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Mega-gigs at a mini price

John Davidson (via SMH) | April 5, 2013
For $249 on top of the cost of your iPad or other tablet or phone, you could buy a 1 terabyte Seagate Wireless Plus.

Mega-gigs at a mini price

The Seagate Wireless Plus

How much would you pay for a 1 terabyte iPad? That's a tablet with 1024 gigabytes of storage, enough to hold 1500 movies, give or take, which amounts to some 3220 hours of movie-watching bliss. You could fly from Sydney to London and back 67 times and never have to watch the same movie twice. How much would that be worth to you?

Based on the lowest price Apple charges for extra storage, a 1 terabyte iPad would cost $2409, which naturally is an absurd figure both because it's far more than anyone in his or her right mind would pay (though anyone travelling from Sydney to London and back 67 times would long since have lost their right mind, along with their luggage, somewhere in Heathrow airport), and because such a device doesn't exist. The biggest iPad is just 128 gigs.

But for just $249 on top of the cost of your iPad or other tablet or phone, you could buy a 1 terabyte Seagate Wireless Plus and get more or less the same thing.

You can pretty well figure out what the Seagate Wireless Plus is just from its name. Seagate is one of the world's largest manufacturers of hard drives, and you guessed it, the Wireless Plus is essentially a 1 terabyte portable hard drive. But as the "Wireless" suggests, it's a portable hard drive with a difference: it's a battery-powered hard drive (battery life: 6.4 hours in our tests) that you can connect to wirelessly, using Wi-Fi from your iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, or indeed any other Wi-Fi device, including a TV.

I guess the "Plus" means that, once you connect your device to the Seagate, you wind up with a device that has whatever storage it started with, plus a terabyte.

It's a pretty nice idea, though I should point out that, in the case of iOS and Android devices attached wirelessly to the Wireless Plus, you don't wind up with an additional terabyte of storage that can be used the same way your device's main storage can be used. It's not accessible to all your apps, but only to a special Seagate app that you have to run on your device. (More on that in a moment.)

That's not so with PCs and notebooks, however: the Wireless Plus comes with a built-in Windows file-sharing server, known as a SAMBA server, and you can attach your PC to it the same way you can attach it to any network drive - no special app required. You can even "mount" the Wireless Plus onto your local file system (again using SAMBA), so it looks to your applications as if the 1 terabyte hard drive was physically attached to your computer.


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