Taking My Data on the Road – Product Review

This post is sponsored by SanDisk®, a Western Digital brand, and includes affiliate links. I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are my own

Recently I visited Montana with my family where we enjoyed a week of horseback riding and fun in the Big Sky state. Prior to leaving for the trip, Western Digital sent me one of their new SanDisk flash drives called iXpand™. In this article, I share my experience using the iXpand™ flash drive in a sponsored post on behalf of SanDisk, a Western Digital brand. The opinions, photos and text are all mine.

Leaving for Montana

My family sets off on vacation!

If you’ve travelled with kids on a plane before, then you know how useful having an iPad can be. When they start asking “Are we there yet?”, it’s time to hand over the tablet and let them play some Slither.io or watch a movie. I was too cheap to buy the iPad with extra storage, and that 16GB gets filled up pretty quickly. Lucky for me the iXpand™ flash drive has 128GB of portable storage. The iXpand™ flash drive is a small portable USB drive which connects both to your PC/Mac and your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The model I’m using has 128GB of space, which was more than enough to hold a few movies for my daughter to watch and room left over for storing extra photos. We were able to watch Disney’s Zootopia right from the iXpand™ flash drive itself, without filling up the storage on the mini.

iXpand™ flash drive and devices

Trying out the iXpand™ flash drive with my iPad mini in rubber case, iPad mini in hard case and my iPhone 6+ with its case.

You may know already I take a lot of photos, and if you follow my Instragram account you probably know that I try to add three to four new photos every day. That can fill up my phone pretty fast. In fact, I need to move photos off my phone much more frequently than I actually connect it with iTunes for syncing. That’s where the iXpand™ flash drive comes in handy. The iXpand™ flash drive has a bendable neck which allows the Lightning connector to connect to the phone and download my photos quickly without me having to take the phone out of its protective case. When I plug the drive into my phone I’ve set it up to automatically download all the photos on my phone. Then I just plug it into my MacBook where the photos get moved into my archive.

There are some other features I didn’t mention in this article including the ability to backup and restore your photo library, backup photos from social media accounts, backup your contact lists and more. To see all these features and find all the geeky technical specs, check out the product page here.

USB 3.0

Inserting the iXpand™ USB 3.0 flash drive into my MacBook

Ligntning adapter

The flexible Lightning connector fit all of my Apple devices even with the cases on.

 

Currently (July 2016) the iXpand™ flash drive is $129.99, which is a little expensive for flash memory, but you get the convenience of a Lightning connector for your Apple mobile devices and USB 3.0 interface for connecting to laptops and pc’s which I haven’t seen anywhere else. I do have a $50 off coupon code for you if you are interested in this product (nearly a 40% discount). You can click on this shortcut link: https://goo.gl/2UBo8p which will take you to the coupon code. I’ve tried it myself and it works, this is not an affiliate link, but it’s only valid through August 31st.

I hope you found this info useful. I wrote this post because I experienced the value of the iXpand™ flash drive myself. I may even get another for our other iPad using the $50 off coupon, that’s a pretty nice deal. Please let me know what you thought of this review or feel free to ask any questions about it in the comments below.

*1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

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