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PhotoFast's iFlashDrive for iPads, iPhones arrives in the US

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue October 11, 2011

PhotoFast iFlashDrive arrives stateside

PhotoFast teamed up with Sanho on Tuesday to bring the iFlashDrive to the US and the UK. The add-on is billed as the only drive of its kind to give iPads, iPhones, and iPods two-way storage. An officially sanctioned Dock Connector links as much as 32GB of storage up to the device with a USB port for when the content needs to be shuttled to or from a computer. A companion iOS app (free, App Store) helps transfer files in storage both on the iOS hardware and off.

Although it's unclear how much approval the iOS app's file system access entails, it works with as recent a firmware as iOS 5 and supports at least an iPhone 3GS or third-generation iPod touch. It can recognize the Apple-supported media formats as well as a handful of others. Performance is the primary bottleneck: due to the transfer standards, the add-on won't transfer faster than 100KB per second and so won't work as well for HD video or other large syncs.

Pre-orders are starting now for 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB versions that cost $100, $150, and $200 each. New orders should arrive in about two weeks.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. dpicardi

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    Semi worthless

    at those price points and transfer rates. You'd be better off buying a high capacity iP4s and dling a free app.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011

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    Or-

    Just get ANY other phone with an microSD card reader.

    Instead of carrying that huge thing, just use STANDARD media, for example to upload your photos from your camera to the Net.

    Adding an SD card slot would make the iPhone SO much better; maybe as much as a user replaceable battery...

  1. thinkman

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    Joined: Jan 2005

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    Card interface w/o memory

    I have a lovely, very underused iPod 160GB Classic. Someone should come out with a card reader which has a 30 pin connector, and this would be the ideal storage solution for me on large shoots. Maybe someone already has, and I just haven’t bumped into it, so if you know of any, your suggestions would be most appreciated

    My DSLRs already have dual 32GB SD cards in them, and additional ones are coming out at ever decreasing prices, so Extra cards are a much better solution than this at these prices!

  1. psdenno

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    Joined: May 2003

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    $99 for just 4 gigs.....

    ...is the deal breaker for me. I'll wait for their "closeout" sale.

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