Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB Wireless SD Card Hardware Review

Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB Wireless SD Card Hardware Review

May 30, 2014

The Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB SDHC Class 10 Wireless Memory Card is a bit of a mouthful, but as I came to realize, the name just might might be fitting when its overall functionality is considered.

The review package that was sent to us was fairly frill-less, mostly made up of card cover and thick paper casing. The Mobi itself is the same dimensions as any standard SD Card, though its bright orange coloring helps it stand apart. The review unit is the 8GB flavor; it comes in other sizes as well.

Using it is as simple as finding a compatible device with an SD card slot; the obvious choice is a digital camera. Now, the way it works is that the hardware interfaces with the companion Eye-Fi Android app (which has to be linked to the hardware via activation code). The hardware creates a wi-fi network with the built-in chip, and sends images and such saved to it to the app on the mobile device.

Simple. Effective. It gives cameras and camcorders an extra backup layer.

On paper, the Mobi still provides exceptional value to the multitudes of people who have digital cameras with SD card slots; where this piece comes up big is its ability to be used in other case scenarios.

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While doing a couple of hardware reviews, I had a couple of devices that called for SD cards. One was the Visioneer Mobility Cordless Scanner, a device that looks to allow busy folks scan important documents on the go. The folks at Visioneer are well aware of the Mobi’s functionality, and suggest its usage with the Mobility Scanner. I popped the Mobi into the scanner’s SD card slot, and it opened up a whole new world of usage; scanned images were transferred to my smartphone via the companion app, and were then auto-uploaded to Dropbox (which is a setting I have for incoming images). It makes for a pretty seamless solution, and increases the efficacy of the scanner.

On a whim, I decided to pair it with the SwannEye IP Camera, a wi-fi connected camera with an SD Slot to record motion. Again, the Mobi bridged the resulting clips to my smartphone, which then moved them on to Dropbox. In both these cases, the Mobi was instrumental in getting the images and video uploaded to the cloud. Via the app, it’s possible to share directly to some social networks and cloud banks.

The Mobi handled everything I threw at it with aplomb. When connected to a laptop, it can be read like a regular external storage source, and manipulated thus.

Now, I would have liked an auto-delete option, which would prevent having to connect it to a computer or sync with smartdevice to delete data.

In any case, the Eye-Fi might not be a new concept, but it feels like a solid investment. With other services (Eye-Fi Cloud, for instance) it can become close to indispensable.

The Eye-Fi 8GB Mobi card is available for $43.95 via Amazon

SDCardXD for Xoom Does What the Xoom Should Have Supported All Along

SDCardXD for Xoom Does What the Xoom Should Have Supported All Along

Aug 7, 2012

SDCard XD for Xoom is an app that probably shouldn’t be necessary, but really is. See, the Motorola Xoom, that venerable 10" Android tablet, is at this point is pretty much a Nexus device thanks to it getting Android updates in a timely manner. It got Ice Cream Sandwich shortly after its reveal, and recently got an update to Jelly Bean as well. On the hardware side, while it has a microSD slot, its functionality has always been lacking because of the fact that the Xoom can only read from the microSD slot, so no file modification of files on the device is possible. Well, until now, that is! SDCard XD for Xoom is a file manager that claims that it can actually write to the SD card slot.

Well, does it live up to its lofty claims? I gave it a shot and can confirm that yes, it does. It’s not the fastest writing process in the world, and one file copy caused the app to hang and say that the file was still transferring when it was done when testing on Ice Cream Sandwich, but it was usable after completion. Jelly Bean support seems a lot better, though it will work with ICS and even Honeycomb devices.

Copying and otherwise managing files is done by tapping-and-holding on files to call up a list of commands. There’s a two panel interface to make things easier, with a one-tap SD card access button. It’s not the nicest interface for a file browser, but it’s meant to primarily facilitate SD card writing access. Note that root access is not needed at all for Xoom users, it works perfectly well on stock devices.

There’s a good reason why this is one of the top-selling apps on Google Play for the Xoom: it works as advertised. It is a perfect solution for an imperfect world, because I never did understand why the Xoom couldn’t write to the SD card, anyway. SDCard XD for Xoom currently runs for $1.49 on Google Play.