Kingston Wi-Drive for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; starts at $130

Summary:Store and share files between up to 3 iOS devices through the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity on the new flash-based Wi-Drive from Kingston.

Running out of room on your 32 GB iPad 2 or just need to share files between several iOS devices simultaneously? Well Kingston has your back with its new Wi-Drive that comes in both 16 GB and 32 GB models that just launched at Computex today.

Wi-Drive is a wireless, portable flash drive that can transfer files to three different iOS devices within a 30 foot range at the same time. It definitely takes its design cues and form factor from the iPod touch, with rounded corners in a glossy case that measures 4.7" by 2.4" and only about 0.3" thick. Like any USB flash device, the Wi-Drive does not discriminate between different file formats so you can carry everything from music, videos to office documents on one device. "It's also a great companion for Windows users on iPads," according to its website, "as it removes the frustration of using auto sync to view content."

To use the Wi-Drive, simply transfer your files from your computer to the Wi-Drive via USB, as well as download the Wi-Drive app from the AppStore onto the iOS devices that need to link to the drive. Then use the Wi-Drive app to connect to the Wi-Drive by Wi-Fi, and enjoy the convenience of sharing content between devices without any wires or having to hover over your colleague's shoulder as he clicks through his presentation.

The Wi-Drive sounds like a great idea but I'm not sure if it's worth the money: The 16 GB version will set you back $130, while the 32 GB will cost $175. It will be available for purchase later this month. Unless you are sharing movies and high-resolution photos that are too cumbersome or too confidential to upload/download, cloud-based file storage services will probably be sufficient for most basic needs -- and many (like Dropbox) are free.

How can the Wi-Drive fit with your use of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch? Share with us in the comments.

Other technical specs are as follows:

  • Compatible with: iPad, iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS 4.2.1+)
  • Dimensions: 121.5mm x 61.8mm x 9.8mm
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C)
  • Storage Temperature: 14°F to 185°F (-10°C to 70°C)
  • Rechargeable Battery: up to four hours of continuous use
  • Wireless Network Interface: Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA/WEP)
  • Configurable APN (access point name) and Key functions to connect to Wireless Access Point (Internet Connection)
  • Supported File Formats:

  • Audio: AAC, MP3, WAV
  • Video: m4v, mp4, mov, Motion JPEG (M-JPEG), AVI
  • Image: jpg, bmp, tiff
  • Document: pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, xls

[Source: BusinessWire]

Topics: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mobile OS, Mobility, Networking, Operating Systems, Storage, Wi-Fi

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