Although I often find a good smartphone to be a great substitute for a camera, I doubt this good camera makes a great substitute for a smartphone.
For the size and battery-life alone, I wager NO ONE will (or will manage to) use this as their single smartphone. Thus the single device argument falls flat. This is a large sensor compact camera trying to look and act like a smartphone. In the end, it’s an expensive, moderately powered device, with average handling and speed, designed for a handful of pixel-peeping RAW and resolution enthusiasts.
The smartphone which will come closest to conquering photography will come from Apple or Samsung; not from a camera maker. Apparently they’re taking their time. In a few years we’ll look back at the CM1 as a kludge.
Lars, I think you missed it with this one (i.e., wrong title). The bigger selling point is that this is a hardwired alternative to a wireless hub like Kingston MobileLite, SanDisk Connect Multimedia, RAVPower wireless hub, Dane-Elec MediaStreamer, etc…
Although it doesn’t appear to be any faster in one direction, it’s a hardwired solution for bi-directional file sharing between storage memory and an iDevice.
It expands Sanho’s product line to iOS users who don’t understand or can’t figure out how to “do the same thing” using a wireless hub (like their own iUSBPort).
jkokich: Wow, talk about a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. I don't have any problems transferring files.
No, this is primarily for the subset of iOS users who want to transfer files from/to an iOS device and CANNOT wrap their head around (understand) how to use a wireless hub for file transfers.
The same company makes wireless hub versions also (see iUSBPort).
OldDigiman: Say what? Plug iPhone into charging cable, plug other end of charging cable into computer, on computer navigate to phone's DCIM folder, copy files. Free.
Yes it will.
I don't use this device but it will operate with iOS devices similarly to a suite of wireless hubs that also allow bi-directional file transfers (images, video, word processing, PDF, etc.).
IMO, both of these devices are limited and overpriced compared to other offerings. And each device's limitations feed into Sandisk's own market; selling more flash memory.
The flash drive model doesn't accept SD cards (like from most cameras); only micro SD.
The media drive won't accept anything other than flash media cards (buy some more cards…).
Kingston MobileLite Wireless, Sanho iUSBport, (and a few others) offer greater flexibility by accepting a wider range of media (e.g., flash media, hard drives, card readers).
"Great news. We sold out to Yahoo. Our software is no longer available for sales, support, updates. We'll keep it available in iCloud for owners. Bye!" (that's basically what they said)
Really? I guess they sold it and walked. Even Yahoo doesn't know what they're going to do with it. Or was this just really poor communication?
It seems a bit of a bird flip to existing users.
As uptight as DPR has been over the years about other's use of THEIR "proprietary content", it's pretty amazing you're now promoting jailbreaking. Shame, shame.
One comment. Placing the iPhone in Airplane Mode turns off the built-in GPS. Any photos taken in this mode will not be geo-tagged using the iPhone's GPS. However, WiFi may be separately enabled while in Airplane Mode.
If I don't need to be in touch, I'll instead disable voice and data roaming and network connections in Settings, and only place the phone in Airplane Mode when on downtime or charging.