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The PhotoFast 32GB USB 3.0 MemoriesCable for iPod, iPhone and iPad arrived for review last week and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

This little Lightning to USB cable houses storage (16/32/64/128GB) on the cable itself, allowing you to easily transfer files between iOS devices and your computer.

I’ve longed for an easier method of backing up photos and video on my iPhone and iPad for years now but have never found anything that fits the bill. PhotoFast think they have cracked it. Have they? Let’s find out…

When you first plug the cable into your iOS device, a popup will inform you that the accessory requires an app from the App Store:

The companion app for the hardware is the new PhotoFast One app, not that you need to know the name of it because clicking App Store on the pop-up will take you directly to it. It’s a nice touch.

Once the app is downloaded and installed, any subsequent cable insertions generate the following pop up. If you click Allow, you will be taken directly to the app.

The app itself is very well designed and packed with features. There are clear sections at the top of the screen for accessing In-App Storage and External Storage.

At the bottom of the screen are buttons for Music/Photos/Video, YouTube (downloader) Google Drive (browser) and Dropbox (browser).

Swiping to the right takes you to a second page almost entirely dedicated to backup buttons.

I tested the Contact Backup option first and it saved all 600 of my contacts to a .vcf file in a matter of seconds.

Next up was the Photo Backup, some 693 photos in my camera roll, all saved in under 2 minutes.

It’s all very impressive.

To test the transfer speed side of things, I copied a 1GB test file from my PC (using a USB 3.0 port) and was able to achieve write speeds of ~19MB/s. Read speeds of ~33MB/s were consistently achievable.

The app isn’t just for backups and file transfers though. It also has built-in music and video players which can be used to stream content from the cable storage. In fact, the video player is compatible with MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, AVI, FLV, RM, RMVB, WMV, VOB and 3GP formats.

The Settings section is also full of features, including the ability to protect the app with a passcode or Touch ID.

There is even an option to completely encrypt the storage, although this will render the cable unusable on a computer. If you are just transferring files to and from your iOS devices though, this may be a valuable option.

The Auto Backup feature is what really interested me for the simple reason that Apple are bordering on the sadistic with their 5GB free iCloud storage limit. Granted, Apple are trying to upsell to their paid plans but 5GB is used up in no time, usually due to iCloud photo backups.

This is where Auto Backup comes in. Every time you open the app, an incremental backup can be performed.

So now I plug the MemoriesCable into my wall charger and iPhone before I go to bed, and the app takes care of backing up my photos, contacts and calendar items, all while charging.

I have set my iCloud backup to ignore photos now and as a result, I can backup daily to iCloud with no more of the annoying ‘Storage Full’ messages I usually wake up to.

All in all, this is an excellent product that really unshackles Apple devices and their famously non-expandable memory.

PhotoFast are currently running an Indiegogo campaign from the 3rd – 24th August, where units can be obtained for significantly lower prices than RRP.

More details here:

TheTechSpy rating:  9/10

As we know, Apple make products beautifully simple that just work.

It doesn’t matter how many times Android, Microsoft or any of its competitors point out Apple’s weaknesses, you still just feel better with an iPhone in hand or a MacBook Air on your lap, even if isn’t the fastest on the market at the time.

Few products manage to capture the simplicity of design and still remain fully functional like Apple. But over the last few years, we have started to see some crowdfunded projects which follow the same line as this tech giant to great effect.

Premium One is a modular designed dock which can not only hold your Apple Watch, but the creators have also thought of those people who have the whole Apple Family of devices.

Made from aircraft grade aluminium, the dock looks like it could have been made by Apple themselves. Coming in 3 CNC precision drilled models, they look cool and hide all cables from sight as they charge the devices.

Premium One – Takes one Apple Watch – The watch is charged via the same MagSafe charger employed by Apple.

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Premium One W2 – Takes one Apple Watch and one iPhone


Premium One W3 – takes one Apple Watch, either one iPhone 6 or 6 plus or any 5 series model, and in addition your iPad Mini or Air/Air 2.


What we love about this product is not only the design and simplicity, but its modular design, and how it can be expanded in future. Once again it looks like something Apple would sell on its shelves in the Apple Store so would look more than at home providing charge on your bedside table.

Coming in black, silver and a bi-colour mahogany this product looks great. Starting at $55 for the W1, $89 for W2 and then finally $129 for the W3, we think this has been well priced comparing it to others in the market place.

Already fully pledged on Kickstarter, head on over and get yourself one before it goes!

Now that the world is excited about the new editions to the Apple family, most of us turn to accessorise our new devices. As we all know, it’s a sudden rush for firms to bring out new cases and docks to tempt us into spending our hard-earned cash to protect and show off our phones.

Over the last year or so, some really cool docks have been coming out onto the market, the last we reviewed was the HiRise from TwelveSouth which proudly sits on my bedside, but now the 5S and 5C have been announced, we see more striving to bring you the next best thing.

Bring on EverDock from the guys over at FUZ Designs. They have just gone through the pledge level to make it a successful fundraising to build a dock which looks to have evolved from the ideas of some of the best on the market.

When you look at the design, I see a nod to the clever hideaway cable trunking at the base of the unit from HiRise and then the looks and solidity of the highly successful Elevation dock which also achieved funding through Kickstarter.

What we like about this dock is the aluminium design, again from a single block of aluminium blasted to give it a premium look and feel. You can opt for the single or dual dock and both work with Lightning, 30-pin and micro-USB cables, which includes the iPhone 5S,5C,5,4, iPad, iPad mini, Samsung and HTC.


One of the most interesting parts of this dock is not only the weight which helps when removing your device with one hand, but also the inclusion of the micro suction pads which are awesome at keeping the product stuck to the surface it sits on.

All in all, this is one of the best docks we have seen. Be aware that they have a delivery date in December which can be delayed and they are charging a $20 shipping fee for international buyers which is probably due to its sheer weight. But we would still buy this, it looks good, functions well and stays in-line with the look of the product you wish to dock.

Available over at Kickstarter from as little as $39

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The boys over at Twelve South know how to do Apple accessories and this is no exception. These guys run on one simple view “We’re not just Mac friendly – we’re Mac only” which shows in every one of their products as they sell only perfection in a box.

One of the firm’s most popular products comes in the form of the HiRise for the MacBook which beautiful presents your device like Mr Jobs himself would have wanted and still comfortably displaying it so that it can be used easily. So it was an easy decision for the team to design a product for the iOS range….and we think the boys done good!

From the moment you open the box, you are greeted with a “Thankyou” from the makers which we think is a nice touch. The stand will need putting together, but it is very easy and you can find a setup guide on the website.

This stand will fit an iPhone 5 with quite a few cases and an iPad Mini. They include three plastic clips that are used to hold the Lightning connector away from the base. For situations where you aren’t using a case with your iPhone or iPad mini, you can use the “0” clip. For a case which needs a little more room then you can use one of the other clips.

The HiRise is beautifully machined out of aluminum giving it a real Apple feel to it. The base unit will happily hold the extra weight of an iPad Mini and it consist of a  back rest to hold it up.

All in all this is a cool device which I can see on most bedside tables and office desks alike. It is not the cheapest at £34.99, especially as you still have to purchase another Lightning cable, but you do pay for quality….and quality is what this is. We especially like the allen key secretly held in the base so that you can change the clips when you buy new covers during the life of your iPhone…very cool.

This stand looks like something that Apple would not only stock in its prestigious shops, but would also make themselves if they were in that business. It’s out on 2nd September, treat yourself….your iPhone deserves.