Transcend JetDrive Go 300 Review: Your iPhone’s Storage Companion

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Apple’s iPhone changed the smartphone market. Ever since its release in 2007, other brands have been trying to replicate its success. While the iPhone excels in terms of user experience, it does lack some basic features such as the USB storage mode. This effectively forces you to put up with the annoying iTunes software. Things get worse when you own a 16 GB base model. This leaves you with no option but sync your device with the PC or Mac every now and then. In countries like India where Internet connection lacks reliability, iCloud is not really an option.

Apple knows that its users hate such silly restrictions. However, the company’s walled-garden approach essential for its iTunes business. Hence, no matter how much you complain, the Cupertino company is not going to get rid of these restrictions. This is where the accessories such as Transcend’s JetDrive Go 300 comes into the play.

Transcend JetDrive Go 300

Design
The JetDrive Go 300 looks like a pen drive. A well-build metal-clad pen drive with connectors at both ends — a full-sized USB 3.1 and type-C. The connector caps are transparent for the obvious reason. Compared to SanDisk’s iXpand, the JetDrive Go is significantly smaller. The reason being the lack of battery in the JetDrive Go 300. Yes, as opposed to the iXpand, Transcend’s products draws power from your iPhone.

The attention to detail is impressive. Each curve and cut looks extremely polished. The overall look and feel of the device complements Apple’s products. The only niggle here is that the anodised colour easily gets scratched. Mixing it with your car keys for a few minutes is enough to leave multiple hairline scratches.

Transcend JetDrive Go 300 front

Features
Hook it up to your iPhone and you get a prompt to install the JetDrive Go. The drive comes formatted with FAT32 file system. Don’t change it to NTFS on your PC, or the JetDrive won’t be detected on your iPhone. Once the app is up and running, the things are quite straightforward.

The main screen has four options — JetDrive Go, My Storage, Camera Roll, and Backups. The first one lets you access files on your Transcend flash drive. My Storage is your phone’s local storage dedicated for transferring files from the JetDrive Go 300. Camera Roll lets you transfer files between the iPhone and Transcend’s device. Using the backup option, you can copy all the photos and videos from the phone in one go.

Transcend JetDrive Go 300 app interface

I used the 32 GB version for the review, which offers 29.4 GB usable space. The JetDrive Go 300 is USB 3.1 compatible. On a Windows 10 PC with USB 3.1 interface, I got transfer speeds of up to 126 MBps. When connected to the iPhone, the transfer rate doesn’t cross 20 MBps. That’s probably because of Apple’s restrictions though.

The JetDrive Go 300 comes in handy when you run out of storage while clicking photographs. Simply connect it to your iPhone, and you can save the photos directly on the drive. Similarly, you can watch movies directly off the JetDrive Go 300. The best part is that the companion app handles all the popular video formats including MKV.

Transcend JetDrive Go 300 with iPhone

You can also play songs directly from the drive. You can transfer the media to ‘My Storage’ folder. However, you still have to play these files using Transcend’s app. Thanks to Apple’s restrictions, you can’t play the media via iPhone’s default music or video player.

Verdict
The JetDrive Go 300 is a worthy companion to your iPhones. It is a well made device that can help you get past many silly restrictions from Apple. It makes sense to buy one of these, especially when you own a 16 GB iPhone that only offers up to 12 GB of storage. It is great how you can simply load a few movies on this flash drive and do away with the annoying sync (and conversion). It is still not as convenient as managing media on Android, but still the best you can do on iOS.

Review Overview
  • Design7
  • Features8
  • Performance9
  • Ease of use8
Total Score8.0

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Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.