CNET First Look
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is your iPad's new best friend.CNET editor Dong Ngo explains these things about SanDisk's new iXpand Flash Drive and the real reason why he might keep one with himself at all time. Hint: it has very little to do with how great of an accessory the drive is.
Hi guys **** Ngo here and this is the Iexpand flash drive from SanDisk. Now there are two distinctive things about this thing. First it is a flash drive or a thumb drive. No big deal and there is a USB port right here you stick into a computer. And then you can drag and drop data over. But the second part it has this lightning connector right here. And that means when connect to a iPhone or iPad it also become a thumb drive for that mobile device. Now that is big deal. And that's because the drive also come with a mobile apps called iXpand Sync. And the app allows you to playback. All type of content installed on the drive, including the popular High-def content. Even supports subtitles; and note how the movie look instantly, there's no lag or delay at all. Of course it also playback music, photos, and all other type of documents. But there's more the apps also allow you to break up your contact and even sync your photo from your phone our your iPad; onto the drive. You can even make the sync. Automatic, meaning that it happened as soon as you plug the drive into the mobile device. Now mind you that also means somebody else can easily steal your photo by sticking. Is OI expand into your phone. So, what out. Another cool thing that the iExpand here will not drain the battery from the mobile device because it comes with it's own battery. Which charging itself when you connect device here to a computer. Now, the battery has enough joules to power the i. Expand a few full syncs. So, in all use case scenario, you will never have to worry about its old battery life. There are few other thing you have to worry about it though. The first is the fact that this device here only work with its mobile apps when formatted in FAT32 file system. That means, out of the box, it worked right away with Mac and Windows computer. It will also mean that you cannot put file larger than 4 gigabytes on it, and unfortunately most hi-def full feature movie are at least 4 gigabyte or even more. The second thing is that the [UNKNOWN] here come with quite limited storage space, up to 64 gigabyte at most. Now that's no big deal because you can always buy two or three of these. [MUSIC] What is the big deal, however, is the fact that in my testing is quite slow when working as ESP [INAUDIBLE]. Averaging about 12 megabytes per second, the [INAUDIBLE] is available in 16 gigabyte, 32 gigabyte and 64 gigabyte. US costs 60 dollars, 80 dollars, 120 dollars in US. Or 40 pounds, 60 pounds, or 80 pounds, in the UK. Now in all this one is not a perfect device but still is one of the best storage accessories for the Iphone or the Ipad and you can make a great gift actually. For the upcoming holidays. Now for more on this one here, check out my full review at cnet.com. Look, the bottom line is I make sure I keep one with me at all times. Cuz you never know when you're gonna run into a nice lady with an iPhone. Just kidding, she would send me her photos anyway. They always do. And that's because I'm Dung Lo, and this has been the first look at iExpand flash drive from SanDisk. [MUSIC]