Leef iAccess and iBridge provide a handy storage solution for iOS users.
While at CES I had an opportunity to get my hands on the Leef iAccess and Leef iBridge Mobile Memory sticks. They are devices for the iPhone that I have been very interested in checking out for some time. This opportunity could not have come at a better time because I was using a competitor’s device to load all the video and photos I was taking with my iPhone. The biggest problem with that product was that it was battery powered. Needless to say, when you need a device charged, that’s usually when you forget to charge them. The Leef products allowed me to keep working without needing power because the Leef devices use the power from your iOS device to work. Let’s take a closer look at them.
The iBridge is essentially a flash drive that connects to your iPhone through the Lightning port. You can transfer files off your phone to the iBridge through the use of the Leef iOS app. The drive is available in five different capacities – 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. I have the 64 GB model and it gave me plenty of room to keep recording videos while on the show floor at CES. I would film until I would hit the dreaded ‘out of storage’ message on my iPhone and then just simply pop in the iBridge and transfer it to that drive. It worked perfectly and is a great option for supplemental storage for your iPhone.
The second device I was able to test out from Leef was the iAccess. When I was given this little device, I was not sure how much more powerful it could be then just the iBridge. The problem I would run into with the iBridge was that it has a finite amount of storage. So, towards the end of a day at CES, I would run into the storage limit again and wasn’t able to more any more files to the iBridge drive. The iAccess is a Micro SD card reader that connects to your iPhone though the Lightning port. It is compatible with cards up to 128GB in capacity. The reason this is such a great option – especially for what I was doing – is because the iAccess gave me the ability to grab a micro SD card out of my bag and store files to it. There is no limit because you can continue to get cards when one fills up. This is a great option for photographers and editors alike. When you’re working with an assistant, you can offload videos and photos from your iOS device onto a card and then pass it off to them so they can start working.
Both the iAccess and iBridge are great accessories for iOS devices. It really helps to solve the ‘space’ problem of the devices and provides a nice workflow option, too. In addition to it being a storage solution, both devices allow you to transfer files to your iOS device or watch video files through the iOS app. They are remarkable devices and I recommend them for any iOS photographer or videographer.
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