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Kingston MobileLite Wireless review: Add zing to your iPhone, iPad


Kingston's MobileLite Wireless is an accessory that lets you stream multimedia content to your mobile devices over the same Wi-Fi network.

The device does not come with in-built storage, but allows users to use storage mediums such as a USB drive (pen drive) and a micrSD/SD card storage up to 2TB.

What would you use it for?

A number of mobile devices, including iPad, iPhone and even some Android devices, do not offer an external storage slot. Some Android devices do support the USB on-the-go standard but you need an additional accessory or a USB drive that supports the microUSB standard.

With the help of devices like MobileLite Wireless, you can access any USB drive or microSD/SD card, stream multimedia content and even copy (some) files to and from mobile devices. It is especially useful for use with Apple's iPhone and iPad since the two don't support any external storage medium.

MobileLite Wireless also features an 1,810mAh battery so that you can carry it around and use it in places where you don't have a power socket. It even doubles up as a power bank to charge your devices just in case you're low on power. This minimizes the need to carry a separate power bank which becomes an absolute necessity if you own an iPhone.

Connect it to a PC and you can use it as an SD card reader as well.

What's in the box?
Kingston MobileLite Wireless comes with a microUSB-to-USB cable and a microSD card adapter. The cable lets you charge the device and connect it to a PC to make it a card reader or simply charge a compatible device with the device.

Look and feel


At first glance, Kingston MobileLite Wireless looks like an external hard disk. However, it sports a compact form factor (124.8x59.9x17.3mm) and can easily slip into your pocket although it's thicker than most modern smartphones.

It is very light at just 98gram since it doesn't come with in-built storage. The right edge features the SDcard reader slot while the left one has the micro-USB and USB ports.

The bottom edge features the power key camouflaged with the black surface and a pin-hole reset slot. There are three LED indicators on top for Power, wireless connectivity and internet connectivity.

Setting up
Setting up MobileLite Wireless device is fairly simple. You just need to turn it on and the device shows up as an open Wi-Fi access point in your smartphone/tablet.

Simply connect your device to the network and configure it through the Kingston MobileLite app (available for download on Amazon Appstore, Google Play Store and iTunes App Store).

You can then insert a microSD/SD card or a USB drive on the device. The app is your gateway to device enabling access to files and even acting as media player. We tried it with a Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB. It is nice to have tons of stored content available to your device without having to store it locally on the smartphone/tablet.

You can still stay connected to the internet via Wi-Fi through the device. The app prompts you to select and sign-on to a network. A password can also be set to restrict access to the device.

Our experience


Once you complete the setup, the MobileLite app lets you access all the files on your SD card and/or USB drive. We tried connecting MobileLite Wireless with three — an iPad, an Android phone and an iPhone, simultaneously.

After an initial delay, we were able to stream different HD videos (1080p) to all three connected devices without any hiccups. It's worth pointing out that not all video file formats will natively run on the iPhone or iPad (AVI and MKV files did not run), but that's because of the file support offered by the devices. We were also able to play music files and view PDFs, photos and Word documents.



Files can also be copied from the storage device (through MobileLite Wireless) and vice versa. There are limitations when it comes to iOS devices as Apple does not offer third party apps complete access to the file system. You can only copy videos and pictures from the iPhone/iPad to the storage devices.

Trying to stream files through VLC Player on a Mac, we were able to get transfer speeds of about 3MB per second (data received), which is decent.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless can last about five hours on full charge and can charge an iPhone 5 up to 50% battery level. We wish Kingston had offered a bigger battery.

Verdict
We would recommend Kingston MobileLite Wireless as at a price of Rs 4,000 (MRP) and street price of Rs 3,500 is a very handy accessory to have, particularly if you own an iPad or iPhone.

It is not too expensive and lets you access an external storage source up to 2TB and also adds up as a portable charger in emergency situations. We just wish it supported Windows Phone devices and sported a bigger battery.
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