sandisk_ixpandSimilar to the Kickstarter-funded iStick from earlier in the year, SanDisk today announced the iXpand Flash Drive. The drive allows users to easily transfer photos, videos, and other files between an iOS device with a Lightning connector and a desktop or notebook with a normal USB port.

When the flash drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad, the iXpand sync app is launched and can be configured to automatically sync photos and videos from the device's camera roll to the flash drive. Entire movies (including most popular non-native and PC-friendly formats, like AVI and WMV) can also be stored on the iXpand and played from the flash drive directly onto the iPhone or iPad.

"According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of U.S. smartphone users find transferring photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them. We created the iXpand Flash Drive to offer consumers a quick and safe way to move their favorite content between devices so it's available when and where they want it."

The flash drive also offers users an added layer of security in cross-platform encryption. While in the iXpand sync app [Direct Link], files can be password protected while the drive is connected to an iPhone or iPad, then decrypted on a Mac or PC and vice versa.


Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes, the iXpand Flash Drive is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini running iOS 8 or iOS 7.

The 16GB and 64GB versions of the drive can be purchased directly off of SanDisk's official website today and sell for $59.99 and $119.99 respectively. Beginning November 16, Best Buy will exclusively sell the 32GB version in retail and on their website for $79.99.

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Top Rated Comments

Jacquesvw Avatar
84 months ago
Seems pointless when you have options like drop box. I see it working if you're using larger file formats, but even then, cloud services seem like they could be a viable solution instead.

Drop box is pointless unless you have Internet.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
84 months ago
They should have a bloody USB port on the side and a proper filesystem.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
84 months ago
Not bad. All the Sandisk USB drives I had over the years had been fast and reliable.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bubbleboil Avatar
84 months ago
If it only works with photo and video, it's rather useless?

What about other files like documents, songs etc?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
84 months ago
wires and things to plug in = a step backwards

You’ll probably always have a port to connect to but you won’t always have wireless.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SmileyBlast! Avatar
84 months ago
Brilliant!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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