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Straight out of the box, the GoFlex Satellite had a significant battery charge. There are two LED lights on the box: both should be green most of the time to signify the power is on and a signal is ready. One of the lights will illuminate in blue when actually streaming content.
The battery life is fairly adequate with a maximum of five hours when continuously streaming HD video to one Wi-Fi-enabled gadget. That's enough for a cross-country or even a trans-Atlantic flight (depending on your starting and end points). That's also for HD video only, so if you're streaming music, looking at documents or photos, you can expect a lot more juice time.
The GoFlex Satellite is a rather light portable HDD that feels about the same size as most other compact external hard drives these days. A good comparison would be Western Digital's My Passport SE for Mac. With the ice cream sandwich-like exterior, it fits in well with the design of most other current iOS mobile devices.
However, don't let that fool you into thinking this is an iPad/iPhone-only accessory. Seagate is targeting this device at Android tablet and smartphone owners as well.
Setting up the GoFlex Satellite with a tablet or smartphone turned out to be easier than I expected. Using an iPad 2, I simply went to the Settings menu and looked up wireless networks. The Satellite offers its own network and signal (at no additional cost) and all one has to do is select the network with the drive's name on it. It's couldn't get much simpler.
From there, users have to download the GoFlex Media app manager to sort through videos, photos, documents and music on the drive. To actually install information on the drive, users can either drag files over from a PC or Mac via 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for using the included aforementioned cables.