I have been using my Strontium 16GB iDrive for a while for transferring files between computers and iPhones and iPads. It costed me $40 on discount with fairly good level of quality and performance. The reason why I picked that one up is because I am using Macbook DDR RAM from Strontium which has been giving me solid performance in the past two years.
I recently a sweet product, a 64GB storage size iDisk from Olala, that comes with quite a good 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon and is able to change my mind in using my older iDrive.
- Apple MFi Certified 8-pin lightning connector
- USB 3.0
- Takes photos/videos within companion app and store on the external drive
- Allows directly Edit and Manage data, create folder, delete, copy and move
- Access security with password or Touch ID
- 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason
- 1 year warranty for quality-related issues
- Lightning and USB 3.0 connectors
- 59 x 28 x 9mm
- 64GB capacity
- Space Gray Color
- 18g net weight
The two drives that I use are quite compact. It is both good to throw into the bag and travel along with. No doubt about that.
Certainly Olala iDisk wins it over in terms of having the USB 3.0 connector and Lightning ports movable by pushing the button in the middle back and forth so you can easily get one of the ports protected at all times, even without the cap.
The major downside for both thumb drives is the protective plastic cap or caps. The Strontium one has two but quite secured and attached to the body of the drive. The Olala one is secure as well. I prefer none but will pick Olala one as it has only one cap which is more manageable.
Speed test and comparison
As far as speed test goes for the two iDrives with USB 3.0 support, I used Disk Speed Test on Mac and plug the drives into the same USB port in sequence for fair comparison. The stress level was set a 1GB and 5Gb respectively for the two tests below and the speed difference is huge.
At stress level at 1GB, Olala iDisk is 8.8 times faster in terms of writing speed and reading speed is 2 times faster than that of the Strontium disk.
There is not much of a difference in terms of 5Gb stress test. The Olala iDisk continues to smash on the Strontium iDrive that has a slight decline on the read speed when the file size increases.
Notably speaking, the Strontium disk performs much slower than advertised at 65MB/s, where the Olala iDisk tells a better story with the test results. On the other hand, the Olala iDisk performed way better than advertised at 110 MS/s reading and 40 MB/s writing speed.
The companion apps
Both iDrive and iDisk require an iOS companion app to make it work. I tired to move a 39 second 1080p 60fps video clip over to the drives. It takes around 4 seconds on Olala iDisk, while the Strontium iDrive needed 6 more seconds to complete.
One major downside for the Strontium iDrive app is that it still crashes a lot, at least on the latest iOS 10 beta 2, despite of many recent updates to fix bugs. It is also not yet optimize for larger iPhone screen resolution while we have the Plus model iPhone for two, three years already. The iDisk app does a much better job on those.
Big shoutout to Olala for sending over an excellent product that is not only sponsoring this post but also getting me a much better product to fulfill my daily need. The hardware itself performs well and better than advertised, and sells at relatively competitive price now.
The Olala iDisk 64GB option is currently on sale for 40% off on Amazon from original price of hundred bucks to just $59.99 with free two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime. Check it out now before you miss the deal.