Almost everyone takes a smartphone or tablet to football matches these days, and with no more than a cursory glance around the Emirates stadium you are bound to see thousands of fans snapping away photos of their favourite players with their choice of mobile device. That said, one problem that plagues us all when we decide to ditch the camera for the smartphone is the notorious lack of space on our portable devices, this usually leads to hours of trawling through our shots when we get home, desperately trying to free up space for next weeks game. Sound familiar? Luckily our friends over at Kingston have come up with an ingenious piece of kit which allows any smartphone or tablet user to expand their storage by huge amounts wirelessly and hassle free!
The Kingston Mobilelite Wireless G2 is the second generation of the Kingston Mobilelite Wireless series (previously reviewed here) and it is fair to say it significantly exceeds it’s predecessor in a multitude of ways. Much like the first edition of this device, the Mobilelite Wireless G2 allows the user to backup or access files stored on an SD card or Memory Stick wirelessly from a mobile device anywhere on the go. It features a USB port, SD card slot and a charging port and allows you to plug in an SD card and transfer all your camera photos to an iPhone or an iPad or vice versa. It also features and integrated ehternet port so it is able to act as a router for use on the go when wifi is not on offer. You are also able to load videos and music onto an SD card or Memory stick and stream them to your iDevice anywhere in the world, effectively acting as external storage. You can also use it as a backup battery pack and plug in your smartphone or tablet to charge on the go and it has the power to charge your smartphone twice over from flat.
Last time round I felt that the build quality was a little on the budget side and high quality materials were not used in the construction of the device although I am happy to report that in this version there has been a significant improvement. The device feels sturdy and much more robust meaning that it can be chucked into your bag without the risk of it being damaged and you now have compete confidence when handling the device. The single button operation still remains and despite the significant improvements in the construction of the device the price is still fantastic for a multi function media streamer.
The G2 really does pick up exactly where its predecessor left off offering fantastic and reliable streaming functions that are capable of transmitting full HD images through a network created by the little box and enables you to stream different movies to a number of devices simultaneously so everyone can do their own thing. The data transfer over the wireless network is also very speedy so you will have enough time at half time to back up all of your photos from the match to the external media so you have enough storage space for the second half. The battery life has been significantly improved from 5 hours to 13 hours meaning you can leave it on throughout the match without the risk of running out of juice.
The MobileLite is also a handy companion on the underground en route to the Emirates as I can load up an SD card or memory stick with my favourite TV shows or films and stream them from the mobilelite using the wireless network the device creates itself. This works flawlessly with absolutely no buffering or stuttering through the official Kingston Mobilelite smartphone app, even with 1080p content. You can also use your device to your hearts content at the game with the knowledge that you are able to charge it up on the way home thanks to the Mobilelite’s handy powerbank feature.
Price and final thoughts:
The MobileLite Wireless G2 is a far more refined product than its predecessor and offers some new and imteresting features that go even further to justifying its shockingly affordable price tag! You can pick the G2 up on Amazon for only £33 today, a small price to pay for a device that serves a huge variety of purposes. All of these great features combined with a refined mobile companion app make this a must have this season.