It wasn’t that long ago that I got my first computer, a second generation iMac with a superhuge 4GB hard drive.
Keep in mind, I was also storing information on Zip discs and iPods hadn’t yet been introduced. It’s hard to imagine at the time that I’d never need more memory that that.
Times certainly have changed. I thousands of burned discs and 8 TB of external drives full of media. Even my phone, which has a healthy 64GB hard drive always feels limited. I have a Dropbox which I frequently use to access media, but to be honest, you can’t always count on Wifi being there when you need it. Which is why, the Leef iBridge Mobile Storage Drive is my new favorite accessory.
Containing 64GB (thereby doubling the space on my phone), though it is iPad compatible as well, the iBridge requires nothing more than the installation of their app to begin using. Plug it into the Lightning connector in your device and you can access media in a number of formats:
- Video: .mp4, m4v, .mov, .mpg, .mkv, .flv, .3gp,. gif, .avi
- Audio : .wav, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .caf, .m4a, .mp3
- Images .jpg, .tiff, .gif
- Documents: (doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .ppptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and xlsx (Microsoft Excel); zip; ics)
What makes this even awesomer is that it allows you to transfer media to the drive simply by plugging it into the USB port of your computer. No waiting for media to upload and sync with your device, It’s plug and go.
It also serves as a memory backup when taking pictures and video, immediately importing them directly to the drive rather than the phone itself. From there you can manage your files as well, deleting anything before uploading it or transferring it for good. And since Apple traditionally doesn’t allow memory ugrades, the iBridge is ideal for anyone who additcted to their iOS device.