Wi-Drive gives Apple-Amazon gadgets more capacity

Jan 13, 2012
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Kingston Technology Co. is helping pack more entertainment into Apple gadgets and Kindle Fire tablets.

A Wi-Drive demonstrated at the here by the specialty company allows data-devouring iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Kindle Fire fans easily tote more movies, music, pictures or digital documents.

"Kindle Fire only gives you one gigabyte of usable storage," Kingston marketing manager Randy Marsh told AFP as he cradled a 16-gigabyte Wi-Drive in the palm of one hand. "If you get one of these bad boys you automatically expand to 17 gigs."

Apple devices come with a variety of capacities but more is usually welcomed among people who increasingly turn to mobile devices for entertainment or information.

Wi-Drives are the same size and shape as Apple's latest and come in models of 16 gigabytes for $60 or 32 gigabytes for $90. A 64-gigabyte version is scheduled to be released by mid-year with no price announced yet.

Fountain Valley, California-based Kingston is testing a model set for release soon that is designed for smartphones or tablets powered by Google's Android software, Marsh said.

Free applications that can be downloaded to gadgets connect them to drives using the same built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that link to Internet hotspots.

As many as three different devices can be synchronized with a Wi-Drive simultaneously, each accessing different movies, music or other data.

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jgagnon
not rated yet Jan 13, 2012
The Kindle Fire gives you 6.5 GB of usable space. It is the Nook Tablet that gives you 1 GB of non-B&N space.

And let's be serious here. If you're using a WiFi-only device like the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, then you are going to have to plan ahead anytime you unplug from your Internet access. These devices stream content without issue and it is really easy to transfer content to them. Going on a long trip? Bring your laptop and transfer content to and from your tablet or find a hot spot. How hard is that?