Review: Sandisk iXPAND™ Flash Drive USB-Lightning For iPhone And iPad



2016 has been the year in which Apple has finally decided to offer 32GB as an input model of the iPhone 7. Up to the iPhone 6s, the input model was 16GB, sufficient storage for many users but scarce for those who We want to put music, record videos with 4K resolution or heavy games. And is that Apple asks for € 110 for a higher capacity iPhone, but we can also spend half and buy an iPhone compatible pendrive as the iDisk SanDisk Flash Drive.

What is the iXpand Flash Drive? In the beginning it is a USB 3.0 pendrive like any other, or so would be if it were not for what you have on the other end: a Lightning connector compatible with iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4 or later and iPod Touch 5th generation Or later. In addition, we can download iXpand Drive, the application from where we can reproduce almost any type of file.

When we do a review, one of the points we usually include in it is the contents of the box. In the case of a USB stick, what can we say? There are no cables or other components to mention. The few instructions that we may need are in the back of the package in which the USB memory comes. The software needed to use it on a computer, if need be (I have not done it on an iMac) is included inside the USB.

When we connect it to a computer, inside we have some folders to help us manage our files, although we can delete them or create the ones that interest us. In other words, once connected to a computer we have a USB stick like any other, but with the guarantee of SanDisk.

I have to confess that I’m not a big fan of iXpand Flash Drive design, but I have to tint my words. I’m not a fan of putting anything to my iPhone because I like its design, so I do not like the idea of putting anything to the bottom, however small. Explained this, the design of the iXpand Flash Drive is intended for use with all types of covers, regardless of size or thickness.

In the part of the Lightning has a hole so that the connector is protected at all times. On the other hand, the curve / handle that has can serve to put the pendrive in any key ring, as long as you use an accessory such as a small chain. This way we can carry the iXpand Flash Drive always with us without the need to wear it on our precious iPhone. And for those who are wondering, the metal part does NOT touch the back of the iPhone.

Here we are talking about the same as the headphones if we want to charge the iPhone 7 at the same time. As you all know, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have a headphone port, which means that we will not be able to listen to music stored on this pendrive unless we use a Bluetooth headset.

In fact, we will also encounter other problems, but all of them Apple’s fault. For example, we will not be able to use the iXpand Flash Drive to install applications, but this is normal in the apple company and increasingly in other companies as well.

The iXpand Flash Drive works with your own free application: iXpand Drive. In fact, it is a very powerful application with which we can visualize virtually any type of document. And if there is one that can not open, it will allow us to choose in which application we want to do it. For example, if we have a video that the application can not play, we can open it using the VLC off-roader.

Its operation is very simple. We just have to connect our iXpand Flash Drive to a device with Lightning port, open iXpand Drive, wait for it to load if we have added new documents and then look for the file we want to open, something we can do by tapping “View Files”. If we touch “Copy files”, we can copy them from the USB drive to the iPhone or vice versa. IXpand Drive also allows us to automatically back up our photos and videos, which will come especially well for when we want to restore the iPhone and recover the photos as we had them before restoring.

There are not many options when looking for an option to extend the memory of an iPhone or iPad. Of the SD cards we forget because they do not have space designed for it, but yes that we can use the port Lightning. Explained this, there are sure to be other brands of other brands, but none of them will offer the guarantee offered by SanDisk, and even less the price of the iXpand Flash Drive. In addition, the iXpand Drive application will make things easier for us.

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