Eye-Fi Mobile X2 SD Card: Screw a Computer, Send Those Photos Straight to Your Mobile Devices

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The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 does everything the previous Eye-Fi(s) did—upload photos to your computer and online—over a Wi-Fi network. The Mobile X2 has a new trick: It'll zap photos to and from your Android and iOS devices.

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Plusses

Stupid easy setup. If you don't have a router, the X2's Direct Mode turns itself into a wireless hotspot, for a direct connect to your iOS or Android thing. Then you can flag photos for automatic upload to your computer via the Eye-Fi app when you get re-connected to the Wee-Fees. It'll offload videos, too, even ripping out the raw .mts file from ever-fickle AVCHD videos. Bonus: The Eye-Fi app also beams photos from your phone's camera to your computer for you, sans wires.

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Minuses

Transfers times from the card to your photo bucket of choice are not insignificant (around 10-20 seconds, and that's after the 5-10 second warm-up time for the app). Both the iPad app and the desktop app could afford to be less ugly and more user friendly.

If you're someone who shoots a lot of photos on actual cameras and would like to have them automagically appear on your smartphone or computer, it's hard not to recommend the Mobile X2. But at $80, you might first want to consider just how much you'll really use (or even need) it.

Specs: Eye-Fi Mobile X2

Format: SD Card
Storage Capacity: 8 Gigabytes
Platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi
Services supported: Facebook, MobileMe, Picasa, YouTube, Flickr. Full List here.
Compatible Cameras: 1000+. Full list here.
Price: $80

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DISCUSSION

tendomentis
tendomentis

I bought this when it came out for my Lumix, and I like it. I played with sending it to my Evo 4G instead of my computer, but it seems you can either do one or the other, not both.

In the end, I left it sending to my computer when my camera is range of my wifi. Nice thing about the Android app is that if I snap a photo with my phone, the photo is sent to my EyeFi incoming folder on my computer at home over the 3G.