What is the iXpand Flash Drive Version 2?
The Sandisk iXpand flash drive is a thumbdrive that works with either a regular USB port on a computer, or a lighting port on an Apple mobile device. When connected to an iPhone or an iPad, you can use a free app, called iXpand Drive, to playback content stored on the drive — a wide variety of video, audio and document files — or back up the phone’s photos and contacts.
The Sandisk iXpand flash drive was upgraded to version 2 in 2016. The transfer speeds and design was improved in the new version however the battery was removed, as was support for DTS and AC3 sound formats.
SanDisk currently offers the iXpand Flash Drive in:
- 128GB : $129.99
- 64GB : $89.99
- 32GB : $69.99
- 16GB : $49.99
Each model includes a 1-year warranty.
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|c|net||A good but flawed accessory||The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is super compact, very speedy when working with a computer and adds up to 128GB of storage to your iPhone or iPad. Its mobile app can back up data from your mobile device effectively and play back content well.||The drive can’t hold files larger than 4GB and doesn’t support popular audio soundtrack formats. It shortens the mobile device’s battery life.||6.9/10|
|MacRumours||Works as advertised. Worthwhile purchase for those who need its features.||Compact|
Support for a wide range of media files
Fast transfer speeds
Automatic backup functionality
Built-in security features
Can play iTunes music
|No cap to protect USB/Lightning connectors|
Photo taking capabilities are limited
No easy way to wipe the iXpand
App crashes and needs to be restarted occasionally
Drive isn’t recognized and needs to be re-plugged in occasionally
Needs better tools for accessing Dropbox and other cloud-sharing services
No selective backup tools
Restricted to iXpand app
Overall score: 6.9/10
- setup: 8
- features: 5
- performance: 8
- support: 6
A good but flawed accessory for iPhone and iPad packrats
The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is super compact, very speedy when working with a computer and adds up to 128GB of storage to your iPhone or iPad. Its mobile app can back up data from your mobile device effectively and play back content well.
The drive can’t hold files larger than 4GB and doesn’t support popular audio soundtrack formats. It shortens the mobile device’s battery life.
The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a good way to add storage to your iPad but it’s not a huge step up from its predecessor.
Review c|net praised the copy speeds of 50MB/s and witting speed of 90MB/s. They also liked the new design which doesn’t get in the way of using your device. They say it did a great job of backing up data and media from an iPhone, iPad
They didn’t like the lack of onboard battery which meant it drained the battery life of your device at 1% every 4 minutes. They also complained about the lack f support for DTS and AC3 sound meaning any movies you backup in these formats has no sound when played back. The final issue was the maximum file limit of 4GB meaning longer movies can’t be backed up at all.
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All in all, the iXpand works as advertised. It’s a fully functional media storage and file transferring device, and while it isn’t super cheap, the iXpand is a worthwhile purchase for those who need the features it offers.
- Support for a wide range of media files
- Fast transfer speeds
- Automatic backup functionality
- Built-in security features
- Can play iTunes music
- No cap to protect USB/Lightning connectors
- Photo taking capabilities are limited
- No easy way to wipe the iXpand
- App crashes and needs to be restarted occasionally
- Drive isn’t recognized and needs to be re-plugged in occasionally
- Needs better tools for accessing Dropbox and other cloud-sharing services
- No selective backup tools
- Restricted to iXpand app
MacRumours praised the design saying it is portable and functional. They added it doesn’t interfere with device usage once you get use to it.
They said the iXpand app is feature rich, with a simple layout for managing files and support for transferring and sharing files. It makes it easy to find photos, music, or other files stored on the iXpand or the iPhone.
The iXpand Drive app supports 3D Touch, so there are Home screen quick actions for making a quick backup, taking a photo, playing a video, or browsing photos.
Video and audio files transferred to iXpand can be viewed directly within the iXpand Drive app. I tested .MOV, .AVI, .MP4, .MKV, .OGG, .FLAC, .WMA, .WAV, and .MP3 files, all of which I was able to watch or listen to in the iXpand app. I was also able to transfer these files to other apps and send files to other people via AirDrop, Messages, Mail, and more.
Music purchased from iTunes is supported and can be played alongside music stored on the iXpand Drive and playlists can be created directly in the app. Movies and television shows purchased from iTunes can’t be loaded on the iXpand Drive, nor can music downloaded on an iPhone from Apple Music.
If you have an iPhone or iPad and need additional storage for photos, videos, or music, the iXpand is a solid choice. Files need to be viewed and managed within the iXpand app, but the interface is easy to use and content can be shared with other people and opened in other apps. iXpand’s video and audio playback capabilities are robust, so it’s possible to have an entire music or video library stored on the device.
iXpand is also useful for quickly transferring files from an iPhone or iPad or a PC and it’s a good solution for backing up content like photos and contacts. Photos and contacts can be backed up at little to no cost using iCloud, but multiple backups are always good to have.
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Official Press Release
MILPITAS, Calif.–(Business Wire)–SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched the next-generation iXpand™ Flash Drive, a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad with up to 128GB of additional capacity1. The iXpand Flash Drive features a new, modern design that fits with most iPhone and iPad cases, a USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer speeds to Mac or PCs, and a completely redesigned app to easily manage photos, videos and music.
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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive (Photo: Business Wire)
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive (Photo: Business Wire)
According to a recent consumer survey2 conducted by SanDisk in the U.S., many iPhone users are looking to free up more space on their phones. “People are using their mobile phones to capture tons of photos and videos, and more than 70 percent of users transfer files off of their iPhones to another storage location,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “Our line of mobile storage offerings can immediately help them free up space. With the new iXpand Flash Drive, people can spend more time using their iPhone to capture what they love, and less time worrying about how and where to transfer these photos and videos.”
Designed to be the perfect storage companion for iPhone and iPad, the reinvented iXpand Flash Drive features a flexible Lightning connector and now a USB 3.0 connector so users can quickly and easily move photos and videos between their iPhone and iPad and Mac or PCs. The iXpand Flash Drive allows users to automatically back up their camera roll and contacts, and watch popular video formats3 straight from the drive. The new drive also includes encryption software that password-protects files, allowing people to share their content while keeping sensitive files secure across devices4.
The product features a redesigned app, the iXpand Drive app, which offers new features and an improved user experience. Giving users the option to save space instantly, the app now has a camera function so users can shoot and save photos or videos directly to the drive instead of on their iPhone or iPad. The app also allows users to automatically back up content from popular social networking sites, as well as play back music within the app.
Built for the next-generation iXpand Flash Drive, the iXpand Drive app is available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app launches when the iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad – allowing for immediate storage expansion, access to the user’s content and easy file management.
SanDisk offers a full range of mobile storage solutions, making it easy for consumers to expand the memory and manage content on their favorite Apple and Android devices. To see SanDisk’s complete line of innovative offerings, please visit: www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage
Pricing and Availability
The iXpand Flash Drive features a one-year limited warranty in the United States5. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, with MSRPs of $49.99, $69.99, $89.99 and $129.99, respectively. The drive is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 8.2 or later. The new iXpand Flash Drive is available now at BestBuy.com, Amazon and SanDisk.com.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 27 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For the latest SanDisk news visit www.sandisk.com, or find us on our social channels:
11GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less. iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air™, iPad mini™, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad with Retina display, iPod® 5th Generation and newer; iXpand Drive app and iOS 8.2 required.
2SanDisk consumer market survey of 1,245 participants in the USA, March 2016
3DRM-protected content cannot be played. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions.
4Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by iOS 8.2, Mac OS X v10.8, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
5See www.sandisk.com/wug for warranty terms. Product availability may vary by country and retailer.
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