SanDisk Connect: Share and Stream Your Mobile Media Anywhere (For Less)
When was the last time you held a roll of 35mm film in your hands? For a vast majority of folks, it's been a while seeing as how most cell phones now pull triple duty as our comms, our cameras, and our pocket computers). But getting photos and files off your phone has always been a sticking point-you either have to run cables to your computer, email yourself the files, or entrust your sensitive data to some company's insecure cloud. With
The Connect USB will be available in 16 and 32 GB varieties, $50 and $60 respectively, and are available for pre-order from Amazon today. A two-hour charge provides four hours of continuous runtime, and it's able to stream up to three separate video streams simultaneously to eight connected devices using its 802.11 BGN radio or on the web at Sandisk.com/WFD . Unfortunately, you can't actually use these access points to surf the web.
What's more, the drive's 16/32GB MicroSD card will be swappable, allowing you to load multiple drives with media for sharing. The device's management app is available for iOS , Android , and Kindle Fire right now, though SanDisk is reportedly working on one for WP8 as well.
The Wireless Media Drive works essentially the same way as the USB but offers better performance and more storage. The Media Drive will be available in 16 and 32 GB for $80 and $100, respectively. Runtime and streaming capabilities are both improved with a three hour charge delivering five hours of continuous operation and up to five simultaneous 720p streams to eight connected devices. Plus, the Media Drive includes an SD slot allowing you to either pull data off the internal memory or a swappable SD card/adapter. Unfortunately, the device does not support SD cards higher than their native capacities so you can't expand its capacity with a spare 64GB+ SD card. The Media Drive's management app will be available at launch for iOS , Android , and Kindle Fire .
And while the Media Drive can't compete with the
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