Available as 32gb, 64gb and 128gb capacities
www.kingston.com, priced from £60.50 for 32gb
THE rise of smartphones is staggering — hundreds, if not thousands of people exchange their old mobile for a new smartphone model every day of every week.
Anyone who owns a smartphone or even a tablet such as an iPad will agree that the biggest downfall is storage.
We have an urge to fill these devices with apps and take photos freely and frequently.
One option is to sign up to a cloud-based storage solution but as I have found myself, this only offers a temporary solution unless you are willing to splash the cash for larger storage capacities.
The other problem with cloud-based storage is that it isn’t physical. When you have a CD, a USB stick, a portable hard drive or even a 3½in floppy disk, you have something physical which fills you with a sense of confidence that you have your precious data in your hands.
So if you need extra storage and want something physical to hold for that ‘peace of mind’, then the Wi-Drive is the answer.
The Kingston Wi-Drive is best described as a blend between a portable hard drive and a cloud-based storage solution.
Yes you have a physical drive to hold — the drive is about the size of an iPhone — but all communication between your smartphone, iPad, iPod or tablet is carried out over the airwaves.
The Wi-Drive works by appearing as a WiFi hotspot — you simply connect and transfer documents to and fro between the drive.
If you want to be able to connect to the internet at the same time as connecting your WiFi to the Wi-Drive, the unit cleverly manages to allow you to filter through the drive to the internet.
The Wi-Drive has its own app for both Apple and Android devices which lets you move, share and organise your files — between three users connected simultaneously.
The Wi-Drive is so clever, three users can connect to the unit at the same time and share, view or edit their files.
Not forgetting that smartphone users probably own a computer as well, the Wi-Drive can connect to any PC via a supplied USB cable.
As well as charging the device, this USB cable allows you to drag and drop files in exactly the same way as you would a traditional USB or portable hard drive unit.
I used the Wi-Drive for a couple of weeks and certainly noticed the difference.
Not only did I have additional storage for my iPad, it also made transferring large files between my devices quick and easy.
It was also handy having the ability for more than one user to connect to the drive at once. A great product but quite pricey.