If it's getting crowded in the phone, and we want local backup instead of iCloud, or if we just want to have a storage card to use the Mac and iPhone, then Kablekey be a good solution. (For Airdrop all very well, but it does not always work).
Kablekey is undoubtedly one of the more interesting solutions we've seen to extend storage on our iPhones. Made of the small, French company PK Paris we are invited here on a right clever design. At one end is a USB port to connect to a computer on the other end a Lightning connector that is obviously MFI certified.
Between the contacts are one, as it seems, durable cord. When Kablekey not used attached the two parts together with magnets and can fit easily in a pocket, bag, or even around the key ring.
Kablekey is available with 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage. Interestingly enough, it can, with its USB port on one side and the Lightning connector on the other, also serve as a charging cable to a power bank. So with this in your bag, we are never stranded.
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Award winning design, but horrible app
The product has actually won the IF Design Award in 2017, largely because of his versatility design. Certainly, the small and flexible, while it serves many purposes.
There is relatively fast USB 3.0 on one end. Traditional usb therefore, still should work fine for most people, but we hope that the French have released an updated version with USB c in due course.
The read speed is quite acceptable 120 MB / s (100 MB / s 16 GB version), the write speed 20 MB / s. With USB end connected to the computer, it functions as a standard USB memory device, files that we then import into the iPhone.
iPhone, we need app PK Memory – and we notice very soon that the software does not keep the same level as the hardware. The app is frankly incomprehensible right with small and often incomprehensible symbols. The app forgets the order in which we prefer to sort photos and videos, it's hard to imagine where we get the pictures were stored somewhere – not to mention the weird requests we get sometimes about creating playlists for pictures (!?) And to copy them to a sharing folder that has three different names.
There is a private location in the app where the files are not for everyone's eyes can be saved, but it is difficult to know whether we are in the private or public location . In addition, the app managed to reset the password again, but we were warned.
Not terribly expensive, but the cloud is cheaper
So this is an app that has the sole task of managing the removal and storage of files between iPhone, USB memory and computer. There are apps in the App Store that allows far more without being difficult to use, so we do not think it would need a manual to understand how an app, which is basically just a file system works (there is a guide app, but it does not help much).
We have even more complaints about the app, but it just gets boring to list them all here. With a little trickery succeed we (almost) to figure out what's what in the app.
The app pulls down our impressions thoroughly by an otherwise finfin hardware. It is, after all, the app that makes the product available, that's where we can access our files. It is also no cloud solution in the Picture Keeper Connect.
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16GB model that we test costs 599 SEK. It is not unreasonable for this type of product, but we get quite a few months of iCloud backup for that price. We will really appreciate the local storage, or need a way to move files between Mac and iPhone to Kablekey will be worth its price.
Kablekey is a smart way to expand lagrinen for Iphone but it is clear that the hardware outshines software. The app is the biggest problem here, so be patient and agile for a few hours to learn it. Or check on some of the competitors.
Function: USB memory to lightning-contact, which also acts as charging cable
file support: Among other things, AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF,
M4V, MOV, RAW, CR2, DOC, PDF, XLS, some files require further applications to read
Measurements: 24 x 24 x 62 mm
Weight: 27 grams
Others: Two year warranty, rainproof (IP54)
More info / manufacturer: PK Paris
Price: 599 crowns (16 GB), 799 SEK (32 GB), 999 (SEK 64 GB ).