Apple fans need to keep one big fact in mind: Buying a 16GB iPhone is not good, because you’ll run out of space soon after. Then transferring photos, videos or contacts from Apple is often not the easiest thing, certainly not as seamless as it is on Android.
If you’re not carrying that Lightning cable around, you can forget about transferring anything from your iPhone or iPad to a PC. Earlier Leef launched its iBridge device to help expand space for iPhone users in India, and now SanDisk has introduced its own iXpand Flash Drive, which does something similar.
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive will add some extra space to your iPhone, and makes transferring contacts, photos hassle-free. It starts at Rs 3,990 for 16GB and goes all the way upto Rs 9,990 for 128GB. Here’s our review of the device.
How it works
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive has lightning connector on one side, and a USB 3.0 connector on the other. It’s not as well-designed as Leef’s iBridge which had a cover too, but is more compact and smaller in size.
Once you plug in the iXpand Flash Drive into your iPhone, you’ll be prompted to download the app for the same. After that, transferring photos, videos, and contacts to the drive is a breeze. Later you can just plug the same into a computer to access them.
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The iXpand Flash Drive gave me no trouble transferring photo or video files out of my iPhone. I found it useful because I have pictures, videos of other smartphones saved on my phone, and the iXpand makes it very easy to just hand these out to other members of my team.
However, it does not let you transfer document files, music files, like the Leaf iBridge does, which might be a letdown for some users.
SanDisk’s iXpand app is also easy to use and understand. The clean UI means you know exactly how to go about transferring data from iPhone to iXpand or vice-versa.
Users also have the option of saving and restoring their entire photo media library on the iPhone from the flash drive. There is also an option to backup photos from social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, etc to the flash drive, in case you wish to do so.
Should you get it?
iXpand is a good solution to handle transfer all those photos, videos and contacts you have on your iPhone, without juggling various formats. Even though I have a 64GB iPhone, I found iXpand useful because it made transferring pictures hassle free for me. For 16GB iPhone users, this is a handy solution to free up some space.