If you’ve downloaded a lot of content for use on your Fire, its onboard memory may be woefully small to your mind. Movies, in particular, can take up a lot of space. You may not always have a wi-fi connection handy for streaming from Amazon’s Cloud when you’re out and about, either.
Luckily for Fire owners with huge content libraries, there are numerous external storage options that enable you to carry a big chunk of your content on a small, portable, external drive or device that can stream its content to your Fire across a wi-fi connection created by the device itself. That’s right, these gadgets essentially create a wi-fi hotspot, and most allow you to share the connection across numerous devices simultaneously.
Imagine your upcoming spring or summer family road trip, during that inevitable long stretch of lonely, uninteresting highway. What if you could watch A River Runs Through It on your Fire from the front passenger seat while in the back seat, your teen daughter enjoys music on her iPhone and your younger son watches The Adventures of Tin Tin on his Android tablet, all from your content library, all at the same time? What if you could all watch The Adventures of Tin Tin on your separate devices simultaneously? Or, what if you’re headed off somewhere on your own, and know that the four movies you’ve got downloaded to your Fire won’t last you even half the trip? What if you could easily take your entire digital video library with you? With the high-tech new external storage devices that have wi-fi capabilities, these scenarios can be a reality.
The Kingston Wi-Drive comes in 16GB and 32GB models, and you can download a free companion app to configure and use the Wi-Drive with your Fire. The Kingston Wi-Drive creates a wi-fi connection that can be shared with two other people while you’re using it, and the drive offers support for Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone, and (with the free app installed) Android smart phones and tablets too. The device is surprisingly small as well, measuring just 4.8 x 0.4 x 2.4 inches and weighing only 8 ounces.
If that’s still a little too bulky for your tastes, or not quite enough memory, consider the Maxell AirStash, which is a souped up thumb drive that can accept SD memory cards with a capacity of up to 64GB. You can get an AirStash pre-loaded with an 8GB or 16GB card, and since you can swap SD cards whenever you like, there’s not really ANY upper memory capacity limit on this little device. Keep one card for music, one for books, another for music, another for apps and games, and still others for movies, and you’re ready to take your full content library wherever you want to go.
The AirStash is just 1.2 x 0.5 x 3.6 inches, and weighs only 3.2 ounces. Like the Wi-Drive, it creates a wi-fi hotspot you can share with two more people, and like the Wi-Drive, it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets.
So the next time you’re headed for a long wait (like at the DMV) or off on a trip, don’t despair! With handy little gadgets like these, you’ll have plenty of content to keep you entertained—all in a device you can easily slip into a purse or pocket.