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Imation Link Power Drive review: Compact power, storage for iOS devices

J.R. Bookwalter | Oct. 19, 2015
An affordable way to increase the storage capacity and battery life of Lightning-equipped iOS devices.

The onboard storage is formatted FAT32, so it mounts as a volume on any Mac or PC running OS X 10.7 or Windows XP and later. The Link app features a better UI than similar file management apps I’ve used, capable of accessing or backing up the Camera Roll, import/export of iOS device contacts, and copying files to Power Drive.

Imation Link can also share stored content to social networks or cloud services Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, but only to its own folder. The app works with most popular media file types like MP4, MOV, MP3, and M4A, but AVI and MKV lovers need not apply. PDF, text, and even Word documents can be previewed or copied to compatible apps via the iOS share extension.

Aside from poky transfer speeds and an unintuitive button arrangement, Power Drive is well thought out and executed, and will be welcome relief for those stuck with 16GB iPhones. There’s even a little tray that slides out from underneath to prop up your device in landscape mode (a feature that works with iPad, too) for kicking back and viewing photos, watching videos, or reading documents.

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On-device files can easily be copied to Power Drive, or a variety of social networks and cloud storage services.

Bottom line

As long as you don’t use file formats Apple frowns upon anyway, Imation Link Power Drive pairs additional storage with increased battery life in a single, nearly pocket-friendly package costing less than two separate accessories.

 

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