SanDisk's New iXpand Base Makes it Easy to Back Up Your iPhone

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Western Digital today announced its latest SanDisk product, the SanDisk iXpand Base. The iXpand Base is designed to make it simple to back up an iPhone's photos, videos, and contacts, offering storage and an intuitive nightly backup setup.

The iXpand Base is designed to look like a small iPhone dock, with a flat rubber-coated base where the iPhone rests. At one side, there's a Lightning cable that plugs into the iPhone, and at the other, there's a power cord that plugs into the wall.


The idea is to connect the iPhone to the iXpand Base at night to charge your phone. While it's plugged in and charging (15W charging is supported), the iXpand Base makes a backup of all of your critical files with the iXpand Base app, essentially providing an automatic, hassle-free way to make a nightly backup. Many people likely upload their photos to iCloud for safekeeping, but it's always a good idea to have multiple backups.

"iPhone users care deeply about their content and understand the importance of protecting it. Our top priority is to offer convenient solutions like the iXpand Base that fit with people's everyday habits so they don't have to change their routine, and never have to worry about losing memories," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital.
The iXpand Base offers up to 256GB of local storage, so it can also be used to offload photos and other files to save space on an iPhone. With the data backup feature enabled, if you need to transfer content to a new phone, it's just a matter of plugging the new device into the base and downloading the app.


SanDisk's new iXpand Base is available starting today from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Pricing starts at $49.99 for 32GB of storage. 64GB of storage is available for $99.99, 128GB of storage is available for $129.99, and 256GB of storage is available for $199.99.

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ElQben

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So basically for those few stubborn people who still don't use Google Photos, Music and Drive.
 
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And what is wrong with Apple’s own iCloud backup? Plug any WiFi connected iOS device in and off it goes.
 

bommai

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32GB. Wow! Most iPhone's internal storage is that much now. My wife fills up her 64GB iPhone with photos and videos every week. I just download then to our iMac using image capture. Photos never works reliably.
 

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Good idea but they need to ditch the 32 GB and lower the price of the others.

For the 199$ they're asking for the 265 GB, you get 5 years and 6 months of 250 GB from iCloud.
 

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How does something like this work when used in tandem with iCloud Photo Library enabled? If you have ‘optimize storage enabled,’ doesn’t your phone only have thumbnails (mostly, of course)?

How would this solution backup those photos?
 

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To everyone asking why someone would use a local backup when they could use a cloud service, image that your best upload speed is 700 kb. Even 5 Gb of pictures will take hours. If you are trying to upload 20 or more it will take longer than 8-12 hours. Once you get a dozen or more miles away from a lot of cities your speeds drop dramatically and your ISP options are usually set at one.
 
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And what is wrong with Apple’s own iCloud backup? Plug any WiFi connected iOS device in and off it goes.
Last year I traveled through Morocco. For some reason, no matter where, I couldn't get reliable internet for backing up. It's almost as though the whole country blocked the port for iCloud and Amazon drive.

They also blocked voice calls over FaceTime, WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger.

Internet is not always reliable.
 
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As an additional layer of security, this is a great (albeit pricey) 2-in-1 solution.

Backing-up your contents while you're charging nightly. The only way I think it could have been even better is with a vertical dock-like form factor. No lightning cord clutter and a smaller night-table-friendly footprint.

Either way, providing this works as advertised, personally I give it a thumbs up.
 
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IMHO, one key point not listed in the OP but pointed out in the PR, and relevant to cloud services is that photos are loaded onto the device at full resolution. A quote from the product information (https://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/ixpand-base):
"The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage."

No more down-res photo files to deal with… I'm checking it out when I can find a B&M that carries it.
 

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I know I'm late to the party but...

I wish something like this existed that could back up the entire iPhone (or iPad) with all the app data included. And I wish that backup could be automatically backed up to my time machine drive (or synced to my Mac which backs up to my time machine drive).
For offsite backup, I just switch between two time machine hard drives, one of which I keep at work. With this system I have no need for iCloud.

