Photo: Ellis Hamburger
Bringing along DVDs on vacation is cumbersome, and choosing which movies to sync to your 16GB iPad is stressful to say the least.AirStash is a tiny Wi-Fi-enabled storage device that you can stuff with as many movies, pictures, and documents as you can. You’re only limited by the size of the SD card you put inside it.
You can access these files from any Wi-Fi enabled device, and for iPad and iPhone users, there’s even an app to make viewing your content super simple.
AirStash is also very flexible–it has no internal storage (like other hard-drive based Wi-Fi storage devices), so you can pick and choose how much you want to spend on an SD card.
AirStash also functions as a brilliant way to transfer some photos you just took on your camera to your iPhone or iPad. Pop your SD card into the AirStash, then use the AirStash app’s convenient Import feature to grab the pictures you want and view them or transfer them wirelessly.
All you need to do is turn on the AirStash, select it from the list of Wi-Fi networks on your device, and open the app to view your content.
In an office setting, one potential application would be sharing files on everyone’s iPads or iPhones. Up to 8 people can simultaneously view documents, movies, etc, on the AirStash. Some files like PowerPoints will have to be viewed in a separate app such as Quickoffice or iWork. (It would be great for AirStash to add support for those files in its next app release.)
This also means that if you’re an affluent family full of iDevices, everyone in the car’s backseat can watch movies on their respective devices. We love imagining it.
The manufacturer says the battery will last for five hours (which is great compared to competitors with hard drives). The device charges by being plugged in to a computer’s USB port, but grab a car adaptor or AC adaptor and you’ll be as good as gold on vacation.
It's smaller than an iPhone, and a whole lot lighter. It feels like a light piece of plastic with nothing in it.
This thing packs a punch though. For all intents and purposes, it's a Wi-Fi SD card (not included) reader with an app to access the files.
To load content onto the AirStash, plug it into a USB port or just pop the SD card into your computer.
Watching video streaming from the AirStash is a dream. To get the movie started, it required 10 seconds of buffering.
Grab the free app for iPhone or iPad, then turn on your AirStash and go to your Settings to connect to it in your Wi-Fi networks screen
Browsing through movies is easy. These are the movie clips that we have on our SD card. They only took a few seconds to buffer. Then playback was silky smooth.
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