It was broke a while back, or maybe it was just a forum thread that I read here, but it was read about a WI-FI device small enough to carry in your pocket and provide you with your own private portable cloud like storage. This little device is handy but still requires additional cabling for charging the device but it allowed you to possible carry up to 192GB with the base 64GB unit expanded with a micro SD card...
Fast forward to today
Introducing now the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive!
Yes this is all in one! charges by plugging it into a USB port, no additional cable required. But this model is at this time not expandable. But seriously, 64GB of storage space, isn't that enough? At least for starters. Now if you Google this device and look at the images one would believe it is a micro SD card adapter with Wi-Fi abilities. I have yet to see in person one that opens to expose a micro SD card. Granted the one I did see in person I didn't get a whole lot of hands on time to explore but it very well could have had that slot.
You might be thinking, what do I need this for when there are devices like the Dual USB flash drives out there now. Well lets just say your out and about somewhere, do you really want to plug a USB flash drive into your device risking damaging the port if it is bumped in the wrong way? With this device you connect wireless and you don't even have to pull it out of your pocket or purse. Yes you would have to turn it on but no need to plug it in.
There are limits to this device as there is with any device. Only 4 hours of wireless connectivity per charge on this unit versus 8 hours with the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. The Flash drives are not expandable like the media drive. But the Overview to me is impressive:
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive instantly adds up to 64 GB of storage space to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android™ device. Portable and easy to use, the drive gives you wireless mobile access to your movies, photos, music, and documents. You can wirelessly connect up to 8 devices and stream media to as many as 3 devices simultaneously--without the need for an Internet connection. The drive's battery recharges via USB and offers up to 4 hours of continuous streaming on a single charge
Now it mentions up to 4 hours of continuous streaming but it doesn't answer if that is continuous on time or can the charge be extended by turning the Wi-Fi off when not needed. If I were using one of these I wouldn't leave the Wi-Fi on all the time, especially out and about where I would want to hopefully conserve battery life.
With the ability to share files now with NFC this device also lets you do the same thing with friends and family by sharing via a wireless connection instead of the NFC connection, quite honestly, with the latest Android update 4.4.2 the wife and I can only transfer one file at a time using the NFC. Whereas with this wireless flash drive I could upload multiple files to it as she is then downloading the multiple files.
When connected to your computer using the USB port the speed of the transferring is only at the USB 2.0 rates. Size wise between the two wireless media devices from SanDisk they are both very portable and concealable.
SanDisk does also provide wonderful support for these devices and even has "How-To" tutorials on how to set it up, secure the wireless connection, stream and a basic getting started videos.
I can see this being in my inventory in the near future! As more and more devices are being made without the removable storage micro SD card this is a wonderful option to expand your storage abilities.