Saw this little USB device in action last week and was impressed by how easy and usable it is especially for iDevice users who tend to carry a lot of media files and transfer them between from and to their laptops/PCs.
The iFlashDrive practically stores and transfers media between the iPhone/iPod/iPad to your PC very easily.
Once you plug the i-FlashDrive into your iPhone or iPad, it will automatically prompt that you need to download the corresponding app from the iTunes App Store. Once installed, you can now access all of the files stored inside the device.
One end of the i-FlashDrive has the standard 30-pin connector while the other end has the USB 2.0 port. You can plug the USB into your laptop or PC and start copying media files into it (the device comes in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants).
Unplug and and connect it to your iPhone/iPad, launch the iFlashDrive app and start playing all the media files straight away. The iFlashDrive acts as some sort of File Manager since you have options to create new Folders, create new Text file, record voice, paste content from Clipboard and import Photos from Photo Library.
The case use is pretty simple, very easy to use and works all the time. If there’s one thing I’m a bit uneasy about it is that the transfer rate from my laptop to the USB is a little slow — it peaks at around 5MB/s which is decent but could be faster especially if we’re dealing with large media files here.
Since the unit still uses the old 30-pin connector, I am told that it will work with the 9-pin adapter.
I imagine that people who takes a lot of photos and videos using their iPhone or the ones who watches a lot of movies on their iPad will find this device interesting.
If you have a DropBox account, the app can also link it to the iFlashDrive so you can sync files between the USB and your DropBox folder.
The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD is expected to retail at the following prices:
8GB – PHp3,500
16GB – Php5,500
32GB – Php8,500
64GB – Php12,500
Should be available in stores by now but will update this post once we get the list of sellers.
Update: You can find them in all A.Shop branches (Eastwood, High Street, etc.) and GameStop in VirraMall and Trinoma.