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The Samsung Wireless is a must-have accessory for Android usersCNET editor Dong Ngo translates the clear message Samsung wants to send Apple's way via the Wireless mobile hard drive, which has its own Android mobile app but not an iOS one, and then shows us how he entertains himself using the iPad.
[MUSIC] Hi, guys. **** Ngo here, and this is a Samsung Wireless. This is basically a portable hard drive, but it has also a built-in battery and an embedded wi-fi network. The idea is that you plug the computer, put a ton of content on it, and then when you are traveling, you can use this as a wireless mobile streaming server for your smartphone or tablet. Now, this is not new. There are many other device of the same type like this pile I have right here, but the Samsung manages to be quite unique for three reasons. Number one, the rest of this crowd here always tried to have a mobile app for as many mobile platforms as possible. The Samsung here supports only Android. Now, technically, you can actually access it, using the web interface from anywhere, but when I do that on my iPhone, here, all I see is the Samsung icon. So basically, with this wireless drive, Samsung wanted to send a clear message to Apple. Talk to the hand because the face ain't listening. You see, there's no love lost between these two companies. Now the second reason is this extra USB port right here. That's right. This one can also work as a juice pack. So basically, it can work as three roles. Number one, as a portable drive when you plug it into a computer using this included USB cable right here, or you can unplug into it like right now and use it as a wireless mobile drive, or turn it off, and now it is a juice pack. Now, it can only do one role at a time, but still, this is a very neat design and lastly, the main reason why this one is unique because all the device here I review, and I have done a lot of them. This has the best support for file format when it comes to video, and videos are the main reason why you want to buy an accessory like this because they take up a lot of space. In my testing, I could use the mobile app to stream video of all the formats I have, including the popular Metrosky or MKV. Now other than, that the Samsung here works very similar to the rest of the crowd. In mobile apps, it's very organized and responsive. It organizes all the content into three categories: music, photo and video. You can also browse the folder on the drive or search for whatever you want. You can also use the app to make the drive here connect to another wi-fi network and relay that network's Internet with the device connected to its wi-fi network. And apart from streaming content stored on the drive, you can also use the drive here as a backup destination for your mobile device. And talking about mobile devices, this one here support up to five wi-fi clients at a time. Now my testing of Samsung work really well. As a portable drive, it offered the sustained real world copy speed of more than 100 megabyte per second. Basically, you can fill up is 1.5 Terabyte of storage space in less than four hours. As a wireless drive, it has some seven hours of battery life and an effective WiFi range of more than 75 feet, which is really good for a device of this size. And as a juice pack, this one here pack enough juice to give any smartphone more than one full charge. Now in all, if you are Android user, this one here is totally worth $180 price in the US or 180 Euro's in Europe. Now for more on the drive here, check out my phone review at cnet.com. Basically, its a great drive, so great that you wish you could also stream video out from it using your iPod. Not me, though, because when it comes to watching fun videos, I just pick up the iPad, turn on the front facing camera, and start talking. How are you? You're such a funny, good looking man. There we go, and that's because I'm **** Ngo, and this has been the first look at the Samsung Wireless. Oh, yes. Very good looking. [MUSIC]