While all tablets have built-in storage, some tablets also let you expand the storage capacity with a memory card. Here’s a look at a couple options that will give you additional storage and the ability to share files with multiple devices.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless
Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless is a portable wireless storage device that can also serve as an emergency mobile charger. The MobileLite Wireless is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. Kingston plans to support Windows Phone, Windows PC, and Mac in the future.
Using the MobileLite Wireless, you can wirelessly stream movies, music, photos, and documents from USB flash drives and SD memory cards (or microSD cards with the included microSD to SD adapter) that are plugged into the device. It supports streaming and sharing data with up to three users simultaneously. Because the MobileLite Wireless allows simultaneous connections to a device and a router via Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to access files from the drive while also browsing the Internet over a Wi-Fi connection at the same time.
According to Kingston, the 1800mAh rechargeable Li-Polymer battery found in the MobileLite Wireless will last for up to five hours of continuous use as a wireless reader. As mentioned, the MobileLite Wireless can also serve as an emergency mobile charger, though with the 1800mAh battery, it’s definitely designed to be more of a backup option than to serve as a primary charger.
You can use the MobileLite Wireless to copy and transfer files between a USB flash drive and an SD card or to copy files to and from one of these storage drives to your tablet or smartphone. The MobileLite Wireless comes with a microSD to SD adapter as well as a USB to micro USB cable.
In order to use the MobileLite Wireless, you’ll want to download Kingston’s free app from the appropriate app store. Connecting to the MobileLite Wireless is the same as connecting to any other open Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, you can use the app to connect to the Internet through the MobileLite Wireless. The app can remember your preferred network and reconnect when you’re in range. While connected to the MobileLite Wireless, we had no problems playing a video clip while also surfing the Internet through the MobileLite Wireless.
Kingston Mobility Kit
Price varies depending on capacity, From $6.83 on Amazon
Kingston also sent us one of their 32GB Mobility Kits to use while testing the MobileLite Wireless. These kits are perfect for use with a tablet as well as with the MobileLite Wireless since the kit comes with a microSD card, SD adapter, and USB 2.0 card reader. When the microSD card is placed in the SD adapter, the card functions as a Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card.
With this kit, you can put the microSD card in your tablet to transfer files (assuming your tablet has a microSD card slot), place it in the adapter and use it in your digital camera, or use the USB card reader with your desktop or laptop to transfer files to and from the card. By putting the microSD card in the SD adapter and plugging it in to the MobileLite Wireless, you can then share your files with multiple devices simultaneously.
Kingston’s Mobility Kits are available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB and are sold separately from the MobileLite Wireless. The kits are available in two class ratings: Class 4 (4MB/s minimum data transfer rate) or Class 10 (10MB/s minimum data transfer rate).