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Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi Memory Card Review

Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi Memory Card Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Eye-Fi Mobi memory card, it allows you to take pictures on your camera and transfer them via Wi-Fi to a smartphone or tablet.

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Category : Digital Storage Devices
Product : Eye-Fi Mobi
Price : £26
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The Eye-Fi Mobi memory card lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera to your smartphone or tablet. The Mobi card creates its own Wi-Fi network which your mobile device is then able to connect to. The Eye-Fi Mobi is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities priced £30 - £50.

Eye-Fi Mobi Features

  • Detects new pictures when you take them
  • Activates Wi-Fi only when there are new pictures to transfer
  • Guarantees transfers complete successfully to ensure reliability
  • Low-power mode to conserve battery when not in use
  • Manually toggle Wi-Fi on/off
  • Prioritise transfer of images from card
  • Camera screen displays card status information
  • Built-in, secure Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Operates wherever you are taking pictures
  • Creates 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Unique SSID to make pairing with device easy
  • Secure, encrypted connection between camera and device
  • Class 10 memory from Samsung
  • Super-fast support for burst mode and HD video capture
  • Tested to ensure widest camera compatibility, reliability
  • Broadcasts its own WPA2 secured network with a 10 character passphrase
  • Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities
  • Power management optimises use of camera battery
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Eye-Fi Mobi Handling

The Eye-Fi Mobi looks just like any normal memory card, so there are no issues as to whether it will fit your camera, unless it uses MicroSD or CompactFlash cards! To get it working, simply pop it in your camera and install the Eye-Fi app on your Apple or Android device. When you first start the app you'll need to enter the code from the cards plastic case. This will install a profile on your device to allow communication between it and the card. You then just need to connect to the card's Wi-Fi signal. Next you can start the app and you're picture will appear on your mobile device from the memory card.

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Eye-Fi Mobi Performance

A good test for all memory cards is performed using CrystalDiskMark. We have tested the Eye-Fi Mobi card and have compared it to the Lexar Professional 4GB 133x speed card. As you can see, read and write speeds on the Eye-Fi Mobi compare well against the Lexar Professional card.

  Eye-Fi Mobi   Lexar Professional 4GB 133x Speed
  Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s)   Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s)
Seq 22.23 20.00   21.61 19.90
512K 21.87 18.69   21.32 5.689
4K 6.818 2.303   6.385 0.111
4K QD32 7.330 2.43   6.515 0.126

That's the boring part out of the way, the real fun with the Eye-Fi Mobi comes when you connect to it with a smartphone or tablet. We have downloaded the Eye-Fi app to an iPhone 5 and have inserted the card into a Nikon D3000.

The way the Wi-Fi card works is very similar to how most Wi-Fi enabled cameras work. With the card inserted and the Wi-Fi switched on, you need to connect to its network with your smartphone / tablet. By using the code on the cards case, this is made simple, with a profile installed onto your mobile device, rather than having to enter a password.

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Once connected, you then open the app. Any images on the card will be automatically downloaded to your smartphone / tablet - if there isn't any new images to download then you won't even be able to connect to its Wi-Fi. This means the card is able to use as little of the camera battery as possible.

As soon as all the images are downloaded you can switch off your camera - it's worth noting that all images are saved into your camera roll, so you'll need to be careful that you don't fill up the memory on your mobile device. The app allows you to send images by email, print, copy or share via Twitter and Facebook.

Value for money

The Eye-Fi Mobi cards are available capacities ranging from 8-32GB for around £30-£50. There aren't many alternatives - there is the Transcend Wi-Fi SDHC card (8GB for £23, 16GB for £27) and the Toshiba Flash Air (8GB for £21.50, 16GB for £25). Many cameras now have built-in Wi-Fi, from cheap compacts to expensive DSLR's, but if you have an old camera that you simply don't want to upgrade, a Wi-Fi memory card is the solution if you want it to be Wi-Fi enabled.

Eye-Fi Mobi Verdict

The Eye-Fi Mobi is an excellent way to add Wi-Fi to an old camera, the cards are compatible with a large number of digital cameras, but are a touch on the expensive side. Images transfer automatically when a connection is made and the app is opened. If you have taken a large number of photos, you may find the capacity on your mobile device is filled up quickly, so worth keeping an eye on. It's not an ideal card for professionals, with the lack of RAW support, but for those who enjoy sharing images on the web, you'll not be disappointed.

   
  The Eye-Fi Mobi is easy to use and a great way to bring Wi-Fi functionality to a non-Wi-Fi enabled camera.  

Eye-Fi Mobi Pros

Simple to use
Decent write / read speeds
Compatible with a large range of cameras

Eye-Fi Mobi Cons

No RAW file transfer
Easy to fill up the storage capacity on your mobile device
More expensive than Transcend & Toshiba versions

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Eye-Fi Mobi Specifications

Dimensions
Weight2.8g
Width32mm
Height24mm
Depth2.1mm

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