From a lawyer’s perspective, two shortcomings of the iPad are the limited memory of the available versions of the devices (16 GB, 32 GB, 64GB, 128GB) and the inability to transfer data to or from the iPad by USB thumb drive, memory card, or CD/DVD. Now there is a solution to both of these problems, albeit not an inexpensive one. I have been using the Seagate GoFlex Mobile Wireless Plus 1TB mobile drive since it first became available in February of this year ($199.00). The drive won Best of Show at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2013. See Video Ad.
The Wireless Plus is a mobile 1TB hard drive that allows up to eight computers, tablets and/or smart phones (Windows, iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook) to access and store content on the drive, at the same time, via the drive’s own mini WiFi network. That’s right, the Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network; no outside internet connection is needed. You can allow password protected access by eight devices to the content on the drive in the middle of the jungle (or in a rural courtroom) with no other WiFi access. If there is a WiFi network available, the Wireless Plus can access it and provide internet through its private network with access to the drive contents. The drive can also wirelessly backup the content of the files on your iPad.
Data uploaded from the iPad can be transferred to other computers by a USB cable that plugs into the drive.
The 1 TB capacity of the drive allows you to store your entire file to the drive. No need to worry about poor WiFi connectivity in isolated venues—you still have access to your entire file. The rated battery life of the drive is 10 hours, although I have been getting closer to 8 hours. An AC power cable is included.
I find that the drive generally performs well. There were some glitches with the companion iPad App, but these seemed to have been worked out as the drive is working well for me now.
Bottom line: The Seagate GoFlex Wireless Plus Drive is an outstanding tool for the mobile iPad Lawyer.