Toshiba FlashAir W-02: SD card with built-in Wi-Fi
Published on Apr 10, 2014 8:01 PM
The new Toshiba FlashAir W-02 SDHC card is a Wi-Fi SD card that is faster at Class 10 speed (minimum writing speed of 10MB per second), compared with the Class 6 speed (6MB per second) of its predecessor.
It also comes in bigger capacities of up to 32GB, double that of the previous generation.
The FlashAir creates its own Wi-Fi hot spot that supports up to seven devices at the same time.
You can transfer photos from FlashAir straight to your smartphone or tablet through its Wi-Fi. Or you can plug in the FlashAir into your laptop's SD card reader to share documents or presentations wirelessly with your colleagues during a meeting.
The FlashAir works like any SD card on a digital camera. Just plug it in and start shooting.
But its Wi-Fi capability might not work well for every device. For example, while it worked fine with the Casio Exilim EX-10, its Wi-Fi signals were really weak when inserted in a Nikon Df.
There is a list of FlashAir compatible devices on Toshiba's website, so you should take a look before you get one.
You need to install the free FlashAir app (available on Android and iOS) on your smartphones or tablets in order to select and transfer the photos.
Although you can transfer photos via a Web browser on your mobile devices, I found the app to be more intuitive and faster.
Compared with other Wi-Fi SD cards, I found the FlashAir easier to use.
First, make sure the camera with the FlashAir is powered on. Next, turn on your Wi-Fi on your smartphone or tablet, log on to FlashAir's network. Start the FlashAir app and you are ready to select the photos and download them. This is true for Android devices.
If you are using an iPhone running iOS 7, after you select the FlashAir's network and are connected, you have to select "Cancel" on the log in page and tap on "Use without Internet." It just does not make sense and it took me a while to realise I had to do this.
If you insert the FlashAir into your laptop to share files wirelessly, you will want to install the FlashAir PC or Mac software.
The software allows you to enable an Internet pass-through feature, which allows devices already connected to the Internet to access both the card's Wi-Fi and the Internet simultaneously.
- For those still using digital cameras without Wi-Fi, the Toshiba FlashAir W-02 is a cheap investment for you to upload your photos online quickly. It is especially useful if you are using an Android smartphone.
By Trevor Tan
Price: $59 (8GB), $69 (16GB), $89 (32GB)
Storage: From 8GB to 32GB
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n