And what is wrong with Apple’s own iCloud backup? Plug any WiFi connected iOS device in and off it goes.
Enough time passes and iCloud becomes more expensive than these one time purchase backup solutions. I admit this one is not ideal because you have to always charge on this specific charger in order to back up. It would be ideal if you could back up wirelessly on your home network when connected to any charger. iCloud offers the advantage of backing up constantly when out of the house, but for me that's excessive and unnecessary. Once a day automatic backup at home is plenty. So I'd rather do that and save money in the long run. Plus I want to keep as little of my data floating around the internet as possible.

Good idea but they need to ditch the 32 GB and lower the price of the others.

For the 199$ they're asking for the 265 GB, you get 5 years and 6 months of 250 GB from iCloud.
I think you mean 200 GB for iCloud, not 250. But you're right, $199 for 256 GB does seem a bit spendy. It would take a long time to recover costs.
 
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Enough time passes and iCloud becomes more expensive than these one time purchase backup solutions.
For backup purposes, even a free 5GB plan is enough, though. I back up both my iPhone & iPad and still have 1.5 GB free out of 5. What I don’t back up on the iCloud is photos & videos, that do tend to fill up tons of iCloud space, but Google Photos takes care of my photo-video library nicely.
 

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For backup purposes, even a free 5GB plan is enough, though. I back up both my iPhone & iPad and still have 1.5 GB free out of 5. What I don’t back up on the iCloud is photos & videos, that do tend to fill up tons of iCloud space, but Google Photos takes care of my photo-video library nicely.
I'm glad 5 GB is enough for you but I use my iOS devices to create a lot of content (art, voice, music), so 5 GB isn't nearly enough for me. Google Photos is a nice free option to backup the camera roll but you become the product and sacrifice privacy. Not something I want to do.
 

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Google Photos is a nice free option to backup the camera roll but you become the product and sacrifice privacy. Not something I want to do.
You can create a random Google account having nothing to do with your real name, place, date of birth, etc. and use that for your Google Photos collection.

Another iCloud problem is storage, when we talk about photos & videos. My cloud synchronised Google Photo library dates back to Jan 2015 and currently takes 131 Mb of iPhone’s space. My Apple Photo app currently contains 32 photos & 4 videos (4 minutes of video in total between them), all taken with SE’s 12 Mpx camera. This lot takes 1GB of iPhone’s storage. I know I can move it all to the iCloud Photo Library and have lighter versions stored on the phone, but at this rate (4 GB of photos/videos per months) I will fill up the 50GB of iCloud storage in one year, 200GB - in 4 years, etc. I won’t have this problem with Google. Besides, I have read on the local forums that people with large Apple photo libraries were having their devices heat up & lose a lot of battery power with beta 11 installed, as all of their local footage needed to be converted to the new file formats & reindexed. No issue with Google Photos either. Lastly, just as an extra bonus, Google offer better reliability of their online services than Apple.
 

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You can create a random Google account having nothing to do with your real name, place, date of birth, etc. and use that for your Google Photos collection.

Another iCloud problem is storage, when we talk about photos & videos. My cloud synchronised Google Photo library dates back to Jan 2015 and currently takes 131 Mb of iPhone’s space. My Apple Photo app currently contains 32 photos & 4 videos (4 minutes of video in total between them), all taken with SE’s 12 Mpx camera. This lot takes 1GB of iPhone’s storage. I know I can move it all to the iCloud Photo Library and have lighter versions stored on the phone, but at this rate (4 GB of photos/videos per months) I will fill up the 50GB of iCloud storage in one year, 200GB - in 4 years, etc. I won’t have this problem with Google. Besides, I have read on the local forums that people with large Apple photo libraries were having their devices heat up & lose a lot of battery power with beta 11 installed, as all of their local footage needed to be converted to the new file formats & reindexed. No issue with Google Photos either. Lastly, just as an extra bonus, Google offer better reliability of their online services than Apple.
May be as you say, but I'm not really advocating for iCloud either. I want to avoid all cloud services if at all possible.