Did you know every year over 1.6 trillion images are captured and shared? And out of these massive numbers, 6 out of every 10 photos are taken from a smartphones and tablets like your iPhone and iPad?
We didn’t know this either.
What we did know (very well, if we may add) is the enduring pain of transferring files from iOS device to our Windows or Mac computer. Sure, you can always install an app in your iPhone or iPad, then install the same app in your computer and do some wireless sharing thing.
But don’t you think it’s time to make all these easier? SanDisk thinks so, and that’s why they have come up with a new iXpand flash drive that allows you to easily move photos, videos and songs from your iPhones and iPads to your computer.
SanDisk iXpand: What You Should Know
For years, we have been waiting for a USB connector that could fit right into the iPhone (as is the case with Android) but no one seemed to care. And with Apple introducing “lightning” connector, it was even more difficult to come up with a USB pen drive from manufacturers.
SanDisk, however, is one of the first company to introduce such a device that has a lightning connector on one end and a USB connector on the another. This portable USB doesn’t come with additional cable or requires any cloud, or Internet connectivity requirements.
It simply works as a regular USB drive but with the benefit of attaching it directly to your iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.
How to Use iXpand To Quickly Transfer Files Between Your iOS Device and PC
First, you have to pick the right model for your needs. Each iXpand flash drive comes in multiple variants: you can go with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacity. It entirely depends on your budget.
The 16GB iXpand costs $59 while the high-end 128GB iXpand is available at $149.99. However, you can always get it for a cheaper price from Amazon:
After you get the device, connect one end to your iPhone and the other to your Windows or Mac computer. Next, you can instantly transfer files at faster speed by dragging-and-dropping the files you want. It can be a movie, video song, music, documents, etc.
Simple, right? You bet!
SanDisk’s iXpand is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 8 or iOS 7 firmware.
And it works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X v10.6+ (including Yosemite).
You can load iXpand with your favorite movies, videos, or large photos. Then download the free iXpand Sync app, connect the USB to your iPhone and watch all those videos or browse through pictures without having to transfer the files to your iPhone.
So, while SanDisk’s iXpand flash drive is a little pricey in comparison to other traditional USB drives, the fact that it gets the job done (and offers lots of amazing features) makes this unique device our favorite.
You can play WMV, AVI, MKV, MP4, and MOV straight from the USB drive.
And what if you lose iXpand? All the files can be, fortunately, encrypted by setting password protection.
So if you are looking for a solid and useful flash drive to buy this year, and you want to expand your iPhone’s memory without having to buy a new phone, or delete / backup data, and probably transfer tonnes of files from iOS to your computer regularly – iXpand is what you need.
We love it, and we believe you will too.