Friday, January 13, 2012

Kingston Wi-Drive Releases Native Amazon App

We've mentioned the Kingston Wi-Drive over and over again on this site, most visibly in our Best Fire Accessories section. It's a portable storage device that can easily triple or quadruple the amount of memory you have available for the Fire. The way it works is the storage drive allows access and transfer of files from an app on your Fire. The drive has a built-in signal, meaning you don't need cords or even an internet connection. But the one major pain for Fire users was that we had to sideload the app from other sites. Links would go down, you had to have an Android phone, and it was really not ideal.

Well, no more of that. As of yesterday, Kingston released their (free) Wi-Drive App on the Amazon Appstore, making it infinitely easier for you to get the software you need to enjoy all that extra space.

A few days ago we got the tip that this was coming thanks to a press release announcing both the Kindle Fire app and a new 64 GB model of the Wi-Drive (16/32GB currently). According to them, "As more consumers adopt Kindle Fire as their mobile device for personal media consumption, we are proud to help this new segment of users store and share photos, videos, music and much more." The one glaring omission from their statement was that they didn't specifically mention the Kindle Fire Department for all of our support. *rolls eyes*

Anyway, what this all amounts to is another great reason to get this spectacular device. The Wi-Drives are small, sturdy, and get overwhelmingly glowing customer reviews. Both the 16GB and the 32GB are on sale for 60% and 50% off accordingly, making them very affordable. These are perfect for trips, perfect for moving files around in the house, and they can store a lot of movies or songs. Let's take a look at the available models, both of which look identical; it's really only the amount of memory that's different.

16GB Wi-Drive - $129.99 49.99   /    32GB Wi-Drive - $179.99 89.98


As you can see, you'll never in your life be able to get these things at a lower price. If you've ever wished the Fire had even a little more memory so you could take more with you on the go, this is exactly what you need, and the ability to easily download the corresponding app from Amazon is a great bonus.

11 comments:

  1. This would be awesome for business and travel

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  2. Wow, those price reductions are amazing!

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  3. I am a little confused. Is it kind of like an external hard drive and you just put the stuff on that so it is not directly on the kindle? Then to access it oyu have to plug the kindle into it? I am not sure how this works.

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  4. Hi Barbara, there's no plugging in necessary. Yes, it's an external hard drive that can store lots of extra movies, music, or whatever, and thanks to the app, you can stream it all right from the device, without an internet connection or anything. It's very nice if you can use the extra space.

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  5. Thank you. It is a great idea , I am finding my kindle is filling up fast.

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  6. How do you write to it from the Kindle? That is how does it access it from the kindle? Is it in the app software? Is it like accessing an extrnal drive on a PC?

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  7. Yes, Jgale, you're able to access the drive directly from your Fire using the app above. That'll bring up a file directory that allows you to stream and move your files. Otherwise, you can add files from your PC or other places.

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  8. Ok, so I have the Wi-Drive and my music is there. Is there a way to view my music from the Kindle "Music" tab, instead of thru the apps?

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  9. Hi Jgale, unfortunately I think you have to access the stuff on the drive through the app, that said, you should be able to transfer things back and forth pretty easily, right? Maybe having the Wi-Drive store movies while keeping your music on the Fire might work.

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