I was a big fan of the original Kingston Wi-Drive and MobileLite first generation product so I was very enthusiastic when Kingston sent me a MobileLite G2 to review a few months ago. I really wanted to use this thing for weeks and months of playing media over and over on long car trips, plane flights and more to see how much abuse it would take, how many simultaneous streams and if I encountered any issues at all and I can tell you about my experience with it and why I consider this a MUST HAVE product for your Smartphone or Tablet below.
First a video about the Kingston MobileLite G2
What is the Kingston MobileLite G2
The Kingston MobileLite G2 is a portable media storage device that also acts as it’s own Wireless access point. Basically you put media on an SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC card or USB stick and then can serve that media to up to 5 mobile devices at the same time. The mobile devices connect to it like they would to a home router, you just browser your wireless network from your mobile device and select the Kingston MobileLite G2 network then connect. But before you do, make sure you have the Kingston MobileLite App for your Android Phone or tablet, Kindle Fire device or your iPhone or iPad.
So with the Kingston MobileLite G2 you can basically keep all of your movies, TV Shows and media like photos, music..etc and store it all on your Wireless MobileLite so that you don’t have to eat up your storage space on your mobile device. This also means you can have multiple again (up to 5) devices access and stream the same media content from the same MobileLite G2. This prevents you from having to copy the same video or audio files to multiple mobile devices if you have kids or like to watch the same content as someone else with a mobile device in the household or who is traveling with you.
Kingston MobileLite G2 Review
I have tested every function of the Kingston MobileLite G2 and can say that I have had 4 devices (1 iPhone, 1 iPad and 2 Kindle Fire HDX) devices paired with it and streaming different video files at the same time without issue. I can say that SD cards are faster and more stable than streaming from USB stick, especially with more streams, I had some latency and lag initially when starting streams 3 and 4 on USB stick but they still were playable. The MobileLite G2 can also act as a Wireless bridge, so you can pair the MobileLite G2 with your home Wi-Fi network, then pair your mobile devices with it, so that they can still access everything on the Internet and still access the media files served by the MobileLite.
The app is easy to use in how it presents folders and access to your files, but naming your files is important here as long file names can be cumbersome to browse through and starting files off with similar titles can end up spending time looking for the right episode. Like if you do The Simpsons Season 21 Episode XX for all your titles, you may only see the first part and have to keep checking or digging to find the right file. You can connect up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the MobileLite G2 but only 5 simultaneous streams are supported, this is typically more than any amount of Mobile devices anyone has though so is really excellent.
You transer files to the MobileLite G2 by plugging it into the PC USB port, any card or USB device plugged into the MobileLite is then seen as removable storage device by the PC and you simply drag and drop the content you want to transfer. This essentially also makes the MobileLite an SD/MicroSD card reader for the PC as well if you don’t have one in your PC. The MobileLite G2 will also provide wireless access to a USB hard drive, so if you didn’t have a router with a USB port handy you could serve up an entire 500GB USB hard drive over Wi-Fi with the MobileLite for PC file storage and backup if you needed to as well. The MobileLite also has an Ethernet port so you can connect it to a router via Ethernet then let it serve content Wirelessly which does give you better throughput to the mobile devices that access Internet than using it Wirelessly to connect to the router and then wireless devices connecting to it but it still functions very well in both cases.
Last but not least, the MobileLite G2 also has a built in battery capacity for emergencies, this means you can use the MobileLite G2 to charge your smartphone (not tablet) if your smartphone is running out of juice and you need to charge it in a pinch. This additional functionality means 1 less device you have to carry around with your smartphone because the Kingston MobileLite G2 has so many functions.
At a price of $50 right now on Amazon.com the Kingston MobileLite G2 literally is the best bang for the buck mobile accessory product you can get in my opinion and is an essential device if you find yourself traveling frequently and enjoy watching media content or listening to a large volume of audio while traveling. It is also ideal if you are in a household with many mobile devices and you want all mobile devices to have instant access to the same content without having to manually copy the content to all devices. This product is perfect if you are still using 8GB or 16GB tablets which have limited storage space and tablets with low storage space greatly benefit as well.