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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.
Although the GoFlex Media app is a bit plain, it's simple and easy to navigate. Users can access the files directly from the drive and initiate playback of content in the app, or even download select content to the tablet or smartphone's storage if space allows.
Additionally, users can actually stream three different files (i.e. movies) to three different devices simultaneously. Naturally, this will drain the Satellite's battery faster, but it could make everyone happy when that flight is delayed and you're all sitting around the terminal bored without anything to do.
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite is currently only being made with a 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive. With a price point of $199.99, that seems rather expensive considering how affordable 1TB and 2TB drives are getting these days. However, the reason to really buy this product is cord-freedom, which for avid tablet users and travelers might be a refreshing upgrade.
The iOS app is free and available to download from iTunes now. An Android app will be available in the Android Market later this summer.