A lack of external storage devices has always plagued the iOS market. Apple didn’t make it easy with SD and micro-SD cards like other phone makers. Even the Apple knockoffs that aren’t really Apple products have micro-SD slots. I hate that if I want to put new songs on my iPod Touch I have to delete some of the songs I already have to make room. There’s a company that has tackled that problem, to an extent.
No Ability to Expand Storage Capacity Seen as Reason to Not Buy
The one thing that I can’t seem to get around every time a new iPhone is introduced is the fact that there’s no easy way to get more storage capacity for it. Sure, the 6 and 6 Plus have cameras and photo/video apps that are amazing and generations ahead of what Windows Phone and Android phones can do. If I need to jump from 16GB to 32 or even 64, with my Lumia, I can and it’ll only cost me between twenty and fifty bucks or so.
Company with Unique Name Offers Multiple External Storage Devices for iOS
The company’s name is The Power Company and they have two main iOS external storage device product lines. Their original product is the iPocket Drive. Their newest product is the iWallet Drive. Both products are external storage devices for iOS devices, however they are completely different products. Let’s take a look at them, starting with the original iPocket Drive.
iPocket Drive is Small and Convenient
The ideal storage device for a mobile device is something like a micro-SD card, small enough to fit inside the device. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to give us this capability. The Power Company first introduced the iPocket Drive, a device that’s about the size of an iPod Nano only a bit thinner. They call it the iPD for short.
The iPD has a regular USB connector on one side that serves as both a charging adapter for an internal battery that can be used to charge your mobile device and connects to the computer’s operating system as an external drive. Sizes offered range from eight Gigs up to 256, with prices starting at about 65 bucks and going up to about $400.
The connector on the side opposite the USB connector is an eight pin Lightning connector that connects directly to newer iPhones, iPads, and Ipod Touch devices. There’s an app (above) that you’re guided to download and install to the mobile device when you first plug the iPocket Drive in that lets you treat the iPD’s memory like an extension to the mobile device’s internal storage. Adapters are available cheaply that allow connection to older 30-pin devices. The iPocket Drive Deluxe adds a cable set that allows it to be connected to more than just devices with Lightning plugs. Android and “micro-USB devices” are specifically mentioned, but for some reason they shy away from specifically saying Windows Phone, but my guess is support is there.
iWallet Drive Expands Support to Micro-USB Devices
iPD was so successful that owners of mobile devices with the micro-USB connector (mostly Android users) wanted in on the fun that iPocket Drive represented. Like every company with an Indiegogo platform that has gone before them, The Power Company listened and went back to the drawing board. The result is the iWallet Drive, or iWD. The size of the device changed significantly — now it’s about two-thirds of the size of a credit card and about as thick as five stacked.
The iWallet Drive is available in storage capacities starting at eight gigabytes and going up to 256 Gigs. Prices start at around $85 and go up about $420 for the 256GB model. The product advertising on Indiegogo says that all four connectors (USB, micro-USB, Lightning, and 30-pin Apple) all fit inside the box. They don’t really say what this means, whether the connectors are part and parcel of the iWD device or if they’re an external set of cables like with the iPD Deluxe.
iProduct owners, do these sound like something you want or need? Android and Windows Phone, is this something that might make an eight gig iPhone sound more attractive in the future? Let me know what you think in the comments below.