Though the iPhone has certainly evolved into a top-notch smartphone, it’s not completely perfect. In fact, one of its major downfalls (as Android-toting skeptics are quick to point out) is the lack of expandable memory.

The iPhone comes in 2 flavors, 16GB and 32GB. Chose wisely, because whatever you decide, you’ll pretty much be stuck with. With no SD card slot, many users are forced into unreliable cloud solutions for extra space. Now for the alternative…

Seagate, the hard drive experts, unveiled their new mobile external hard drive this morning called GoFlex Satellite. What’s so unique about this external storage unit?

“Seagate today announced GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage, the first battery-powered hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.”

The lithium polymer battery will deliver up to 5 hours of continuously streaming video, with a 25 hour stand-by time. The hard drive has a progressive download feature that temporarily loads the video on your iOS device, so the GoFlex can go into stand-by mode.

The Satellite comes with USB 3.0 and the accompanying sync software is configured to only load media on the storage device that is compatible with iOS. The unit has a capacity of 500GB and is now available for pre-order for $199.

Seagate’s press release also notes that their GoFlex product will serve media to up to 3 devices wirelessly. It claims you don’t need cables or the Internet to share media, so I’m assuming it creates its own Wi-Fi network, ad-hoc style.

Although I typically keep my 16GB iPhone full, I haven’t ever needed external storage space. And I certainly don’t need another battery to worry about charging with a product like this. Some users might find this to be a better solution than cloud storage though, especially those trying to stream video over poor wireless connections.

What do you think? Is the GoFlex Satellite a worthy cloud competitor?

  • Young Money

    This is dumb. It uses battery and you need it on wifi and have to bring it w you. Cloud solutions are infinitely more convient

    • True about the convenience (who wants to lug a HDD around with them), but they’re also a lot slower, so for people looking for speed this could be a solution.

    • SpideyRules

      Did you really look into it before just calling it “dumb?”

      It looks like there’s a connection to recharge the battery, and a rechargeable battery seems to be the only real way to go with this. (It would eat AA batteries like Godzilla 🙂 ).

      Yes you have to bring it with you, but what real tech geek hasn’t gotten used to having an external hard drive or two in the backpack?

      And when your “cloud solution” website or server goes down, I’ll still have access to my media, and I’ll be certain I’m the ONLY one with access to my media…

      • mripod64

        Here here!

  • Sascha

    I believe this would really come in handy. I am definitely interested 🙂

  • Sascha

    @Young Money: cloud solutions are only as good as the bandwidth, from which you’re always dependent. Also, not everbody has a mobile rate with their carrier that allows for unlimited traffic. Let alone the time it takes to up- and download large files.

    That’s why this local device would be much more convenient, especially when you’re using more than one device at the same time.

  • A great idea, but needs fine tuned a LOT. For instance, you must connect to it via WiFi which means you are disconnected from the internet during the time you are accessing media from the hub. Also, the music categorization is extremely primitive with no playlist or artist listing options.

    Excellent video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-2W92Kh8la4

    • XepptizZ

      Those are some really good points. I kinda wish the hd could double as a last resort recharge option for the iphone. That would be a dealmaker for me.

  • Its amazing i am pretty intrested in it. itss looking kool