Over the last few years, we have seen a few portable solution come through the lab that changed the way we interface with our data. As of late, most solutions coming on the market are built to interface with our smartphones and tablets, allowing us to expand our storage and backup our memories.
The iShowdrive is a unique solution that allows users to install a microSD card into the pen drive shaped solution and then access their data through the USB 2.0 connection. On the smartphone side of things, the iShowdrive carries a wireless data connection that allows you to move your data to and from, along with streaming as well. With the iShowdrive, users can connect up to 10 devices at one time of either iOS or Android flavors, while storage capacity is supported up to 32GB.
MSRP of the iCirround iShowdrive is listed at $49.99 with a one-year warranty.
Here we get our first look at the iShowdrive, as you can see it's a rather large unit for a flash drive.
The side of the drive houses the switch to swap between USB or Wi-Fi modes.
Looking at the connection, we find a standard USB 2.0 port with a microSD slot placed above it.
To test the performance of the iShowdrive via USB, we installed a 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDXC card. As you can see, performance wasn't great as we weren't able to top out USB 2.0 speeds. Read results came in at 5.43 MB/s, while writes topped out at 6.12 MB/s.
The app for the iShowdrive is freely available on the app store.
Opening the iCirround app, we found both our iPhone and iShowdrive listed in the storage menu. Down below we have the option to setup our dropbox account with the app as well.
Moving over to the settings menu, options are available to change photo quality, along with size.
The configuration menu shows the firmware version and build date, along with storage capacity of your microSD card.
The iShowdrive is a unique portable solution for anyone wanting to add storage capacity to their smartphone or tablet, and even for those that want a solution to share media with multiple users. Build quality of the drive was quite good, but I would like to see better materials used in the drive. While the body of the drive itself fit together quite well, I found the cap to fit loose, and this could be an issue with end users losing the cap.
Performance of the drive was rather disappointing over USB 2.0. As you seen in our testing with the very quick SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD, we were only able to reach 5 MB/s read and 6 MB/s write. Now over on the app side, the performance was quite good. We were able to stream a few small videos without issues, along with moving pictures back and forth between devices.
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|Quality including Design and Build||75%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: iCirround's iShowdrive is a unique solution for those wanting a portable drive to take with them on the go. However, as good as the app is, the performance of the drive itself sets the whole package back quite a bit.
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