The Apple iPhone is still one of the most popular smartphones in the world, with a strong operating system, a great catalogue of apps and incredible ease of use. However, if there’s one gripe for every iPhone user, it’s storage. Nearly everybody who owns an iPhone has hit the ‘out of storage’ error message when trying to download a new app, and there have been very few choices for storage expansion outside of Apple’s own options. Luckily for those iPhone owners, SanDisk has a part solution with the iXpand flash drive.
Originally introduced back in 2014, the SanDisk iXpand is a small flash drive with a flexible lightning connector on one end, and a USB 3.0 connector on the other. By simply plugging it into your iPhone or iPad it can automatically backup your photos, videos, contacts and then use encryption software to password-protect your files. Everything is done through their own app, which lets you view your photos, watch videos and stream music all from one place. The app is also where you can select and move files back and forth between the iPhone and iXpand drive.
The latest iXpand drive is extremely small and lightweight, and doesn’t impede on your hands when using your iPhone or iPad. However, the trade-off for this small size is that the drive shares your device’s power and can start to drain battery life if you leave it plugged in for too long. This shouldn’t be an issue for most users though, as it can be easily removed once your transfers are complete. The files on the drive can also be assessed from any computer using the super fast USB 3.0 connector, allowing you to easily transfer files between your iPhone and computer. We found it hugely useful for storing music on, and found ourselves constantly using the iXpand app instead of iTunes as our main music playback app.
The SanDisk iXpand flash drive is available in sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB, and prices vary from £34.99 to £89.99. To buy an iPhone with that much storage would could hundreds, so with such a low price point we can understand why the iXpand drive is an essential piece of kit if your device is starting to run low on storage. To learn more about the SanDisk iXpand drive and to pick one up for yourself, head on over to the SanDisk website.