and music, until your cable and internet goes out or you have a power failure. Once you load up this flash drive with movies, music, and pictures from your computer, it creates its own WiFi network that you can connect to from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or Kindle Fire. You can then watch movies on your tablet without needing an internet connection, which is handy when you have bored kids in the car. Just remember that the movies you copy to this drive from your computer must be in a format supported by the device you want to play it on. As an added bonus, you can backup the photos on your phone to this flash drive using the SanDisk app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bought to easily transfer files across devices

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    beyondc64
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    Previously used a portable USB hard-drive. Most of the time this 32 GB stick can do whatever I need. I can store files via wireless connection between phone , android tablet and computer. or the stick can plug into tablet, or into computer. I can keep extra books or movies on it and move them via wifi to my tablet. Can download a file from web via 3G phone, move it to stick then move it to wifi only tablet. Portable, lasts a while (days) from charge, don't have to carry spare power supply or cables. Sandisk supports streaming from the stick but that uses more power and seemed to lag, due to speed of connection on tablet and speed to decompress codec. Easier to move to tablet first, then turn off stick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works, although slowly

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    studio421
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    Can't fault the company when they post the speeds of the read/write. However after charging and downloading app and setting up app and logging on with app ( alot of and's ) I was not able to view my video due to speed of signal from the device. Yes it functions as a USB drive and the chip can be replaced for a higher one ( up to 32Gbs on this model ) but due to internal workings it will not work with 64Gbs on up. So now I have a expensive 32Gbs drive that would work for pictures, slide presentations and so on, but not for decent video quality. So if you get this beware that you will be a high priced slow USB drive with wifi that will last maybe 3 hours max and can not be used while charging.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, convenient, and useful WiFi Thumb Drive

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    zpenguin
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    This is a good, convenient, and useful product. Basically, it is an expensive USB thumb drive, but goes beyond that. It offers WiFi connectivity of a uSD card for your tablet or phone, and is compatible with iOS or Android products. This makes for very convenient transfer of files between PC, Android, and iOS devices. The required apps that must be used with this device is a little cumbersome to use. However, the non-ergonomic app and somewhat expensive "thumb drive" is well worth the added cost in that it provides WiFi for moving personal files around between most of popular devices without use of the cloud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with iPad

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    Jukes
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    I use this when I travel so I have extra movies and music available for my iPad. The stick creates its own mini network and the app to play movies and music works great. This will play iTunes purchased movies as well through Safari. The only thing I couldn't get to work was the internet passthrough. You are supposed to be able to connect to the stick and a wifi network at the same time so you can access the internet and your stick files at the same time. This doesn't bother me much as I just switch over to a wifi source if I need an internet connection. All in all, this is well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy set-up, high capacity

    Posted
    Hillbilly43
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    Purchased for wireless transfer of files and photos between an iPad and a desktop computer. The flash drive worked flawlessly with the wireless connection to the iPad. A problem was encountered when trying to plug the unit into the front USB port on an older Dell 8250 desktop. The computer port was slightly recessed, and the flash drive could not be plugged in due to the size of its case. This required the purchase of a USB extension cable, which solved the problem when placed between the computer and flash drive. The 32 GB capacity of the flash drive is a great addition to the 16 GB capacity of my iPad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shaky start but strong recovery!

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    ShonnInAustinTX
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    Initial attempt to connect to the wireless flash drive resulted in Android app crash! Several more attempts got the same results. I was ready to put it back in the box and return it to get a refund when I was prompted to update the FW (firmware) on the device. After the FW update everything was working perfectly! Streamed movies to 3 devices. Even streamed the same movie to multiple devices with no interruptions. This is going to work great in the car for long road trips. Everyone can access their movies from a single device! No more disks, no more wires. Awesome device, highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Device!!!

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    ZaDoc
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    Sets up in minutes, works FLAWLESSLY in transferring pics to and from my iPhone 6+ to ANY computer or other Wi-Fi connected smart phones. Large capacity, fast data transfer, easy organization of files, long battery life, great led status indicators, and completely portable and simple to use! Alien Technology for sure... a USB thumbdrive with built-in WiFi??? INCREDIBLE and AWSOME :-) The fastest data transfer is obtained by connecting via Wi-Fi DIRECTLY to the chip using your smart phone. The USB data transfer method works BEST using PC's or USB compatible devices. Works AMAZING!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

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    Jred726
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    I wish I knew about this gadget years ago, if it's been out that long. This drive has it's OWN wifi for you to connect your device to and watch movies from it or access files such as photos and documents. I work EMS and this comes in handy when we are sitting on post not doing anything for hours at a time. I simply connect my phone to it and start watching movies. I can even share other movies with my coworkers or anyone else in the vicinity. We connected 6 devices to it and were all watching a different movie with perfect speeds. No buffering or anything. I'm in love with this flash drive. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend